Health and Wellness

Free half-day meditation retreat at Truax

On Saturday, August 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tergar Meditation Community will host a free half-day meditation retreat at Madison College followed by a vegetarian pot luck lunch. This will be held in the "Bamboo Room" of the Health Education building, room 131 at the Truax campus - same room where the yoga classes and mindfulness practice sessions are held.
In this half-day retreat, we will practice mindfulness and meditation techniques using awareness of the breath, body and sounds. Beginners and all levels are welcome to attend. Chairs and meditation cushions will be provided.
This is a free event, open to everyone in our community. You may bring a friend, co-worker, family member, or roommate.
The practice leader for this session is Diana Grove, RN who teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the UW Health Integrative Medicine Clinic. Diana has practiced mindfulness meditation since 2002 and has been an adult educator for over twenty years. She has an interest in the integration of mindfulness in living with chronic illness, mindful parenting and smoking cessation.
Space is limited to 30 participants. If you'd like to attend, please email Lisa Lanting.

Published July 22, 2015.

Help us grow veggies and herbs at Truax and Downtown

This week, the Horticulture Club planted sweet basil seeds, which are happily germinating on a sunny windowsill.
Imagine having a garden at every campus where you could walk outside and pick fresh veggies, herbs, and fruits for your lunch. What would you like to pick and eat?
We need help now and over the summer!
If you are willing to help with the gardens on campus, please come to our weekly meeting:
Garden Planning Meeting (Horticulture Club)

  • Day: Wednesdays
  • Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (just drop in anytime and stay as long as you can)
  • Location: Room 131 of the Health Education Building

In future weeks we will plan the layout of the gardens and start growing herbs, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and other veggies.
Get Notifications of Events & Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Join the email list - send email
  • Join the Facebook Group - you must request to join the Horticulture Club after logging into Facebook

Contact Lisa Lanting

Published April 1, 2015.

Free "Intro to Meditation" course starts April 14

Calling all busy minds! Learn how to rewire your brain's stress response system through awareness of breath, body, sounds, and emotions. Dan Harris calls this hacking your brain's default mode

Even busy kindergarteners can do this! This new 4-minute video "Just Breathe" shows how kids and adults of all ages can benefit from taking a moment to breathe. 

Free Introduction to Meditation Course:

  • Dates: April 14 to May 5 on Tuesdays
  • Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Board Room of Administration building, AB122, Truax campus
  • Facilitator: Lisa Lanting
  • How to Register: Please complete this web form by April 10

If you can't make it in person, you can also take this course online through Tergar.

About This Course:

This is not a religious course; we will be learning and practicing a technique to improve well-being. These are similar skills that you would learn in mindfulness-based stress reduction or "relaxation" training. 

In this course we will view and discuss videos and materials provided by the Tergar Learning Community. This is open to anyone with a valid OneCard (students and employees). 

Meditation awakens us to the joy of the present moment. In this four-part course, we will explore what meditation is and how to get started. It’s not as hard as you think. You don’t have to be Buddhist to meditate. You don’t even have to be religious. All you need is a sincere desire to open your heart and mind to the present moment. This course is open to people of all faiths, as well as both beginning and experienced meditators.

In this course we will explore:

  • How to get started
  • How to meditate using sound, breath, and awareness
  • How to work with difficult emotions in meditation

Please contact Lisa Lanting.

Published March 31, 2015. Updated April 1, 2015.

Spring II yoga courses start March 24

The Fitness, Health and Recreation department is offering Spring II yoga courses from March 24 to May 7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

If you have never tried yoga or are curious, there will be free courses on March 24 and March 26. Anyone is welcome to join either or both classes. 

You have the option of taking courses from:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

Visit our Madison College Group Fitness Classes website for more details and to sign up.

Published March 20, 2015.

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.