Looking to enhance your well-being in 2020?  Join us for January Thaw!

To see descriptions of all the events, visit the January Thaw Session Descriptions page from Employment Services.

To register for one of the events below, visit the January Thaw Registration Form.


Monday, January 13

Intro to Wellbeats: Yoga & Mindfulness Demo

Facilitated by Kelly Fang, Wellness Coach

3 to 4 p.m. in the Leonard Center Studio

Wellbeats is an exciting new fitness resource offered through HealthPartners and it’s available to all employees and their spouse/domestic partners on Macalester’s health plan.  Join Wellness Coach, Kelly Fang, to discover on-demand virtual fitness classes, workout plans and how to create a personalized fitness experience with Wellbeats, no matter where you are in your fitness journey. Kelly will show you how to search from a variety of classes – all of which are instructed by friendly, certified fitness trainers. In this session, come prepared to demo a Yoga and Mindfulness class together.


Tuesday, January 14

Intro to Wellbeats: Strength & Cardio Demo

Facilitated by Kelly Fang, Wellness Coach

3 to 4 p.m. in the Leonard Center Studio

Wellbeats is an exciting new fitness resource offered through HealthPartners and it’s available to all employees and their spouse/domestic partners on Macalester’s health plan.  Join Wellness Coach, Kelly Fang, to discover on-demand virtual fitness classes, workout plans and how to create a personalized fitness experience with Wellbeats, no matter where you are in your fitness journey. Kelly will show you how to search from a variety of classes – all of which are instructed by friendly, certified fitness trainers. In this session, come prepared to demo a Strength and Cardio class together.


Wednesday, January 15

Small Changes Add Up

Facilitated by Bon Appetit in partnership with Wellness Coach Kelly Fang

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Kagin Kitchen

Simple swaps can lead to big nutrient gains.  Join Wellness Coach, Kelly Fang and a professional chef from Bon Appetit to learn how to reinvent a traditional comfort food to be higher in fiber – keeping you fuller longer, without compromising flavor. We’ll also craft an easy lunch bowl with some tasty alternatives to balance your energy needs.  Space is limited to the first 12. 

Stress Management for Managers: Employee Stress

Facilitated by Connie Studer is a licensed marriage and family therapist and care manager with Cigna, Macalester’s new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) vendor.

1 to 2 p.m. in the Harmon Room, DeWitt Wallace Library

Stress can be a given in today’s workplace. But carrying that stress takes a toll. As a manager, you can’t eliminate work stress, but you are in a position to help employees manage it, including student employees. We’ll discuss how to spot signs of stress and address triggers. Learn moves to bring the pressure down and build resilience up.


Thursday, January 16

 Zero Waste and Low-Impact Living

Facilitated by Kristina Mattson, Co-Founder Zero Waste Saint Paul

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Harmon Room, DeWitt Wallace Library

Wellness & Health at Macalester (WHAM) and the Sustainability Office invite you to explore the connection between wellness and sustainability.  In this interactive workshop, you’ll discover low-impact living, the Zero Waste Movement, and why we need connections with each other and ourselves more than ever. Whether you’re brand new to the concept of sustainability or zero waste, we’ll explore challenges and opportunities of living in harmony with the Earth and each other.

Kristina Mattson is passionate about waste reduction. She is a MRC (Master Recycler Composter) with Dakota County, and a former Hematology Oncology RN. As a mother of three, Kristina understands being a busy parent and brings real-life practical strategies for waste reduction, and has a “no-shame” philosophy to her classes. Kristina is also the co-founder of Zero Waste Saint Paul whose mission is to bridge waste reduction awareness with action through advocacy, connection, and education.

 

Intro to Wellbeats: Pilates & Zumba Demo

Facilitated by Kelly Fang, Wellness Coach

1 to 2 p.m. in the Leonard Center Studio

Wellbeats is an exciting new fitness resource offered through HealthPartners and it’s available to all employees and their spouse/domestic partners on Macalester’s health plan.  Join Wellness Coach, Kelly Fang, to discover on-demand virtual fitness classes, workout plans and how to create a personalized fitness experience with Wellbeats, no matter where you are in your fitness journey. Kelly will show you how to search from a variety of classes – all of which are instructed by friendly, certified fitness trainers. In this session, come prepared to demo a Pilates and Zumba class together.

 

WHAM’s Free SomaYoga Sample Class

Facilitated by Ann Blackburn, Certified Yoga Therapist and owner of TULA Yoga & Wellness

4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the Leonard Center Studio

WHAM is excited to offer an evening Yoga class starting in February on Thursdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m.  Come try the class and meet our new instructor, Ann Blackburn, a Certified Yoga Therapist and owner of TULA Yoga and Wellness on Snelling Avenue.  Learn yoga basics in this beginner-friendly class.  SomaYoga is a therapeutic blend of Somatics (neuromuscular re-education to release tension) and yoga postures to increase body awareness, freedom, mobility, and strength while calming the nervous system. Explore this therapeutic approach to yoga that will challenge the seasoned practitioner and will also be accessible for the beginner.  Leave feeling calm and refreshed with practices to use outside of class. If you enjoy the sample class and you’d like to register for the 6-week series with Ann, visit Macalester.edu/wham.  Space is limited.