Health and Wellness

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.

Thanks,

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.

Questions?
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.

Registration is open for the second session of Lighten Up!

Balance your weight, live your life

Join us on Thursdays for 30 minutes at lunchtime and learn to balance your weight using a non-diet approach. No weigh-ins, no competition.

The eight-week session will be led by Lisa Hansen, Registered Dietitian from Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW). You did not need to take session 101 before taking 102.

The focus will be on building a healthy relationship with food and acceptance of your body. This approach focuses on eating according to our body's hunger and fullness signals, ending food restrictions to eliminate binges, cravings and guilt, using non-food strategies to cope with emotional stress, and enjoying healthy food and movement.

Topics featured:

Lighten Up! Session 102*

  • What is good nutrition?
  • Maximize your metabolism
  • Reasonable restaurant eating
  • If I were thinner….feeling better about your body today
  • Holiday eating
  • Eating ritual
  • Abandon the diet mentality forever
  • Healthy holiday potluck/evaluation

Session details:

Lighten Up! 102*
Dates: Oct. 31–Dec. 19, 2013
Day: Thursdays (Class will be on Tuesday the week of Thanksgiving)
Time: 12–12:30 p.m.
Location: Truax Main Building, Room C1423B (inside Student Lounge)
Cost: $50 employees/retirees; or $30 students**

*You did not have to take 101 in order to take 102.

** Registration fees are eligible for reimbursement for GHC-SCW and WPS members

TWO WAYS TO REGISTER:
1. Call GHC-SCW at (608) 662-4924
2. Register online at ghcscw.com/be-well/classes (scroll down and select the Madison College location)

Questions?
Contact Lisa Lanting at (608) 243-4133.

Published September 25, 2013. Updated October 16, 2013.

Campus community challenged to eat more fruits and vegetables

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society will host the Keep It Simple, Keep It Fresh-5 Day Challenge the week of September 23, 2013. During the week, the five day challenge consists of improving your diet by adding five vegetables and fruits. A nutritional information booth, a free cooking class and more will also be featured. 

By participating in the 5 Day Challenge, participants will receive an original grocery bag or water bottle, and a 20% discount coupon at Whole Bowl. Please sign-up by stopping at the table at Truax cafeteria from 10-3 p.m., September 17-20, 2013, or online.

One of the activities is The Recipe Competition where participants can submit a favorite sandwich or salad recipe for the chance to win a prize of $50 Visa gift card. A recipe book will feature the top ten recipes of each category and the book will be available to all participants.

If interested, submit your recipe to FoodServices@madisoncollege.edu no later than September 22 at midnight.  

The event is open to students, faculty and staff. 

Click here for the 5 Day Challenge instructions.

Published September 20, 2013. Updated September 25, 2013.

Lighten Up! weekly meetings start Thursday, September 5

Balance your weight, live your life

Join us on Thursdays for 30 minutes at lunchtime and learn to balance your weight using a non-diet approach. No weigh-ins, no competition.

Each eight-week session will be led by Lisa Hansen, Registered Dietitian from Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW). You do not need to take session 101 before taking 102.

The focus will be on building a healthy relationship with food and acceptance of your body. This approach focuses on eating according to our body's hunger and fullness signals, ending food restrictions to eliminate binges, cravings and guilt, using non-food strategies to cope with emotional stress, and enjoying healthy food and movement.

Topics featured:
» What is the Non-Diet Approach to Eating/Weight Management?
» Hunger Signals: Recognizing and Responding
» Fullness Cues: How do I know when to stop eating?
» Identifying Emotional Eating
» What is Good Nutrition?
» Getting Active

Session details:

Lighten Up! 101
Dates: September 5 – October 24, 2013
Day: Thursdays
Time: 12 – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Truax Main Building, Room C1423B (inside Student Lounge)
Cost: $50 employees/retirees; or $30 students**

Lighten Up! 102*
Dates: October 31 – December 19, 2013
Day: Thursdays (Class will be on Tuesday the week of Thanksgiving)
Time: 12 – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Truax Main Building, Room C1423B (inside Student Lounge)
Cost: $50 employees/retirees; or $30 students**

*You do not have to take 101 in order to take 102.

** Registration fees are eligible for reimbursement for GHC-SCW and WPS members

TWO WAYS TO REGISTER:
1. Call GHC-SCW at (608) 662-4924
2. Register online at ghcscw.com/be-well/classes (scroll down and select the Madison College location)

Questions?
Contact Lisa Lanting at (608) 243-4133.

Published August 29, 2013. Updated September 5, 2013.

10-minute cholesterol and wellness screenings at Convocation

Has it been awhile since you’ve had a health checkup?

Confidential wellness screenings by GHC nurses will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria during both days of Convocation on August 20-21.

This non-fasting test is free-of-charge for GHC and WPS members who would like to check their cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure, and weight. The Cholestech blood test is done by finger stick, with results in 5 minutes.

This is also available for $35 to those who are not enrolled in the Madison College health insurance plans. Space is limited to 36 people; advance registration is required.

Book your 10-minute appointment through this GHC website.

If you cannot make it during Convocation, we encourage you to set up a confidential wellness screening at the Madison College Community Clinic at a time that is convenient for you. The same pricing would apply: free to GHC/WPS members and $35 for non-members. The clinic is open on Monday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Published August 15, 2013. Updated August 19, 2013.

Tour the new GHC clinic on August 20-21

Join us for a 20-minute tour of the new Madison College Community Clinic during Convocation!

This new clinic, operated by Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, provides full-service primary care services with lab and x-ray on-site.

Both GHC and WPS members who are enrolled in the Madison College health insurance plans may use this clinic with $0 co-pay (it is not necessary to change your primary care provider to this clinic).

Expanded services are also available to students.

We will meet in main entrance of the clinic in the new Health Education Center for tours at 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on both days of Convocation. There is a maximum of 20 people per tour.

Please email Lisa Lanting to RSVP.

Published August 15, 2013. Updated August 19, 2013.

Free chair massages and Reiki bodywork at Convocation

Take a break, get pampered!

Free 10-minute chair massages and Reiki bodywork appointments will be available in the cafeteria between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. during both days of Convocation on August 20-21. Sign up in person for an appointment in the cafeteria starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Advance reservations are not available.

Chair Reiki is a gentle form of bodywork over clothing that balances chakras, improves relaxation, spirtitual, and emotional health. This is done in a normal chair.

Our Reiki Master, Sarah Barasch, is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor Intern and a member at Hands-On Trade Association and National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Sarah has a unique synergy with flower essences, gemstones and aromatherapy. She is also a Madison College alumn and past Matters intern. Recognizing that life is a journey, Sarah tries to gently keep on the path to more healing with GeoTran, meditation, Yoga, Qi Gong, mindfulness, EFT, and Ayurveda.

Mary Karls, CMT will be providing relaxing chair massages each day. She is a massage therapist specializing in Complementary Medicine at the GHC Sauk Trails Clinic and her practice includes aromatherapy and reflexology.

Students of the Madison College Therapeutic Massage program will also be providing free chair massages on Tuesday, August 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Stop by room A2031 (206) to sign up for an appointment.

Published August 15, 2013. Updated August 16, 2013.

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