Health and Wellness

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. 

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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.

Trustyle Salon offers pomegranate fig pedicure

The Trustyle Salon is offering a seasonal pomegranate and fig pedicure for $35. The pedicure includes:

  • Essential oil aromatherapy
  • Pomegranate and fig sea salt soak
  • Pomegranate and fig sea salt scrub
  • Pomegranate and fig body butter
  • Paraffin dip

Call the Trustyle Salon at 608-246-6068 to book your appointment or stop by Room B1208 in the Truax Campus to check availability.

Published October 25, 2017.

Flu shots offered at Truax Campus

Free flu shots will be given out to Madison College employees and students on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and Wednesday, Oct. 11, near the Atrium Café from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students must show a valid OneCard and staff must provide their current WPS or GHC insurance card. Stop by the coffee shop after and get a free smoothie shot.

Published October 9, 2017.

Massage clinic offers kneaded relief

The Madison College Massage Clinic, located in the Truax Health Education Building Room 141, will begin scheduling appointments Oct. 16, and will continue to schedule until all appointments are full. Appointments are limited to four per person. The massage clinic will be openand scheduling appointments for Oct. 25, through Dec. 13.

Clinic hours:

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays
    • 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
  • Thursdays
    • 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 to leave a voice message.
    • Leave your first name and last name
    • phone number 
    • appointment time preferences. 

If you make an appointment over the phone, do not schedule one online as well. 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 September 29, 2017.