Health and Wellness

Mental Health First Aid training being held May 21

All Madison College employees are welcome to participate in a full-day Mental Health First Aid training that aids employees in helping others that are experiencing a mental health crisis. Here are the details for the training:

Mental Health First Aid – like regular First Aid or CPR – gives people the skills to help someone who is experiencing distress, a substance use disorder or a mental health crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to help people recognize and respond to the warning signs of specific illnesses. This course is longer and more in-depth than the QPR Suicide Prevention training. All participants will become certified Mental Health First Aid Responders who will be equipped to: 

  • Reach out to those who are suffering.
  • Destigmatize mental illness.
  • Refer people to mental health care resources on-campus, in the community, and nationwide.
  • Save lives.

Please contact Lisa Lanting with questions.

Published May 13, 2019. Updated May 15, 2019.

Nine ways to support health and wellness

New Wellness Opportunities:

1.     Create a campus walking group using these measured walking routes to get started. If at Truax, sign up to join the Truax walking group, noon, Wednesdays.

2.     Join the six-week weight loss kick start program with health coaching that starts Wednesday, May 1. This is open to 20 people from all campus locations and includes a Bright Line Eating 14-day challenge that eliminates sugar, addictive foods and beverages. This challenge helps create new healthy habits for life. Learn more and sign up here.

3.     Attend a QPR training to gain tools and resources to help distressed students and prevent suicide. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer. To register, search for “QPR” on the Madison College Learn site. The available trainings are:

·       Wednesday, April 24, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Room C2406, Truax (a few seats still open)

·       Thursday, May 30, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Room C2447, Truax

4.     Attend a Life Hacks for Stress workshop to learn easy techniques to “hack” the body’s stress response to feel resilient under pressure. These techniques can be used in classrooms and daily life. The available trainings are:

·       Tuesday, April 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room E1874, Truax. Register via Entrepreneurship Center. (a few seats still open)

·       Thursday, April 25, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Room 111, Reedsburg. Email Sherry Cunningham to sign up.

·       Tuesday, April 30, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 102, Portage. Email Portage Office to sign up.

·       Wednesday, May 1, noon-1 p.m., Room 157, Fort Atkinson. Email Danielle Ralston to sign up.

·       Wednesday, May 22, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Room B3227, Truax. Register via Madison College Learn.

·       Thursday, May 30, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Room C2447, Truax. Register via Madison College Learn.

·       Two Tuesdays, July 23 & 30, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Room 113, Foundation Centre. Register for Continuing Education class number 11229 via the course catalog. 

5.     Try yoga for stress relief which includes gentle movements and breathing exercises that regulate the nervous system. No sweating or twisting into pretzels - just wear comfortable work clothes. The following yoga sessions are available:

·       Tuesdays until May 14, 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m., Room 131, Health Building, Truax. Drop in - no registration required.

·       Fridays until May 17, 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m., Room B2213, Truax. Drop in - no registration required.

·       Tuesday, April 16, 11 a.m.-noon, Room 157, Fort Atkinson. Email Danielle Ralston to sign up.

·       Tuesday, May 21, 1 p.m.-1:30 pm, Room B2213, Truax. Register via Madison College Learn.

·       Friday, May 31, 2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Room B2213, Truax. Register via Madison College Learn.

6.     Learn to meditate in a six-week, Intro to Meditation, class offered over the summer, Mondays, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., July 22-August 26, Truax. Register for this Continuing Education (class number 11228) via the course catalog. 

7.     Walk for breast cancer research Saturday, June 8, with the Madison College team at the Susan G. Komen “More than Pink” Walk. The cost is $25 and fundraising is not mandatory. Register here with the team name “Madison College.”


Ongoing Wellness Opportunities:

8.     Win a Well Credits prize the first week of May. Download the Well Credits tracking form and submit it before Wednesday, May 1, to win fabulous prizes. Forms received after Wednesday, May 1, will be saved until December’s prize drawing.

9.     View recordings of monthly wellness webinars on-demand. Register and view recordings here or view the full archive of past webinars here.


Published April 8, 2019. Updated June 3, 2019.

New weight loss kick-start program starts May 1

Starting May 1, the Center for Health & Well-being will offer a free 6-week Bright Line Eating kick-start program for those who would like to change their eating habits in order to lose weight. 

Employees from all campus locations are welcome to participate. Health coaching will be offered via Zoom web conferencing, telephone, or in person at Truax.

Register here before April 19 if you are interested.

Bright Line Eating is not a diet or a food plan - it’s a way of living. Automatic habits, wired into the brain over a period of time, quickly transform a challenging and confusing landscape of food choices into a simple, structured system that can result in weight loss, reduced cravings, and increased peace around food.

This program is open to 20 people and will include a Bright Line Eating 14-day challenge which eliminates sugar and addictive foods/beverages and helps people create new healthy habits for life.

Participants in this program will also receive:

  • Ozeri Pronto digital food scale
  • Five-year wellness journal
  • Health coaching

In order to participate, all participants must use a digital bathroom scale that displays at least one decimal point (for example, 179.4).

If more than 20 people sign up to participate, we will use a lottery to select the first 20 and then repeat the program later so that everyone can participate.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Lanting

Published April 4, 2019. Updated June 3, 2019.

Personal Training students seek simulation clients

The students of the Spring 2019 Personal Trainer Development course are seeking clients who are interested in becoming healthier and stronger by serving as simulation clients during their class. Students in this program are eager to have hands-on experience and apply what they have learned this semester on individuals who are willing to engage in five weeks of personal training. They will be using Madison College's newly developed state-of-the-art lab space and advanced personal training equipment. 


  • There are 28 spots available, and sessions are free.
  • Clients will be matched with a personal training student to engage in one-on-one training sessions.
  • Clients will be interviewed and assessed in person by their trainer.
  • Clients will complete a packet of information, all of which remains confidential (health history form, lifestyle questionnaire, personality inventory, readiness to change questionnaire.)
  • A medical clearance form might be necessary depending on results of the health history form. In such cases, the client’s physician will need to give permission to exercise and/or list specific limitations.
  • Clients will meet for an initial postural analysis with the student trainer (scheduled at a time convenient for both) and functional movement screening that will be performed with the ISO Free Tecnobody, as well as a series of physical performance evaluations.
  • If applicable, the client may meet with the trainer for muscular endurance or strength and cardiovascular testing.
  • The student trainer will use information gathered from the aforementioned paperwork, client-student trainer conversations, and tests to develop training goals and an individualized exercise program for the client.
  • The goals and program will be reviewed by the course instructors, Akaylah Jaeke and Becky Ingebrigtsen.
  • Clients will meet with the trainer to review the program and walk through it together.
  • Clients will be asked to provide feedback to the student trainers and course instructor about their experience.

Clients will meet with student trainers for five personal training sessions:

  • Introduction and Functional Assessments (week of Feb. 25-March 1)
  • Physiological Assessments (week of March 4–8)
  • Functional Programming (week of March 11–15)
  • Resistance Training (week of March 25–29 )
  • Cardiorespiratory Training (week of April 1-5 )

*Clients will leave with a program to continue exercising after their sessions are finished. 

To sign up go to

Published February 13, 2019.

Truax hosts health and wellness fair

Truax will host a variety of exhibitors for a Health and Wellness Fair in the Atrium Café, Monday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. More than 30 health and wellness businesses and programs will be performing demonstrations, screenings and offer resources on chiropractic, health insurance, nutrition, therapy services, fitness and hands-only CPR. There will also be small group personal training demonstrations from the Fitness and Wellness students.

Sponsored by Student Health Education, there will be multiple Madison College programs attending including:

  • Recreation Management 
  • Optometric Services 
  • Dental Hygiene Clinic 
  • Therapeutic Massage 
  • Counseling 
  • Fitness and Recreation 
  • Continuing Education 
  • EMS/Paramedic 
  • Simulation Center 
  • Wolfie’s Wallet 
  • Child and Family Center 

Please contact Denise Holin with any questions. 


Published February 8, 2019.

TRX training classes open to staff, faculty, students

Recreation Management students will lead 45-minute TRX classes Monday through Thursday for three weeks, beginning Monday, Feb. 11. Classes are open to all Madison College staff, faculty and students upon signing a program waiver.

TRX resistence training helps people to move better, feel better and live better and can be done by anyone, regardless of fitness level. Certified instructors will offer options for all to be successful.

The cost is $5 per class or $30 for an all-access class pass. Registration will close 24 hours before each class begins or when full.

After signing up, participants will be sent an email with a waiver attached. This waiver needs to be printed and signed before attending class. Participants are asked to bring the waiver to class. 

Register on Eventbrite. Participants should provide an email address, name and the classes they'd like to attend.

Classes will run from Feb. 11-28, with the following time slots available each week. 

  • Mondays: 7:15-8 a.m. and 4-4:45 p.m. 
  • Tuesdays: 3-3:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7:15-8 a.m. and 4-4:45p.m.
  • Thursdays: 3-3:45 p.m.

Those who sign up for the All-Inclusive Class Pass will receive an email asking which classes they would like to sign up for. 


Published February 1, 2019. Updated February 4, 2019.

New lunchtime walking group at Truax

A new outdoor walking group will meet every Wednesday at 12 p.m. for a 30-minute walk at Truax. Anyone interested in participating is asked to meet in the Gateway Atrium near the grand staircase at 12 p.m. on Wednesdays. No registration is required. 

There will be three different groups to accommodate different walking speeds. 

In the case of rain, snow or ice, walks will be indoors.

Sign up for email alerts about the walking groups here


Contact Lisa Lanting or Jennifer Meek

Published January 14, 2019. Updated February 6, 2019.

Still time to join, Maintain, Don't Gain Holiday Challenge

Eat smart, move more, and win prizes in this year’s College-wide Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge that starts on Nov. 12. All participants will receive weekly challenges, recipes, tips, and a free race bib in a virtual race through Rome, Italy. 

This is a free challenge open to all employees, students, family members and roommates. The more social support we have at home and work, the better!

Join the Maintain, Don't Gain Holiday Challenge here

Enter “Madison College” as your company and “Yes” to share your name for the prize drawing. NOTE: only your name is shared with Madison College — your weight and personal information is not shared.

All participants who enter “Yes” to share their name will be entered into a drawing for fabulous prizes including:

  • Yeti tumbler mug
  • Fitbit Flex pedometer
  • Fitbit Aria wi-fi scale
  • Grayl water purifier bottle
  • Wireless Bluetooth speakers
  • Smoothie maker
  • Movie tickets 

Get your free race bib and Join the Madison College team as we explore Rome, Italy, in virtual race starting Nov. 19. 

Walk, dance, swim, run, bike, row, box, roll, or do yoga through a 26.2-mile virtual race in Rome, Italy — all types of physical activity count. 

Sign up here for the Virtual Race in Rome, Italy with the coupon code MadisonCollege (no spaces).

Once you have registered for the race, bookmark our Madison College Team web page to watch our progress.


Please contact Lisa Lanting.

Published November 8, 2018. Updated November 21, 2018.

Participate in study, get free Fitness Center access

Beginning in January, Truax employees who participate in a fitness and well-being pilot study will have free fitness center access for one semester. We are hoping to understand the demand and benefits of fitness center usage, personalized training plans, and coaching. This study is open to 100 employees (randomly selected by a lottery) who are willing to commit to the following:

  • Complete an anonymous survey about health and well-being at the beginning and end of the study (in January and May).
  • Have a fitness assessment and follow a personalized training plan for nutrition and physical activity.
  • Log at least 3 workouts per week at the fitness center at Truax.
  • Consider optional one-on-one wellness coaching to achieve a goal.

If you are interested in participating in this study next semester, please sign up here by December 20. This should take less than one minute.

Published November 8, 2018. Updated November 21, 2018.

Free group fitness classes

The Recreation Management Program will host student-led Group Fitness classes for their Group Fitness Development course. This opportunity will give students a chance to engage campus members in healthy activities and to become more connected to their campus community.

Classes are open to all Madison College staff, faculty and students upon completing appropriate forms. All classes are free. Advance registration is required. Space is limited to 14 participants per class. Registration will close 24 hours before each class begins or when full. Once participants have filled out the Google form they will receive a confirmation email with an individual waiver to sign.   

 Classes available for registration are:

  • Monday, Oct. 22, 12:15-1:00 p.m., Bootcamp
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:15-1:00 p.m., High Intensity Interval Training
  • Monday, Oct. 29, 12:15-1:00 p.m., BOSU Cardio
  • Wednesday, Oct. 31, 12:15-1:00 p.m., Free group fitness classes

All sessions will be held in Room B2215, the Recreation Management Lab.

Published October 8, 2018. Updated October 11, 2018.