Wellness classes to run in two sessions this fall

The Fall Wellness Schedule is being worked on currently and will be solidified soon.

The two fall 7-week sessions will be:

September 3, 2013 – October 18, 2013


October 28, 2013 – December 13, 2013

Three new classes we will be offering are:

  • Express Tabata – a high intensity 20 seconds on 10 seconds off interval training
  • PI/YO – a hybrid Pilates Yoga class
  • SPIN – Spinning class

Also new this semester, we are requiring all wellness class participants fill out an Exercise Class Waiver that is good for the year.

If you have any questions feel free to let Julie Otte know! Look for the schedule soon!


Employees invited to take ‘Healthier Tomorrow’ pledge

The Wellness Department & Employee Wellness, together, encourages our campus community to love yourself enough to take the pledge!

Are you ready to get healthier? To take some of the weight off your shoulders? To make the changes you need to give yourself a healthier tomorrow? If you are ready to gain more energy and drop the pounds, take the MI Healthier Tomorrow pledge. We’ll get you going with a free Starter Kit with motivational tips, money-saving offers and other good stuff. And we’ll keep you going when you sign up for our e-mails or text messages. It’s a little motivation twice a month to keep you focused on what you pledged so you can reach your goal of losing weight and being healthier.

Losing just 10% of your body weight can make significant improvements to both your physical and mental health. A 10% weight loss for those who are overweight can:

  • Improve blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Improve heart health
  • Decrease risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Decrease back and joint pain
  • Improve breathing and sleep
  • Increase energy and stamina
  • Improve mood and self-confidence

It’s free, anonymous, and you will get a packet of information with free stuff just for signing up!

YMCA Veggie Van on Campus Every Other Tuesday

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The YMCA Veggie van was on our main campus yesterday selling fresh, (mostly) local fruits and veggies. This is a mobile farmers market that will stop by every other Tuesday between 11-12 pm alternating between our Main and Tassel M-TEC campuses. They take cash, credit and debit cards along with bridge cards.

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YMCA Veggie Van at GRCC

Starting Tuesday September 4, the YMCA Veggie Van will be at GRCC’s Main Campus in the Bostwick Commons from 11-12 and returning every other week. The Veggie Van will be at the Tassel M-Tec on the alternate Tuesdays also from 11-12. The Veggie Van is a mobile farmers market that provides fresh, local fruits and vegetables for purchase.

More information available on their website here.

Fall 2012 Wellness Class Offerings

Our classes this fall will be 7 week sessions again. The first session is running from September 10 until November 2, 2012. The second session is November 5 until December 21, 2012.  The sessions are $20.00 each and you may participate in as many classes as you would like.  Below are the classes along with the class descriptions.

2012 Fall Employee Wellness Class Descriptions


Open to all levels of practice and abilities, our soothing gentle class focuses on an exploration of basic yoga poses and how to connect them through attention to breathing, alignment and mindfulness. Therapeutic in nature, you will learn techniques to help you gain flexibility, while immersing yourself in a relaxing class that moves at a perfectly slower pace – allowing ample time to enjoy each pose. Expect lots of stretching & lingering in supported seated poses. Meditation and relaxation techniques will also be introduced, perfect for stress relief and overall wellbeing. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat please.


Maximize your workout with 30 minutes of cardio, 15 minutes of strength and 15 minutes of core/flexibility for a very efficient and total body workout. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat, water and hand weights (optional).


Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin/International rhythms and movements. These easy to follow moves feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. No prior experience necessary. All levels welcome.

Core Barre

This Core Barre inspired class will sculpt, strengthen and elongate all of your major muscle groups. All levels welcome no dance experience necessary. All levels welcome.

Tae Kwon Do

The class will focus on the basics of kicking, punching, blocking and forms. All levels are welcome as the instructor will work with you to succeed. Tae Kwon Do helps with balance, coordination, confidence, concentration, and a great workout. You only need yourself and comfortable clothing. All levels welcome.

Fall 2012 Wellness Class Offerings

Our classes this fall will be 7 week sessions again. The first session is running from September 10 until November 2, 2012. The second session is November 5 until December 21, 2012.  The sessions are $20.00 each and you may participate in as many classes as you would like.  Below are the classes along with the class descriptions. Continue reading

Staff Development Learns Healthy and Delicious Cooking Techniques (Photos)


Staff Development has been offering some different classes this year geared around food and in the last few months a lot of employees have been having fun our culinary kitchens with Tara Rietsma and Josh Ferguson. Tara taught us about Cooking with Herbs and Breaking Down Beef Cuts.

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Yesterday Josh shared with us Healthy Cooking on a Budget along with proper knife skills and how to properly butcher a chicken. These classes have been a lot of fun and filled with a lot of great recipes. Here are some photos from the class today. Thanks Tara and Josh for being so willing to educate us!

GRCC Walking for Fitness Class Visits Kent Trails (Photo)


Melanie Schiele Gady’s Walking for Fitness Class takes field trip to Kent Trails. After learning about Cholesterol, what high cholesterol is, and how to lower your cholesterol the class walked 6 ½ miles. Do you know your Cholesterol numbers? Do you know that walking can help improve and lower your cholesterol as well as high blood pressure, diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease, stroke, and help prevent osteoporosis?

Physical activity also promotes higher self -esteem, higher productivity, and better cognitive function. Adults should be getting in 30-60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Jodi Kuyt’s Yoga Class Heads Outside – Photos

GRCC Employees do Yoga Outside

On Wednesday July 11th, Jodi Kuyt’s Yoga Class (WE 127) decided to head outside for class! During the yoga class, students enjoyed the nice breeze, focused on appreciating nature, and ended with a final relaxation/meditation. Are you stressed? Can’t seem to relax and find balance in your life physically and mentally? Maybe YOU should sign up for Yoga Level 1 (WE 127) or Intermediate Yoga Level 2 (WE 135) this Fall or Winter!

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Email Jodi Kuyt with any questions, jkuyt@grcc.edu.

Drop-in Group Exercise Classes are Underway for GRCC Employees

The second set of group exercise classes have begun and it’s not too late to get involved.   We have 8 classes going this 7 weeks and would love to have you join. If you would like to check out any of these classes, feel free to come this week at no charge!

Here is our list of classes: grcc.edu/groupexercise

Also – now is a great time to check out our fantastic corporate memberships with MVP Sports and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. Both offer a free week trial. MVP Sports has 4 locations in West Michigan and the YMCA has 6.

More information on Corporate Memberships.

Questions?  Contact Julie Lenger

Metro Health Mobile Mammography Unit Coming to GRCC 7/24/12 and 8/7/12

The Metro Health Mobile Mammography Unit coming to GRCC (specifically the DeVos Campus).  If you would like to take advantage of this please call their appointment line and schedule your appointment on either Tuesday, July 24 or Tuesday August 7.

Call (616)-252-4461 to schedule.  More information available in this flyer (.pdf)

National Bike to Work Day Wraps up – Photos

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Well done GRCC! For those who actively commuted this week – we wrapped up the week with National Bike to Work Day today! In front of GRCC’s Sneden Hall was a Rally Point and we had a great time drinking coffee with active commuters this morning – including the Mayor!

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Don’t forget that tonight is Active Commute Week Live at the Rapid Bus Station with bands, awards for the most active commuters, the Mayor of Grand Rapids and of course some pizza!