Health and Wellness

Staying healthy: free wellness seminar for retirees

Join us for a free wellness seminar featuring Dr. Mark Huth and learn how to age gracefully and save money on health care expenses.

When: Wednesday, April 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Madison College - Traux Campus

Board Room 122, Administration Building

Who: Early retirees and their spouses/partners are invited

RSVP: Call 608-246-6900 or email Human Resources.

About Our Speaker, Mark Huth, MD

Dr. Huth is the Chief of Staff and a Primary Care Physician at Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin. Dr. Huth specializes in family medicine and his medical interests include preventive medicine and sports medicine.

More Reasons to Attend:

  • Enjoy free coffee, tea, and healthy snacks
  • Enter to win a door prize
  • Compare costs of health insurance options
  • Meet other retirees and wellness experts
  • Try chair yoga (beginners welcome)
  • Get a free blood pressure check
  • See a demo of the WebMD® interactive wellness tools

Published April 19, 2013.

Be aware of Meningitis

With the recent and tragic death of a UW-Madison student it is important to know that while rare, Meningitis is a serious illness and college students are at an increased risk.

Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Meningococcus bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions such as saliva (e.g., living in close quarters, kissing). Although it can be very serious, meningococcal disease can be treated with antibiotics that prevent severe illness and reduce the spread of infection from person to person. Quick medical attention is extremely important if meningococcal disease is suspected. Symptoms can include:

  • High fever
  • Heachache
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • Nausea & Vomitting

Keeping up to date with recommended vaccines is the best defense against meningococcal disease. Maintaining healthy habits, like getting plenty of rest and not coming into close contact with people who are sick, can also help.

Click here for more information.







Published April 12, 2013.

Give blood. Change a life. Be proud.

Sponsored by the American Red Cross: Give blood. Change a life. Be Proud. 
Madison College Blood Drive 
Room 142 A & B
Monday, April 15
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Download your favorite tune or win other prizes while supplies last! All presenting donors qualify!
Sponsored by Student Health Education
For an appointment: Sign up in Student Life Office
Contact Anna Marie Hoffman at (608) 245-2116.
For more information, check out or call (800) RED-CROSS.

Published April 1, 2013.

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.