Health and Wellness

GHC and WPS reps to visit Truax April 2 and 4

GHC and WPS reps will be here this week, April 2 and 4. Stop by and ask them about the new options available for prescription refills and free preventive care for your whole family. GHC will also answer questions about their new Walgreens partnership, expanded complementary medicine benefits, and new WebMD wellness program.
GHC and WPS hold drop-in sessions in HR the first Tuesday and Thursday of every month.
-Tim Ottosen from WPS will be here on Tuesday, April 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. Stop by or call him at (608) 226-8057.
-Elizabeth Dye from GHC will be here on Thursday, April 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. Stop by or call GHC Member Services at (800) 605-4327.
No appointment is necessary, just stop by Human Resources, room AB121.
Contact Kristin Gebhardt at or (608) 246-6902.

Published April 1, 2013.

Benefits and Wellness sessions at March Convocation

Don't miss these exciting sessions at Convocation on March 12! Note: the self-defense class will be located in the new Protective Services building and it has a limit of 20 participants (RSVP required).
Mini-Benefits Expo
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria
Exhibitors: GHC, WPS, Wisconsin Deferred Compensation (WDC)
Early Retirement Informational Session
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. in Room 384AB
Presenter: Kristin Gebhardt, Director - Benefits, Compensation & Training
Growing Healthy Food for Your Family: Gardening Tips & Tricks
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. in Room 380AB
Presenter: Claire Strader, Farm Director, Troy Community Farm and Madison FarmWorks, Community GroundWorks
Resilience in Difficult Times: How to Bounce Back and Thrive
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. in Room 383
Presenters: Anna Marie Hoffmann, RN, Madison College Health Educator and Don Heitzinger, EAP Counseling/Referral Services, Heitzinger & Associates
Saving for Retirement: New Options via Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. in Room 386
Presenter: Kristy Igl, Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program, Employee Trust Funds
Protect Yourself: Self-Defense Strategies for Everyone
Afternoon Session: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Evening Session: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Presenter: Brian Landers, Criminal Justice Program Chair
Building: New Protective Services Education Center, 1701 Pearson Street, Madison, WI 53704
Room: 173
Space is limited to 20 participants. Please email Robin Craig to reserve your spot in advance.
The full Convocation line-up will be posted here.

Published March 1, 2013. Updated March 4, 2013.

Are you my type?

Do you know what your blood type is? If not, don't worry! Back by popular demand ... "Are you my type?" hits the Truax campus for another year.
The event wil be held this Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Mitby hallway (across from the staff mail room) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open to everyone. 
It's an awareness event for our Medical Lab Technician program. Students in the program will be conducting the procedure (finger sticks) after receiving signed release forms.
There will be lots of cupcakes.

Published February 22, 2013. Updated February 25, 2013.

Register as a marrow donor at Truax

The Association for Biotechnology and the Madison College Health Education Center are holding a Marrow Donor Registration event. 
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Truax Campus
Austin (PDF, 70 KB) and Leilani (PDF, 73 KB) are local Madison kids who need bone marrow transplants.
For more information regarding eligibility and registration, please contact BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Marrow Donor Program at 866-702-HOPE(4673). Testing for the bone marrow registry is easy. It is essentially completing a health history form and conducting a cheek swab process. You must be at least 18 years old, and not older than 44 years. You answer questions to determine if you are eligible to donate.


Published January 23, 2013.

Free Yoga Classes This Week at Truax Fitness Center

This week Tuesday and Thursday, January 22 & 24, all yoga classes are FREE. All levels, from beginner to advanced, are welcome. This is a great time to test out a class if you've been thinking about trying yoga.
Join us for a gentle yoga class designed to help you stretch, breathe, and re-energize during your day. It is a casual environment and some people even come in work clothes.
Spring Yoga Schedule - Tuesdays & Thursdays:

  • 11:30 - 12:30 (60-minute class)
  • 12:35 - 1:00 (25-minute class)
  • 4:15 - 5:15 (60-minute class)

Location: 3rd Floor, Fitness Center, Truax
Instructor: Tammy Sytsma from Circle of Stones Wellness & Yoga Therapy.
Gear: yoga mats, blocks, and straps are provided.
View the full group fitness class schedule.

Published January 22, 2013. Updated January 23, 2013.

Join the "Lose It!" challenge

Make a healthy start to the new year!
Sign up for the free six-week wellness challenge starting on January 30.
Lose six pounds in six weeks or just maintain your already healthy weight. This college-wide challenge is open to all employees, students, retirees, significant others and roommates. We encourage you to engage everyone in your household for the best results.
Lose It! is designed to help people manage weight in healthy, sustainable way. No magic pills, no crazy diets - just a simple, easy-to-use program that helps you stay in your calorie budget. Users have already lost over 14 million pounds using this program.
Prizes: Three prize drawings will be held for this challenge. You don't have to lose weight to qualify for the drawings - prizes will be awarded based on number of days logged. The more you log your meals and exercise, the better your chances of winning.  Prizes include:

  • Exercise gear (resistance bands, balance balls, kettlebells, TRAINERmats)
  • Smoothie maker
  • Yoga gear (mats, towels, beginner kits)
  • Digital scale
  • Salad dressing maker
  • Cookbooks
  • Better health!

Download the free app for Android, iOS, Nook, or Kindle, or just use your web browser to track your progress. After signing up, please go to the Settings tab at the top to adjust your privacy settings. This is where you can control how much you share with the rest of the group.
Free Access to Fitness Center & Group Classes:
Employees who would like free access to the Fitness Center and group fitness classes during the challenge should submit this form to Denise Stenklyft (Truax 112A) before January 28. Employee Wellness will be sponsoring staff access during the six-week challenge. 
You can join the "Lose It" challenge after the deadline too.

Published January 11, 2013. Updated March 20, 2013.

It's a great day to quit smoking

Madison College is proud to support the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15 by encouraging smokers to make a plan to quit. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life; reducing their risk of cancer.

Do you want to help support quitters? Share one of these new banners on facebook to show your support.

Free Quit for Life Program for Employees
Madison College offers a free & confidential smoking cessation program for employees. It's called Quit for Life and they have helped over 500,000 tobacco users kick the habit. Call 1-866-784-8454 or visit to learn more.
Need additional help?
Call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW

Published November 15, 2012. Updated November 16, 2012.

Benefits & Wellness sessions at October Convocation

Flu Shot Clinic
10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Room 142A
Each year, Madison College offers a Flu Shot Clinic at the October Convocation. Save a trip to the doctor and get your flu shot on campus. Stop by and test your Seasonal Flu IQ to enter into the drawing for wellness prizes. This year's clinic will be held in room 142A at the following times: Tuesday, October 23 from 10 am - 2 pm and Wednesday, October 24 from 12 - 5 pm. GHC, WPS and most other insurance plans will cover the cost of the flu shot (please bring your insurance card). For those who do not have health insurance, the cost of the flu shot is $30.
Mini Benefits Expo & Stress-Busting Stations
10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Cafeteria
Re-energize between Convocation sessions! Join us in the cafeteria and take a 5-minute spin on a Stress-Busting Bike. While you are there, be sure to check out the Mini Benefits Expo and learn more about wellness reimbursements, voluntary vision insurance, and a new Roth option for retirement. Visit the booths of GHC, WPS, Vision Insurance Plan of America (VIPA), Madison College Optical Dispensary, and Wisconsin Deferred Compensation.
Announcing a New Employee Benefit: Voluntary Vision Insurance
10:30 - 11:00 am, Room 142B
1:00 - 1:30 pm, Room 101
Thinking about getting new glasses, contacts, or Lasik? Madison College is pleased to announce a new benefit for PSRP, full-time faculty, and administrators. Join us and learn more about the new voluntary vision insurance plan through Vision Insurance Plan of America (VIPA). Find out how to use your Flex spending account and the Madison College Optical Dispensary to maximize savings. Enrollment will begin in November for coverage beginning on January 1, 2013.
Living Well: Boosting Vitality and Well-Being
1:30 - 2:15 pm, Room 101
Join us for a discussion about living to one’s fullest potential, regardless of health or life status. Concepts of love, acceptance, trust, forgiveness, positivity, gratefulness, self-care, self-worth, confidence, identifying one’s strengths, skills, passion(s), and mission will be discussed.  Participants will be able to identify and/or create a “personal plan” for their own well-being, no matter where they are in life.
Saving for Retirement: Is a WDC ROTH Right for You?
2:30 - 3:00 pm, Room 101
In this session, we will discuss the Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Roth options and compare Roth vs. traditional IRAs. Join us and check out the new online Roth Contribution Analyzer tool.
Early Retirement Benefits for Full-Time Employees
3:00 - 4:00 pm, Room 101
Come on in and learn more about the current Madison College early retirement benefits for full time employees. We will talk about retiree health insurance, the sick leave payout plan, and when you should notify Employee Trust funds of your retirement plans.
View the full Convocation line-up here.

Published October 23, 2012.