Sixth Week Newsletter

Mac Wellness: Mind, Body, and Soul


Medical services provided: The following list provides examples, services are not limited to those mentioned. Most services are free, typical exceptions are noted below. 

  • Physical exams (including physicals for sports, travel, or work) - there is a charge for these visits.
  • Prescription refills
  • Mental health
  • Wellness & prevention
  • Chronic illness management (asthma, diabetes, allergies)

Sexual Health - for all genders

  • Sexually transmitted infections (including screening, testing and treatment) - there is a charge for lab tests
  • Penile and vaginal concerns
  • Pap smears (indicated only for females over age 21 or with previous abnormal pap) - there is a charge for lab tests
  • Birth control: counseling, management, and prescriptions
  • Pregnancy testing & comprehensive counseling of all options
  • Plan B (emergency contraception- $15 per dose at the HWC) - free condoms available

LGBT health care For the most part, LGBT students need the same medical services as all Macalester students, but for the few unique health care needs of LGBT students, the HWC staff is available for help. A few examples:

  • Continuation of already established hormonal management for male to female or female to male transitioning students (with Dr. Walters)
  • For those LGBT students who are sexually active, sexual and reproductive health care relevant to them. 

Procedures: please note there are charges associated with most procedures.

  • Abscess incision and drainage
  • Ear irrigation and wax removal
  • Wart treatment
  • Skin tag / mole removal
  • Suture removal

Immunizations - please note there are charges associated with most immunizations.

Our providers can initiate and refill prescription medication. A limited variety of commonly prescribed medications and over-the-counter medications are available at Health Services. There is a pharmacy located across the street from campus as well as multiple national drugstore chains in the area. For student convenience, there is a vending machine in the Leonard Center that offers common self-care and OTC products.

Vending "Pharmacy" in the Leonard Center 
If you need some basic self-care products in a hurry, check out the vending machine in the Leonard Center. Located next to the other vending machines just north of Scotty's, the machine has a variety of products, from multivitamins to cough drops, condoms to sunscreen. It has an ID card reader, so you can make your purchases using AUX points as well as cash. The machine is managed by Midwest Vending and has products supplied from St. Paul Corner Drug. For the full selection of items, click here.

Counseling Services: Macalester offers a range of services and resources for students that addresses their emotional and mental health. Students can easily and confidentially arrange for a counseling appointment by calling (651) 696-6275. We offer time-limited counseling, which means that our students may be seen for up to 10 sessions per academic year at no charge. Additionally, we can provide personalized referral guidance for specialized services in the local community.

Wellness: The Health and Wellness Center professionals recognize that physical activity, regular quality sleep, satisfying relationships, and eating right are important aspects of staying healthy at college.

Here is a partial list of activities we offer to help you incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your first year experience:

  • Wellness Wednesdays: an informal discussion on all-things wellness, every Wednesday at noon in the Leonard Center Wellness Lab. A light lunch is provided.
  • Fitness activities: including a wellness 5k run/walk and month-long physical activity challenges,
  • Introductory yoga, zumba, step aerobics and dance classes are offered each semester in late afternoon or evening free to students. Noontime classes of belly dancing, yoga, and circuit training have a small registration fee.
  • Healthy sexuality education: including information on sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive options, and decisions about sexual activity. These programs are offered through our SEXY peer education group.
  • Alcohol and other drug education is available, both in educational workshop and online education assessments.
  • Full body massage: a co-pay is charged for this service.
  • Sleep and stress management education and information. Sleep journals, earplugs, and sleep masks are distributed at various times throughout the year.
  • Sustainable Student self-assessment: take a personal inventory to learn how you can take care of yourself in all parts of your life.
  • Student Employment opportunities and practica for students interested in health promotion, wellness, and health-related careers.


  • Fitness Center: In the 9,000 square foot fitness area students have access to stationary bikes, treadmills, circuit-training equipment, and free weights.
  • Multipurpose Rooms: Students can take classes in yoga, pilates, and stress management.
  • Performance Gymnasium: The gym seats up to 1,200 spectators for basketball and volleyball games, 50% more than the previous space.
  • Natatorium: The pool configuration allows swimmers and divers to practice simultaneously. It also includes an expanded teaching area.
  • Scotty's: Students can gather at the juice bar for a snack or watch news or sports on the flat-screen TVs.
  • Field House: All-purpose flooring allows for flexible programming for a variety of sports.
  • Health and Wellness: By integrating health and wellness into the facility, the facility helps students develop healthy habits that last for a lifetime.


VARSITY ATHLETICS include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field for men. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. Even if you're not on the team, it is still a great time to come out and support them. If you can't make it to the game, you can still check out the live web broadcast here.

CLUB SPORTS PROGRAM at Macalester College is designed to provide opportunities for students to participate and compete in a variety of sports activities not offered on the varsity level at the college. These activities are competitive in nature. A club sport is initiated, organized, and run by Macalester students who share a common interest in a specific sports activity. In addition to sport skill development, Club Sports also provide students with learning experiences and leadership opportunities through involvement in club organizations, administration, budgeting, scheduling, and fundraising. Student leaders work closely with the director of Club Sports who provides overall institutional administration and oversight. For more information click here.

INTRAMURALS ACTIVITIES are organized on a team basis, as well as recreational and competitive levels, enabling all to participate. Ability is not a primary concern; all you need is desire. These physical activities are part of a life-long learning process and complement the academic and artistic knowledge gained at Macalester. The intramural program desires to provide activities of interest to the Macalester Community. For more information click here.


Getting active doesn't have to be athletic. Get off campus and enjoy the beautiful scenery the area has to offer.

 There are 49 regional parks and park reserves, 29 trails and 6 special recreational areas. Whether you choose to jog, run, ride, roll, or walk, you'll find a place on the trails. You can also go the route of the urban hiker by clicking here. Visit to play Frisbee or tag - it still counts as exercise, even if you're having fun!

MAC BIKE Don't have a bike? No problem, Mac Bike rents them out for free! Mac Bike also focuses on teaching riders how to repair their bikes, plans rides through the Twin Cities, and works to increase biking advocacy. This organization maintains the bike workshop located next to the Mac Weekly office. Mac Bike feels bike use is an important way to limit pollution while having fun and getting where you need to go. For more info, check out their website here.

NICE RIDE To use Nice Ride, you need a subscription. 24-hour subscriptions can be purchased using a credit card at the pay station located at each Nice Ride station. Users can also purchase a 1-year or 30-day subscription at substantial savings over 24 hour subscription by signing up online. 24-hour subscribers users will be issued unlocking codes at the pay station, 1-year and 30-day subscribers will receive a Nice Ride key. Simply enter the unlocking code or insert your key in the locking dock of an available bike. When the green light turns on, pull the handlebars firmly toward you to release the bike.

You can return your bike to any station in the system. Choose an empty space and push your bike firmly into the dock. When the bike is properly locked, the green light on the dock will turn on. Make sure the green light turns on. A bike that is not properly returned remains your responsibility. If you have trouble locking your bike, try another dock, or call customer service at 1-877-551-6423

 Get out and enjoy nature with fellow classmates! Canoe trips, hiking trips, camping, and snowshoeing are all offered by Outing Club in day or weekend trips. Email if you have questions.

MAC 101 - The Student Perspective

"You don't have to be an athlete to be active. Exercising is a great way to relieve stress, ward off the freshman 15, and even make friends!" - Rebecca Shapiro ('14)

"Your mental health is just as importance as your physical well-being. Coming to campus is an adjustment for many students. You will be exposed to new people in a new place, and the environment can be stressful between academics and settling in. Being proactive about your mental health is much easier in the long run than figuring it out later." - Niko Martell ('13)

"If you're feeling really unhappy for awhile, tell someone. It can be your RA or your FYC professor or a chaplain or a coach or someone at Health & Wellness. You're not alone, and you don't have to feel alone." - Bea Rendon ('13)


  • What do you do to relieve stress physically, mentally and emotionally?
  • What has been your favorite activity at Macalester so far?
  • What has been your favorite part about living in the cities?
  • What are you looking forward to in the weeks, months, and years to come?

NOW WHAT? Just because our time together has ended doesn't mean there isn't still a lot for you to learn, discover, and explore at Mac. Continue to meet new people, ask interesting questions, and keep up to date with your blog and social media outlets. The next four years are going to be an exhilarating, challenging, and rewarding experience, so hold on tight!

THE Sustainable Student 

A sustainable student is one who has found a healthy balance of activities that promote physical and emotional health, and contribute to the student's personal academic mission. By using the health resources described below, eating right, getting enough sleep, and creating healthy and strong relationships, everyone can begin their journey to becoming a sustainable, happy, and successful student.


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Wellness Wednesdays


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