Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities, or our planet contribute to our Environmental Wellness.

Stick with water today

DrinkWaterMany of the drinks you’ll encounter today contain lots of calories and few, if any, nutrients. Non-diet soft drinks, energy or sports drinks, fancy coffees, and other beverages sweetened with sugar can mean extra pounds over time. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says people consume about 400 calories per day in beverages. So today, try drinking only water, both with and between meals.

Sticking with zero-calorie water is an easy way to cut calories and get a jump on your weight-management goals. Plus, water is usually an inexpensive option. Drink water from the tap at home—it’s the cheapest way to stay hydrated. When you’re headed out and about, fill a water bottle and toss it into your bag or backpack. You can refill it throughout the day. Bonus: You’ll help the environment by reducing waste.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Choose three things to donate or throw away

DonateHave you ever felt overwhelmed by your stuff? Maybe your kitchen cupboards are packed with unused gadgets and servingware (how did you end up with two blenders?). Or maybe it’s your closet that’s the problem—it’s so stuffed with clothes, shoes, and other belongings that it’s hard to find what you’re looking for.

Most of us have far more possessions than we need or even want. Why not cut back on the clutter and choose three things from your home to donate or throw away? If the item may be useful to someone else, set it aside for a charity or resale shop. If it’s broken or useless, throw it out. Getting rid of even a few items can reduce clutter, help you get organized, and help you feel more in control of your environment—and your life!

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Also, don’t forget about the Campus Cupboard in Rose Hall, room 140: https://www.uwgb.edu/cupboard/

Fresh Produce Delivered Weekly to Campus

The Wellness Committee recognizes how crucial eating well is to staying healthy.  Countless studies show the value of increasing our vegetable and fruit intake, including increased energy and reduced risk for certain diseases and types of cancers.  Set a goal for yourself to eat more vegetables and fruits – take good care of your body and you will feel the positive results!

Garden to Doorstep Organics, LLC is a local family business that delivers fresh organic fruits and veggies each week.  They will be on campus on Thursday, May 17th at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at a table in the Union near the entrance to the Leona Cloud Commons across from the Phoenix Bookstore.  They will bring a box of produce to display so you can see in person what the boxes are like.  They will provide information about their program and answer any questions you have.  Please stop by and be entered in a drawing for a free box of produce!

Here are some details:GardenDoorstep

  • Each week there is a different variety of 100% organic produce
  • Two types of boxes available (Fruit/Veggie Combo boxes or Fruit only boxes)
  • Three sizes of each type of box available (you pick the size that best fits your family)
  • Each week you will know which produce is planned for your box.  You will also receive a newsletter each week with recipes using the produce in that box and tips on how to store each item.
  • They work with local farmers and wholesalers to provide organic produce year round.
  • You pay for your boxes with automatic payments through PayPal, by check or with cash.
  • Boxes will be delivered to campus on Tuesdays to Rose Hall, room 320 for you to pick up (NOTE: if you aren’t on campus over the summer, they will deliver to your home for free, as long as you live in their delivery area)

Please contact them with any questions at (920) 385-3253 or contactus@gardentodoorsteporganics.com

UW-Extension Classes on Horticulture

VegetableGardenBrown County UW-Extension is offering classes on gardening and horticulture this spring.  Here are some of the interesting and helpful topics:

  • Seed Starting
  • Pruning (fruit trees, shade trees and shrubs)
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Composting
  • Native Prairie Plants to Attract Pollinators
  • Growing Blueberries in Containers

Classes are led by an expert in that field, last a little over an hour, and most are held at the Green Bay Botanical Garden.  There is a cost to attend these classes and preregistration is encouraged.  Please click on this link for details.

Wellness Email Newsletter

Do you want to stay in-the-loop when it comes to wellness?  Sign up for the UW-Green Bay Wellness email newsletter on the Human Resources website under Wellness (http://www.uwgb.edu/human-resources/benefits/wellness/).  You would receive an email every other week or so, with information about wellness events and activities, recipes, articles, etc.  Over 30 employees have signed up already!  Thanks to Kimberly Vlies and Jen Schanen for their work setting up the wellness email newsletter!

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Well Wisconsin Webinar: 2018 Program Overview and Portal Demo

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Make this the year you focus on your health and well-being. Join us to learn all about the 2018 Well Wisconsin Program and resources available to assist you, including how to earn your $150 incentive!

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Time: 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 735

No need to RSVP – just mark your calendar to join us, and bring your lunch!

You could also participate in this webinar at your workstation if you prefer – please visit wellwisconsin.staywell.com and go to Wellness Webinars to register.

All webinars are recorded and available to Well Wisconsin Program participants on the StayWell wellness portal after the event date.

To access the StayWell wellness portal, you must be an employee, retiree, or spouse enrolled in the State of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Programs.

Bicycle Benefits

Bicycle Benefits teams up with area businesses to offer discounts for biking around the United States.  Purchase a $5 sticker and take advantage of great discounts, including 20% off at The Phoenix Bookstore (see store for details).  During June, participates may also play Bike Bingo. Get your card at the store, ride around collecting stamps at area businesses and win great prizes!

Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge – Week Five

WkFiveThe fifth and final week of the Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge brings us to the trail near the bay in Bayshore Woods!  The kiosk near the parking area will have the tear off sheets for the week of April 30th to May 6th.  Check out the trail map at https://www.uwgb.edu/UWGBCMS/media/hr/Wellness%20Items/KioskMap.pdf.

The Wellness Committee decided that any employee who participates in this challenge and gets at least one playing card will be entered in a drawing for prizes, so it’s not too late to get out there and discover the beautiful areas around our campus!  Your body and mind will feel better after a brisk walk or run.

After you have gotten your final playing card during week five, turn in all your playing cards at the Human Resources (CL 710) or Kress Events Center front desk by Friday, May 12th to be entered in the drawing.  If you collected a card each of the five weeks, we’ll see how your poker hand plays against the other hands, and announce who won the game!

More information about the Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge: https://blog.uwgb.edu/hr/2017/03/arboretum-poker-walk-challenge/

Straw Bale Gardening Lunch ‘n Learn

Professor Heidi Fencl shared excellent information (as well as her delicious chocolate zucchini cake!) with 13 employees at the June 1st Straw Bale Gardening Lunch ‘n Learn.  We are excited to start our straw bale gardens and enjoy fresh vegetables picked right in our yard this summer!

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