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.

5 Steps to Mindfulness

  1. Find a quiet place free from distractions and sit upright in a comfortable position.bench
  2. Decide how many minutes you have.  You may want to set a timer to keep track of the time.  Begin with 5 minutes and ease into 20-30.
  3. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.  Continue to focus on your natural breathing pattern at a relaxed pace, inhaling and exhaling through the nose.
  4. When your mind wanders from the breath, simply return your attention back to your breath.  Anytime the attention drifts away to a thought or distraction, gently guide focus back to your breathing.
  5. When the time is complete, remain sitting comfortably with your eyes closed.  Take a deep breath as you slowly open your eyes.  Have a restful moment before resuming activity.

Could Mindfulness Help You Control Anxiety?

Inhale, then exhale, focusing on your breath. Place a mint on your tongue, and pay close attention to the taste.

These types of exercises promote mindfulness. This state—in which you observe and accept the present moment—may reduce symptoms of anxiety disorder, among other conditions. Other effective treatments for anxiety disorders include counseling and medication. Mindfulness training may be combined with these approaches to ease stress and worries.

In a recent study, seven weeks of mindfulness training reduced anxiety in women with fibromyalgia, who are prone to developing anxiety disorders. And in a review of 19 studies containing almost 500 participants, researchers noticed similar soothing results.

Mindfulness means learning to focus and stay in the present moment. Especially if you have an anxiety disorder, your thoughts may still scatter or race. But instead of being distracted, you’ll learn to let them exist and take their natural course.

With practice, you’ll start accepting and tolerating your fears and worries, rather than trying to actively push them away. Noticing and stepping back from your thoughts may help you let them go.

Article from The StayWell Company, LLC

Being Mindful at Work

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Think you’ve got to bend your legs like a pretzel and sit for hours to achieve mindfulness?

Think again. This once obscure Buddhist concept is growing in popularity—no yoga mat required.

The timing couldn’t be better, either. Recent research indicates we’re more stressed-out than ever. In fact, stress rates have skyrocketed in the past six to seven years, a timeline that roughly corresponds to our ability to “hyper-connect” to work via smartphones, says executive coach and American Management Association expert Scott Eblin, author of Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative.

The Gift of Presence

Mindfulness can get us back to center. At its heart, mindfulness is observing what is happening in the present without calling it good or bad. Observing without judging keeps us out of a past we can’t change or a future we can’t control.

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.

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Learn to Be Mindful Without the Mat

The latest research shows you can gain mindfulness benefits anytime. Here are a few activities to get you started according to Scott Eblin.

  • Take a walk. Walking’s repetitive motion immediately relaxes you, says Eblin.
  • Stretch. Step away from work for several minutes. Roll your shoulders, reach for the sky, and get your blood flowing. Remembering your body brings you back to the present.
  • Lunch well. Enjoy the tastes, textures, and smells of your food. Avoid junk food, which can hurt your brain and disrupt your focus.
  • Breathe. Put your hand on your belly and take three deep breaths, Eblin suggests. Increasing oxygen and the moment-by-moment awareness of this most basic life-sustaining act will help bring you back to now.


Article from The StayWell Company, LLC

 

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.