Classes and programs

A customized journey

We bring together world-class medical care and quality wellness programs to help you learn to make healthy life choices.


Call the Center for Wellness in Madison at (608) 440-6600 to set up a wellness consultation, group medical visit or health coaching appointment.

1:1 wellness consultation

During this 60-minute appointment with a physician or advanced practice provider, we will explore your personal and family health history, clarify your health goals and create a personalized lifestyle plan you can implement and sustain. We will use evidence-based treatment options, personal support and self-care practices to optimize your health.

Group medical visits

Group medical visits offer an innovative and interactive approach to meeting your health care needs. Patients with common health goals are brought together and led by one or more health care providers in a supportive environment.

Led by a health care clinician, each 90- to 120-minute visit allows patients to share as information as they feel comfortable sharing. Patients can share experiences while also learning how to incorporate key elements necessary to live a healthier life. Through hands-on learning, we explore self-management skills to support lifestyle and behavior changes that directly relate to specific health problems.

Current group medical visit sessions

Practicing mindful awareness is a foundational skill in the kitchen. The focus of this four-week Group Medical Visit series is on developing healthy eating and cooking habits in a hands-on, supportive environment. You will gain confidence in the kitchen and learn how eating well can be an additional “medicine” for heart health. This visit series will help you explore basic cooking techniques using wholesome ingredients, prepare nutritious and satisfying recipes all while learning about the health benefits of different foods along the way. Together, we will learn to build a diet around the Mediterranean diet principle.


  • Dates: Tuesdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27

  • Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

  • Providers: Lisa Simpson, PA; Matt Plath, chef; Katie Eby, health coach

  • Location: Learning Kitchen, East Madison Hospital

  • High problems: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, prediabetes, diabetes, heart disease

Read about one family's experience with Kitchen Wisdom

Please call (608) 440-6600 to register

This six-week Group Medical Visit offers an introduction to Yoga 4 Cancer which is a yoga method developed by a cancer survivor that supports the unique needs of those living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Yoga has been shown to decrease stress, improve sleep and enhance overall physical and emotional wellness after cancer treatment. Breathing exercises, short-guided meditations and physical postures will be used to support healing after treatment. No previous yoga experience necessary.


  • Dates: Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20 (no visit on August 6)

  • Time: 1:30–3 p.m.

  • Provider: Lori Seaborne, PA and Katie Eby, health coach

  • Location: Wellness Studio, East Madison Hospital

  • Health concerns: Cancer diagnosis, open to all patients during or after treatment

Read about one patient's experience with Yoga 4 Cancer

Please call (608) 440-6600 to register

Beginning can be the hardest part. This introductory series will help you establish a mindfulness practice to support your health. Each visit will incorporate mindfulness teachings and meditation with group sharing and support. Research shows that mindfulness can help relieve stress, reduce suffering from chronic pain, lower blood pressure, improve mental health, improve sleep, and increase a sense of well-being. If you are curious about mindfulness and want to learn more, this is a great opportunity to start on that path.


  • Dates: Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25

  • Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

  • Providers: Lisa Simpson, PA, and Erin Allon, Health Coach

  • Location: Conference Room 1660, East Madison Hospital

  • Health problems: Chronic pain, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, insomnia, diabetes, ADHD, IBS

Please call (608) 440-6600 to register

Ready to leave nicotine in the past? We will learn ways to manage stressful times and trigger situations without smoking, vaping and chewing. During this six-week Group Medical Visit, we will explore medical hypnosis treatment, nicotine replacement and evidenced-based behavior change strategies. You will have the support of a clinician, health coach, group members and former smoker to help you successfully kick this habit. Let’s build upon your current strengths to find the confidence in quitting nicotine for good.


  • Dates: Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13

  • Time: 5–7 p.m.

  • Providers: Samantha Sharp, MD, and Erin Allon, health coach

  • Location: Conference Room 1111, Science Dr Medical Center

  • Health problems: Active nicotine use (smoking, vaping, chewing)

Note: Patients must be ready to stop nicotine use during the visit series.

Please call (608) 440-6600 to register

Imagine creating lifestyle changes that are better for your health and the environment. This mindfulness-based Group Medical Visit is aimed at helping to reduce stress, improve your eating habits, and increase your physical activity. This visit series will involve practice with mindful eating and walking, compassion meditation, breath awareness, and nature appreciation.


Please call (608) 440-6600 to register

There are many steps you can take to manage and live well with Atrial Fibrillation. In this Group Medical Visit, you will learn more about atrial fibrillation, hear and learn from others who are living with this chronic condition, and develop a lifestyle-based treatment plan to help you improve your overall health. It is normal to feel nervous and anxious about exercise so each week will include different forms of exercise. This Group Medical visit meets every other week. In between the in-person sessions our Health Coach will call you offering additional goal setting and support.


  • Dates: Thursdays, September 12, 26; October 10, 24; November 7, 21

  • Time: 4:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Providers: Renee Bobb, NP; Ellen Houston, CEP, Health Coach; Preventive Cardiology team

  • Location: Conference Room 1920, East Madison Hospital

  • Health problems: Diagnosis of atrial fibrillation

Please call (608) 440-6600 to register

Wellness Studio

We offer a wide range of classes to help you incorporate physical activity into your daily routine including:

  • Yoga classes

  • Strength

  • Balance

  • Core

View our upcoming class list (pdf)

To register for a class:

  • Sign-in or create an account on our online class registration tool

  • Under "Health and fitness" select "Fitness"

  • Under "where" select "East Madison Hospital" to narrow down your search

  • Locate the class you'd like to register for and select "Add to Care" follow the prompts to check out

  • For help with registration call (608) 263-7936

Current and upcoming classes

Instructor: Megan Lynch

Whether you are new to exercise or interested in improving your overall movement quality, this class offers a balanced approach to exercise where you will gradually increase your fitness capacity. Exercises are adaptable for a variety of fitness levels. Equipment needed will include a chair, resistance band and light weights.

Instructor: Valerie Hesslink

Yoga As My Body Is, is a gentle sequence designed to meet your body where you are at. This class focuses on restoring mobility, increasing flexibility, building strength and easing achy joints and muscles. This practice may be done from standing, seated, or on the mat making it appropriate for all fitness levels. Participants should be comfortable getting up and off the floor or chair throughout class.

Instructor: Valerie Hesslink

Gentle Flow Yoga is designed to be accessible for all levels, focusing on a gentle pace that allows you to connect with your breath and move mindfully through each pose. You will be guided through postures to help you build flexibility, strength and balance while promoting relaxation and stress relief. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or new to the practice, our gentle flow class is the perfect way to unwind and recharge your body and mind.

Instructor: Valerie Hesslink

Aerial Yin Yoga is a relaxing practice designed to release tensions deep within the connective tissue and throughout the body. This class utilizes an aerial hammock set low to the ground to help assist with different postures. Leave feeling refreshed and energized. Yin yoga is appropriate for beginners to advanced. Participants should feel comfortable getting up and off the floor throughout class.

Instructor: Megan Lynch

Through a variety of exercises, you will gain better balance, improve body awareness, core strength, coordination and confidence. Good balance can help you feel more stable, strong and prevent falls. Balance Core is a low-impact class for all fitness levels.

Instructor: Sara Cotton

Balance, strength and mobility found through drills and progressions and the movements of Yang 24. Interested in learning tai chi or already have a practice? Learn simple drills and progressions to enliven your wellbeing.

Instructor: Valerie Hesslink

This gentle form of yoga is practiced sitting on a chair or using a chair for support during standing poses. Chair yoga helps increase flexibility, lung capacity, circulation, and strength, improves balance, and relieves stress. Appropriate for all ability levels.

Instructor: Sara Arscott

Survivor Yoga is a 75 minute community class led by Sara Arscott, an instructor trained on the Yoga 4 Cancer model. Yoga 4 Cancer was developed by a cancer survivor and supports the unique needs of those living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Survivor Yoga is designed to provide ongoing support for those living with and surviving cancer. Each class includes movement, breathing exercises, guided meditations, and reflection. Appropriate for graduates of Yoga 4 Cancer Group Medical Visit or individuals living with cancer who are looking to safely return to movement.

Note: this class is not recommended for individuals who are actively receiving IV chemotherapy. Individuals may consider Yoga 4 Cancer Group Medical Visit.

Instructor: Megan Lynch

Senior Strength Training is a chair-based resistance workout using dumbbells, resistance bands, and body weight. Class will involve low impact exercises while sitting in a chair and standing with chair support. This class is appropriate for anyone who cannot stand for a prolonged amount of time or who may be new to exercise.

Aquatic Center

We offer both a 25-yard, four-lane lap pool and a 90-degree warm water pool to meet the needs of both the casual swimmer and those looking for a competitive edge.

Aquatic Center program options

  • All pool patrons must purchase a pool pass to use the East Madison Hospital Aquatic Center. To buy a pass using a credit card, please call (608) 263-7936. You also may purchase a pass on-site during business hours.

  • All pool users must be 13 years of age or older.

  • Fees are subject to change. Passes are non-transferable. No refunds, credits or holds.

Pass fees

  • Day: Individual — $10 per person. Family — Not available.

  • Punch card: Individual — Five swims for $45. Family — Not available.

  • One month: Individual — $65. Family — $115.

  • Three months: Individual — $180. Family — $335.

  • Note: For the family pass, all users must reside in the same household.

East Madison Hospital Aquatic Class Schedule (pdf)

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Participants should contact the Fitness and Aquatics staff prior to a missed class. Staff will transfer you into future classes or credit your account. Classes will not be credited if requested after the missed class has taken place. Full refunds will only be issued to participants who miss classes due to illness or injury.


Email or call (608) 440-6600.


Find support on your fitness journey to better health.

Fitness program options

  • 1-on-1 fitness consult and assessment

  • May include fitness testing

  • Receive exercise guidance and individual program

  • 60 minutes: $60

Personal training provides you with safe exercise guidance and instruction from a certified fitness professional. We also offer partner training for participants of a similar fitness level.

  • 1-on-1 workouts

  • Custom exercise plan

  • Access to pool and weight room

  • Can be tailored for health restrictions

Training package: 60 minutes each

* A fitness assessment is required prior to joining

  • Five sessions: $325 individual/$187.50 partner per person

  • 10 sessions: $600 individual/$350 partner per person

Cost: $30

When you purchase a one-month fitness pass, you will receive a custom exercise program developed by one of our specialists. Throughout the month you can exercise independently in our Therapy Gym during the designated hours. An exercise specialist will always be present for your safety and will be a resource in answering any questions you may have.

Available Therapy Gym hours:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 4–5 p.m.

* Fitness assessment required for first-time users

Health coaching

We offer a goal-oriented approach to health coaching. Our certified health coaches help you connect with your personal strengths, overcome barriers and make lasting changes that benefit your physical, emotional and mental health.

To register for a session call (608) 440-6600.

Coaching options

Coaching sessions are offered in person or by phone.

Work with a health coach to create a plan that you can follow on your own.

Cost: $80

During the first 60-minute visit you'll work with a health coach to create a plan. Then you'll have 30-minute follow-up visits to check in on progress toward your goals.

Cost: $325

The Learning Kitchen

Our fully equipped classroom kitchen offers both culinary and healthy cooking classes for both cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities. Call (608) 440-6600 or visit our online class registration tool to search for classes.

Model for wellness

Find support on your journey

Whether you are trying new ways to enjoy physical activity or have been an athlete for a number of years, the UW Health Center for Wellness can support you on your journey to better health through not only exercise, but managing stress and eating better.

Areas of whole health

Includes movement and activities like walking, dancing, gardening, sports, lifting weights, yoga, cycling, swimming and working out in a gym.

Getting enough rest, relaxation and sleep.

Eating healthy, balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables each day. Drinking enough water and limiting sodas, sweetened drinks and alcohol.

Learning and growing. Developing abilities and talents. Balancing responsibilities where you live, volunteer and work.

Feeling listened to and connected to people you love and care about. The quality of your communication with family, friends and people you work with.

Having a sense of purpose and meaning in your life. Feeling connected to something larger than yourself. Finding strength in difficult times.

Feeling safe. Having comfortable, healthy spaces where you work and live. The quality of the lighting, color, air and water. Decreasing unpleasant clutter, noises and smells.

Tapping into the power of your mind to heal and cope. Using mind-body techniques like relaxation, breathing or guided imagery.

Understand your health concerns and preventive care, care options, treatment plan and role in your health.

  • Acupuncture

  • Massage

  • Stress management


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