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Center for Health & Wellness

The Center for Health and Wellness (CHW) coordinates a wide variety of health and wellness resources, activities, events, and facilities on each campus, striving to inspire individual and community health in a variety of ways. Stop by and visit us to meet our staff and learn more about our services.  The CHW provides over the counter relief such as aspirin/ibuprofen, Band-Aids, ice packs, antibiotic gel, feminine hygiene products, and throat lozenges.  The CHW also offers equipment for blood pressure reading and checking weight.  Stop by to meet our friendly staff and learn more about what we offer to the campus community.

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Classroom Visits

Student health is closely related to student success – healthy students are more likely to succeed academically, socially, and all areas of their lives.  But few students know what being healthy really means.   The CHW offers classroom visits provided by Stephanie Hamelin, the MCC Health & Wellness Educator.  Stephanie will provide a 5-60 minute session to inform students about health and wellness opportunities at MCC, introduce them to the wellness wheel, engage them in active reflection about their own health and wellness, and encourage them to participate in a variety of hands-on activities to help them better understand what it means to live a healthy life.   Classroom visits or generally offered during the first three weeks of each semester.  E-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu to schedule a visit or ask questions.

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Community Garden

The MCC Community Garden on the Bedford Campus offers a community resource for gardening enthusiasts, and also a tranquil space to visit.  MCC students and employees are encouraged to adopt a plot (for free!) to maintain their own section of the garden.  Perfect for vegetables or flowers, this garden offers a convenient, community based approach to agriculture.  Much of the produce grown is donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.  Volunteers are always needed in the spring to help prepare the garden for the growing season.  Check out pics and descriptions of previous events:  2013, 2014.  For more information, contact Evan Rees at erees@mail.middlesex.edu.

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Dental Hygiene Clinic

The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Middlesex Community College provides preventive dental hygiene services at its on-campus clinic from September through May. These services are available at reduced cost to the local community, as well as to Middlesex faculty, staff and students. New patients are always accepted and welcome. Dental hygiene students, who provide direct patient care, have extensive education and training and have demonstrated competence in clinical services before treating the public. The clinic is supervised by licensed dental hygienists and dentists. The MCC dental hygiene program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

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Fitness Center Memberships

The Bedford Fitness Center is a great free resource for all MCC campus community members – stop by for a quick tour or a great workout.  Convenient and free – what more could you want?  The Bedford Fitness Center includes locker rooms with showers, cardio equipment, free weights and weight machines, and a friendly staff to assist with using the equipment and designing a workout.   Viwe this quick video for a virtual tour of the Fitness Center.

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Flu Clinics

MCC offers on-site flu clinics for your convenience and health.  This year, there are six clinics:  9/18(9am-2pm), 9/25(9am-2pm), 10/12(1-6pm) in the  Lowell (Café) and 9/14(9am-2pm), 9/26(9am-2pm), 10/11(9am-2pm) in the Bedford (Campus Center). Most health insurances are accepted – all others pay $20 out-of-pocket.   Don’t wait in lines later in the season – get your flu shot hassle free and early this season, right here on campus! For more information or to schedule an appointment, e-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu

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Group Exercise

MCC offers group exercise options every semester.  For Fall 2014, choose from Outdoor Bootcamp, Circuit Training, YOGA, Quad Squad, Lowell Daily Walking Group, and the MCC Running Group.  Some group exercise options are free, and others require a nominal per class fee to participate.  Specific classes are listed on these pages in greater detail.  Group exercise is a great way to meet other people, get exercise, and take care of yourself.  For more information, e-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu

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Health & Wellness Expo

The annual Health and Wellness Expos are a great way to learn more about local health and wellness resources, services, businesses, and programs.  The 2015 Wellness Expos will be held from 10a-1p on Wednesday, February 11th in Bedford and Wednesday, February 25th in Lowell.   Stop by for giveaways, samples, demonstrations, and a lot of useful information.  Annual highlights include free chair massage, free tarot card and palm reading, acupuncture, and an interactive scavenger hunt.  For more information, e-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu.

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Lifeworks (EAP)

MCC employees are eligible for a tremendous wealth of free resources through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) called Lifeworks  Lifeworks offers guidance and support on a wide variety of personal matters related to personal health, family, finances, legal matters, relationships, and much, much more.   All employees have a unique username and password to be able to access the full scope of these services and information.   More than online resources, many services provided by Lifeworks include speaking with professionals on the phone about specific resources.  This is a tremendously valuable collection of resources – check it out!

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North Academic Fitness Studio

The North Academic Fitness Studio, located on the ground floor of North Academic Hall in Bedford, is perfect for fitness enthusiasts looking for a comfortable, open floor space for a workout. Complete with a foam floor, tv/dvd/mp3 technology and a full mirror, this space is ideal for stretching, floor exercises, body weight exercise, video-guided workouts, and a variety of other group or individual workouts. Equipment available for use in the space includes jump ropes, medicine balls, exercise balls, weight bars, stretch bands, yoga mats and blocks, and free-weights. This space is used periodically for scheduled activities, but is usually available for individual or small group use on a “drop-in” basis. For more information, e-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu.

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Oral Cancer Screenings

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Personal Counseling and Consultation

MCC offers free, short-term personal counseling for all enrolled MCC students, provided by licensed mental health counselors Lynn Gregory and Marilyn Yeo.  For more information, check out their Personal Counseling website.  Ideal for students who may need some personal support or guidance – this is a terrific resource on both the Lowell and Bedford campuses.   For MCC employees dealing with students whose behavior is of concern, don’t hesitate to consult with one of the personal counselors for strategies and support.  If an employee needs support of a more personal nature, please check out all the wonderful resources available through MCC’s Employee Assistance Program, Lifeworks.

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Personal Trainer Services

The Bedford Fitness Center is facilitated by Fitness Assistants who are able to assist guests with using the equipment and designing a workout plan.  Though not certified personal trainers, the Fitness Assistants are helpful with demonstrating proper use of the equipment, and helping determine what type of workout approach will be most beneficial for meeting specific health goals.  This support is free for all members of the MCC campus community. 

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Positivity Seminar

MCC faculty Bob Fera provides a refreshing, transformative seminar on Positivity.  This free seminar introduces strategies, provides research, and invites discussion, all designed to encourage participants to harness the power of positive thinking, as a way to improve their overall quality of life and reframe their existence in positive ways.  This remarkable seminar is open to a small group annually – please contact Bob Fera directly at ferar@middlesex.mass.edu to learn more about the next upcoming Positivity Seminar. 

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Standing Desks

Ever feel like you spend most of your life sitting?  Standing desks are a great way to maintain a stronger core, stay more alert at work, and avoid a poor postural slump into your chair.  Though the cost of commercial standing desks is generally prohibitive, low-cost creative solutions can often yield a functional, beneficial desk that meets your needs.  Online searches yield no shortage of creative standing desk designs – usually something that can utilize your current desk with minor modifications to make it “standing friendly”.  While we remain hopeful that standing desks will become more affordable in the near future, don’t let cost discourage you from creating a workstation that will be most beneficial for your productivity and postural health.  For more information about standing desks, contact the Center for Health & Wellness at wellness@middlesex.mass.edu

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Video-Guided Workout Sessions

The Bedford North Academic Fitness Studio offers a great facility for video-guided workout. Equipped with a TV/DVD, mirrors, speakers, a foam tile floor, and a library of exercise videos, this is a fantastic resource for individual or small group video-guided exercise. Prefer to skip the video?  No problem – the space is also great for floor exercises, body weight exercises, and small group (8-10) facilitated group exercise. For more information, e-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu

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Wellness Course (1-credit)

Recognizing that personal wellness is a transferable life skill directly related to student success, MCC offers a 1-credit wellness course each semester. This course explores the myriad components of health and wellness as highlighted by the wellness wheel. This course encourages students to assess their current wellness level, recognize the impact of their choices in life, and empowers them to recognize alternative choices and to make healthier decisions in the future.    

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Wellness Wheel

The Wellness Wheel is the symbolic backbone of all-things-wellness at Middlesex Community College.  The wellness wheel highlights 8 specific components of personal health and wellness, including physical, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, occupational, environmental, and financial elements, each with their own definition and description.  The wellness wheel demonstrates the interconnection between different aspects of wellness, and reminds us that health and wellness is so much more than just exercise and nutrition. 

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Workplace Wellness Equipment

The Center for Health & Wellness has a wide variety of equipment that you can borrow to enhance your workplace wellness.  Equipment includes:

  • Exercise balls (for sitting on at desk)
  • Mini-cycler (for cycling at desk)
  • Blenders (for making smoothies and healthy drinks)
  • Fit Bit (for tracking daily steps and activity)
  • Wellness baskets for meetings

Contact us at wellness@middlesex.mass.edu to get more information about any of this equipment. 

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Last Modified: 4/12/17