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May 4 – 10, 2024

While it may be finals week, it is also Self-Care Week here at Rec Well. During this week, we are devoted to supporting Active Badgers through this stressful time. To help, we’ll be offering free walk-in’s for group fitness classes, additional meditation classes, and several other workshops and activities to all current members.

We’ll also be sharing resources on ways to manage stress, including tips on getting proper sleep, eating healthy, staying hydrated, and connecting to mindfulness. Take some time to unwind, and know that it’s not bad to give yourself a break. Be good to yourself and take a timeout for self-care.

Show us how you take a timeout for self-care by posting on social media using #timeout #selfcare #uwrecwell.


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Free Walk-in Group Fitness Classes sponsored by American Family Insurance

Free walk-ins for UW-Madison students and Rec Well members when spots are available. Enjoy classes like Powerflow, Group Strength, Cycling, HIIT, and Barre. Bring your Wiscard/Rec Well membership card.

Bakke & Nick

May 4 – 10 (see schedule for exact dates and times)


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Inflatable Obstacle Course: Pool Edition sponsored by Ian’s Pizza

Kick off finals week in the water! Join us for our inflatable pool obstacle course, the Wibit, at the Soderholm Family Aquatic Center!  No registration required. Just show up and have fun!

Soderholm Family Aquatic Center at the Nick

Date & Time:
Saturday, May 4
12:30 – 3:30pm

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Plant & Sip

Plant yourself at Bakke for Self-Care Week! Take a study break to adopt a plant, decorate a pot, and fuel up on snacks.

Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center – Willow Room

Date & Time:
Monday, May 6
2:30 – 3:30 pm OR 3:30 – 4:30pm


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In-Person Meditations sponsored by Grand Central

Our free in-person meditation classes are a time to unwind and focus on the present moment. We will incorporate elements of guided meditation, mindfulness, and relaxation practices. No previous meditation experience is required. Meditation classes will take place at the Bakke Recreation and Wellbeing Center.

Bakke – Serenity Studio

Date & Time:
Tuesday, May 7
6 – 6:30pm or 6:45 – 7:15pm


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Open Recreation

Our facilities will be open throughout finals week with lots of opportunities to just come and play. Drop in for Open Rec badminton/pickleball, basketball, volleyball, or Futsal. In addition, there are open rec times at the Sub-Zero Ice Center and swimming at both the Nick and Bakke.




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University Health Services (UHS) and Rec Well are partnering with Togetherall to provide an online, anonymous peer-support tool available for free to our students.
Togetherall is a clinically moderated, online peer-to-peer mental health community that reaches and empowers a diverse population of students to anonymously seek and provide support by sharing their experiences in a safe virtual space.


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UHS Mental Health Services (MHS) is partnering with Uwill to expand access to flexible, no cost, virtual counseling options for students. Licensed mental health professionals are available for video, phone, chat, and message sessions during flexible hours – including nights and weekends. Students can get in quickly to see a counselor, with appointments typically available within 24 hours.



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University Health Services

University Health Services
Main line: (608) 265 – 5600

  • Option 1 for medical services, behavioral health, occupational medicine
  • Option 2 for mental health services
  • Option 3 for confidential victim advocacy services concerning sexual assault, dating violence, and sexual harassment
  • Option 4 for Student Health Insurance Plan
  • Option 7 for UHS hours and directions
  • Option 9 for 24-hour mental health crisis line

UHS offers: care for illnesses and injuries: women’s health care; immunizations, allergies, and specialty care; primary and preventive care; individual psychological and psychiatric care; group and couple/partner counseling; eating disorder assessment and care; survivor services; trans health care; and wellness services. Drop into one of their Let’s Talk sessions during finals week for free, informal, and confidential counseling services.

Office of Student Assistance and Support

Office of Student Assistance and Support
Phone: (608) 263 – 5700

The Office of Student Assistance and Support offers: same day drop-in appointments; outlets to report students of concern, incidents of bias or hate, or other incidents; outlets to report an academic complaint; support for DACA recipients; outlets for getting help for other students; information on food, housing, and financial support.

Office of Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid
Phone: (608) 263 – 3060

The Office of Financial Aid offers: advising appointments; basic needs support (help gaining access to food, housing, and insurance); emergency support; success services; workshops/events; outreach

International Student Services

International Student Services 
Phone: (608) 262 – 2044

International Student Services offers: advising appointments (drop-in and scheduled); COVID-19 and travel updates and guidelines; emergency support; Optional Practical Training; program extension.


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