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Health and Wellness

Participate in the Madison College Turkey Trot

Join the 31st Annual Madison College Turkey Trot 5K and 5M Run/Walk, and Kids Race on Sunday, Nov. 5, 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 400 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 18).

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. 18. Registration after Oct. 18 is also available, including race-day on-site registration starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Turkey 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.

Like us on Facebook to vote on this year's t-shirt color and to receive a promo code for a discount on your race registration

Published September 30, 2016. Updated October 11, 2017.

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.

Walk on October 2 to end Alzheimer's

Madison College Biotech students have created a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Registration is free and this is a family-friendly event. Fundraising is not required, but if you'd like an official event t-shirt, you must raise at least $100.

To join the team or make a donation, visit the Madison College Biotech Team page.

  • Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 am
  • Location: James Madison Memorial High School
  • Distance: 2 miles

All registered participants can receive a Promise Flower to honor those who have been affected by Alzheimer's:

  • Blue represents someone with Alzheimer's or dementia.
  • Purple is for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease.
  • Yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
  • Orange is for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

Questions? Contact Oana Martin, Team Captain

Published September 19, 2016. Updated September 21, 2016.

Well Credits winners announced

June Caruso took home the grand prize in this year's Well Credits drawing. She won waived health and dental insurance premiums for the next fiscal year. Kelly Rolling, from the President's office, drew the winner on Thursday, June 16, in a random, blind drawing. Other winners received their choice of a Fitbit, Aria scale, home blood pressure monitor, movie tickets, yoga kit, fitness gear, cooking supplies or books.

Below are the winners who made huge efforts over the past year to care for their health and well-being:

  • Barb Arnold
  • Lynn Baldwin
  • Ashley Bauer
  • Chelsey Bauer
  • Tara Brennan
  • Dixie Burns
  • Jody Cooper
  • Jennifer Edens
  • Carol Endl
  • Phil Gasper
  • Tammy Gibbs
  • Jodi Goldbeck
  • Peter Grafton
  • Sue Helminski
  • Annette Kornell
  • Brant Kraemer
  • Kristen Kretchmann
  • Lisa Kromenaker
  • Cheryl Krueger
  • Lynea Lavoy
  • Jennifer Meek
  • Priyanka Mehta
  • Kelly Moehling
  • Leah Narans
  • Robin Nickel
  • Catarina Poehnelt
  • Linda Pruss
  • Lori Stier
  • Mollie Stolbov
  • Christine Strub

Well Credits is a year-long program where employees can earn points for getting check-ups, screenings and participating in activities that support health and well-being. The next Well Credits program will run from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Lanting.

Published June 16, 2016. Updated June 17, 2016.

Last chance to get farm-fresh CSA veggies

If you've been thinking about signing up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, now is the time. Please sign up directly with the farm. Most farms sell out their shares by the end of March.


GHC, WPS, and many other health insurance plans offer a wellness reimbursement of up to $200 per family for CSA shares. You can choose any farm that provides a CSA option. Find a pick-up location near you by searching on the FairShare CSA Coalition Map.


Madison College partners with Troy Community Farm to deliver fresh veggies to the Truax campus on Fridays from 12 - 2 pm during the growing season (June through October).


Troy Community Farm CSA Rates for 2016:

  • Weekly Standard Share: $630 (full box every week)
  • Every Other Week Share: $390 (full box every other week)
  • Egg Share: Weekly $100 / Biweekly $50

For Friday deliveries to Truax, please send your registration form with payment directly to Troy Community Farm.


How to make it more affordable:

  • Split a share with a co-worker, neighbor, or friend
  • Choose a custom payment plan with installment option
  • Get partial reimbursement from your health insurance company (Typical wellness reimbursements are $100 to $200 per year)

Questions? Contact Lisa Lanting.

Published March 10, 2016.

Its massage time again

The Therapeutic Massage Clinic is will be available for scheduling online appointments starting Sunday, March 13.

The spring clinic will be open Tuesday, March 22 through Wednesday, May 11.

The student clinic is located at
1705 Hoffman Street, Room #141, Madison, WI 53704
It is on the first floor, Room 141.

The student clinic will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from
March 22 through May 11.

The clinic will be closed on Thursday, April 7.

Appointment times are as follows:
9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5:45 p.m.

Parking: There will be parking in the lot marked “Clinic Parking”, or “Visitor Parking”, and “GHC Parking.” You are able to park in all areas. 

These areas are gated, just press the button and someone will answer; announce that you are visiting the Student Massage clinic for an appointment and they will open the gate.

Published March 7, 2016.

Dalai Lama Live Broadcast on March 9

On Wednesday, March 9, the Dalai Lama will visit Madison for a rare and special event entitled “The World We Make” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The venue is sold out, but the program will be broadcast live via web.


Mark your calendar: At Truax, we will gather in room C2402 to watch this together. If you’d like to watch this from a different location, sign up for the web stream here.


Learn how each one of us can alter humanity’s course by cultivating well-being in ourselves, at Madison College, in our communities, and in the world.


Other presenters include:

  • Dr. Richard Davidson from UW Center for Healthy Minds
  • Dr. Sona Dimidjian from University of Colorado Boulder
  • Dr. Soma Stout from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Dan Harris from ABC News and Good Morning America

Learn more about this event and the presenters here.

Questions? Contact Lisa Lanting.

Published March 4, 2016. Updated March 7, 2016.

Four Prize Drawings for Spring Wellness Challenge

All employees and students are welcome to participate in the Spring Wellness Challenge that runs until May 15. We will have a drawing each month for these great prizes:

  • Fitbit Flex
  • Yoga kit: mat, towel, block, and strap
  • Fitbit Aria wi-fi scale
  • $100 “Kindness in Action” Award – learn more at

In February, Casey Slaney from the Downtown campus won a yoga kit and Jacob McCann (student) won a Fitbit Flex!


The Spring Wellness Challenge includes two components:

  1. Free access to and the free Whil app with guided meditations to calm the mind, strengthen the body, and boost leadership skills
  2. Spreading acts of kindness with Smile Cards

How to join the challenge:

  1. Sign up at with your email
  2. Go to your email to confirm your account
  3. Download the free app for your phone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play (or you can use the web version of on your computer)
  4. Log in and try some guided meditations!
  5. Spread acts of kindness with Smile Cards (available at front desks across the College)

Tell us about acts of kindness you have seen or done!

Use hashtag #KindnessMC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or you can email your story to Lisa Lanting.


If you need some ideas on how to use Smile Cards at Madison College, consider these:

  • Send an anonymous note of appreciation
  • Donate a meal to a student in need
  • Pay for the person behind you in line
  • Leave a flower with a kind note
  • Buy a car wash for someone
  • Give a gift certificate for a massage at the Massage Clinic at Truax


Contact Lisa Lanting.

Published February 29, 2016.