Health and Wellness

Team Madison College runner discount is near closing

Madison College is forming a team for the Madison Mini-Marathon and 5K. The Madison Mini race will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, beginning at the Memorial Union Terrace with a 5K (3.1 miles) and a half marathon distance (13.1 miles).

Register before July 20 to save 10 percent by using promo code "MATCMMM." After July 20, registration will be full price.

Contact Team Lead and Social Media Specialist Maureen Alley at ext. 3321 for more information.

Published July 17, 2017.

Trustyle Salon offers free men's haircuts

The Trustyle Salon, located on the first floor of the Truax Campus, is offering free men’s haircuts on Monday, July 17, at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Cosmetology students will work alongside their instructors during this time. Please be aware that there is a time commitment of two and a half hours per haircut.

If you are interested, please contact Hospitality instructor Jeff Patterson

Published July 10, 2017. Updated July 17, 2017.

Stress Reduction Workshop offered at Truax Campus

Students of the Therapeutic Massage program are hosting a Stress Reduction Workshop in the Atrium of the Health Education and Information Technology Building.

The workshop is Thursday, July 13, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and is open to staff, students and the public.

Stations will highlight various stress reduction techniques including:

  • Complimentary chair massage – first come-first serve with sign-up to begin at 3:20 p.m.
  • Comfort food alternatives
  • Luxuriate in your senses
  • Music and art
  • Laughter






Everyone is welcome to drop in to learn about stress reduction strategies and techniques from the Madison College Therapeutic Massage Students.

Published June 28, 2017.

Massage clinic offers kneaded relief

The Madison College Massage Clinic, located in the Truax Health Education Building Room 141, will begin scheduling appointments Friday, March 10, and will continue to schedule until all appointments are full. Appointments are limited to four per person.

Clinic hours:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Scheduling options:

  • Visit the Madison College Massage Clinic page and follow the link for online scheduling. On the MINDBODY website create a username and password. Once your profile is set up, select appointments, “massage” for service and your date range. The system will only allow appointments to be seen from a specific range due to the number of therapists on staff. If you need to see dates for a time further out, change the date range by month.
  • Call the Massage Clinic at (608) 258-2367. If you make an appointment over the phone, do not schedule one online as well. Leave your first name, last name, phone number and appointment time preferences. Please allow one week for the clinic to return your calls.

The cost is $35.00 for a one-hour massage. Only cash and checks are accepted. Clients should bring the correct amount to the appointment.


Published February 17, 2017.

Volunteer to get fit

Looking for someone to create a personalized fitness plan just for you?  Volunteer to become a simulation client for the spring '17 Personal Trainer Development course.  Each volunteer will be paired up with a student from the class.  At the conclusion of the semester your student will have created a program tailored to your goals!  To volunteer or ask questions, please contact Adrian Shepard, Recreation Management Program faculty, at (608) 616-3566.  This opportunity is on a first come, first served basis.


Published January 30, 2017.

Mindfulness class scheduled for Truax

Sign up for the Resiliency through Mindfulness class, occurring every Wednesday from 5:30-8 p.m. This class will take place in the Truax Health Building beginning Feb. 1 and ending March 29 (the room number will be provided after registering).

Mindfulness can expand your practice exponentially through cultivating mindful presence, unconditional kindness, acceptance, patience and curiosity we can become more effective, resilient and effective professionals. These techniques are based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s research on decreasing physical and emotional chronic pain, as well as Kristin Neff’s research on Mindful Self-Compassion.

To register, please call (608) 258-2301 and choose option two. Please sign up at least one week prior to the first class. The cost of the class is $229.

If you have any questions, please contact Education Program Coordinator Amanda La Grew at (608) 243-4483.

Published January 9, 2017.

Participate in the Madison College Turkey Trot

Join the 30th Annual Madison College Turkey Trot 5K and 5M Run/Walk, and Kids Race on Sunday, Nov. 6, at Warner Park in Madison.

This event is a unique cross country style run/walk laid out over the terrain of Warner Park. Last year's event drew almost 600 participants.

In addition to the best technical race t-shirts in the area, the unique cross country style race and the top quality custom-made medals, we also have a fun 1/4 mile Turkey Trot Kids Race. Kids taking part in the race receive a free t-shirt, race bib and finisher's medal for just $12 (before Wednesday, October 19).

All proceeds from the event benefit Thursday's Child and the Madison College Foundation. Thursday's Child makes dreams come true for terminally ill children at no cost while the Madison College Foundation provides educational assistance to students. Both serve Dane County and the surrounding areas.

The race is also a proud member of the Madison Area Running Series.

For more information on the event and online registration, visit the website. To get a race t-shirt and a discount on your entry fee register before Wednesday, Oct. 19. Registration after Oct. 19 is also available, including race-day on-site registration starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Trukey Trot schedule:

  • 8:30 a.m. - On-site registration
  • 9:30 a.m.- Kids Race (1/4 Mile)
  • 10 a.m. - 5 Kilometer (3.1 Miles)
  • 11 a.m. - 5 Mile
  • Walkers - 5K or 5 Mile - After 9 a.m.

Published September 30, 2016.

Simulation clients sought for Wellness course

Adrian Shepard, faculty member in the Recreation Management program, is seeking Madison College employees to serve as simulation clients for students in the Wellness Coaching and Promotion course this fall. 

Each volunteer will be paired up with one student from the course. The student will then serve as a wellness coach for the volunteer (simulation client) and practice the skills they have learned and are learning through the semester. 

There is no fee associated with this experience. However, volunteers must be willing to commit for the remainder of the semester, be available to serve as clients for the coaches and be motivated. This experience begins the week of October 10 and ends December 4. 

The first 24 people to respond will be matched up with a student. A waiting list will be created in the event that someone changes their mind.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Adrian Shepard at (608) 616-3566. 

Published September 30, 2016.

Register for yoga classes

A new session of yoga classes starts the week of October 26 in the Fitness Center at the Truax Campus.

Check out the new schedule and pricing options on the website; select the "Fitness" menu and click on "Class Schedule."


Published September 30, 2016.

Flu shots available at every campus

Save a trip to the clinic; get your flu shot at Madison College. This fall, we are offering walk-in flu shot clinics at every campus.

Flu shots on these days are free of charge for students taking credit classes. The cost is also covered for employees enrolled in GHC or WPS health insurance. All health insurance plans cover in-network flu shots at 100% as a preventive care service (no co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible).

Everyone should bring their health insurance card and OneCard to get a flu shot. This year we are offering the quadrivalent influenza vaccine at the following locations:

  • Truax Main Building, Redsten Gym 
    Tuesday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Administered by GHC and Madison College Nursing Students/Faculty

  • Truax Health Education Building, East Entrance (Facing the Gateway) 
    Wednesday, Oct. 12: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Administered by GHC and Madison College Nursing Students/Faculty

  • South Campus, Room SM120 
    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 9 - 10 a.m.
    Administered by GHC

  • Downtown Campus, Room 245 
    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Administered by GHC

  • Commercial Avenue Campus, Room 120
    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2 - 3 p.m.
    Administered by GHC

  • Watertown Campus 
    Monday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Administered by VaxPro

  • Fort Atkinson Campus, Room 157
    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
    Administered by VaxPro

  • Reedsburg Campus, Room 118
    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
    Administered by VaxPro

  • Portage Campus, Room 125
    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2 - 4 p.m. 
    Administered by VaxPro

Insurance Billing:

  • GHC can bill the flu shot to Madison College Student Health Services, GHC, WPS, and Medicare.
  • VaxPro can bill the flu shot to Madison College Student Health Services, GHC, WPS, Medicare, United Healthcare, Humana, Anthem, Dean, Physician Plus, The Alliance, HPS, Network Health Plan, WEA Trust, and UMR (not UnityPoint Health).

Madison-based students taking credit classes may also get a flu shot for $17 Monday through Friday at the GHC clinic at Truax.

Ask your health care provider or visit the Centers for Disease Control website to decide if a flu shot is right for you.

Questions? Contact Anna Marie Hoffmann or Lisa Lanting.

Published September 29, 2016. Updated September 30, 2016.