Health and Wellness

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.

Fitness, Health and Recreation classroom presentations

In an effort to increase student awareness in the Fitness, Health & Recreation Department, the program would like the opportunity to come into classrooms for a five minute presentation.

This presentation will educate students on how to get involved in intramural sports, fitness center offerings, group fitness classes, health fairs, Student Health Clinic and much more.

To set up a presentation, please contact the Fitness Center.

Published August 12, 2013.

Couch to 5K program for faculty and staff

The couch to 5K training program aims to prepare individuals to slowly to run a 5K race. Beginners and experienced runners are welcome starting September 4. 

It is a gentle introduction to getting the body moving, starting off alternating between walking and running small distances. Runners slowly build up until after 9 weeks and are ready to run 5 kilometers.

The group meets once a week and the two other trainings are completed on your own during the week. The program will include general running basics, strength training and stretching information.

At the end, the group will run the Turkey Trot race on Sunday, November 3. The race registration along with a race t-shirt is included in the program.  

For more information please click here.  

Published August 12, 2013.

Fitness Center open for staff

From August 19 -23, the Fitness Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff to purchase memberships, rent lockers, register for group fitness classes and workout. 

Please note this does not include the pool facilities. Staff may qualify for health insurance reimbursements. 

Published August 12, 2013.

Fruit for health

Did you know avocados help lower cholesterol levels, strawberries prevent the hardening of arteries, and grapes lower the risk of blood clots?

Find out the health benefits of 20 natural disease fighting fruits in this infographic

Published August 7, 2013.

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