Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers to make positive impact on the organization we work in and to society as a whole.

How to Stay Young Lunch ‘n Learn held June 19th

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Thank you to DeLorey Chiropractic for presenting the How to Stay Young Lunch ‘n Learn on June 19th, and providing pizza and chair massages!  Ten employees attended and learned the importance of maintaining a healthy spine to avoid back problems as we age.

 

 

 

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Jamie with DeLorey explained that just like we maintain our teeth through getting check-ups every 6 months and caring for them daily to ensure we have healthy teeth throughout our lives, it is important to give attention to our spinal health now, instead of waiting until we are in a lot of pain.  It is estimated that 80% of people experience back pain, so this is a widespread issue.

Thanks to everyone who attended!

 

Employees have unlimited Kress Events Center access during summer and can win a prize for utilizing it

Just a reminder that UW-Green Bay employees have unlimited access to the Kress Events Center until the end of summer.

Summer hours, through August 30th, are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday: 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

SUMMER CHALLENGE: Utilize the Kress Events Center 12 times this summer and receive a prize courtesy of the Wellness Committee. Punch cards can be found and stored at the Kress Events Center front desk. A front desk attendant will punch your card each time you visit.

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GROUP FITNESS CLASSES: Employees have unlimited access to FREE group fitness classes during the summer.

OUTDOOR RENTALS: Employees have access to our new equipment rentals at a special university price!

Please contact Alex Reichenberger, Fitness Coordinator at the Kress Events Center (reichena@uwgb.edu or ext. 2836), with any questions.

30-Day Challenges

Looking for a challenge this summer?  Check out these 30 day challenges created by Alex Reichenberger, Fitness Coordinator!  These are posted on the Wellness website at: https://www.uwgb.edu/wellness-committee/challenges/30-day-challenges/

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If you are enrolled in the state health insurance program, here are some other wellness challenges available on the StayWell website:

  • Million Steps Challenge
  • 21 Day Meditation Challenge
  • Sleep Well Challenge

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If you haven’t already completed your 2019 Wellness Incentive Well-Being Activity, knock that out this summer!  Here is a list of the activity options: https://wellwisconsin.staywell.com/Programs/Activities/All-Webinars.aspx  (Deadline is October 11, 2019)

 

How to Stay Young Lunch ‘n Learn

SPINE Pain - Male Hurt Backbone isolated on whiteA representative from DeLorey Chiropractic will present this Lunch ‘n Learn about our spinal health and how to improve overall mobility.

Date: Wednesday, June 19th

Time: 12:00 to 12:40 pm

Location: 1965 Room, University Union

Please RSVP by Monday, June 17th: https://uwgreenbay.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cZp9stTZUkAQHLn 

DeLorey Chiropractic will also provide free chair massages and free pizza for those in attendance!  Questions?  Please contact wellness@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2203.  Hope to see you there!

UWGB Bellin Run Team

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Good Luck at the Bellin Run this Saturday, June 8th!  Eighteen UW-Green Bay employees will be participating: Thomas Caldie, Laxmi Chataut, Kate Burns, Jana Fogaca, Jamel Heim, Desiree Kittle, Sarah Locke, James Marker, Ryan Martin, Donna Mleziva, Dan Moore, Nate Rusch, Joan Schaller, Barb Tomashek-Ditter, Molly Vandervest, Kimberly Vlies, Crystal Williams and John Zimonick.  Thanks to Sue Bodilly for taking the above photo!DesignSnip

Jenna Bares, UW-Green Bay student, and Alex Reichenberger, Fitness Coordinator, designed the team T-shirts this year!  The great logo they created was printed on the front of the UW-Green Bay Bellin Run Team T-shirts.  The T-shirts were purchased through a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds.

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” ~ Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

 

WRS Webinars Offered in June

ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit ETF’s webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

Buying Service
If you are eligible to purchase service, doing so would increase your retirement or disability benefit. Find out how by viewing this webinar. We’ll cover the types of service you may be able to buy, how and when you can buy service, and much more. Eligible types of service include service earned during prior WRS covered employment and forfeited through a separation benefit and some types of service earned with other government employers.

  • Tue, Jun 4, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Mon, Jun 10, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Jun 20, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Jun 28, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Newly Retired? What to Expect
The Newly Retired webinar provides basic information for Wisconsin Retirement System members who have recently entered or are soon to enter Retirementretirement status. Topics include initial (“estimated”) retirement annuity payments, “finalized” payments and adjustments, post-retirement life and health insurance, and return to work rules under the WRS.

This is a 20-minute webinar with approximately 10 minutes available for questions and answers at the end of the webinar.

  • Mon, Jun 3, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thu, Jun 13, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Jun 20, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Preparing for Your Retirement
Who should attend? Employees who are planning to retire in the next 1 – 10 years.

Learn about your steps to retire with the WRS. Attend this event by live webinar! You will learn about the impact of contributions and investment returns on your account, when you can retire, your WRS annuity options, returning to work after you retire, what happens to your account when you die, health and life insurance and more.

Questions are welcome during and after the event!

  • Wed, Jun 5, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Jun 18, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Retirement Annuity Options
Choosing a WRS annuity option is one of the most important decisions you will face. This webinar will cover all of the WRS annuity options and help you understand them so that you can make an informed decision. We will also explain the important differences between a beneficiary and a named survivor.

  • Tue, Jun 4, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Jun 12, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Jun 21, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Jun 27, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Variable Fund
In this webinar we will discuss the Variable Fund – what it is, how it differs from the Core Fund, and the effect participation in this fund may have on your retirement benefit calculations. We will also discuss how to elect to participate in the Variable Fund, how to cancel Variable participation, and the impact the timing of these decisions may have on your Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.

  • Thu, Jun 6, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tue, Jun 11, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Jun 19, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

WRS Benefits: For New and Mid-Career Employees
This one-hour webinar is designed for WRS members who are more than five years from retirement. ETF provides accurate information about WRS benefits early in a member’s career so that they can make sound, strategic decisions over the course of their careers.

Topics covered at each presentation include vesting requirements, various ways to enhance a WRS retirement benefit, purchasing service, military service credit, the Core and Variable Trust Funds, contribution rates, the importance of a beneficiary form and how to complete one, and how “life event” changes affect retirement benefits.

  • Thu, Jun 6, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Jun 12, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Jun 18, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Wed, Jun 26, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Register for a webinar

Please contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu with any questions.

Life Events and your Benefits

This article explains what qualifying life events are and the timeframe to make changes to your benefit plans if/when a qualifying life event occurs.

Will you experience a marriage, birth/adoption of a child or another qualifying life event in 2019?

A qualifying life event is a change in your personal situation. This could be a family change like a marriage, birth/adoption of a child, divorce, loss of other coverage or an employment change like a leave of absence or retirement.

Events like these may allow you to make changes to your benefit plans mid-year such as adding a dependent, enrolling in a plan you do not currently have, or cancelling coverage in a plan. If you are not sure if your event is considered a qualifying life event, review the Life Event webpage or visit ALEX, your personalized benefits counselor to help make this determination.

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Mid-year life event changes are time-sensitive and typically need to be made within 30 days from the date of the qualifying life event. It is important to complete and submit the necessary paperwork to your human resources office in a timely manner.

What if you miss the 30-day window to make changes to your benefits mid-year?

If you miss the opportunity to make changes to your benefit plans mid-year, your next opportunity to make a change will be during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period. This period is held each Fall for coverage effective January 1 of the next calendar year.

You may also have another opportunity to make changes to your benefit plans mid-year if you experience a second or subsequent life event mid–year. For example, an employee gets married in January and does not make any benefits changes, then has an August employment change. The employee would have another 30-day window to make changes due to the August employment change.

Are you able to update your beneficiaries if you experience a qualifying life event?

Yes! Updating your beneficiary information does not require a qualifying life event. You may update your beneficiaries at any time throughout the year. Some of the plans that have beneficiaries are the life insurance plans, the health savings account and the retirement plans. Review the Beneficiary webpage for additional beneficiary information.

Reminder: You typically have just 30 days from the date of the qualifying life event to make changes to your benefit plans. Complete your research now so you know what to expect once your qualifying live event occurs.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Goat Yoga held May 10th

MAC21What a beautiful day for yoga with baby goats!  About 25 employees came out to enjoy the baby goats in the quad on Friday, May 10th.  We heard a lot of positive feedback from employees, and AlexGoat1BlackGoat1we all enjoyed GoatOnBackinteracting with the goats.  Thank you to Jen Jelenic, Alex Reichenberger, and Linda Schmitt for leading the yoga classes, to LaClare Farms for sharing their precious goats, to Amy DePeau for setting this up, and to BrownGoat1StandingLynn1PlankGoats2the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) for sponsoring this event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interested in more goat yoga?  Here are some links:

Employee Appreciation Week Ahead

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UW-Green Bay will be celebrating Employee Appreciation Week May 13 to 17! You are encouraged to participate in all of the fun activities that have been planned as UW-Green Bay’s way of saying “thank you” for all you do for this great University. Register to be put in the drawing for Preferred Parking (parking in any visitor or 15 minutes parking space for a day) or Talledega Trikes at UWGB Superspeedway (bracket style tricycle races). Participation is not required.

Sign up here: https://uwgreenbay.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fDDfjzL2BcVV6l

This form also allows you to submit a compliment or shout out to a co-work to say thank you. These comments will be posted anonymously on the UWGB Human Resources Facebook page. Make sure to “like” our page prior to May 13 to see all the comments that are submitted. If you want to send a co-worker a hand written thank you note, you can use these Fill-In-The-Blank Notes for that personal touch. Please contact Julie Flenz in Human Resources (flenzj@uwgb.edu or x2235) with questions.