Health and Wellness

Vision insurance: same benefit, different name

Superior Vision out of California has recently acquired Vision Plans of America (VIPA), our voluntary vision insurance provider. 

Madison College's voluntary vision insurance plan has not changed, but those who are enrolled will receive new insurance cards and will see "Superior Vision" listed in the Benefits section of Workday.

If you haven’t received your new card yet, please contact Superior Vision at (800) 507-3800 or 

This benefit is available for Part-Time PSRP, Full-Time PSRP, Full-Time Faculty, and Administrative Staff. The open enrollment period for voluntary vision insurance is held in November every year. 

Please visit the Voluntary Vision Insurance page to learn more about this benefit, search for a provider and see rates and coverage details.

Contact Laurie Popp

Published March 4, 2015. Updated March 6, 2015.

New mindfulness practice groups in three buildings

By popular request, Madison College has launched free mindfulness practice groups in three buildings this semester.

Please join us if you are interested in:

  • Improving your own well-being and connecting with your “mindful center
  • Benefiting others at Madison College by planting seeds of peace and kindness

These group meetings are free and open to anyone who is interested – employees, students, retirees and visitors. No RSVP required. 

Mindfulness simply means focusing your attention on the present moment. We practice this by following our breath, noticing our thoughts and emotions and listening to our bodies. Regular practice can have a powerful effect on stress response, healing, energy level, learning, mood, sleep and relationships.

Here is the current schedule starting Feb. 12:

Guided mindfulness practice groups (with a leader):

  • Mondays – 12:30 to 1 p.m., Health Education Building, Truax, Room 131
  • Tuesdays – 3:20 to 3:40 p.m., Downtown Campus, Room D302
  • Thursdays – 2:30 to 3 p.m., Truax Student Lounge, Room C1423B

Silent meditation practice groups (quiet individual practice):

  • Mondays – 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Reflection Room via Student Life, C1420
  • Mondays – 1 to 1:30 p.m., Health Education Building, Truax, Room 131
  • Thursdays – 3 to 3:30 p.m., Truax Student Lounge, Room C1423B

If you can’t make it at those times, try out some of the free guided meditations on our Mindfulness Practice page.

We are still looking for volunteers to lead groups at South, West, Portage, Reedsburg, Fort Atkinson and Watertown. Please contact Lisa Lanting if you’d like to create a group at these campuses. 

Please contact Lisa Lanting

Published February 5, 2015. Updated February 6, 2015.

Couch to 5K starts on Feb. 13 at Truax

Madison College will hold another guided Couch to 5K program this Spring at Truax. This program is a gentle introduction to getting active. The training will start by alternating between walking and running to slowly build strength and endurance. At the end of the nine-week program, you will be prepared to run the Madison College Spring 5K race.  

The group meets once per week and you will need to complete two other weekly trainings on your own. All fitness levels are welcome. No running experience necessary. 

What: Nine-week walking and running program
When: Fridays from Feb. 13, to April 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Who: For anyone who wants to get active. The program is led by Coach Rebecca Price. 
Where: We will start in Room A101Q across from the Gourmet Dining Room
Why: Boost energy, confidence and overall fitness
How: Register online by Feb. 11 at 

Cost for employees and students is $29 (excludes 5K Race fee) 

Contact Lisa Lanting.

Published February 3, 2015. Updated February 4, 2015.

Madison College offers Yoga for Warriors

Madison College in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs is proud to announce the new Yoga for Warriors class for free.

The class will be offered on Wednesdays starting Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building Room 131.

This class is open to Veterans and active military for both students and employees. 

Contact Kelly Knueve at (608) 616-3498.

Published January 28, 2015. Updated June 30, 2015.

Yoga classes begin with another six-week session on Feb. 3.

Try out a free class before the start of a new session on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

All classes will be held in the Health Education Building at the Truax campus in Room 131.

  • Member rate is $60 per six-week session
  • Non-Member rate is $75 per six-week session

For more information or to register visit the Madison College Group Fitness Classes website.


Published January 16, 2015. Updated January 28, 2015.

Flu Shot Clinic at DTEC on Thursday, Dec. 11

Madison College will offer an additional walk-in flu shot clinic at the Downtown Campus during the holiday reception. This is open to employees, students and anyone else who would like to participate. 

Home Health United will be administering the flu shots. 

There is no charge if the flu shot is billed to any of the following insurance plans:

  • GHC
  • Dean
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid (BadgerCare, ForwardHealth, United Healthcare)
  • Physicians Plus
  • Unity
  • WPS

The cost is $31 if it is not billed to insurance. Please bring your insurance card. 

Flu Shot Clinic at DTEC: 

Date: Thursday, Dec. 11
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Room 240, Downtown Campus 

If you have any students who would like to get a flu shot, please encourage them to go to the GHC Clinic at Traux where they can get a flu shot for only $13.  

Contact Lisa Lanting.

Published December 5, 2014. Updated December 8, 2014.

Give the gift of life at the Truax Blood Drive Dec. 9

Madison College is hosting a blood drive at Truax on Dec. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Your gift can make a difference and save lives — one donation has the potential to save up to three lives according to the American Red Cross 

Madison College Health Educator Anna Marie Hoffman, RN, shared a heartfelt message about the importance of giving blood. 

To sign up, go to the American Red Cross site or contact Anna Marie Hoffman

Published December 3, 2014.

Win a fruit and veggie basket on Nov. 10 in the Student Lounge

To promote healthy eating and wellness, the Madison College Horticulture Club will have a table at the employee flu shot clinic on Monday, Nov. 10, in the Truax Student Lounge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please stop by to see photos of this year's veggie garden at Truax and share your ideas for next year's garden. 

The club will give away a beautiful fruit and veggie basket to show their appreciation for Madison College's support of sustainable gardening. 

If you can't make it on Monday, but would still like to help out with the school garden, please email Lisa Lanting or join the Horticulture Club Facebook Group.

Contact Lisa Lanting.


Published November 6, 2014. Updated November 7, 2014.

Simple ways to protect your health

Colder weather has arrived and we are entering into a long winter stretch of colds, flu and other viral illnesses that are lurking on doorknobs, public bathrooms and desktops. When temperatures drop and windows and doors stay shut, viruses can thrive indoors. If your immune system isn't up to the task, you're likely to catch the latest bug to hit town.

Here are some tips on how to stay well and keep germs away:

  • Wash your hands — a lot!
    Simple hand washing with soap and water is an easy and effective way to stay healthy year-round. It is especially important to wash hands before you eat or prepare food, after using a bathroom and after you cough or sneeze. When soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer as a temporary alternative. 
  • Make sleep a priority.
    Getting enough sleep is the most important thing to do this season, because any other precautions you take against cold or flu — the right food, supplements, even vaccinations—won't offer the same protection if your body is too tired to use them properly. 
  • Practice prevention.
    Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • Get a flu shot.
    An influenza vaccination offers 70 to 90 percent protection against infection and can decrease the severity and side effects if you do get sick. So roll up your sleeve—flu shots are recommended for anyone six months of age or older. If you haven’t already gotten a flu shot, get one at the employee flu shot clinic on Monday, Nov. 10.
    Please encourage students to get a flu shot at the GHC Clinic at Truax for $13.

In the news: Ebola

Ebola is in the news right now, but our risk is very low, and the college is working with key community partners to update response plans and follow recommendations from state and national public health agencies. Remember that Ebola is not spread through casual contact — it is only spread through direct contact with blood or other body fluids of a sick person. Aside from a few individual travelers, the disease remains contained at this time within three countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia).

If you have questions about Ebola or think you have been exposed, you can call the Wisconsin Ebola helpline at (844) 684-1064.

This helpline is confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a precaution, if you have traveled to any of the affected countries, public health departments would like you to call this helpline.

Learn More:

Please contact Anna Marie Hoffmann, RN, health education or Lisa Lanting, employee health and wellness

Published November 5, 2014.

December is open enrollment for same-sex marriages

On Oct. 6, 2014, same-sex marriages became legal in the state of Wisconsin. As a result, Madison College is pleased to offer the same benefits to all married employees.

In December, we will hold a special enrollment period for same-sex couples who are married. Coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2015.

The College’s domestic partner policy has not changed.

Full-time employees who would like to add a same-sex spouse to their benefit plans should submit the appropriate forms to Payroll by Dec. 23:

*Note: it is not possible to switch between health insurance plans - this can only be done in June.

All future marriages will be considered qualifying events for changing benefit plans within 30 days of the event.

You may change your tax withholding at any time by submitting a W-4 form to Payroll.

Please contact Kristin Gebhardt.

Published October 30, 2014. Updated October 31, 2014.