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.
June 5 – Union South (TITU)
June 12 – Union South (TITU)
June 19 – Union South (TITU)
June 26 – Union South (TITU)
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.
Staying in Madison? Make it a safe one this summer!
Warm weather and fun in the sun are reasons to get excited as you put the stress of the school year behind you. Even as the temperature rises and you catch some rays, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure you have a healthy and safe summer:
Soaking up the sun?
- Your goal this summer may be to take advantage of the ample sunshine in order to sport a new tan come fall. Summer presents many risks to your skin. Over-exposure can lead to sunburn and, potentially, skin cancer further down the road. Play it safe and be sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every two hours. Keep in mind that some sunscreens fade with sweat.
Quench that thirst!
- When it's hot outside, you’re probably looking for ways to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids is vital, especially before, during, and after you work out. You should drink about four to eight ounces of water before exercising and 12 to 16 ounces during each hour of your workout. Sports drinks like Gatorade are also recommended because they replace the electrolytes your body loses during the workout.
- Located in a prime position between four lakes, Madison presents many opportunities for water recreation during the summer months. Being water-savvy means knowing when and where it’s safe to take to the water. You should always wear a life jacket while boating, and avoid alcohol if you’re the driver.
Work out a routine
- Working out might be a priority for you in the summer. Better weather usually equals more motivation to get out and get moving. Summer is a great time to get in shape, whether it’s walking, biking, jogging, or swimming. However, just because it’s warm outside doesn’t mean you can put aside the usual exercise requirements. You should still stretch before and after exercising. Be sure to wear light, breathable fabric designed to wick sweat away from your body. Wearing comfortable shoes that provide support depending on your activity is also important.
Know your limits
- For a lot of people, summer fun is often accompanied by liquor. It may be tempting to enjoy an extra beer or two when you’re at a BBQ or on the beach. You should keep in mind, though, that drinking alcohol in the warm weather can result in dehydration. Alcohol also lowers the body’s tolerance for heat. Eating food with alcohol helps to slow the effects of alcohol, so be sure to eat before and during times of drinking. Alternating sips of water and alcohol is a good idea to stay hydrated. If at all possible, avoid playing sports outdoors in the heat while drinking, as this will only speed up your dehydration.
While staying safe in the summer is important, it shouldn’t prevent you from taking advantage of all Madison has to offer from May through August.
- Summer is the season when many fruits and vegetables reach their peak. Summer is also the season when fresh produce is readily available throughout Madison and southeastern Wisconsin at farmers’ markets. Not only are fresh fruits and vegetables are more available during the summer, they’re also cheaper when bought in-season. Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting the local economy. Check out the Dane County Farmers’ Market, the largest in the nation, which is held outdoors from April through November on the Capitol Square.
- The numerous Madison parks and outdoor facilities offer a broad range of activities to take part in over the summer. If you're looking to get in touch with nature, the Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers guided walks, outdoor concerts, and many other exhibits during the summer. Or, head down to the Monona Terrace for T’ai Chi classes, evening rooftop concerts, dance parties, and more.
- If staying active and athletic competition during the summer is more up your alley, Madison has you covered. Four city golf courses are open all summer. The Warner Park Community Recreation Center is home to a gym, exercise room, and game room. Visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/WPCRC/ to learn more and check on upcoming events.
- Madison is consistently rated among the nation’s most walkable and bikeable cities, and for good reason. An extensive network of bike paths and pedestrian-friendly streets crisscross the city. Combine that with the historic and aesthetic significance of the city’s landscape and you have a great incentive to get up off the couch this summer. Stroll or pedal down State Street to the Capitol, or take a self-guided tour of one of Madison’s five historic districts.