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Book Clubs

MCC periodically offers book clubs, usually formed by a small group of colleagues looking for a shared reading and social experience together.  These clubs are somewhat selective, often elusive, and highly enjoyable.  For more information, e-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu.

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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 Tiffany Laudano, the MCC Health & Wellness Educator.  Tiffany 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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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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Parties, Socials, and Gatherings

MCC offers a variety of annual parties, socials, and gatherings such as retirement parties, appreciation luncheons, holiday parties, recreational activities, and community events open to all members of the campus community.  Employees are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to connect with colleagues in a fun, social setting.  These events are often free and are a great way to expand your connections and be a part of the larger 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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Professional Development Sessions

Health and Wellness sessions are offered periodically throughout the year as part of Professional Day programs and standalone professional development workshops.  Check the Professional Development Brochure for Fall 2014 to see the great sessions that are availbale to you.

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Sports Teams (advising/coaching)

MCC sports are an important component of the recreational opportunities available to students and employees.  Sports teams are generally supported by an MCC faculty or staff member volunteer coach/advisor, who assists the details of keeping the team moving in the right direction.  Coaches/advisors often participate actively in the sport, or opt to take a sideline role.  Either way, this is a terrific way to support student engagement, to interact with students in an exciting, dynamic environment, and to role model strong leadership, sportsmanship, and professionalism on an off the court.  Many staff and faculty have benefitted greatly from their advising/coaching experiences.  For more information, e-mail sports@middlesex.mass.edu

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Wellness Advisory Board

The Wellness Advisory Board consists of students, employees, and community members who meet each semester to discuss current health and wellness issues that relate to the institution, and possible strategies to address these issues.  While membership is selective, individuals who wish to be involved should contact Jonathan Crockett at crockettj@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 Task Force

The Wellness Task Force is composed of a handful of enthusiastic, engaged, dynamic individuals who are exploring the concept of wellness at MCC, to learn more about what it is, where it is, why it matters, and how we can utilize our current health/wellness opportunities and offer additional opportunities in order to increase and inspire a culture of wellness at MCC.  Though the 2014-2015 membership has been selected, the group will be looking for new members the following year.  For more information contact Jonathan Crockett at crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu

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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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Last Modified: 4/12/17