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Wellness Coach Kelly Fang is available for appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To schedule an appointment, call 651-696-6963. Appointments are 30 minutes.
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Here’s your chance to meet some of the providers at our neighborhood HealthPartners Clinics.  Starting in August, a provider from the HealthPartners Highland Park Clinic will join Macalester’s Wellness Walkers each week for our Walk with a Doc series.  The provider will introduce themselves, give a 5 to 10 minute talk on a health topic and then lead a 30-minute walk. 

When:  12:15 to 1:00 pm

Where: Meet in the Club Sports room at the Leonard Center

Michelle O'Brien

August 4 – Michelle O’Brien, MD, Family Medicine

Learn more about Dr. O’Brien

Ridge Pidde

August 18 – Ridge Pidde, DC, Chiropractic

Learn more about Dr. Pidde

Bradley Bastine

September 15 – Bradley Bastian, PA-C, Family Medicine

Learn more about Dr. Bastian

If you want great care, experienced medical specialists, convenient hours, locations and services, look no further than HealthPartners Clinics; the recognized partner for Macalester’s faculty, staff and their families.

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be a healthy thinker - change your thoughts and change your life

Just as eating healthy and being more active are important to your health and well-being, so too is healthy thinking.  We believe until you take care of yourself, you cannot be the best you can be to others or reach your personal goals.  Starting in June, take advantage of many opportunities to help you build your toolbox of skills and different ways to feel in control of your life, work, family, home and everything in between.

Kick-off message from Bob Graf, director of Employment Services

Stay tuned for more upcoming events. 

chair massageSummer chair massages for faculty and staff

Employment Services and WHAM are offering a pilot project this summer: 25 minute chair massage for $30. 

Appointments are available for faculty and staff by Massage Therapist, Scott Miller, in the Leonard Center Wellness Lounge.

Dates and Times:  June 10, July 8, and August 12 - every thirty minutes, with the first appointment at 11:00 am and last appointment at 1:30 pm.


  • Limited to one per faculty/staff for the summer.  No students or plus ones allowed for this pilot program.
  • This is only available through online registration with credit card payment.
  • No refunds will be offered if cancellation is made less than 10 days prior to massage date.  If cancelling massage, send refund requests by email to health@macalester.edu

Summer massage sign-up and payment

in case you missed us at chautauqua

This year's Chautauqua offered several opportunities for staff and faculty to enhance their well-being. In case you missed any of these events or you want more information to share with your family, we have included some resources below.

The Latest in Weight Loss Research

Our Wellness Coach, Kelly Fang, discussed some of the best and worst diets, and whether any of the latest trends, such as intermittent fasting and going gluten-free are getting results.  You can view or download a copy of the presentation by clicking on the link above.

Let's Get Cookin'

Executive Chef Mike Shannon from Cooks of Crocus Hill and our Wellness Coach Kelly Fang delighted our taste buds with a sampling of oils, vinegars and salts.  They followed it up with a demonstration and tasting of a delicious Quinoa Primavera recipe.  To try it at home with your family, visit our Recipe Blog below for a copy.  

The Medicine of Mindfulness

Our most highly attended event during Chautauqua was an experiential introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, facilitated by Judith Lies, LMFT, founder of HEARTWOOD Mindfulness Practice Center in Minneapolis.  To learn more about the 8-week MBSR classes that Judith offers, visit her website at SeedsofMindfulness.com  The text for her class is Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zin.  However, Judith says it is best used in the context of the class.

Wellness Blog

Read the Wellness Blog

Recipes and Food Blog

Read the Recipes Blog

If you are interested in being a contributor to either the wellness blog or the recipes blog, please contact Kelly Fang at  or Bob Graf at .


Visit Macalester's Organic Farmer's Market & CSA

Kristen Waurio from Sam Kedem's Nursery & Garden will be onsite Thursdays from 3:00 - 5:30pm in the portico outside the Leonard Center.  To learn more about Sam's farm and to sign up for his weekly CSA box, visit kedemgarden.com

Check the Events Calendar for dates and details.

Macalester Facts

Did you know? Of the employees who completed the Health Assessment in 2013, 51% reported that they are seriously thinking about making some changes to how they manage stress.

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