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Ciabatta Pizza

(Gout-friendly)ciabatta-pizza

Ciabatta, the Italian flat bread popular in paninis (toasted sandwiches), makes a handy pizza base. You can reduce the carbs and calories slightly by pulling out some of the soft interior of the bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf ciabatta, about 12 by 6 inches (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce (no salt added)
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced in 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim, low-moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons basil

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut ciabatta lengthwise and remove some interior bread if desired. Place each half crust-side-down on a cookie sheet.

Spread sauce evenly on both pieces. Layer zucchini and mushrooms as desired—mixed or half and half. Top with mozzarella and sprinkle with basil. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Makes 8 slices

Each slice contains about 263 calories, 13 g protein, 8 g fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 36.5 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, and 554 mg sodium.

This recipe is gout-friendly because it contains food moderate in purines.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

Color Your Stress Away

Sharpen your colored pencils and dig out your favorite markers because staying inside the lines isn’t just for kids. Adult coloring books are one of the hottest trends! These coloring books look a little different from what you may remember using when you were a child. Instead of featuring cartoon characters with generous room to fill in the outline, coloring books geared toward a more mature crowd often contain tight spaces and intricate designs.

Color Yourself HappyColoring

The great news is that coloring may be even more than a fun activity. Research shows that it can be a healthy way to help you de-stress and unwind. A study in the journal Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association found that just 30 minutes of an artistic activity, like coloring, is enough to reduce anxiety levels.

  • If you’re feeling stressed out, give yourself permission to step away and do something else to help take the edge off.
  • Taking 20 minutes to do an activity that makes you feel good, such as coloring, can help you feel less overwhelmed when you return to the stressful activity later.

So pick up an adult coloring book today and enjoy some relaxing, creative time!

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Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

(Gluten-free, gout-friendly)

You don’t have to tell anyone these are homemade, healthy (gulp!) granola bars.

Just let your guests enjoy the chewiness of the oats and dense chocolate flavor from the highest-quality dark chocolate you can find.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup artificial sweetener brown sugar blend
  • 1-1/2 cups gluten-free quick oatsDark choco chip oat bars
  • 2 tablespoons milled flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or bittersweet baking bar broken into small chunks
  • Cooking spray

 

Directions

Whisk egg with yogurt and brown sugar. Blend in oats and flaxseed. Add chocolate chips. Spread mixture in an 8-inch-square pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Cut into bars.

 

Makes 12 bars

Each bar contains about 125 calories, 4 g protein, 3 g fat, 18 mg cholesterol, 20 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, and 12 mg sodium.

To make this recipe gluten-free, use only quick oats that are certified gluten-free. Read food labels of ingredients carefully and contact the company if you have any questions.

This recipe is gout-friendly because it contains food moderate in purines. You should limit the amount of oatmeal you eat to less than 2/3 of a cup (uncooked) per day.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

 

Aim for 10,000 Steps!

You know that physical activity is good for you, and that walking is an easy, low-impact way to get moving. But how far do you need to walk before you start seeing benefits? And what exactly are the benefits of walking?

The National Institutes of Health recommend you take about 10,000 steps a day, which shakes out to roughly 5 miles. That may sound like a lot, but remember, you don’t have to do it all at once.

If 10,000 steps a day seems daunting, it’s OK to ease into it. First, use a step tracker for a few days without trying to change anything. This gives you a baseline for your fitness. If you currently take 5,000 or fewer steps a day, aim to increase by about 3,000 at most. Start working toward 10,000 steps today!

Article from the StayWell Company, LLCwalking

Cream of Broccoli Soup

(Gluten-free)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered nonfat milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli or 1 10-ounce package frozen broccoli, chopped

Directions

Dissolve powdered milk and cornstarch in cold water. Add bouillon powder, basil, onion, and broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer till broccoli and onion are soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Serves 6

Each 1-cup serving contains approximately 84 calories, 17 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, less than 1 g fat, 82 mg sodium, and 2 g fiber.

To make this recipe gluten-free, use only spices or condiments that are gluten-free. Read food labels carefully and contact the company if you have any questions.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLCbroccoli soup

Add broccoli into your day today!

Government guidelines recommend that adults eat more than 4 cups of fruits and veggies each day. A perfect vegetable choice is broccoli, which has been around for more than 2,000 years. Broccoli has lutein and zeaxanthin, phytonutrients that preserve good vision and may prevent cataracts. In addition, it has many cancer-fighting compounds, including vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, and fiber, and may reduce the risk for colorectal cancer. Broccoli also contains folic acid, which helps decrease certain types of birth defects.

 

A half-cup of broccoli counts as one serving. Here are some ways to enjoy it:

  • Dip raw florets into a small amount of guacamole or low-fat dip.
  • Add chopped fresh or frozen broccoli to soup for a hearty stew.
  • Top baked potatoes with broccoli and a little low-fat cheese.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Broccoli pic

Relieving Eyestrain

You spend most of the day at work looking at a computer. At home, you check emails, pay bills, and read books all using your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Sound familiar? All of this technology may have an unexpected side effect, called computer vision syndrome.

 

Computer vision syndrome is a group of symptoms involving vision problems and eye discomfort. Your eyes may feel sore, tired, and dry. You may also have blurry vision and headaches. The syndrome doesn’t cause permanent damage.

 

The cause? Electronic media has smaller type, bright backlighting, and lower contrast, eye doctors explain. We may also blink less often when looking at digital versus print media, research suggests. Surveys show that up to three-fourths of computer users experience eye discomfort.

 

Try these tips today to prevent eyestrain and relieve soreness:

  • Assess your setup. Move your monitor back so that you are about 25 inches away from the screen. Adjust your monitor and seyestraineat height so that you can look slightly down at the screen and place your feet flat on the floor.
  • Be screen smart. The brightness of your screen should match the light level in the room. Use an anti-glare display when possible, and keep it clean and dust-free. And make sure there’s as much difference between the background and text as possible by adjusting the screen’s contrast.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Shift your vision to a spot 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
  • Give your eyes some R and R. When your eyes feel sore or tired, close your eyelids and cover them with a warm washcloth. Make sure to get enough shuteye, too. Your eyes replenish nutrients and relax as you sleep.
  • Wear your glasses or contacts. Uncorrected vision problems put extra strain on your eyes. Some people wear different lenses when using a computer. Special lenses with different designs, powers, and tints can help your eyes adjust to screen use.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

New Requirement for Supervisors Providing Reference Checks

The University of Wisconsin System has recently made a change to Operational Policy TC1: Recruitment Policies as of January 1, 2019 that affects all supervisors when providing a reference for either a current or former employee. The policy indicates that an employee is defined as an individual who holds a faculty, academic staff, university staff or limited appointment with the institution. This policy does not apply to student employees or graduate assistants.

In accordance with this policy, if a supervisor or agent of management is contacted by a potential employer for a reference check of a current or former employee, the supervisor or agent must notify the potential employer of the appropriate UWGB contact for any questions regarding that employee’s misconduct (including any violation of sexual violence or sexual harassment policies), even if the potential employer does not specifically ask.

To satisfy the new requirements, UW System now requires the use of a disclaimer by the supervisor or agent responding to a reference check. The disclaimer can be disclosed either at the beginning or the end of the reference check, as long as the potential employer has been notified of the option to obtain information regarding any misconduct. We recommend using the following disclaimer:

“All questions related to employee misconduct including sexual misconduct are addressed only by our human resources department, which can be contacted by email at referencecheck@uwgb.edu. This isn’t meant to imply that this candidate has committed any misconduct but is something we are required by policy to tell all potential employers”

This new policy is not intended to discourage or eliminate the supervisor from providing an objective evaluation of the current or former employees training, experience, skills, abilities, and job performance as they relate to the duties and responsibilities of the job for which they are being considered.

Please note colleagues with no supervisory responsibilities are not required to use the disclaimer if contacted for a reference.

If you have any questions about the required disclaimer or the new policy, please contact Megan Noltner by phone at Ext. 2948 or email at noltnerm@uwgb.edu.

 

Changes to Personnel Files and Recruitment Policies

On June 7, 2018, the Board of Regents adopted Resolution 11038 on employee personnel files and reference checks, which required the development or modification of certain human resources policies for all UW institutions regarding:

  1. Documenting sexual harassment allegations and investigations;
  2. Maintaining personnel files and conducting reference checks; and
  3. Exchanging personnel files between all UW institutions and State of Wisconsin agencies

Effective January 1, 2019, Operational policies Operational Policy HR13: Personnel Files and Operational Policy TC1: Recruitment Policies were modified and published to satisfy these new requirements.

As part of the modification to the Operational Policy HR13: Personnel Files, updates were made to clearly identify a list of what must be in an employee’s personnel file, define when and with whom personnel files are shared, and require appropriate documentation of sexual violence and sexual harassment in personnel files.

In addition, updates to the Operational Policy TC1: Recruitment Policies were made to ensure consistent disclosure of violations of sexual violence and sexual harassment policies to hiring institutions. Furthermore, institutions are required to ask about sexual violence and sexual harassment during the hiring process. Human Resources will be working directly with areas currently conducting recruitments to ensure that these new requirements are communicated and understood.

If you have questions about either of these policy revisions, please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

University Staff Performance Evaluations

The new year is upon us, and with it begins the University Staff performance evaluation process for the evaluation period of January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. Supervisors should initiate the annual review process with University Staff employees within the next couple of weeks.

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development and provide employees and their supervisors an opportunity to discuss job performance, set goals for professional development, establish objectives for contributing to the department’s mission, and discuss expectations and accomplishments.

Resources:

In line with UW System compensation guidelines and the UW-Green Bay Compensation and Pay Plan Policy, all compensation adjustments must be based upon merit and employee performance. Therefore, any future pay adjustments, including base rate adjustments and Board of Regents approved pay plan, will be contingent upon satisfactory performance.

In an effort to facilitate timely completion, evaluations are due by Friday, March 22, 2019.

Please note that annual performance evaluations are not required for individuals who have had a probationary review on or after July 1, 2018, or for new employees that have been hired since this date.

Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions about the University Staff performance evaluation process. Thank you.