Healthy Retrievers Kickoff (9/23)

The Healthy Retrievers Kickoff will be taking place on Tuesday, September 23, from 3:30- 5:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

Faculty and staff, please attend, and spread the word! Join us for our kickoff event to launch the UMBC Healthy Retrievers Initiative! All UMBC campus community members are invited to attend.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Steven Scharf of the University of Maryland Baltimore Sleep Disorders Center.

A short reception will follow the keynote. Free refreshments will be served and a raffle will be drawn for a chance to win a FitBit.

Healthy Retrievers is a proud partner of the National Healthy Campus 2020 initiative to improve the overall health status of UMBC’s students, faculty and staff.  The vision of the Healthy Retriever Initiative is a campus community where all members live long, healthy lives.

Peace@UMBC Meditation Community Resumes 9/5

Peace@UMBC is a weekly meditation hour open to faculty, students, and staff who want to cultivate greater peace in their lives and relationships through the development of a meditation practice. Join us as we sit together and explore our inner experience. No meditation experience is necessary – all are welcome!

We will sit together on Fridays from 1-1:50 p.m. in the Women’s Center (Commons 004). All sessions will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. so we ask that out of respect for others you please arrive on time. Seating is limited and spaces are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first Friday session of each month is open for all but designated for newcomers to meditation as we will provide instruction in sitting meditation, conscious breathing, and ways to set-up a regular meditation practice. The remaining sessions of each month will be focused on sitting meditation. We will be exploring a variety of meditation techniques lead by different facilitators. For more information contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at 5-1442 or

Student Health 101 – September Issue

As a service to the UMBC community, an online subscription to Student Health 101 is available for students and families. Student Health 101 is a monthly health and wellness magazine and each issue contains valuable information that will help students make better decisions and can help you gain a better understanding of the health and wellness challenges that face today’s students.

Each month, you’ll receive an e-mail with the latest issue of the family-only Parent Perspective, along with the Student Health 101 issue that our students will receive. Please take a few minutes to read the issues each month, as we believe that they can be a valuable resource for you.

You can read the September issue of The Parent Perspective here. You’re also invited to read the accompanying Student Health 101 issue for students here.

The September issue has some great articles including:
– Sleep study: Top 10 tips for better nights
– Good mood food: The new twist on emotional eating
– Desirable habits: Systems for your self-transformation
– Look up!: Is your smartphone replacing your social life?
– Start smart: Transition tips for the school year from a student and a counselor

Click here to see the June issue of Student Health 101.