Central Wellness

Mission of Wellness Committee

The mission of the Wellness Committee is to promote healthy development of the mind, body and spirit of the members of the Central Methodist University Community through physical exercise, health and fitness awareness, educational programs, and recreational activities.


Definition of Wellness

The concept of wellness advocates a balanced approach to life and includes social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, occupational and physical components.


Wellness Focus: Sun Well: Protecting Your Skin

Follow these simple tips for sun-safe skin:

  • Always wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15. Broad spectrum sunscreens are the best as they absorb a higher percentage of UVA and UVB sun rays.
  • Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed areas at least 20 to 30 minutes before going outside. This allows the sunscreen to bind to your skin so it won't immediately "sweat" off.
  • Make sure to apply sunscreen to the places you typically might not think of: your lips, ears, between your fingers and toes, back of your neck, even the bottoms of our feet if you will be barefoot and lying on your stomach. Reapply sunscreen every few hours and especially after swimming.
  • Avoid peak hours - usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun's rays are most intense. Stay shaded under a canopy or umbrella when outdoors during peak hours.
  • Wear a wide-brim hat, sunglasses and other protective clothing. Hats with at least a three-inch brim are best; sunglasses should protect against UVB rays; clothing should be lightweight and tightly woven for the most protection. You can test to see if your clothing has an adequate weave by placing your hand inside the garment and holding it up to a light. If you can't see your hand through the fabric, it's probably a good choice for cover.
  • Don's sunbathe.
  • Don't use artificial tanning devices, such as tanning beds or lamps. Instead, try a safer self-tanning product. Smear it on with a pair of latex or plastic gloves to avoid bronzing your palms, let it dry a few minutes and go. Remember to use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 underneath self-tanning products, since they typically don't contain any protection.
  • Keep infants out of the sun. The melanin in their skin isn't fully developed and they can burn more easily than older children and adults. If an infant must be in the sun, make sure his or her clothing completely covers the body. Include a hat with a wide brim that shades the baby's face and ears, and keep him or her shaded under an umbrella. Sunscreen on babies' skin isn't always recommended, especially for those younger than 6 months. It's best to talk to your pediatrician before applying sunscreen to your baby's skin.

For more information on protecting your skin, visit anthem.com. Also, check out the following sites:

National Cancer Institute: cancer.gov

American Cancer Society: cancer.org

American Academy of Dermatology: aad.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov

National Institutes of Health: nih.gov