Health and Wellness

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.

Couch to 5K starts Sept. 3

Madison College will hold another guided Couch to 5K program this Fall. 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 Turkey Trot 5K Race on Sunday, Nov. 2. 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

Cost for employees is $29 (excludes Turkey Trot 5K Race fee)

When: Sept. 3 - Oct. 30

  • Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. (Starts Sept. 3)
  • or Thursdays at 12 p.m. (Starts Sept. 4)

Who: For anyone who wants to get active. The program is led by Coach Rebecca Price. 

Where: We will start in Room 131 in the Health Education Center at Truax

Why: Boost energy, confidence and overall fitness

How: Register online by Sept. 3 at

Contact Lisa Lanting.

Published August 12, 2014. Updated August 13, 2014.

Today is the last chance to change health insurance plans

Today, Monday, June 30 is the deadline for full-time employees to switch between health insurance plans.

If you would like to switch plans, please send the required forms by 11:59 p.m. (see instructions below for switching plans). Payroll deductions for health insurance will change in July (one month in advance).

How to switch plans:


Kristin Gebhardt at 608-246-6902
Lisa Lanting at 608-243-4133 
Helga Vrany at 608-246-6908 

Published June 30, 2014.

Informational meetings to discuss health benefits

In June, three informational meetings will be held to discuss the current health insurance options available for full-time employees. The meetings will also cover this year’s changes that will start on August 1. The first meeting will be recorded and posted online.

·Friday, June 6 from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Administration Building, Room 122.
·Tuesday, June 10 from 3 – 4 p.m. in Room C1435 at the Truax campus.
·Monday, June 16 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, Room AB122 

Group Health Coorporative (GHC) will visit the Reedsburg campus to explain new coverage in Sauk and Portage County on Monday, June 9 from 1 - 2 p.m. in Room 111. 

Coverage details, enrollment and change forms will be posted on the Madison College benefits web page.  

Contact Lisa Lanting

Published June 4, 2014. Updated June 5, 2014.