Health and Wellness

Sign up for the Healthy Weight Challenge by Jan. 31

Healthy Weight Challenge:
Jan. 20 - March 14, 2014

Get access to the Madison College Fitness Centers!

Are you interested in losing weight or inches, firming up, gaining muscle, or just maintaining your current weight? All employees can participate in this eight-week challenge. This is an individual challenge, but we encourage you to recruit fitness buddies at work and at home for support.

How it works:

  1. Set a goal. Do you want to lose inches or pounds? Or gain muscle? Or maintain your healthy weight?
  2. Register online for the Challenge. Registrations will be accepted until Jan. 31.
  3. Add healthy lifestyle activities to each day such as cooking healthy food, exercising, seeing a health & wellness coach or join a support group like Lighten Up!
  4. Track your progress via paper log, mobile app or electronic log. Choose whatever tracking method works for you.
  5. Complete short quizzes to win prizes.

Prize drawings to be held at mid-point and at end of Challenge:

Learn more on the Healthy Weight Challenge page.

Lisa Lanting.

Published January 13, 2014. Updated January 24, 2014.

Free yoga classes offered week of Jan. 20

Free yoga classes will be held in room 131 of the Health Education building on the Truax campus.
Class dates and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. 

More information about classes offered in the Truax Fitness Center, including scheldues and fees, can be found on the Group Fitness webpage

Published January 8, 2014.

Spring memberships available in Madison College Fitness Center

The fitness centers at the Downtown and Truax campuses offer a variety of exercise equipment from treadmills to weights. On the Truax Campus, members also have access to the pool, racquetball courts and group fitness classes. 

Those seeking information about membership fees should check out the fitness center's membership and rentals webpage.

The Spring hours for the Truax and Downtown Fitness Centers can also be found on the site. 

Published January 8, 2014.

Lighten Up! classes offered on all Madison College campuses

Employees and students at all Madison College locations can now register for Lighten Up! 101. This class originates at the Truax campus and will be delivered via virtual meeting to all Madison College campuses starting on Jan. 23.

The eight-week session will be led by a registered dietician from Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) and focuses on a non-diet approach to eating and weight management.

For registration information and class details, go to

Contact Helga Vrany at 246-6908.

Published January 3, 2014. Updated March 30, 2015.

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.