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Alcohol & Drug Education/Awareness

The Center for Health & Wellness provides periodic events/activities to increase awareness and education regarding the risks of alcohol and drug use.  This semester, check out our annual Mocktoberfest on Thursday, October 30th on both campuses to learn more about the dangers of drunk driving. 

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Annual 3:3 Basketball Tournament

This annual event, scheduled for Saturday, March 28th (2015) encourages students and staff to form teams together to participate in a 1-day (Saturday) tournament.  This competitive event offers a great experience for basketball enthusiasts to show their skills and bring their A-game!  To register or learn more, e-mail sports@middlesex.mass.edu.

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Block Party

The Block Party will be held on Friday, September 5th (2014) from 10a-2p in Bedford.  This campus-wide celebration features recreational events, novelties, giveaways, free food, music, dancing and performances.  Show up for 10 minutes or stay for the day – open to all members of the campus community. Please check out blogs from previous Block parties:  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

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Blood Drives and Blood Typing

In partnership with the American Red Cross, MCC hosts several blood drives on each campus throughout the year.  Donors and volunteers are always appreciated.  For upcoming blood drive dates and online registration, go to:  link TBD.  For more information, e-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu.

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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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Bootcamp

Ready to kick start your exercise routine?   Consider Outdoor Bootcamp at MCC!  Whether you're looking to lose weight, gain stamina or just spice up your workout, this class will push you to your limits!  Outdoor Bootcamp is facilitated by certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor Jenna Nickerson – a 4th year undergrad at UML studying Exercise Physiology and Nutrition.  Outdoor Bootcamp starts in September and runs for 15 consecutive weeks during the Fall 2014 semester.  All sessions will be held on Mondays (rain or shine) on the Bedford Campus Quad from 4-5 p.m.  Cost is $40 and must be paid in advance.  Questions?  Contact Jonathan at crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3785.  Ready to register?  Stop by the Lowell or Bedford Center for Health & Wellness.  Open to all members of the MCC campus community.  Brought to you by the Center for Health and Wellness, Outdoor Bootcamp may be the perfect way to jump start your workout routine – sign up today!

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Canoe/Kayak Trips

This annual favorite is usually scheduled for mid-June.  Join a hardy handful of MCC employees and students who “take to the river” at the Bellegarde Boathouse in Lowell.  This afternoon/evening trip features canoe and kayak adventures on the mighty (but serene) Merrimack River.  Though a date for Summer 2015 has not yet been set, stay tuned for more information in early Spring for this great water adventure! Check out pictures and description of previous years' events:  2011, 2012, 2013.

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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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Circuit Training

Looking for a unique exercise opportunity?  This group-centered personal training model is ideal for personal attention in a supportive environment.  Small participant-trainer ratio allows for a work-at-your-own pace approach with customized focus on your individual goals.  Participants will begin by determining specific objectives and developing a plan for success. Cardio and strength training intervals will change weekly to work all muscle groups.  Some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) will be incorporated allowing participants to raise their heart rate during short bursts of challenging activity.  A variety of equipment will be used to keep this class fresh, fun, and lively!  Circuit Training is taught by Rebecca Newell who is ACE certified group fitness trainer and has previously taught kickboxing, weight lifting, and circuit training at MCC.  This selective class is open ONLY to the first 7 people who register. Due to the personal attention and participant support, this class will fill quickly – don’t wait too long to register.    Circuit Training starts in September and runs for 15 weeks during the Fall 2014 semester.  All sessions will be held on Wednesdays in the Fitness Studio from  4-5 p.m.  Cost is $40 and must be paid in advance.  Questions?  Contact Jonathan at crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3785.  Open to all members of the MCC campus community.

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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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CPR Courses

CPR certification has never been more affordable or convenient!  Offered weekly in Chelmsford or monthly on the MCC campus, at a reduced cost of only $50 for MCC students and employees, this is a great deal.  CPR certification is required for many MCC Health Programs, but is also great for anyone to have – you never know when you might need CPR skills to save a life.  We make it convenient and affordable for members of the MCC community. To register, visit their website.  For more information, e-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu.

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Daily Walking Groups

There are daily walking groups in both Lowell and Bedford – please read below for detailed information about both.  Open to all members of the MCC campus community. Contact Jonathan at crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3785 with questions: 

Lowell City Slickers
New for Fall 2014, the Lowell Daily Walking Group meets at 12:30 p.m. in the Lowell City Lobby for a 15 minute group walk.  Open to all members of the campus community.  No registration necessary – just show up to walk.  Perfect for a quick break, a breath of fresh air, and time with new or familiar colleagues and students.  In the winter months, this group may move to indoor walking, completing laps of each floor in the Cowan Center.  

Bedford Quad Squad
Flexible, fun, free, fitness - what more could you ask for with exercise!!??  The Center for Health and Wellness is thrilled to announce the debut of the Quad Squad – a daily walking group on the Bedford Campus.  Walkers will meet between 12:30-1:30 p.m. to walk laps around the Bedford Quad.  Walk 1 lap or 50 laps – you decide.  Can’t be there at 12:30?  Have to leave before 1:30?  No problem – just show up when you can and leave when you need to!  Walking is a perfect way to get exercise in a comfortable, social manner – chat with colleagues as you increase your circulation and get your muscles moving.  You will also enjoy the benefits if fresh air, deeper breaths, and a change of scenery.  No rules here – just an easy, convenient, social way to increase exercise in your life.  Even if you only try it once, find out what a difference a walk can make in your work day – return to your office feeling refreshed, energized, and invigorated! Quad Squad starts on Wednesday, September 3rd and continues daily (Monday-Friday) throughout the Fall 2014 semester.  There is no formal process for registration or participation – just show up when you are available. 

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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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Fac/staff Softball Game (annual)

This annual evening event usually occurs in mid-August, and provides a great event for eating, socializing, and even playing some softball!  Free for all MCC employees and their family members.  No softball experience necessary.  Check out great pictures and descriptions of previous games: 2008, 2012, 2013

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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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Fitness Trail

Get your walking shoes ready and check out the MCC Fitness Trail in Bedford - a walking/hiking trail in the scenic woods of the Bedford This 1.25 mile long Fitness Trail consists of a self-guided 10-station walking/jogging fitness trail in the scenic 40 acres of land surrounding the Bedford Campus. This trail serves as a recreational resource for walking, hiking skiing/snowshoeing, viewing wildlife, fitness enthusiasts, class field trips, and much more. The MCC Fitness Trail system, situated within the scenic woods of the Bedford campus, consists of a l.25 mile, 10-station Fit-Trail with a separate .75 mile loop around a tranquil pond. The trails traverse the perimeter of a frog pond, pass through stands of pine forest, and wind through open meadows and fields. Fern beds, stone walls, waterfalls, quiet pools, and a wide variety of plant and animal wildlife make the Fitness Trail a memorable experience.

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Flu Clinics

MCC offers on-site flu clinics for your convenience and health.  This year, there are four clinics:  9/15 and 9/25 from 9a-2p in Lowell (Café) and 9/16 and 9/24 from 9a-2p in 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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Gender Inclusive Restrooms

Middlesex Community College is committed to recognizing equity and inclusion as the foundation for excellence and creativity. In that spirit, we are pleased to announce 9 restrooms campus-wide that have been identified as gender inclusive, single-stall restrooms. These restrooms are available for any MCC student or employee who feels more comfortable in a private restroom. For after-hours access to these restrooms, please contact Public Safety for assistance. These restrooms have all been identified with door signs indicating gender inclusion.

Lowell Campus

  • Center for Health & Wellness (LCG04)
  • Federal Building 3rd floor (adjacent to Courtroom Conference Room)
  • Student Lounge (45 Middle St)

Bedford Campus

  • Center for Health & Wellness (Campus Center – Room 211)
  • Bedford Library (adjacent to TLRC, near back hallway exit)
  • Bedford House (one restroom on ground floor and two on 1st floor)
  • South Academic Hall (between rooms 113 and 115)


For questions regarding gender inclusive restrooms, please contact the Center for Health & Wellness at 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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Hiking Trips

Hiking is a great way to get exercise, meet other people, explore new territory, enjoy nature, have an adventure, and accomplish something significant.  This Fall 2014, join us for a hike up the beloved Mt. Monadnock, offering remarkable scenery and views.  This hike is free for all members of the MCC campus community.  Transportation and snacks will be provided for this event on Saturday, October 25th.  Family and friends are welcome to join – the more the merrier.  Questions or to register?  Contact Jonathan at crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu

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Lactation Rooms

The Center for Health & Wellness is pleased to offer a private, secure, furnished room on each campus for women who are either breastfeeding or pumping. In Lowell, this room is located in LCG04B, and in Bedford it is located in the Campus Center, Room 213. These lactation rooms are available for any MCC student or employee. To reserve time/space in these rooms, please contact the Center for Health and Wellness at wellness@middlesex.mass.edu for a Request Form.

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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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MCC vs UML Recreational Games

Every year, MCC employees square up against UMASS Lowell employees for several recreational, friendly competitions.  This year, join us for soccer, volleyball, or soccer games, scheduled to occur at various times throughout the year.  No prior experience needed.  Open to all MCC faculty and staff.  Contact the Sports and Recreation department to find out what’s next on the menu for fac/staff recreational competition – sports@middlesex.mass.edu. Check out pictures and desriptions of previous matchups:  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012.

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Meditation

Meditation is offered every Friday from 12:30-1:00 on both the Lowell and Bedford campuses.  Facilitated by MCC employees Lynn Gregory and Bob Fera, these sessions are free, open to beginners and experienced meditators, and are a terrific way to gain the myriad benefits of meditation (or experience it for the first time).  In Lowell, medication occurs in LF016 (Federal Building basement), and in Bedford it occurs in the Campus Center, Room 216.  No appointment or registration necessary – just show up with an open mind and a desire to learn or practice mediation in a safe, comfortable environment.  For more information, e-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu.

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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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Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a very active student cub which strives to provide low-cost recreational activities for the campus community.  Annual adventures typically include kayaking, hiking, ski/snowboard, indoor rock climbing, and community service activities.  Open to all members of the campus community, these events are a terrific way to meet other students/staff, get exercise, have a great adventure, learn new skills, and have new experiences.  Check out their previos adventure at Tuckerman's Ravine - pics and descirption here.

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Outdoor Basketball Court

The Bedford Basketball Court is an outdoor half-court, located between Henderson Hall and Bedford House.  This court is available for use throughout the year – weather permitting.  When the weather is nice, pick-up games often occur throughout the day.  Basketballs may be borrowed from the Bedford Fitness Center, located in the Campus Center. 

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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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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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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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Running (and walking) Group

Back by popular demand, the MCC Running Group is ready for another season of “flexible fitness with social twist”.  What does that mean?  Though technically a running group, this kind-hearted and eclectic band of participants consists of fast runners, slow runners, joggers, skippers, shufflers, speed-walkers, and walkers.  The focus here is recreation, community, team-building, and inclusivity.  While it IS true that several members of last year’s running group transformed from non-runners to marathon finishers (yes, 26.2 miles!), it is also true that many members were happy with a weekly schedule of walking, jogging, or running a 1-3 mile course in a social, supportive environment.  This is an especially friendly group of participants who encourage each other to improve, regardless of fitness level and ability. 

Facilitated by fitness fanatic and running guru Pat Cook, weekly routes are planned in advance to include options for shorter and longer routes.  The group meets together at 4:30 to briefly stretch, commiserate, and laugh together.  Then participants are grouped together based on shared goals, distances, and speeds and everyone hits the road.  Most participants are done within 30-45 minutes, and folks leave feeling accomplished and refreshed.  Free to all members of the MCC campus community, this is a great way to get exercise, meet people, and build some structured exercise into your schedule.  No registration or commitment necessary -  just show up on the front steps of Cowan Center on any given Tuesday by 4:30.  Questions?  Contact Jonathan at crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu or Pat at cookp@middlesex.mass.edu

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Ski and Snowboard Trips

MCC traditionally offers a ski/snowboard trip each Spring to the campus community.  This year’s trip is scheduled for Saturday, February 7th – we will be traveling to Mt. Sunapee for a full day of mountain-based action and adventure.  Participants may purchase rental equipment, lessons, or just a lift ticket.  All skill levels welcome.  Cost is usually between $40-$80, depending on options requested (ticket, rentals, lessons, etc).  For more information or to register, e-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu.

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Sports Team (participation)

Choose from basketball, bowling, hockey, volleyball, flag football, running, martial arts, soccer.  Students and employees are encouraged to get involved with any of the intramural sports teams or sports clubs offered at MCC.  Recreational and coeducational in nature, these teams are a great way to get exercise, learn or practice a sport, meet new people, and improve leadership skills.  For more information about the sports teams (including registration), click here.

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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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Spring Fling

This annual large-scale community-building event occurs on the Lowell campus in April.  Celebratory in nature, this event recognizes the end of the semester and the arrival of Spring.  Spring Fling typically offers free food, entertainment, music, giveaways, recreational activities, and a chance for students and staff to volunteer, participate, and celebrate together.  Spring Fling 2015 will be held on Friday, May 8th in Lowell.  Check out pictures and descriptions of previous Spring Fling events:  2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

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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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Stressbuster Week

The week before finals is Stressbuster Week.  In an effort to help reduce stress and anxiety for students and staff, the Center for Health & Wellness offers a variety of activities and events, including therapeutic dogs on campus, free snacks, free chair massage, random acts of kindness, and movies.  Sponsored by the Center for Health and Wellness and the Middlesex Activities Crew, Stressbuster Week is a great way to take a break from the chaos of finals. Check out this previous Stressbuster Week experience.

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Student Lounges

The Student Lounges are available on both campuses for recreational use by students and staff.  In Lowell, the Student Lounge is located at 45 Middle St. and in Bedford the lounge is located on the ground floor of the Campus Center (Room 117).  These lounges feature ping pong and foosball tables, couches, chairs and tables for sitting, and a relaxed and comfortable environment for socializing with peers.  The Lowell Student Lounge is also where students and employees can get their MCC ID card. 

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Summer Social Gathering

Scheduled to debut in Summer 2015, the MCC Summer Social Gathering is a perfect opportunity to gather off-campus for a social, family-friendly summer fiesta.  Participants will be invited to bring food for the grill, and to enjoy an afternoon of playing yard games, swimming, and spending time with colleagues in a relaxed, informal, social setting.  This is a unique opportunity to meet partners, spouses, and children of colleagues in a social setting.  For more information, contact Jonathan at crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu

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Take Back the Night

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UMASS Lowell Recreation Center

The UMASS Lowell Recreation Center is available to MCC students and employees with paid memberships.  This remarkable facility inspires exercise, with its spacious rooms, modern equipment, and vibrant interior.  This facility includes large areas for cardio, free weights, and weight machines.  There are exercise/dance studios, racquetball courts, 3 basketball courts, and an indoor elevated track.  Ping pong and pool tables are available, and spacious locker rooms also include saunas.  To learn more about the facility, membership cost, and registration, click here.

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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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Volunteer Opportunities

MCC students and employees are encouraged to volunteer at various on-campus events throughout the year, as a way to support beneficial programs/events, meet other community members, learn new skills, and have fun.  Volunteer opportunities include blood drives (donors or volunteers), Health and Wellness Expo, Spring Fling, Block Party, coaching/advising sports teams, advising student clubs or organizations, or advising recreational trips, field trips, or fellowship programs. Volunteering is one of the best ways to develop a philanthropic glow – that warm, satisfied feeling you get from helping out and being involved with something bigger than yourself. For more information, e-mail wellness@middlesex.mass.edu.

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Walking Meetings

The Center for Health & Wellness encourages walking meetings whenever possible.  Walking meetings are ideal for meetings with 2 or 3 people, which don’t require reading, writing, or computer use, but which are more geared toward verbal brainstorming, discussion, and communication-based engagement.  Research shows that mild physical activity increases mental stimulation and awareness, and walking meetings are often more productive than traditional sitting meetings.  Try it out for yourself and see how it works for you.  Anecdotally, 10 out of 10 MCC employees who have experienced walking meetings say it is more productive, enjoyable, and satisfying than a traditional sitting meeting. For more information, e-mail wellness@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 Baskets

The Center for Health & Wellness has created a Wellness Basket, designed to be taken to traditional meetings to provide some health/wellness elements to the meeting.  The wellness basket includes items such as healthy snacks, herbal tea, small exercise equipment, stretching guides, back-scratcher, permission badge for standing and stretching, stress balls, mini massagers, hand sanitizer, pens, lip balm, and much more.  Designed to add an element of wellness to meetings without distracting from the agenda, the wellness basket is an MCC fan-favorite. Contact the Center for Health and Wellness to borrow one today – 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 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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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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YOGA

Want some YOGA in your life?  Who doesn’t?!  Back by popular demand, this 12-week YOGA program meets every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. at 45 Middle St on the MCC Lowell campus and is open to all members of the MCC community.   Facilitated by certified YOGA instructor and former MCC faculty member Shelli DeMarkles, this class is perfect for all abilities.  Shelli is a dynamic, vibrant, skilled instructor who welcomes and values all participants.  YOGA mats will be provided – just show up with your good attitude and spirit of adventure.  Thanks for considering this wonderful way to get some get physical and mental wellness in your life! Please be sure to pass this info along to colleagues, peers, and friends who might also be interested. Cost is $40 (in advance), or $10 per walk-in visit.  Open to all members of the MCC campus community.  Questions?  Contact Jonathan at crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3785.  Brought to you by the Center for Health and Wellness.

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Last Modified: 7/24/17