Health and Wellness

Free health screening during Convocation

GHC nurses will be on-site during Convocation on Jan. 7-8 to provide free, confidential biometric screenings for employees. Space is limited so sign up online in advance to guarantee your spot for a 10 minute appointment.

Screenings will be held in the upper cafeteria during the Wellness and Benefits Mini Expo.

Contact Helga Vrany at (608)246-6908.

Published December 18, 2013. Updated January 5, 2014.

2013 Jingle Bell Run: Teammates Wanted

Team Madison College is calling all walkers, joggers and runners willing to brave the cold weather to show some College spirit at the Jingle Bell Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.

All proceeds to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. The race starts at the Vilas Park Shelter at 702 S. Randall Avenue at 10 a.m.

All team members are encouraged to proudly wear Madison College and “jingle-jangly” festive apparel. Friends and family are invited to join the fun too.

To register, or for more details, visit the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis website.

Click on “Register as one person” and select “Team Madison College.”

The cost is $35 through Nov. 27 and $40 thereafter.

Not a runner or walker? That’s okay, you can still help! Donations are gladly accepted if you click the Donate button and specify Team Madison College.

Please contact team co-captains, Alissa Tambone, ext. 4127 or Teresa Werhane, ext. 4236 with questions.

Published November 15, 2013. Updated December 6, 2013.

Flex spending and vision insurance enrollment now open

Don’t forget that now is the time to enroll in vision insurance and create pre-tax flex spending accounts for 2014. Eligible employees received enrollment packets by mail. The enrollment deadline is Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. 

The winners of the Nov. 15, early-bird prize drawing:

  • Luis Rey Navarro
  • Nancy M. Johnson
  • William Pena 

BESTflex: 2014 Flexible Spending Account

A flexible spending account (FSA) allows you to deduct childcare and uninsured medical expenses on a pre-tax basis. This benefit is open to full-time PSRP, full-time faculty and administrative staff. The maximum you can designate per year for health expenses is $2,500 and the maximum per year for dependent care is $5,000. As of this year, the government no longer allows participants to use pre-tax FSA dollars for health insurance premiums. To enroll, use the “Internet Enrollment Instructions” that were mailed to your home address - these instructions are printed on the back side of the cover sheet.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, we were just notified by Employee Benefits Corporation that part-time employees are no longer eligible to participate in a Health Care FSA starting in January 2014. However, part-time employees may still participate in a Dependent Care FSA through a pre-tax payroll deduction. This is a result of new rules just announced by the IRS and the Department of Labor related to the Affordable Care Act (health care reform).

Voluntary Vision Insurance

The voluntary vision plan provides $150-$175 per year for in-network eyeglasses or contacts. Participants may also receive special discounts and a $200 allowance for laser vision correction (Lasik). This benefit is open to part-time PSRP, full-time PSRP, full-time faculty and administrative staff. Use your flexible spending account and the Madison College Optical Dispensary to maximize savings.

Note: Most people who have health insurance opt for “materials only” coverage since routine/basic eye exams are already covered by GHC and WPS. Coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2014.

Contact Lisa Lanting or Brian Nesbit.

Published November 8, 2013. Updated November 20, 2013.

Faculty encouraged to help students enroll for health insurance

As you know, many students struggle to get health care. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share information with students seeking enrollment assistance for the Affordable Care Act. 

Students needing assistance can be directed to the following resources:

  • Go to the Dane County Human Services webpage and click on the PDF files near the top of the page to find a schedule of walk-in help at libraries around Madison.
  • Look at the outline (PDF, 504 KB) of how to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. This document exhibits '5 Things You Need to Know' and reccomends assistance opportunities available in Dane County. 

Students, faculty and staff can contact Anna Marie Hoffman, Madison College health educator at 608-245-2126. 

Published October 25, 2013.

Flu shot clinics scheduled at Truax

Each year, Madison College offers several flu shot clinics at Truax. Save a trip to the doctor and get your flu shot on campus. This year, the flu shot clinics will be held in the Student Lounge. GHC, WPS and most other insurance plans will cover the cost of the flu shot. Patients are requested to bring their insurance cards to the clinic. 

Flu Shot Clinic dates and times are: 
Thursday, October 24: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. 
Friday, October 25 (during Convocation): 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

On Thursday, there will be an Adaptive Sports and Recreation demonstration and on Friday, free chair massages will be available from students in the Therapeutic Massage program. 

Contact Lisa Lanting or visit

Published October 9, 2013. Updated October 16, 2013.

Fitness, Health and Recreation offers group fitness yoga class

Spend your lunch hour learning balance, strength, breathing and focus techniques with the yoga group fitness class. The class is offered through the Madison College Fitness, Health and Recreation department. 

The class meets Oct. 21 – Dec. 4, 2013, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.

Click here for more information about this class and other group fitness classes.  

Published October 4, 2013.

Sign up for the Madison College Turkey Trot race

Join us at the 27th Annual Madison College Turkey Trot 5K and 5M Run/Walk and Kids Race on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Door Creek Park, Madison, Wis. This event is a unique cross country style run/walk.  Last year's event drew almost 600 participants.

In addition to the best technical race t-shirts in the area, quality custom designed awards, and the unique cross country style race, we also have a 1/4 mile Turkey Trot Kids Run.  Kids (12 & Under) will receive a free t-shirt, race bib and cool finisher's medal for just $12 (prior to Oct. 17.)

All proceeds from the 5K and 5M Cross Country Run/Walk benefit Thursday’s Child and the Madison College Foundation. Thursday’s Child makes dreams come true for terminally ill children at no cost. 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 for online registration visit Madison College Turkey Trot.  Early online registration closes on Thursday, Oct. 17.  Race-day registration is also available on-site starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Receive a discount code if you LIKE the Turkey Trot on Facebook.


Jason Verhelst
Turkey Trot Race Director

Published October 2, 2013. Updated October 7, 2013.

Free health care reform seminar scheduled for Oct. 23

A free health care reform seminar (PDF, 83 KB) will be held on the Truax campus on Oct. 23, 2013. If you are a part-time employee, you may shop for coverage on the new Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. No action is required by full-time employees enrolled in the Madison College’s health insurance plan.

"Health Care Reform: What it Means to You"
Presented by the GHC Better Together Project

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Presentation
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Enrollment Assistance/Questions

Mitby Theater - Madison College Truax Campus
1701 Wright St, Madison, WI 53704

REGISTER HERE by October 18. Space is limited.

Published September 30, 2013. Updated October 9, 2013.

Health insurance representatives visit campus Oct. 1 and 3

GHC and WPS reps will be here this week on Oct. 1 and 3. Stop by and ask them about the new options available for prescription refills and free preventive care for your whole family. GHC will also answer questions about their new Walgreens partnership, expanded complementary medicine benefits, and new WebMD wellness program.

GHC and WPS hold drop-in sessions in HR the first Tuesday and Thursday of every month.

  • Kate Borenz from GHC will be here on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, from 3 to 4 p.m. Stop by or call GHC Member Services at (800) 605-4327.
  • Tim Ottosen from WPS will be here on Thursday, Oct.3, 2013, from 3 to 4 p.m. Stop by or call him at (608) 226-8057.

No appointment is necessary, just stop by Human Resources, room AB121.

Contact Kristin Gebhardt at (608) 246-6902.

Published September 30, 2013.

Amy Krumenauer earns hardware in duathalon series

The time, the motivation, the willingness to change routine - these three things aligned for Amy when her kids were in high school. She recalled the words of her husband when the kids were just toddlers, "It would be great if someday we could all go running as a family."

Never a runner herself, she would watch as her family would go without her--biking was more her style. But deciding it had to be now or never, her trek began towards becoming a part of her running family. Outlining her schedule to incorporate a running routine, she began building up her endurance. While her son jokingly teased her by calling her first attempts 'jog-hopping' she continued to build her form, so that by the end of 2009 she was able to join them in her first goal; a 5k run. It was at that point her husband's words became a reality, and running became a great way for the family to connect during the kids teenage years.

Fast forward, and today you’ll see that Amy's initial motivation has expanded into one with a competitive edge.

"This year I competed in a full duathalon series (run-bike-run), taking a divisional first in the last race of the series and second place in points over the course of the season. I’ve also completed sprint triathlons this year, and occasionally 5k/10k runs." Said Krumenauer. 

She insists that she could never do it alone, that each time she competes there's a mental army of those that helped her get there, and those that continue to motivate her by example.

She explained that the Madison College Fitness Center played a role in her development as an athlete. "We are very fortunate to have the fitness center here at the College. Marnie Cordio and her staff at the pool have been instrumental in helping me improve my swim technique and in helping me prepare for the triathlons each year. And along the way you recognize and connect with others using the facilities--others working hard to meet whatever goals they have set for themselves--we all motivate each others. I owe many people a heaping bowl of ‘thanks’." 

Published September 27, 2013. Updated September 30, 2013.