Classes: St. Louis
Discounts for faculty and staff by location:
Classes at other locations:
- Eat for Life
- Million Step Pedometer Program
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Mindful Self-Compassion
- Physical activity (run/walk, yoga, outdoor activities, etc.)
- Ride to Wellness Odometer Program
- Walking groups
- Weight Watchers
- Wellness Ambassadors
- Additional resources
Eat for Life is a 10-week program that helps participants learn to have a healthy relationship with their food and their bodies. This is not your regular weight loss program. In fact, the first thing you will be asked to do is throw out your diets and begin to learn how to use the wisdom of your body to guide how you eat, what you eat and how you relate and use your body.
Visit the Weight Management webpage for details.
Wednesdays, 12:15-12:45 p.m.
MSC, Room 225
University Health, Wellness and Counseling Services has been offering free weekly Mindfulness Meditation sessions for two years now. Although the group is open to the entire University community, most of the group members are campus staff. They would like to invite new members to join them in what they have found to be a wonderful antidote to the stress in their lives. It’s a great way to take an emotional vacation in the middle of a hectic week! The half-hour weekly sessions include a brief introduction, a 20-minute guided mindfulness meditation, followed by brief discussion. This group is designed for beginning, as well as experienced meditators. New members are welcome at any time during the semester. If you are new to mindfulness meditation, please call Sharon Biegen or Jamie Linsin at University Health, Wellness and Counseling Services, (314)516-5711 to arrange for introductory instructions.
The Million Step Pedometer Program is a simple walking program designed to get faculty, staff and their families up and moving. Go at your own pace--no time limit applies. You are a success if you take more steps today than you did yesterday.
You can use your own pedometer or purchase a Fitbit device from Healthy for Life. For each million steps you walk, you can earn great prizes--including a full rebate for a Fitbit purchased from Healthy for Life. Learn more and join the program now....
MBSR is designed to help change your relationship with stress and begin to live a more conscious life in order to make choices and engage in behaviors that increase your vitality, effectiveness and happiness. The eight-week program is offered at various times throughout the year, depending on your campus.
Visit the Stress Reduction webpage for details.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren't alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.
UMSL faculty and staff are being offered a discounted rate of $300 for the program, held at the J.C. Penney Conference Center from September 23 to November 25, 2014, 5:15 - 7:45 p.m. Mini-retreat scheduled for November 1, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Taught by Kristy Arbon, a qualified MSC trainer. Register online.
- Ongoing -- Women's Running Group -- Join Jackie Kirouac-Fram for a short run during the lunch hour, or at the beginning/end of the workday. If running is a new challenge you would like to take on or if running is part of your everyday routine, this is a great opportunity to meet other women from campus. All levels are welcome. This is an informal running group with no preset guidelines for routes, pace or distance, so please contact Jackie if you are interested and provide her with your suggestion on the times/places that work best for you. People in running groups tacitly hold one another accountable, so this would be a great way to start, re-start or continue an exercise commitment you’ve made to yourself. Contact Jackie at (314) 516-4737 or KirouacFramJ@umsl.edu.
- Ongoing -- St. Louis Run/Walk listings is a not-for-profit organization encouraging running, walking and fitness for persons of all ages and abilities. The club organizes events and posts a lengthy list of runs/walks in the St. Louis area.
- Ongoing -- The St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of athletic and outdoor options for adults from hiking to aerobic kickboxing to beginning caving. Check the calendars on this site to find latest happenings.
- Aug. 13 – Oct. 1 (Wednesdays): Yoga. J.C. Penney Bldg. Hawthorn Room. Class meets every Wednesday from 11:45-12:30. Please register. A five-person minimum is required to hold the class. The cost is $24 for the entire series or a $5 drop-in fee per class. Class is taught by Martha Philipp. For questions and to register, please email Martha at email@example.com.
Stay Strong Stay Healthy
Stay Strong Stay Healthy is a University of Missouri Extension program for middle-aged and older adults who want to improve their quality of life and stay active. Class size is small with 10 to 20 participants. Enrollment is on first-come basis. If you have questions, email Mary at WissmannM@missouri.edu.
Tai Chi Qigong (pronounced “tie jee chee kung”) practice is a blending of meditation, breathing, and slow fluid movements all incorporated into a 30-minute set with an emphasis on the breathing. This practice is suitable for people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels. The movements can easily be modified to accommodate an individual’s physical/medical conditions. Tai Chi Qigong is good for improving balance, flexibility, lung function, and muscle strength in addition to being a wonderful relaxation technique. The instructor (Linda Gatson) guides participants through the practice with both verbal and visual cues. Participation is on a drop-in basis and new members are welcome at any time throughout the year. No previous experience or special clothing is needed. This practice is open to all UMSL faculty, staff, and students and is free of charge. During nice weather, some practices may also be held outdoors by Bugg Lake. To receive a weekly email with practice dates, times, and locations please contact Linda Gatson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 516-5091
The Ride to Wellness Odometer Program is a simple biking program designed to get faculty, staff and their family up and moving. Go at your own pace--no time limit applies.
You can use your own odometer or purchase one from Healthy for Life. For each 500 miles you ride, you can earn great prizes--including a full rebate for an odometer purchased from Healthy for Life. Learn more and join the program now....
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
It’s a great way to meet people and get a body and mind break in your day. If you have questions or would like to walk with the group, please contact Wellness Ambassadors Diane Herbst at 516-5791 or Mary Brown at 516-6016. *Note: this group does not meet on holidays.
Discounted rates for faculty and staff are available. See the Weight Management webpage for more information.
This is an ongoing program that allows you to enroll anytime. Wellness Ambassadors are those people who are eager to help spread the wellness word to their colleagues, friends and family. They spend 5 minutes a week to forward an e-mail, mention an event or program during a staff meeting, encourage healthy behaviors, etc. Some Ambassadors spend more time promoting wellness by staffing a booth during a health fair, leading a class or coming up with great ideas for new programs. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please contact Wellness.
Taking care of ourselves during the workday helps us be more productive and have more energy for our work and our lives beyond work. Participants learn how to balance being engaged with taking time for quick recovery techniques throughout the day in order to meet the challenges of a busy workplace. Design your own plan for improvement and find ways of structuring your workplace to create a culture of health and wellness. Understand and overcome the barriers to greater personal and professional success. Contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D., Health Psychologist for Healthy for Life, for more details and to schedule a workshop for your area.
Visit the UMSL Wellness Page for additional resources and classes available through the Mark Twain Recreation Facility.