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December 14 – 21, 2023

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

December 14 – 21 (see schedule for exact dates and times)


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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, December 5
6 – 6:30pm or 6:45 – 7:15pm

Friday, December 15
11 – 11:30am or Noon – 12:30pm
(featuring complimentary salads/salad cards from Ian’s Pizza!)


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Teaching Kitchen Open House

It’s winter which means, it’s a perfect time for homemade cookies and chocolatey drinks! So bring a friend and stop into the Wolf Teaching Kitchen anytime during the open house for cookie decorating. While you’re here grab a cup of hot chocolate or two! This is a free event designed for hands-on kitchen fun.

Wolf Teaching Kitchen in Bakke

Date & Time:
Thursday, December 7
5 – 6:30pm

Mental Health Workshop with UHS

Join us and UHS Mental Health Services staff for a workshop focused on mental health, anxiety, and helping you build skills to help a friend in need of mental health support. All participants will get a Rec Well mug!

Bakke Serenity

Date & Time:
Tuesday, December 12
6 – 7pm


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Thrive Workshop with UHS – Test Anxiety

UHS’ Thrive Workshops offers you opportunities to build skills and gain tools to support your academics, relationships, and overall wellbeing. The single-session workshops cover topics that are relevant to your student experience.


Date & Time:
Tuesday, December 12
5:30 – 6:30pm


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Roll Into Finals sponsored by Ian’s Pizza

Kick off finals week in the water! Join us for log rolling!  No registration required. Just show up and have fun!

Cove Pool at Bakke

Date & Time:
Thursday, December 14
6:15 – 8:40pm

A Badger’s Guide to Self-Care

Pause during Self-Care Week and join us for a wellbeing workshop to learn about the pillars to self-care and participate in activities to help you unwind. Participants will receive a Rec Well mug.

Nick Wet Classroom

Date & Time:
Wednesday, December 20
6 – 7pm



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Connecting Badgers Podcast hosted by UHS Mental Health Services

Connecting Badgers aims to enhance learning and student success by promoting, protecting and restoring mental health while acknowledging that stigma and health disparities exist and can be barriers to care. We provide students with tips to promote their mental health in order to strengthen wellbeing and success. The podcast helps listeners improve their mental health literacy so they can recognize, manage, and prevent mental health concerns.


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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.

Dean of Students Office

Dean of Students Office 
Phone: (608) 263 – 5700

The Dean of Students Office 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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