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:  The cold, hard facts about migraines

Let's not sugarcoat it. Over 45 million Americans suffer from regular headaches; 28 million suffer from migraines. In the last three months, 20% of women and 10% of men have had at least one migraine.

If those numbers aren't bleak enough, consider this: migraines tend to be hereditary. When both parents have a history of migraines, there is a 70% chance that their children will also develop migraines.

How can you tell if it's a migraine?

The hallmark of a migraine is throbbing pain that is usually worse on one side of the head. You may also experience some of these symptoms:

  • Pounding or throbbing headache that often begins as a dull ache
  • Sensitivity to light, noise and smells
  • Nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling very warm or cold
  • Paleness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Diarrhea

Most migraines last about four hours, but severe ones can last up to a week. How often they come can vary a lot for each person. Generally, migraine sufferers get two to four a month.

Or is it just a headache?

You may not know that a migraine is not technically a headache. A headache is just one possible symptom of a migraine. When you get a headache, ask yourself:

  • Has it limited your activities for a day or more?
  • Are you nauseous or sick to your stomach?
  • Does light bother you?

If so, you might have a migraine. If you see these or the symptoms above, talk to your doctor to rule out more serious problems, and to find treatment.

Headaches are very personal. No two people have the same headache for the same reasons. So there's no one-size-fits-all source of relief. Experts recommend the following tips, which all begin with YOU:

  • Realize that headaches matter and take them seriously even if others don't.
  • Learn all you can - be a student of your own headaches.
  • Get the help and care that you deserve; check with your doctor for possible treatments.

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