Category Archives: Wellness Initiative

Practices for Cultivating Healthy Relationships

July’s new relationship practice is “Design an Effective Mood.” Click here for more information.

Meditation Boot Camp (10/6-12/1)

If you are tired of letting circumstances in your life rule you and are serious about embodying peace, this is the program for you. Over the course of this eight-week transformational program, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation, a powerful healing modality that focuses on being in the present moment. Meditation has proven effective for lowering blood pressure, improving immunity, improving creativity, improving productivity, improving sleep quality and decreasing chronic pain. Over the course of this program, you will learn deep breathing for regulation of the central nervous system, mindfulness meditation for releasing stress and anxiety, lovingkindness meditation for improving outlook and relationships; and practices to make life more peaceful and fulfilling.

The program sessions will be held on Thursdays, October 6-December 1, 4:45-6 p.m., and Tuesdays, October 11-November 29 from noon-12:30 p.m. All sessions will be held in the Women’s Center, The Commons 004, with the exception of the October 18 and November 15 session, which will be held in Admin 529.

Please note that this program has attendance requirements and other assignments that are designed to enrich participant learning. For more information about the program, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or

Register by Thursday, September 15, at

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An Introduction to The Alexander Technique (9/27)

Learn an innovative method that you can practice anywhere and that can relieve stress, provide relief from chronic neck and back pain, allow for improved coordination, flexibility and balance and give you stronger postural and breath support. The Alexander Technique is an educational practice that restores your natural poise, coordination, and ease of movement. As a student of the technique you become a refined observer of the habits that prevent you from moving comfortably, and you learn a specific process by which you can consciously change those habits so that moving becomes pleasurable.

The workshop will be Tuesday, September 27, 1-4:30 p.m., in the University Center, Room 312.

Register by Monday, September 19, at

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Practices for Cultivating Healthy Relationships

July’s new relationship practice is “Deliver Feedback Effectively.” Click here for more information.

Wellness Initiative Website Summertime Tips and Articles

Check out our new seasonal summer “Tips and Articles” page of our wellness website. We have provided resources on summertime skin safety, farmers’ markets, allergies and asthma as well as two new sections on the “greening” of our homes and personal care products and “Healthy Relationships – Healthy Resolution of Conflict.” The UMBC Wellness Initiative website is filled with resources, tips, music, and inspiration. Visit now!

Practices for Cultivating Healthy Relationships

June’s new relationship practice is “Make and Manage Your Promises.” Click here for more information.

Practices for Cultivating Healthy Relationships

May’s new relationship practice is “Make gracious offers.” Click here for more information.

Campus Walking/Jogging Route Maps

New maps are available to help you get outside and get moving!

The Retriever Athletic Center has created maps for walking/jogging routes on campus. Five different routes have been mapped out, ranging from a one mile flat course to five miles. The maps are on the “Fitness and Wellness at the RAC” myUMBC group under “Documents.”

Geography and Environmental Systems has updated the Conservation and Environmental Research Area (CERA) trail map and added a printable Guide to the Interpretive Path. The total length from the True Grit statue in front of the RAC through the CERA Trail and back to True Grit is 1.94 miles. This is a beautiful walk in the forest; if you’re quiet you are likely to see deer. Get the map and guide at

Tips on Starting a Department Wellness Activity

Oftentimes a great way to combat individual stress is to initiate a new wellness regimen. The same holds true for departmental stress. Working together as a team to meet a shared wellness goal has many benefits that include increasing well being and collaboration and fostering a sense of individual and collective accomplishment. Spring is a great time to consider beginning a department wellness activity!

The Wellness Initiative website “Tips and Articles” page has great resources to help you create successful department wellness activities. Check out the fresh content for spring that includes tips on beginning a department walking group and tipsheets and templates for creating a department Biggest Loser Program. The “UMBC Wellness Initiative” website is filled with resources, tips, music, and inspiration. Visit now!

Healthy Food: Delicious and Fast (6/13)

Want more energy for your work and weekends? Want healthy food to be delicious and fast? Ready to take control of your health? If it is not delicious, satisfying and simple, it won’t work! It is possible for you to be healthy and love the food you eat, feel great without spending all week in the kitchen, lose weight and feel satisfied!

In this “15 Min. Meal System” cooking demo, tasting and discussion, you will learn delicious, time-saver tips for nutritious cooking, taste delicious and satisfying healthy foods and clarify your most powerful steps for high energy health.

The workshop will be Monday, June 13, 10:00 a.m.-noon, in the University Center, Room 312.

Register by June 3 at

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