Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. The ability to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine checkups, balance diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal Physical Wellness.

Sleep better by eating this before bed

Try eating foods with tryptophan before bed for better sleep tonight.

You’ve likely heard that eating turkey makes people especially sleepy thanks to the sleep-inducing amino acid called tryptophan that it contains. Turns out there is science behind that tale. Some research shows that foods with tryptophan help your body product serotonin, which helps promote sleepiness. And there are foods with even more tryptophan than turkey. Try one or more of these tonight:

  • WalnutssleepLady
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Soy foods
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Whole grains, like oatmeal
  • Dairy products

Carbohydrates help your brain use tryptophan. Proteins are the building blocks of tryptophan. So combinations of carbs and proteins can pack a bedtime punch. Try hummus on whole-grain crackers, cereal with milk, or peanut butter on whole-wheat bread.

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Why is mindfulness important?


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.

What can mindfulness do for me? 

  • lower stress levels
  • reduce blood pressure
  • help you sleep better
  • improve depression and anxiety symptoms
  • enjoy food more and maintain your weight
  • reduce fatigue and increase energy
  • improve your health
  • better brain function
  • sense of calm

Mindfulness involves paying deliberate attention to the present moment in a nonjudgmental way. By becoming more aware of the present, you can recognize anxious thoughts and free yourself from their grip. When we practice mindfulness at work, we think more clearly.  We respond rather than react.  We take events less personally.

How can I become more mindful?

  • Attend mindfulness sessions on campus led by an expert in this field (click here for details and to sign up to attend one, some, or all 5 sessions being held this spring)
  • Take the 21 day meditation challenge on the StayWell website (click on Programs > Well-Being Activities > 21 Day Meditation Experience)
  • Learn about meditation through videos, articles and quizzes on the StayWell website (click on Programs > The Best Possible You)

The latest research shows you can gain mindfulness benefits anytime by just stretching or taking deep breaths.  Once you learn these techniques, you can practice them on your own to continue reaping the benefits of mindfulness.

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Mindfulness Sessions


Back by popular demand!  Last spring, Reed Hardy lead mindfulness/meditation sessions for employees, which were well received, and employees asked for more!  Thanks to a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds, we are offering five more sessions this spring led by Reed Hardy!  These sessions will be at the Richard Mauthe Center at Noon to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates, and there is no cost to employees to attend:

  • Friday, March 16th
  • Thursday, March 29th
  • Friday, April 13th
  • Thursday, April 26th
  • Friday, May 11th

Please register to attend by clicking on this link:

You can wear your work clothes – no need to change or bring anything with you.  Thank you to the Richard Mauthe Center for sponsoring the room fee!  Please contact the Wellness Committee at or ext. 2203 with any questions.

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Bellin Run


It’s time to get registered for the 42nd annual Bellin Run!  The event will be on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Green Bay. UW-Green Bay is part of the Corporate Challenge, which gets you these perks:

  1. If you register by May 1st, you will receive an early registration incentive gift with the Bellin Run logo on it
  2. 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 wellness grant from 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 UW-Green Bay 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.

To register on the UW-Green Bay team, go to and click on Register Today.  There are options for both the 10K and the Children’s Run.  At the registration page, you will input some basic information, and then choose Corporate Challenge and Join Team.  Search for UW-Green Bay and input our team password: 840.  On the payment page, input coupon code 18BR10 (for employees only), which will discount your registration by $10.

Aaron Maternowski is our team captain, and he can be reached at or ext. 2985 if you have any questions.

Last year, we had 24 employees who participated in the Bellin Run.  Get out and enjoy some fun with co-workers, family and friends by participating in friendly competition and promoting a healthier lifestyle!


Onsite Health Screening on April 25th – more time slots added


Did you try to register for a health screening on April 25th, only to find out that all the time slots were already full?  Well Wisconsin was able to add 40 more time slots, so please log in to the StayWell website if you would like to register for a health screening.

There will also be another onsite health screening on Friday, September 21, 2018 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, and registration is open for this date as well.

Please review this blog post for details:

Please contact us at or ext. 2203 if you have any questions.

2018 Runs and Walks


Looking for some fun events to stay healthy? Here’s a list of some area runs and walks coming up this year!



  • TBD: Phoenix 5K









  • TBD: Jingle Bell Run

Self Defense Workshop held February 28th


If you were walking past University Union Room 103 on February 28th between 11:00 a.m. and Noon, you may have heard eighteen women yelling “BACK OFF!”  Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense LLC presented a self-defense workshop to employees on Wednesday, February 28th.  Instructors Herb, Betsy, and Aaron demonstrated self-defense techniques and shared valuable information about how to protect and empower ourselves.  We learned how to get away from an attacker, create a barrier with our body, and use our voice as an effective tool to prevent attack.  We laughed a lot too!  Thank you to Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense LLC for presenting this excellent workshop!

Wellness Email Newsletter

Do you want to stay in-the-loop when it comes to wellness?  Sign up for the UW-Green Bay Wellness email newsletter on the Human Resources website under Wellness (  You would receive an email every other week or so, with information about wellness events and activities, recipes, articles, etc.  Over 30 employees have signed up already!  Thanks to Kimberly Vlies and Jen Schanen for their work setting up the wellness email newsletter!



Winter Bingo Challenge Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in the winter bingo challenge!  Here are some results:Snowman

  • At least 20 of the 25 bingo card squares checked off: 18 people
  • Department with the most people participating: Continuing Education and Community Engagement (5 people)
  • Building with the most people participating: Cofrin Library (9 people)
  • Most bingo card squares checked off: Karen Peterson

Everyone who submitted their completed bingo card by February 9th will get a small gift for participating (will be sent to you) thanks to a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF).  The biggest winners are those who keep making healthy choices and incorporate wellness into their every day lives throughout the rest of 2018!