Kroc Center Lunch ‘n Learn held on March 8th

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Thank you to Laurel and Nick from the Kroc Center for visiting their alma mater on Wednesday, March 8th to talk with us about Nutrition, Fitness and the Kroc Center!  Laurel shared information about nutrition, such as asking for dressing, gravy and cream sauce on the side when dining out (so you can control how much you use).  Did you know that some small bags of chips are actually two servings, so we would need to double the amount per serving on the nutrition label (i.e. calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium) if we eat the whole bag?  Have you heard about substituting applesauce for half the called-for butter, shortening or oil in recipes to make it healthier?  She also explained that 3,500 calories equals about one pound of fat, so we would need to burn about 3,500 calories more than we take in to lose one pound.  In general, if we cut 500 calories from our typical diet each day, we’d lose about one pound per week!  Laurel also made peanut butter energy balls for us to enjoy!

Nick shared interesting information about the Green Bay Kroc Center, which is one of 26 Kroc Centers nationwide, funded by a generous donation from Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc.  The Green Bay Kroc Community Center opened in 2011, and offers a fitness center, aquatics center, gym with indoor track, group fitness classes, swim lessons, art and music classes, youth dance lessons, senior classes, youth day camp, and an after school program. UWGB employees can receive 15% off monthly membership costs, a free two week trial membership, and a waived registration fee because UW-Green Bay is part of the Corporate Connections Program. Please see their website for more information.

Mindfulness Classes

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Did you know stress rates have skyrocketed in the past six to seven years, a timeline that roughtly corresponds to our ability to “hyperconnect” to work via smartphones?* Being mindful in our daily routine can help us reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and control anxiety. When we practice mindfulness at work, we think more clearly. We respond rather than react. We take events less personally. We make better decisions. In short, our brains slow down. We reduce our stress levels while simultaneously increasing our effectiveness.

“Relaxation” – this was a suggestion from a UWGB employee for what topic the Wellness Committee should focus on next.  Two-time NFL MVP and Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows the importance of relaxing and being mindful. Practicing mindfulness can improve many aspects of your daily life, and implementing mindful practices in your routine might be easier than you think!  RELAX

To promote a culture of well-being and help us be more mindful at work, the following meditation and Tai Chi classes will be offered to UWGB employees this spring!  A big THANK YOU to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) for their wellness grant to UWGB to fund the entire cost of these classes, so there is no charge to employees to attend!  Another big THANK YOU to the Richard Mauthe Center for co-sponsoring these classes!  All classes will be held at 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. in the Mauthe Center.

  • Monday, March 13th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, March 20th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, March 27th – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Monday, April 3rd – Meditation with Aguas Buenas Botanicas
  • Friday, April 7th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 14th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 21st – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy
  • Friday, April 28th – Meditation with Instructor, Reed Hardy

Please click on this link to register for the classes: http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1RDH7wyV8TIaahL

Did you miss the first class or forgot to register?  No problem!  Just show up and join us!

We will also be scheduling Tai Chi classes in May, which will be posted on HR Connect as soon as the dates finalized.

We all have stress in our lives.  Regardless of the cause, your body’s reaction to stress can make you more likely to get sick.  So finding ways to de-stress is important to your health.  Mindfulness can be the key to slowing down and enjoying the moment.  Please consider taking advantage of this great opportunity!

* Quote from Scott Eblin, Author of the book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

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Student Hours Reminder

As a reminder, UW-Green Bay student employees can work up to 40 hours per week between March 12 and March 18, 2017, and then must reduce their working schedules down to 25 hours per week starting March 19, 2017 to make sure we are in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Please review the 2017 Student Bi-Weekly Payroll Schedule at: http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/documents/StudentBiWeeklyPayrollSchedule2017.pdf

If you have any questions about this, please contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

Smart Spring Snacking

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With the spring season coming and a warm, sunny summer following, kicking your butt into gear and eating healthy is more important than ever! Many times, eating healthy every day can be an overwhelming thought for those with tight schedules and a list of commitments, which, let’s face it, includes just about all of us!  One of the best things you can learn to help you stay on track throughout your crazy days are quick and easy tips for grab-and-go healthy food choices, or what one may call Smart Snacking!

Yes! Snacking CAN be healthy for you! But the first tip to keep in mind before reading on is that portion size is key!  A snack can easily turn into the same calories as a meal if you eat too much at once.  Your goal for snacks should be 200-300 calories or less.  Tips to help you achieve this include pre-filling small snack baggies and storing them in your cupboard or refrigerator (limit yourself to this serving size!), portioning out a small bowl of your snack choice rather than just eating out of the original container, and selecting healthy substitutes for less healthy snacks you are craving.  For example, substitute 1 cup of unsalted popcorn or a small bowl of whole-grain crackers instead of potato chips, or choose ¼ cup of homemade trail mix with dried fruit and nuts instead of a candy bar.  Also, avoid eating out of boredom or for emotional reasons, which can often lead to eating more than you need to.  Instead, go for a walk, hang out with a friend, or find a hobby you enjoy.

Here are some more quick and healthy snack ideas to help you achieve your wellness goals:

  • Always have sliced or chopped vegetables and fruits set aside to quickly grab.
  • Choose hummus, low-calorie dressing, or peanut butter for dipping rather than higher-fat, higher-calorie dipping sauces.
  • Include fruits and vegetables on your grocery shopping list that involve minimal preparation, such as apples, pears, bananas, fruits canned in their own juice, baby carrots, or cherry tomatoes. Always have these on hand for fast healthy fuel on-the-go.
  • Top low-fat cottage cheese with fresh, frozen, or canned fruit.
  • Drink a glass of milk or non-dairy substitute for a quick snack. These choices contain quality protein, fortified with calcium and vitamin D, and will keep you feeling satisfied between meals.
  • Grab a slice of low-sodium deli meat such as chicken or turkey and wrap around low-fat string cheese, an apple slice, or carrot stick.
  • Roast kale or thinly sliced beets in the oven to make vegetable chips to munch on (or try the roasted chickpea recipe below!).
  • Mash avocado with a scoop of salsa, and use as a dip for low-fat baked tortilla chips.
  • Soak steel-cut oats in hot water or milk for 2-3 minutes and top with dried or fresh fruit.
  • Heat low-fat cheese on a whole-wheat tortilla. Wrap and dunk in bean dip or salsa.
  • Make a mini-pizza from a toasted English muffin, spaghetti sauce, chopped vegetables, and low-fat mozzarella cheese. Heat in microwave for 45-60 seconds to melt the cheese, and enjoy!
  • Freeze Greek yogurt and top with fresh, frozen, or canned fruit for a sweetly satisfying and nutritious snack.
  • Have a carton of hard-boiled eggs set aside for quick protein on-the-go!
  • Keep pantry-protein staples in your cupboard at all times for quick, nutritious, and filling snacks. Examples include nuts, seeds, nut butters, and tuna. Make trail mix out of nuts and seeds with dried fruit and dark chocolate. Use peanut butter for dipping with apples, whole-grain crackers, or celery sticks. Dip whole-grain crackers or fresh veggie sticks in tuna salad made with low-fat mayo.

Check out the recipe below for an easy, tasty, fiber-packed snack!

Sources:

USDA. 10 Tips: MyPlate Snack Tips for Parents. ChooseMyPlate.gov. 2016. Available at: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ten-tips-snack-tips-for-parents. Accessed February 12, 2017.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Smart Snacking for Adults and Teens. Eat Right Food, Nutrition and Health Tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2017. Available at: http://www.eatright.org/~/media/eatright%20files/nationalnutritionmonth/handoutsandtipsheets/nutritiontipsheets/smartsnackingforadultsandteens.ashx. Accessed February 12, 2017.

Article provided by Caela Stenske, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Four-Ingredient Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

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  • One 15-ounce can chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
  • 1 ½ T olive oil
  • Spices of your choice (see spice blend recipes below for ideas!)
  • Optional: ¼- ½ tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Drain can of garbanzo beans in a strainer and rinse. Shake off the excess water. Spread beans onto a paper towel. Top with another paper towel, and gently press to absorb water.
  3. Drizzle the chickpeas with olive oil and toss. Roast for 30-40 minutes until the beans are golden brown and crunchy. Take care not to burn them!
  4. Season with your choice of spice blend.

One serving (1/3 cup) is only 110 kcals!

FUN FACT: Chickpeas are the main ingredient in hummus and are a great source of plant protein and dietary fiber!

Spice blend suggestions:

Taco: chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion power, oregano, paprika, ground pepper

Curry: paprika, cumin, fennel, ground mustard, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon

Italian: basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder

Cajun: paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, cayenne, oregano, thyme

Ranch: parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, pepper

Lemon pepper: lemon zest, ground pepper

TIP: Use these savory blends to season up cooked vegetables or fresh stovetop popcorn!

Roasted chickpea recipe source: Hair J. Crispy Roasted Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) Recipe. Steamy Kitchen Cooking Shortcuts. Available at: http://steamykitchen.com/10725-crispy-roasted-chickpeas-garbanzo-beans.html. Accessed February 12, 2017.

Spice blends recipe source: 14 Homemade Spice Blends. Wellness Mama. 2016. Available at: https://wellnessmama.com/4430/homemade-spice-blends/. Accessed February 12, 2017.

Recipe provided by Caela Stenske, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Samosa Stuffed Peppers

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Brown rice, lentils, chickpeas, and nuts combine in this dish to make a complete protein-packed meatless dish loaded with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, and low in fat! Serve this dish alongside sautéed vegetables to create a nutritious, delicious, and well-balanced meatless main entrée.

  • 4 large red bell peppers, seeded and cut in half
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • One 15-oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted peanuts or cashews, chopped
  • ½ cup raisins or dried currants (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place bell pepper halves cut side down into two large baking dishes. Cover with foil, and bake 25 minutes.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté 3-5 minutes. Add curry powder, garam masala, and ginger, and cook 1 minute. Stir in brown rice, lentils, salt, and 4 cups water. Add chickpeas, carrots, green beans, and raisins. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove rice mixture from the heat, stir in nuts.
  3. Flip bell pepper halves. Fill each pepper half with ¾ cup rice mixture. Re-cover baking dishes, and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover, and bake 5-10 minutes more. Serve warm.

Makes 8 servings.

Recipe source: Chappell MM. Samosa Stuffed Peppers. Vegetarian Times. March, 2014;40(410):72.

Recipe provided by Caela Stenske, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Bellin Run

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Bellin 10K Run/Walk

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Get out and enjoy some fun with co-workers, family and friends by participating in friendly competition and promoting a healthier lifestyle. Employees, students, family and friends are encouraged to sign up to participate as part of the UW-Green Bay Corporate team!

  • If you register by May 1st, you will receive an early registration incentive gift with the Bellin Run logo on it.
  • If you register by May 15th, your race packet (bib and race shirt) will be delivered directly to UWGB about a week before the event.

Friends and family can be registered on our team so that they receive these benefits as well.

Also, due to a generous grant by the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), the first 50 UW-Green Bay employees who register will receive $10 off of their registration fees. NOTE:  This discount (promo) code is only for use by UWGB employees.  If you are registering family members or friends, please note that the $10 discount is only applicable to employee’s registration fees.  Unauthorized users will be asked to reimburse us for the registration fees.

Bellin Run Corporate Challenge Online Registration Instructions:

To register on our team, go to www.bellinrun.com and register in the Corporate Challenge program.  There are options for both the 10K and the Children’s Run.  Search for UW-Green Bay, and input our team password: 840.  On the payment page, input promo code 2017BR10, which will discount your registration by $10.  Again, the discount is only applicable to UWGB employee’s registration fees.

Team name: UW-Green Bay

Team password: 840

Promo code – For employee use only: 2017BR10

Questions? Please contact UW-Green Bay Bellin Run Team Captain, Samantha Goeller at goellers@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2449.  You could also contact Human Resources at wellness@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2203.

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Human Resources System (HRS) Upgrade Completed

The upgrade to the Human Resources System (HRS) which caused an outage that affected your My UW System Portal from Wednesday, February 22nd to Monday, February 27th, has been completed.  You can now access all the features in your My UW System Portal as before.  Thank you for your patience!

You will notice some updates and a little different look, but the functionality is the same.  The UW-Service Center notified us that there are some issues with approvers having difficulty accessing employee’s timesheets today, but an overnight process will run tonight, which should resolve these issues.  If you have any issues on Tuesday, February 28th or after, please contact us at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

Annual On-Site Health Screening Registration Open

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Making the choice to get a health screening gives you a snapshot of your overall health. Discover your numbers at this free health screening which is available to employees and their spouse/domestic partner who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

On-Site Health Screening:

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: University Union, Phoenix Room

Complete two easy steps by October 20, 2017 to earn the $150* Well Wisconsin incentive.

Step 1: Get your 2017 health screening

To register online for your on-site health screening appointment:

  1. Log in to wellwisconsin.staywell.com
  2. Click on Programs tab
  3. Click on “Learn More” in Screenings box
  4. Click on Register Now
  5. Select the time for your appointment

Here are some details about the on-site health screening…

  • You’ll be in and out in 20 minutes
  • Screening includes measurements for blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol (HDL, LDL and Total), triglycerides and glucose
  • Fasting is not required, but is highly recommended for more accurate results
  • Screening completion will be displayed in the StayWell wellness portal within two business days. Your results will be automatically uploaded to your profile within 10 business days of your screening
  • On-site health screenings are confidential, free and voluntary
  • This on-site screening is available to employees and their spouse/domestic partner who are currently enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Health Insurance Program.  Your spouse/domestic partner can also register online using the above steps to sign up for an appointment and complete the assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions about the on-site health assessment: http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/benefits/wellness/OnSiteHealthAssessmtFAQ.pdf

What if I can’t make it that day?

If you are unable to attend an on-site health screening you may use results obtained from your health care provider by submitting a Health Care Provider Form. The Health Care Provider Form can be found at wellwisconsin.staywell.com on the home page. Click on the Health Screening Options block and download the form.

Step 2: Complete the StayWell health assessment** at wellwisconsin.staywell.com.  It takes about 10 minutes and is mobile and tablet friendly!  Just click on “Assessment” after logging in.

Questions? Contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390.

* Those enrolled in Humana’s Medicare Advantage plan or have a postal address outside of the U.S. are not eligible to receive the $150 incentive. The $150 incentive is treated as taxable income and will be reported to your employer.

** Individual health information will never be shared with the employer.

How to Make Kombucha Lunch ‘n Learn

Jolene Sell, Registered Dietitian with Charwells, will present a lunch ‘n learn on Wednesday, March 22nd on How to Make Kombucha!  Kombucha is a fermented tea drink typically made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast, which may provide health benefits.

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.Tea

Location: University Union, 1965 Room

Please RSVP at the following link: http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6rOQbXCYAjHPq9T

Jolene Sell will provide small samples of kombucha to attendees, and feel free to bring your lunch too!