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

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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 (http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/documents/TrailMap.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 four cards 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!

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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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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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.

February Wellness Webinar: Demo of the StayWell Wellness Portal

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Learn more about the new StayWell wellness portal and how you can utilize it to support your health and well-being goals. This webinar will provide an overview of the wellness portal including features, resources and tools available to you as part of the Well Wisconsin Program including the steps to earn your 2017 $150 incentive.

To register, visit wellwisconsin.staywell.com and go to Webinars, or join us for a group viewing in the Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 735.

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.

Winter Break Fitness Challenge – Week Three

During the third and final week of the Winter Break Fitness Challenge (January 16th to January 22th), 35 entries were submitted at the Kress Events Center from 22 employees.  Jena Landers and Laura Schley were picked to select prizes – Congratulations Jena and Laura!  During the three week challenge, there were a total of 122 entries, so about 40 visits to the Kress by employees per week – great job staying healthy during the winter months!  Thanks to Sam Goeller for coordinating this fun challenge at the Kress Events Center!

Winter Break Fitness Challenge

Monday, January 3rd – Sunday, January 22nd

Whether you frequent the Kress or have yet to visit, NOW is your time to do so while working towards weekly prizes!

All Faculty/Staff have FREE UNLIMITED access to the Kress Events Center over the Winter Break time period.

To Participate:

  1. Visit the Kress during business hours and check-in at the front desk (campus ID and a second pair of shoes required)
  2. Ask the front desk attendant for an entry slip for the Faculty/Staff Winter Break Fitness Challenge.
  3. Complete the slip and give back to the front desk attendant to enter for the drawing.  You will receive one entry slip each time you visit the Kress during the Winter Break Fitness Challenge.

All entry slips will be compiled by week for entry to a drawing:

Drawing Period             Date of Drawingkress

Mon, 1/2 to Sun, 1/8       Monday, January 9th

Mon, 1/9 to Sun, 1/15     Monday, January 16th

Mon, 1/16 to Sun, 1/22   Monday, January 23rd

Wellness Webinar – Primary Prevention for a Healthy Back

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Low back pain is one of the most common complaints seen in physician offices today and will pose problems for at least four out of five adults at some point in their lives.  This condition represents the fifth most common reason for all doctors’ visits and will occur at least once in 85% of men and women before the age of 50.  This presentation provides an overview of ergonomic principles and healthy lifestyle choices such as; being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, to help individuals avoid experiencing back pain issues, relieve stress and discomfort caused by low back pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Defining the Lower Back
  • Common Causes of Back Pain
  • Explore Signs and Symptoms of Bank Pain
  • Diagnosing the Treating Back Pain
  • Back Pain Self-Care and Ergonomics

When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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

Location: CL 735

Please mark your calendar to join us!  No need to RSVP, and feel free to bring your lunch!

Financial Fitness Challenge

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The Financial Fitness Challenge (October 25 to December 31, 2016) is a free financial education and awareness program designed to help you take control of your financial future and improve your financial well-being. Offered to Wisconsin state and local government employees and their friends and families, it consists of a confidential and secure online survey to assess and benchmark financial aptitude, habits, and confidence.  After completing the survey you’ll receive a financial fitness score and, based on your results, recommendations for selecting among hundreds of online tools and tutorials (the Financial Fitness ACADEMY), and the option of using a financial advisor from Ameriprise Financial for up to 30 days at no cost. You learn at your own pace in as little as 10 minutes a day.

Step 1. Get centered: Take the free Financial Fitness CHECKUP. It’s a confidential, and secure online assessment of your financial well-being. Receive instant feedback – your personal financial fitness score.

Step 2. Sharpen focus: Enroll in free online Financial Fitness ACADEMY courses. They’re easy-to-follow tutorials designed to help you improve your financial well-being.

Step 3. Zoom in on a bright future: Access an exclusive offer for free financial coaching for 30 days.

Click here to get started, and for more information.

Ten Ways to Remain Active in Winter

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As the colorful leaves begin to fall and the weather changes from crisp to flat out cold, countless individuals (dietitians included) stress over weight gain during the holiday season. This is not only due to the various family gatherings centered on food and drinks, but also due to the bitter cold and snow which often make exercise an afterthought.  Below, you will find 10 different ways to remain active in the winter. Regardless of what is logistically and financially realistic for you, there are a variety of simple ways to be active.  Do not only share the holiday cheer this winter; share this list and become more active with a friend or family member.  Having a partner who can hold you accountable and conversely you can hold accountable, is an invaluable asset in achieving your goals.

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  1. Walk around and track your steps with your partner at the local mall, grocery store, community center, or school. Slowly increasing your target step total is a tremendous way to stay driven and motivated.
  2. Borrow or buy exercise DVDs. If exercise DVDs seem too pricey, split the cost with your partner or ask for them as a gift.
  3. Take the stairs at work and make time for walking breaks. Oftentimes, simply getting away from your workspace and walking around for a few minutes helps immensely in regaining focus.
  4. Stay active while cleaning. It sure can be rewarding to work up a sweat and have a clean house.
  5. Join a local gym. If weight lifting or using machines is intimidating, consider getting involved in a fitness class such as cycling or yoga.
  6. Join a sports league with your friends or coworkers. Weekly indoor sports games are not only keeping you active, but also helping you relieve stress.
  7. Bundle and layer up for a scenic walk with your partner or the dog. Whether it be a stroll around the block or a trek through the woods, there is beauty to behold in the wintertime.
  8. Get outside and shovel after those big snowstorms. Being careful not to overexert yourself or strain your body, treat shoveling as an opportunity to get your heart rate up.
  9. Try something new. Depending on what is available near your home or what you can realistically afford, consider taking up ice skating, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.
  10. Get outside and play with your kids, nieces or nephews, friends and family members, neighbors etc. Who doesn’t love building snowmen or forts, making snow angels, and having snow ball fights?

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Work cited: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/quick-tips-staying-active-in-cold-weather-get-started#1

Article by Ryan Zavodnik, UWGB Dietetic Intern