Staying in Madison for the summer? If you get sick, our main clinics at 333 East Campus Mall will be open regular hours all summer long. To learn if you need to pay the summer health fee in order to maintain eligibility, click here for more information.
The following services will be closed during the summer:
Lakeshore Clinic: Closed for the semester beginning May 10, 2013 & will reopen for the Fall 2013 semester.
Athletic Training walk-in clinics: Closed for the semester beginning May 15, 2013. Will reopen for the Fall 2013 semester.
Let's Talk: Sessions will end for the summer beginning May 10, 2013. Let's Talk will resume for the Fall 2013 semester.
Meditate Your Way to a Healthy Life
Looking to sharpen your focus and find some clarity amidst the daily hustle and bustle of a busy life? Meditation is just the thing to help foster relaxation and improve overall well-being.
Join UHS wellness coordinator Bob McGrath every Wednesday from noon to 1pm where you’ll be able to practice different types of meditation, including traditional, loving kindness and chakra, as well as learn about how meditation can benefit you.
Classes are completely free of charge, and all UW–Madison students, faculty and staff are welcome. Just drop in and give it a try!
First-timer? No problem! If you’d feel more comfortable, come 10 minutes early and get a quick intro before the session starts.
May 22 – Union South (TITU)
May 29 – Union South (TITU)
Bike to Work, School or Everywhere!
We’ve said goodbye to Old Man Winter and the streets of Madison are no longer covered in snow, so pump up your tires and bust out that helmet!
Why bike? Not only is it an environmentally friendly and efficient way to commute, cycling also provides health benefits from head to toe and is a top-notch way to pack in exercise. Cycling improves cardiovascular fitness, is great for toning and building muscles, enhances coordination, and boosts mental health. Plus, the city of Madison’s emphasis on making bike paths accessible for all commuters ensures that you reap these benefits by getting to your destination safely.
Before you hit the road, keep in mind the 10 smart rules to bike safety, courtesy of Bike Madison:
- Wear a helmet.
- Stay visible – use lights when biking at night or in low-light conditions.
- Use hand signals to let drivers and other bicyclists know where you’re going.
- Stay alert and keep a lookout for obstacles in your path.
- Act like a car – don’t weave in and out of lanes, ride predictably, and look out for traffic.
- Don’t get distracted by listening to music or using your phone while riding.
- Make sure your bike is properly adjusted, comfortable, and fully ready before riding.
- Check your brakes, wheels, and make sure that “quick release” wheels are properly secured.
For more biking tips, head to our Cycle Safe board on Pinterest where you can learn about essentials like bike path etiquette, choosing the right bike locks, and things to keep in mind when biking at night.
Have a bunch of meds you'd like to get rid of? Don't toss them in the garbage or flush them down the toilet. Drop them off at the new campus MedDrop box! Located at the lobby of downtown UWPD, the MedDrop Box can conveniently be accessed and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The MedDrop Box is a valuable tool that offers everyone a safe and secure way to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription medications. Because the medicines collected by the box are incinerated, not flushed, they are kept out of the community water stream.
For a full listing of the directions and hours of all MedDrop boxes in the area, visit the Safe Communities website at www.safercommunity.net.
The warm summer weather means tick season has returned in Wisconsin. State officials want you to stay safe and avoid infection from these ticks.
Ticks can carry Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases. Recognizing and treating signs of these diseases is important. A rash, fever and chills, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes may be a sign of Lyme disease. This is treated most effectively with antibiotics.
Preventative steps can be taken to avoid being infected by ticks. You should avoid wooded areas, because ticks prefer these places. Wearing proper clothing is also important. Even though it may be warm, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to shield yourself from tick bites. Make sure to check your body frequently for ticks if you've been in a wooded area. Be sure to apply insect repellant before you venture out.
If you notice a tick on you, don't panic. Simply remove the attached tick slowly and gently with a pair of tweezers. Shower or bath immediately after removing ticks to prevent further infection and to remove any ticks that may still be on you.
For more information, visit http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/PressReleases/2013/050913.htm.