Health and Wellness

Insurance deductions for health and dental are changing to twice per month

Starting in January of 2015, payroll deductions for health and dental insurance will be split into two deductions per month. Half will come out of the first check, and half will come out of the second check.

This change only affects the employees who are enrolled in health and dental insurance through Madison College.

Vision and life insurance premiums will continue to be deducted once per month.

Please contact the Payroll Office or at call (608)246-6900.

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

November is open enrollment for flex spending accounts and vision insurance

Now is the time to enroll in vision insurance and flexible spending accounts for 2015. Eligible employees may use pre-tax dollars to pay for dependent care, medical expenses, eyeglasses or contacts. Enrollment packets were mailed to home addresses the last week of October. The deadline to enroll is Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.

Enroll by Nov. 17 to enter the early-bird prize drawing!

Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for 2015

  • Open to all full-time employees
  • Annual maximum is $2,550 per calendar year, January - December 2015 (New: The IRS increased the maximum by $50 after we sent out the mailing)
  • Covers uninsured medical expenses such as deductibles or co-pays related to health insurance, prescription drugs, dental expenses, eyeglasses, etc.
  • Over-the-counter drugs must have a prescription to be reimbursed

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for 2015

  • Open to all full-time employees and part-time PSRP
  • Annual maximum is $5,000 per calendar year (January - December 2015)
  • Covers dependent care during your work hours including day care, au pairs, nannies, day camps, preschools and babysitters
  • Does not cover food, clothing, field trips, education, child care while on vacation or overnight camps
  • Funds must be in your account before these expenses can be reimbursed

To enroll in a flexible spending account, use the “Internet Enrollment Instructions” information that was mailed to your home address - these instructions are printed on the back side of the cover sheet.

Voluntary Vision Insurance for 2015

  • Open to all full-time employees and part-time PSRP
  • Covers $150 to $175 per year for eyeglasses or contacts every 12 months
  • Includes 5% to 15% discount on laser vision correction at an in-network provider
  • Includes $200 allowance for laser vision correction
  • An eye exam is only included in the Full Service Plan
    (If you have GHC or WPS health insurance, your plan already includes a free eye exam. Fitting fees for contact lenses are separate.)

Use your flexible spending account and the Madison College Optical Dispensary to maximize savings.

Please contact Lisa Lanting.

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

Free Yoga classes this week

Try out a class before the session starts.

Yoga Classes schedule for this week:

  • Tuesday, Oct.28, at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30, at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

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

For more information or to register for the next session visit the Fitness, Health and Recreation website. Next session starts Nov. 4.  

Published October 27, 2014.

Flu shot clinic on Monday, Nov. 10

Each year, Madison College offers a walk-in flu shot clinic for employees and retirees at Truax. This flu shot clinic is not open to children or family members - please ask family members to use the GHC clinic at Truax.

Our nursing students and faculty will be administering the flu shots alongside GHC nurses on Nov. 10. This is a great opportunity to support our student nurses and give them valuable clinical experience. 

There is no charge to employees if the flu shot is billed to WPS, GHC, or Medicare/Medicaid.

Unfortunately, some insurance companies may not pay for you to get a flu shot at Madison College, so if you have Dean or Unity insurance, please get a flu shot in their network.

The cost is $30 if it is not billed to WPS, GHC, or Medicare/Medicaid. Please bring your insurance card.

Flu Shot Clinic:

Date: Monday, Nov. 10
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Student Lounge, Room C1423, Truax 

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 or visit Madison College flu shots website.

Published October 17, 2014. Updated November 5, 2014.

Family Swim nights at the Fitness Center

Join the Fitness Center on Feb. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a night when the pool will be turned into a fun and exciting family swim!

The Fitness Center will have diving boards available, a selection of toys and access to the basketball hoops.

This is a time for families of our students, staff and faculty to come and relax in our wonderful pool and enjoy one of the Fitness Center’s best kept secrets.

Admission for Family Swim is four dollars for adults, three dollars for children ages 3-18 and free to children under age 2. Students with a valid One Card are also free.

All admissions are paid at our Fitness Center front desk, and you will be issued a bracelet that you will show the guards on duty.  

Contact the Fitness Center at (608) 245-2110


Published October 13, 2014. Updated May 18, 2015.

Sign up for the Madison College Turkey Trot race

Madison College 28th Annual Turkey Trot 5K, 5M Run/Walk and Kids Race will take place on Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Warner Park in Madison, WI.

This event is a unique cross country style run/walk laid out over the terrain of Warner Park. Last year's event drew almost 600 participants at Door Creek Park.

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. Also, a fun 1/4 mile Turkey Trot Kids Race will be available. Kids taking part in the race receive a free t-shirt, race bib and cool finisher's medal for just $12 (before Wednesday, October 15).

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.

To get a race t-shirt and a discount on your entry fee register before Wednesday, Oct. 15. Registration after Oct. 15, is also available including race-day and on-site registration starting at 8:30 a.m. 

For more information on the event and for online registration visit Madison Turkey Trot website

Sunday, November 2, 2014 schedule:

  • On-site registration at 8:30 a.m.
  • Kids Race (1/4 Mile) at 9:30 a.m.
  • 5K race (3.1 Miles) at 10 a.m.
  • Five mile race 11 a.m.
  • Walkers 5K or 5 Mile any time after 9 a.m.

Published October 1, 2014.

College hosts "Back to School" Blood Drive

Madison College will host a “Back to School” Blood Drive on Monday, Sept. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Truax Student Lounge.

The college will partner with the American Red Cross and Sports Clips–anyone who comes to donate at the blood drive will receive a coupon for a free haircut at Sports Clips. In addition, there will be a raffle to win a pair of Badger Football tickets.

Give the gift of life. Nearly 6,000 times a day someone receives blood from a Red Cross donor and yet, only about three percent of the population donates.

It is so important that generous donors give regularly so that blood of all types are available whenever and wherever they are needed.

Sign up at American Red Cross–enter Madison College as the sponsor site.


Contact Madison College Health educator, Anna Marie Hoffmann at (608) 245-2116.

Published September 17, 2014.

Free five-minute cholesterol and glucose tests at Convocation

Do you know your numbers? Stop by the Health and Wellness Mini-Expo during Convocation for a free biometric screening. This is open to all employees. GHC staff will have stations in the cafeteria to check cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure during the following expo hours:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 26, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

No appointment is necessary. Just get in line when it is convenient for you.

The Cholestech LDX test will be used for non-fasting cholesterol and glucose results. This is a simple finger-stick test with results in five minutes. All results are confidential and protected in your medical record.

If you have a few extra minutes, we also can check your pulse, body fat percentage, waist measurement and weight. Knowing your numbers is a great first step for preventing heart attack, stroke and other chronic health problems.

Earn 15 Well Credits:

Full-time employees can earn 15 Well Credits by participating in this free biometric screening during Convocation. If you earn at least 40 Well Credits by May of 2015, you will be entered into the drawing for waived health insurance premiums for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Lisa Lanting.

Published August 14, 2014. Updated August 15, 2014.

New Stress-busting sessions at Convocation

Upon request from employees, we are pleased to offer four stress-busting sessions on Wednesday, Aug. 27, during Convocation. Recharge your batteries before the semester begins.

Please join us and learn new ways to find peace, boost your energy and enhance your overall well-being in life.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Room: A1017R (Formerly 102, across from Gourmet Dining Room)

Stress Busting: Simple Self-care During Conflict

11:15 a.m.

Presenter: Don Heitzinger

We all face times in life when a conflict throws us off balance. In this session we will focus on self-care strategies to build our capacity to bounce back and thrive, even in difficult times. Learn new ways to center, find your balance and honor your underlying needs.

Stress Busting: Easy Mind-Body Techniques for Relaxation and Healing


Presenter: Rian Podein, MD

Meet our Integrative/Complementary Medicine expert at the Truax GHC Clinic and learn how anyone can use his or her mind to relax and heal the body. In this session, Dr. Podein will guide us through a relaxation exercise and provide resources for further healing and practice. Please bring a yoga mat if you’d like to sit or lay on the floor during guided relaxation exercises.

Stress Busting: Burn It off in the New Cardio Center!

2:30 p.m. (30-minute session)

Presenter: Scot Vesterdahl

Test out the new machines and take a tour of the new Cardio Center in the Truax Fitness Center. Scot Vesterdahl will lead us through a short stress-busting workout and share some tips and tricks for fitting exercise into your day. Please wear comfortable clothing and workout shoes. We are going to use the equipment (and maybe even sweat).

Contact Lisa Lanting.

Published August 14, 2014. Updated August 19, 2014.

Fitness center announces hours before semester starts

Faculty and staff looking to get a head start on their workouts can stop by then Truax campus fitness center week before the semester begins.

The fitness center will be open from Aug. 25-29 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

During this time faculty and staff members can purchase memberships, rent lockers and ask staff any questions.

Visit the Fitness, Health and Recreation website for more information in hours and offerings.

Fall semester schedule begins September 2.

Published August 13, 2014.