FREE Wellness Classes for ACC Employees

Wellness Classes back in session for Summer with more in-person options!

These FREE wellness classes are open to ALL ACC employees and will be available Monday, June 10 – Saturday, August 10.

Please be sure to register prior to attending any classes. Space is limited for in-person classes!

Check out the Summer schedule HERE to view the new line up of classes and to access the virtual classes. Mark your calendar with your favorite classes to join!  Click HERE to add the shared Wellness Calendar to your Google Calendar for easy access and calendar reminders.

All classes are modifiable for all levels of fitness. We hope you’ll give one a try!

There is still no attendance requirement, but the Google Registration form is required for participation. You may sign up for as many classes as you plan to attend using one form. This form contains the official class waiver and provides us with a way to communicate important information regarding the classes throughout the semester. 

We hope to see you in a class soon, but if you don’t have time for a full class or can’t make it during the scheduled times, we’ve included some links below to work exercise and stretching into your daily routine.  Perhaps you can do these during your 15-minute breaks each day!

ACC also has the following discounted gym membership offers:

  • Gold’s Gym- access to all Austin-area Level 1 gyms for 25.99+ tax/month
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Fitness Program-access to different participating gyms nationwide depending on which tier you choose (prices vary based on membership tier)

The Threat of Rain Couldn’t Dampen our Spirits

Nearly 200 ACC employees came out to celebrate the employee Wellness Fest on Friday, April 26, 2024 from 11am – 2pm at the Eastview Campus Courtyard! This was the first time hosting the event since 2019. Though the forecast called for storms, the only thunder was that of employees chatting and laughing together as good times were had by all, and the applause for the top finishers of the Exercise Stars challenge which were announced at the kick-off of this event.

The employee Wellness Fest event is an opportunity to celebrate ACC employees’ hard work on behalf of the college and our students, and to spend some time on self-care. We had over 30 health-
focused vendors from the campus and community, as well as food trucks, field day games, campus challenges, exercise demos, and other fun activities to allow employees to connect with their peers and destress (and maybe even win some of the awesome door prize packages that were up for grabs).

As employees, taking time out of our day to love ourselves and each other allows us to re-energize, and in turn, better love our students to success!

If you missed the event this year, we’ve included some highlights below. Be sure to save the date for Wellness Fest 2025, which will be held on April 25, 2025.

Highlights from the Event

  • Top Finishers Announced from the 2024 Exercise Stars Challenge
    • 448 total participants this year, with 276 meeting or exceeding their goal

  • Winner of the 2024 Campus Wellness Cup — Eastview Campus
    • determined through campus challenges and field day competitions at Wellness Fest
  • Fun Times had by all!

Virtual Group Counseling Sessions

Virtual Sessions

Friday, March 22 1:00 p.m.  Register HERE
Friday, April 12 1:00 p.m.  Register HERE
Friday, May 31 1:00 p.m.  Register HERE

These group chats for employees are intended to be casual conversations with a 3rd party (non-ACC) licensed professional present to help guide the flow of communication and provide tips for dealing with change in the workplace and other life stressors.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to be a part of these discussions, whether to talk, or just listen.
These sessions are coordinated through the Employee Assistance Program and conducted by a licensed counselor. Help is just a phone call away!
EAP Helpline: 1-888-993-7650

Exercise Stars Challenge 2024

Become An ACC Exercise Star –   January 29 – April 7, 2024

Could you use a little extra motivation to get back on track with your exercise goals? Looking to stay connected with your campus colleagues?  Well….Get Ready because…..  Exercise Stars 2024 is almost HERE!!!

Yes…that’s right!  It’s almost time for your next opportunity to become an ACC Exercise Star for 2024!

Sign up HERE to join the fun!

Registration Open through Monday, February 5th, so be sure you get in on the fitness fun and help your campus win the title of Most Active Campus!

This annual exercise incentive program and friendly competition between the ACC campuses is designed for ALL LEVELS to encourage you to increase your activity level and get movin’!  Just 15 minutes a day can really make a difference on your health (and even earn you a prize)!!

Participation is Easy…Just:

  • Set your exercise/activity goal & sign up for your fitness level
  • Start exercising and be sure to log your minutes each week on your campus spreadsheet
  • Be part of your campus’s Exercise Stars team… your exercise minutes contribute to your campus’s total to help win ‘The Most Active Campus’ competition
  • Receive tip sheets and motivating messages throughout the program
  • Watch your minutes add up and your fitness improve
  • Make friends and enjoy exercising with your peers

Be on the lookout for fun new BONUS POINT Opportunities!  Yes…you can earn bonus minutes just by participating in additional wellness opportunities throughout this friendly competition.

Click HERE for More details and specifics regarding the challenge!

Are you ready to get started on your fitness goals already and represent ACC on the statewide level? 

Try out the statewide Get Fit Texas Challenge as well…..

This additional 10-week challenge runs January 22nd – March 31st (which overlaps some with Exercise Stars anyways), and it’s not too late to sign up and log your exercise minutes.  Count your hard work for both challenges, and help us show the other state agencies that ACC is ready to GET FIT!!

The goal for Get Fit Texas is to log 150 minutes a week of movement for six out of ten weeks.  Find out more about this challenge and register through www.getfittexas.org.  

If you have any questions, contact Mauri Winters at mmiculek@austinccedu or 512-223-7577.

ACC Wellness “Moving the Needle” Award

On September 16, 2022, the ACC Employee Wellness Program was recognized at the 2022 Mayor’s Health & Fitness Awards ceremony.  Not only did the program receive the MHFC Workplace Partner Certification at the Gold level, but it was also chosen as the ‘Moving the Needle’ recipient in the area of physical activity. This award recognizes workplaces for exemplifying best practices in creating spaces that promote health and well-being and programs that affect positive change toward healthy lifestyles. 

For more on this, you can see the press release from the City of Austin at the link below:

https://www.austintexas.gov/news/mayors-health-fitness-council-announces-new-partnerships-award-recipients

ACC hosts inaugural Employee Wellness-Fest 2019

On Friday, April 26th, ACC hosted the inaugural Employee Wellness-Fest 2019!

Nearly 200 employees came together to celebrate wellness across the district with field day games, exercise demos, health and wellness information tables, and even a new campus competition, the Campus Wellness Cup.  Smiling faces were seen throughout the Eastview courtyard as employees were able to get in some physical wellness, engage with their peers from the different campuses and strengthen those bonds between colleagues.

Dr. Richard Rhodes presented the Exercise Stars awards as a part of the event recognizing the top 3 overall individuals from each fitness level, as well as the top 3 Campuses with the most minutes.  Wellness Champions from each ACC campus helped put this event together and the Eastview Campus staff worked especially hard to prepare for the big day!  Finally, 19 vendors from both the college and the community came out for the event to provide information regarding services related to employee wellness.  Several of these vendors, as well as many other local businesses provided wonderful prizes to be won as well.

Congratulations to the Eastview Campus for taking home the first ever ACC Campus Wellness Cup!

Which campus will be ready to capture this honor next year and take home this fantastic trophy at the Wellness-Fest 2020?  Yes…we are looking forward to the opportunity to repeat this event again next year, and hope you will be sure to join us again then!

 

Here are a few pictures from the event, but you can view all pictures in the Photo Gallery!