Faculty & Staff Wellbeing Opportunities

Your ability to practice wellbeing is important to the WSU community. Without healthy, happy faculty and staff, the campus wouldn’t be able to serve students and support WSU's goals.

Learn how you can get involved with a variety of opportunities for healthy living at the IWC.

Improve Your Health on Your Lunch Hour

Time: Wednesdays at 12-1pm
Location: IWC 127
Instructor: Eri Fujeda

Body awareness, or somatics, is about body-mind integration. It's a subtle and effective way or working with the body. Muscles can become tight and restricted due to development reasons, habitual patterns, emotional stress, injuries or trauma.

In Body Awareness Yoga sessions, participants will make small, slow and gentle movements to re-educate the brain so that you can feel more relaxed and have better muscle function. Benefits may include:

    improved mobility, strength and posture
  • reduced neuromuscular pain and symptoms related to chronically tight muscles such as headaches, frozen shoulders, and breathing difficulties
  • greater body awareness

Time: Monday through Friday at 12-12:30pm and 12:30-1pm
Location: 3rd Floor of the IWC Fitness Center
Instructor: IWC Student Staff

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16 and for all fitness levels, Noontime Fitness is an opportunity for you to work on your personal fitness with direction from a provided student trainer. The workouts are intended to be challenging, but to be done with no special clothing requirement. This means you can join us in your work clothes and not have to worry about needing a shower post workout!

Grab a co-worker and join one of two sessions. For this opportunity, you do not need a Fitness Center membership. Contact JReinardy@winona.edu for more information.

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30-1:20pm
Location: IWC 127

Join colleagues in video-led yoga classes in the fitness studio. Videos feature Rodney Yee, and accommodate all skill levels. Equipment and props are available if needed.

There are no dress requirements as this 45-minute session will allow you to tailor your practice to your needs in the moment.

Time: Wednesdays at 12-1pm
Location: IWC 127
Instructor: Paul Stern

Join us for some time to give back to yourselves and recharge. In the Meditation and Movement session, participants will engage in mindfulness based meditation and qi gong movement.

Mindfulness meditation is a way for you to build skills that allow you to notice what is taking place inside of yourself and in your outer environment--all in the present moment. By paying attention to life without judging what we find, we are able to be open to and available for ourselves, and our family and friends in a kinder, more compassionate way.

Qi gong is a system of movement practice that has existed in China for thousands of years. This holistic wellness system of exercise and movement helps to balance the body, mind and breath. Both qi gong and meditation practices will be accessible to people of all levels and abilities.

Time: Monday-Friday at 12-1pm

The third floor of the IWC is open for faculty and staff use without a membership during the hours of 12-1pm Monday through Friday. The third floor houses the walking track and select stationary fitness and strength equipment.

IWC front desk workers are trained to allow faculty and staff into the Fitness Center between 12-1pm for use of the third floor.


If you want to access the IWC Strength and Fitness Center any time during regular hours, consider purchasing a membership. For only $12.50 per month ($150 total per year), you can take advantage of all that the IWC Strength and Fitness Center has to offer whenever convenient for you.

IWC memberships are available for faculty, staff and their spouses/significant others.

Learn more information about IWC memberships today.

Fitness Classes

Intramural Fitness Classes are always open to all and offer a variety of options from yoga to Zumba to pilates. Be sure to join the WSU Fitness Facebook group to stay up to date on schedule changes!

This group is monitored by the IWC Group Fitness Instructors who announce any weather or academic class-related conflicts.


Memorial Pool

Lap and open swim opportunities are available to all WSU students, staff and faculty. Open, lifeguarded hours change due to student-lifeguard schedules and academic use of the facility. Minimal shower and locker room usage is available. See the pool hours of operation.


Racquet Ball

Racquet Ball is available for all students, faculty and staff.

&The HERS Department Exercise Science practicum students, in collaboration with WSU Strength & Fitness continue to offer the EWP personal training program, available to employees at no charge.

This program is quite popular, so there may be a waiting list to be matched with a student trainer.

For more information on how to get involved, please contact the HERS Department at 608.457.2600.

Engage with the Community

Annual Wellness Challenge

Every spring, the IWC Strength & Fitness offers a Wellness Challenge that includes everything from aerobics and strength training to regular sleep and drinking water.

For more information on how to form a team and get involved, contact Jeff Reinardy at jreinardy@winona.edu.

Grandad Half-Marathon Corporate Team Challenge

Time: Spring 2018, schedules vary.

WSU will enter a corporate team in the La Crosse, WI Grandad Half Marathon taking place on May 5, 2018. This is a chance to compete for bragging rights as the fastest and fittest large employer in the region.

If you'd like to participate, simply indicate Winona State University as your employer/workplace when you are registering for the race.

Trinona “Battle for the Bluffs”

Time: June 2018

Sign up for the Trinona "Battle for the Bluff" and experience one of the Midwest's most celebrated destination triathlons. Choose to race as an individual or relay in the beginner-friendly Sprint course or the epic International course.

Encourage your co-workers to join your team, sign up for the Corporate Charity Challenge and we will donate your winnings to the charity of your choice. Cost for team participation is $205 per team, and there will be more information on WSU's participation in the Corporate Charity Challenge during Spring 2018.

Live Well Winona Community Challenge

Time: Summer 2018

The Live Well Community Challenge consists of teams that engage in friendly competition against each other in a variety of intellectual and physical challenges over the course of several days. In 2018, WSU will rise to the challenge and put our teamwork to the test and compete against other Winona companies with over 50 employees.

This Olympics-style event puts the “fun” back in fundraising, with proceeds benefiting Live Well Winona. Contact wellness@winona.edu to learn more about how to get involved.