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Health and Wellness

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.

Mental strength training offered

This fall, we are pleased to offer two new 30-minute drop-in sessions for employees and students to learn fast, easy, practical techniques to focus the mind, relieve anxiety, bounce back after stressful situations and feel strong and calm under pressure. Each session will include gentle stretching followed by mental strength training exercises for relaxation. 

Mondays from 12-12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 12-12:30 p.m.
Location: Health Education Building, Room 131

We are currently evaluating ways to broadcast or record these sessions for groups at other campuses. 

Download the “WolfPack Connect” app for iOS or Android to see all wellness events.

In addition to mental strength training sessions, we are offering two other ways to practice these techniques: 

Free Alignment Yoga Classes

These drop-in classes are free and open to the first 25 people. This is a gentle, beginner yoga class that focuse on joint stability, safe range of motion and deep relaxation. 

Tuesdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. (60-minute class)
Fridays from 12:15-12:45 p.m. (30-minute class)
Location: Health Education Building, Room 131

Questions? Please contact Lisa Lanting.

Published September 8, 2018. Updated September 26, 2018.

Free flu shots available on campus in October

Save a trip to the clinic; get your flu shot at Madison College. Please join us in October and encourage your students and colleagues to participate. 

This fall Madison College is offering free, walk-in flu shot clinics at most campus locations. Our nursing and EMS students will be administering the flu shots alongside faculty members and GHC nurses. Each year, these flu clinics provide valuable clinical experience for our students. 

Flu shots on the following days will be free of charge for students who are taking credit classes and employees who are covered by GHC, WPS, or Medicare insurance:

Tuesday, Oct. 2 
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Truax Protective Services Building 

Wednesday, Oct. 3 
10 a.m.-12 p.m., Fort Atkinson Campus
2-4 p.m., Watertown Campus

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 10-11
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Truax Cafeteria Mall 

Tuesday, Oct. 16  
8:30 - 10:30 a.m., South Campus
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Downtown Campus
2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Commercial Avenue Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 23 
9-10:30 a.m., Portage Campus
12-2 p.m., Reedsburg Campus

Students should bring their OneCard, and employees should bring their GHC, WPS, or Medicare insurance card to get a free flu shot. 

This year, we are offering the quadrivalent influenza vaccine from multi-dose vials with latex-free syringes (Flulaval, GlaxoSmithKline). 

Some people shouldn’t get a flu shot on campus, so please check with your health care provider if you have:

  • A current fever or illness 
  • An immune disorder that requires you to have preservative-free vaccines
  • A history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome  
  • An allergy to eggs, thimerosal (preservative), formaldehyde (virus deactivator), sodium deoxycholate (detergent), α-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate (adjuvant), or polysorbate 80 (stabilizer)

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

Questions? Please contact Lisa Lanting

Published September 7, 2018. Updated September 21, 2018.

Free yoga for stress relief on Tuesdays and Fridays

Employees and students are welcome to participate in the gentle alignment yoga classes offered at the Truax campus. All are welcome — this class is open to all ages, shapes, sizes, genders, colors and abilities. Participants do not need to be flexible or have yoga clothes; just come as you are. Participants don’t have to commit to coming to the class every week; they can just come when it works into their schedule.

Class Details:

  • Tuesdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Health Building, Room 131
  • Fridays from 12:15-12:45 p.m. in Room B2213 at Truax (Please bring your own mat)
  • Cost: $0
  • Registration: No registration required. We have space for 25 people, so please arrive early to guarantee your spot. 
  • Required liability release: All new participants must sign a liability waiver at their first class. Please arrive early for your first class.
  • Clothing: please wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to breathe and move (no tight waists).

What is alignment yoga? 

Alignment yoga focuses on mindfulness, joint stability, safe range of motion and gentle movements designed for optimal regulation of the nervous system. This is not a “flow” class or the bootcamp style of yoga that has been popularized in the West. Our intention is for participants to leave this class feeling calm, strong and rejuvenated. Learn more about alignment yoga

In every class, we will practice the hallmarks of alignment yoga: 

  1. Three fundamentals (grounding, relaxing the mouth, full exhale)
  2. Pre-yoga (to develop strength and stability)
  3. Action and resistance (to protect the joints)
  4. Win-win alignment (for safe and optimal movement)
  5. The Recipe (sequence for optimal regulation of the nervous system)

Would you like to create a yoga group at a different time or location?

If you'd like to organize a yoga group, contact Lisa Lanting to get a login for free web-based video yoga classes on Gaia. You just need an open space with a TV and internet connection.

Published August 27, 2018. Updated February 6, 2019.

Health and Wellness Fair

Madison College will host various exhibitors Tuesday, March 6, for a Health and Wellness Fair in the Truax Atrium Café from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 30 health and wellness companies will conduct demonstrations, screenings and offer resources for students and employees including massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture, health insurance, nutrition, fitness and hands-only CPR. 

Sponsored by Student Health Education, there will be multiple Madison College programs attending including: Medical Assisting, Recreation Management, Optometric Services, Veterinary Tech, Dental Assisting, Counseling, Financial Wellness-Risk and Insurance Club, Student Senate, Fitness and Recreation, Continuing Education, EMS/Paramedic, Simulation Center, and the Child and Family Center. 

Area businesses and organizations expected to be present at the Health Fair include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Gildas Club, Trek Bikes/BCycle, Journey for Mental Health, Biomats for Autism, American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, Troy Farm/Community Groundworks, Rape Crisis Center, and Laerdel Medical and Pulse Point, WPS Insurance, GHC Insurance, WDC Wisconsin Deferred Compensation, ETF Employee Trust Funds Financial Fitness Program, Family Service Madison and MC Employee Wellness.

Also present will be the Group Health Cooperative Wellness Team consisting of massage therapists, aromatherapists, acupuncturists, dieticians and naturopaths. 

Please contact Denise Holin with any questions. 

Published February 16, 2018.

Student Health Education offers stress reduction workshops

Need help coping with stress? Feeling anxious, depressed or exhausted?

Student Health Education offers opportunity to learn how physiological stress impacts the mind, body and behavior. They will also teach effective coping skills and mindfulness strategies for stress management such as grounding, centering and breathing.

All students and staff are welcome to attend first and third Tuesdays this semester from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 131 (Bamboo Room) in the School of Health Education and IT Building.

Questions? Contact Amy Nicholson.

Published February 9, 2018.

Therapeutic massage students host Stress Reduction Workshop

Drop in to learn about stress reduction strategies and techniques from the Madison College Therapeutic Massage Students Thursday, Dec. 7, from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in the Truax Gateway.

Stations will highlight various stress reduction techniques including:

  • Ayurveda and yoga 
  • Ecotherapy
  • Animal therapy
  • And more

There will be a complimentary chair massages offered with a sign-up sheet starting at 11:20 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit one or all of the stress reduction stations to learn more.

Published December 4, 2017.

Truax, Red Cross to host Blood Drive

Give the gift of life at the Madison College Blood Drive Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Truax Campus from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room D1630B.

The American Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country and although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients. With the busy holiday season approaching, Madison College and the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit the Red Cross website for more information. The college’s sponsor code is “MATC Madison.”

Save up to 15 minutes when you donate by using RapidPass. Visit RapidPass page for more information.

Questions? Please contact Student Health Educator Denise Holin.

Published November 6, 2017. Updated March 19, 2018.