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.

Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge Results

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Thirty-three employees participated in the five-week Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge this spring, and enjoyed refreshing exercise on UW-Green Bay’s scenic arboretum trails.  Whether they enjoyed a reinvigorating walk and conversation with co-workers over their lunch hour, or took a peacful stroll after work, they were able to tear off a strip of paper at a trail kiosk to redeam at the Kress Events Center or Human Resources front desk for a playing card.

Twenty-seven employees collected a full hand of playing cards, and the top three poker hands were collected by Sara Chaloupka (best hand), Amanda Wildenberg (2nd best hand), and Tina Tackmier (3rd best hand)!

All participants were entered in to a random drawing, and the following people were selected to pick out a prize:

  • Diane Grubisha
  • Brenda Beck
  • Jill Siegmund
  • Bea Yang Thao
  • Stephanie Kaponya
  • Erica Grunseth
  • Sarah Pratt
  • Laura Sinclair
  • Karen Peterson

Thank you to~

  • Bobbie Webster and her staff for putting up and taking down the posters at different Arboretum trail kiosks each week
  • Sam Goeller and the Kress Events Center front desk staff and Human Resources front desk staff for handing out the playing cards
  • Charlie Schroeder (UWGB student employee) who designed the posters and added the weekly quotes to the tear off strips
  • Caela Stenske and the UWGB Dietetic Interns for contacting businesses to request donations of prizes
  • Tammy Papineau and the Marketing & University Communication staff for creating the arboretum map showing the kiosk locations
  • Lisa Schmelzer for reviewing all the poker cards collected to determine the best hands

Thank you to the following organizations who donated prizes~

  • 9th Street Wellness Center
  • Anytime Fitness – DePere
  • Aurora BayCare Medical Center
  • Every Body’s Yoga, LLC
  • Humana
  • Network Health
  • Planet Fitness – Appleton East
  • Planet Fitness – Green Bay East
  • T. Rowe Price
  • WEA TRust
  • Weight Watchers – Green Bay

Last but not least, thank you to those who participated in this fun challenge! 

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/

Mindfullness Challenge – Tai Chi Classes!

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To promote a culture of well-being and help us be more mindful at work, Tai Chi classes will be presented to UWGB employees by Green Bay Tai Chi on the following dates.  Please note that there is a maximum of 10 attendees per class, so pre-registration is required, and will be capped at 10 people.  All classes will be held at 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. in the Mauthe Center.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd
  • Wednesday, May 10th
  • Wednesday, May 17th
  • Wednesday, May 24th
  • Wednesday, May 31st

Please click on this link to register for the classes: http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0TdXqTSM2wXTd3v

The instructor has suggested that attendees wear loose fitting clothing and gym shoes.

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!

Please contact the Wellness Committee at wellness@uwgb.edu or ext. 2203 if you have any questions.

Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge – Week Four

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The arboretum trail kiosk near the South Circle Drive entrance from Nicolet Drive will have the tear off sheet for the week of April 23rd to April 29th.  Check out the trail map at https://www.uwgb.edu/UWGBCMS/media/hr/Wellness%20Items/KioskMap.pdf.  Over 30 employees have walked the trails to start their poker hands so far!

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

May Wellness Webinar: Sound Science for Sound Sleep


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Having trouble getting some ZZZ’s?  This webinar will provide information on things you can do to improve your sleeping habits for a good night’s sleep and better energy for the next day’s activities.

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 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 Webinars to register.

Wellness webinars highlighting various health and well-being topics will take place the 3rd Wednesday of each month. All webinars will be recorded and available to Well Wisconsin Program participants on the wellness portal after the event date.

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

Second Onsite Health Screening Event Scheduled for September 14th

Due to the great interest in the onsite health screening event on Wednesday, April 26th, a second onsite health screening event has been scheduled for Thursday, September 14th.

2017 On-Site Health Screenings at UWGB:

  • Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 14 at 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Both screenings will be held in the University Union Phoenix Rooms.  There are still a few appointment times available on April 26th, or you can sign up for the September 14th screening.  (You would only attend one event to complete your health screening.)

To register online for an 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 date you prefer using the calendar (4/26/17 or 9/14/17)
  6. Select the time for your appointment

Please see this blog post (https://blog.uwgb.edu/hr/2017/02/annual-on-site-health-screening-registration-open/) for details, or contact wellness@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2203 with questions.

Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge

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April 2nd to May 6th, 2017

The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee would like to encourage employees to explore UWGB’s beautiful arboretum trails while participating in this fun challenge!  Invite your co-workers to walk with you!

To Participate in this 5 week challenge:

  1. Check the trail map (/UWGBCMS/media/hr/Wellness%20Items/KioskMap.pdf) to see which kiosk will have the tear off sheet that week
  2. Walk the trail that passes that kiosk and tear off a strip
  3. Turn in your strip at the Kress Events Center front desk or the Human Resources Office front desk (CL 710) and get your playing card for that week (just one card per week)
  4. Continue to collect one card for each week during the challenge
  5. Turn in all your collected cards at either location (KEC or HR) by Friday, May 12th.  Everyone who turns in at least one card will be entered in a drawing for prizes, and the person with the best poker hand will be announced in the HR Connect blog!

Questions? Please contact wellness@uwgb.edu or ext. 2203.

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!

Tai Chi classes are available as well!  Please click on this link for more information: http://blog.uwgb.edu/hr/2017/04/mindfullness-challenge-tai-chi-classes/

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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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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