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Go for the Gold at WHAM’s Olympics Party!

Calling all staff and faculty (armchair athletes or otherwise)!

Join WHAM in celebrating summer and get in the spirit of the Olympic games.

Grab your colleagues and celebrate the spirit of competition and international cooperation.  Test your skills at our “modified” Olympic events. Choose from: javelin throw, badminton, balance beam or target practice and finish with our egg on the spoon relay race. 

Visit our refueling station under the Leonard Center Portico for some delicious snacks and drinks. 

This Olympics themed field day is designed for maximum enjoyment, regardless of your athletic prowess.

Don’t miss out on the games!  Save the date: Shaw Field – Thursday, July 25, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Macalester’s Weekly Farmer’s Market Starts June 27

WHAM is pleased to welcome back Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm out of Waverly, Minnesota to bring you fresh, local, and nutritious produce delivered right to campus.  Add a weekly reminder to your calendar and plan your first visit on Thursday between 2 to 6 p.m.  Please note: the market will be on-site Wednesday, July 3rd due to the July 4th holiday.  The market is located on Macalester Street near Visitor Parking Lot 1. Cash or credit cards are accepted.

Untiedt’s offers a variety of seasonal produce such as fresh strawberries, asparagus, delicious bi-color sweet corn, cabbage, eggplant, bell peppers, sweet onions, garlic, zucchini, cucumbers, green and wax beans, young potatoes, tomatoes, Black Diamond and personal-size watermelon, Tuscan cantaloupe and small Sugar Cube cantaloupe! Oksana will be there to greet you with a smile.

Back pain holding you back?  Try Healthy Back

Did you know that three in five adults will experience back pain this year?

A healthy back is essential to maintaining a good quality of life so whether you suffer from chronic back pain or are hoping to stop it before it starts, Healthy Back can help. This online tool has stretches and strengthening exercises that will empower you to keep your back healthy and strong all year long.  Check out the power of a healthy back.

Plus, you and your spouse or partner can each earn a $150 reward card for completing two well-being activities by October 31, 2024.Download the HealthPartners mobile app or sign in to to get your back in its best shape yet.

WHAM’s Summer Session 2 Classes for Staff and Faculty

Our next 6-week session of summer classes for staff and faculty will start the week of July 8.  Registration will be open from June 18 to July 2. Start your week with mood-boosting and heart pumping Dance Cardio on Mondays. Learn the essentials of a strength training program and master key movements with Strength Training 101 on Tuesdays. Build total body strength and cardiovascular endurance with Circuit Training on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Or, improve your range of motion and relieve stress with Hatha Yoga on Wednesday.  For class descriptions and to register, visit our WHAM Classes page.

Congrats to Julie Elhard for being a regular WHAM participant all year and winning our drawing for an Apple Watch. Katherine Fish participated in our free-trial classes during Spring Bloom and won our drawing for a Fitbit.

New Well-being Activity: Plant Forward Health

Plant Forward Health highlights veggies, fruits, legumes and grains, but it isn’t limited to them.  The main idea is to be mindful of adding and enjoying more plants as part of a balanced meal. This approach not only can improve our health, boost our energy levels and prevent chronic disease – it can also help the environment (and our wallet), too!

Features: 14 short lessons, a habit tracker (recommended and custom habits), progress dashboard (reflect and reach goals), and resource library (additional tools, recipes and meal plans).

Visit our Well-being Activities page to learn more.  To get started, sign in at or download the HealthPartners mobile app and click the Living Well button. Select “Get Started” on the activity, Plant Forward Health.

Connect with our health coach to reach your goals

It’s time to team up. A professional health coach can be the missing link between setting goals and meeting them. Talk one-on-one with our certified health coach, Kelly Fang, about what’s important to you. Whether that’s back pain, nutrition, sleep, stress management, exercise or something else – Kelly will work with you to address your unique needs.

If you’re on Macalester’s benefits plan, take your health assessment to get started at or use the Living Well button on the myHP app. Then contact Kelly to set up a time.  In-person, walking and video appointments are free and open to all staff, faculty, spouses and domestic partners, regardless of your benefits plan. To learn more, visit our Health Coaching page.

Build a strong back with Healthy Back!

If you’ve been on the sidelines for a while due to back pain, the thought of getting back into the workout game can be intimidating. Take the initiative today and learn how to strengthen and maintain your back health in this new 4-week activity! Healthy Back includes 3-5 virtual on-demand classes each week offered through Wellbeats, including yoga, strength training and circuits to improve back health in no time!  Log on to or use the myHP app. After completing your health assessment, locate the Healthy Back activity in your well-being account. Learn more on WHAM’s Well-being Activities page.

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