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.

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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Mini Greek Chicken Kabobs recipe

Ingredients

For the marinade:
1½ Tbsp canola oil
½ tsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
1½ tsp dried oregano leavesTeriyaki-Chicken-Kabobs-GI-365-22
½ tsp dried dill
1 medium garlic clove, minced
⅛ tsp dried pepper flakes
¼ tsp salt

For the kabobs:
Canola oil cooking spray
4 chicken tenders (8 oz total), rinsed and patted dry, cut crosswise into small chunks
½ small green bell pepper, cut into 16 cubes
16 grape cherry tomatoes
1 small yellow squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 16 pieces
16 bamboo skewers (6-in each)

Directions

  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a quart-sized resealable plastic bag, seal tightly, and toss back and forth until well blended. Remove 2 tablespoons mixture, place in a small bowl, and set aside. Add chicken pieces to bag with the remaining marinade, seal tightly, and toss back and forth to coat completely. Refrigerate 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  2. Coat grill rack with cooking spray and preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Thread piece of chicken and each vegetable per skewer in this order: pepper, chicken, tomato, and squash. Repeat with remaining skewers.
  4. Place skewers on a grill rack and cook 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center and juices run clear, turning frequently and being careful not to overcook. Remove from grill, place on a serving platter, and brush reserved 2 tablespoons marinade evenly over all. Serve warm.

Serves 8

Serving size: 2 kabobs. Each serving provides: 60 calories, 3 g total fat, 0.4 g saturated fat, 6 g protein, 15 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar

 

Source: American Diabetes Association 

Make time to play!

The secret to happiness, like the secret to success, has long been studied and debated. What makes one person happy could stress out someone else (take skydiving, for example). Still, psychologists and other researchers have found that some activities and mind-sets appear more than likely to increase joy and contentment. Today – try the following tip to increase your happiness and reduce your stress!

Take time to play. Playfulness helps anyone of any age be more resilient, happy, flexible, and creative. It teaches us to manage and transform stress and negative emotions, too. It’s easy to be playful with pets and children. But looking for ways to play with grown-ups at work and home is a great way to increase the strength and health of your relationships.

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Wellness Webinar: Practicing Self-Compassion

Many of us instinctively beat ourselves up for failing to meet our goals, but there is an alternative. Find out how self-compassion facilitates goal pursuit by helping us regulate our emotions and maintain our belief in our ability to change.

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  • What is self-compassion
  • How it helps us meet our goals
  • Misconceptions about self-compassion

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Time: 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 710C

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.

All webinars are recorded and available to Well Wisconsin Program participants on the StayWell wellness portal after the event date.

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

Challenge Your Entire Core

If you want to develop a stronger, firmer core, you need to train all the muscles of your abdomen. Oblique crunches target the muscles that run along the side of your waist.

Try them today. Here’s how:

Start by lying on your right side with your right forearm on the ground, your legs straight, and your left arm resting on the side of your body.

Engage your abs (imagine pulling your navel toward your spine) and extend your left hand as you lift your legs off the ground to bring your toes toward your hand. (You don’t have to actually touch your hand to your feet; it’s the motion of bringing them closer together that’s important.)

Do 10 oblique crunches on this side before rolling over to your left side and repeating the motion, reaching your toes toward your right hand.

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Exercise Your Brain Muscles Today

Hobbies may be for fun, but they have a serious side, too. There’s growing evidence that what you do in your spare time can boost your health and well-being.

Doing something you enjoy can be a great stress reliever, and certain activities also give your brain a boost. That’s important because your brain, just like your body, needs exercise. Research has shown that keeping your brain active can keep it sharper. It may even help you build up your brain cells and connections, or generate new brain cells. This could help fight off mental decline, which appears to stem from altered connections among brain cells as we age.

So why not spend some time today curled up with a crossword, Sudoku, or other puzzle? If you don’t subscribe to a newspaper, you can find puzzles online or through smartphone apps.

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Bring Along Your Exercise Equipment

You don’t have to leave exercise behind when you head to the office or take off on a trip. Here are some ideas you can consider today to keep up your fitness routine while on the road:

  • Pack a jump rope. Jumping rope for 15 minutes burns about 150calories, and it can give you as vigorous an aerobic workout as running 1 mile.
  • Use resistance bands, or exercise tubes, to build strong muscles and bones. These lightweight tools fit easily in a desk drawer or carry-on luggage.
  • Clip a pedometer to your waist each morning and count every step you take. In one recent study, women who used a pedometer were more likely than non-wearers to meet their goal of 10,000 steps a day.
  • Walk or jog in place. Then drop down for pushups and abdominal crunches. No equipment is required.

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The Bellin Run: It’s not so scary (and is a WALK as well) Lunch ‘n Learn

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Have you thought about walking or running in the Bellin Run, or maybe have participated in the past?  Please join us as Linda Maxwell, Assistant Race Director of the Bellin Run, presents “The Bellin Run:  It’s not so scary (and is a WALK as well)!”  Linda will share information about the perks of the Corporate Challenge (UW-Green Bay has been a member for years), talk about walking as a prime part of the event, and give basic event information and updates.  After Linda’s presentation, you will feel more comfortable and confident competing in this event.  Also, any employees who attend will be entered in a drawing for a Bellin Run full-zip windbreaker (size medium)!

Date: Tuesday, April 2nd

Time: 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Room: World Unity Room B (behind the Phoenix Club in the lower level of the Union – just follow the signs)

Presenter: Linda Maxwell, Assistant Race Director of the Bellin Run

RSVP: wellness@uwgb.edu

Hope to see you there!

Enjoy a Cup of Chamomile Tea Before Heading to Bed

Can’t seem to fall asleep? There are a variety of things you can do to make sleep come more easily, such as keeping your bedroom cool and dark, forgoing caffeine in the evening, and avoiding strenuous exercise immediately before bed. Often, however, we don’t give ourselves enough time to transition from the busyness of the day to preparations for sleep. A relaxing wind-down routine can make that shift easier.

Today, why not create your own sleep-inducing routine by making a cup of chamomile tea an hour before bedtime? Chamomile has long been used as a sleep aid, and it may help you relax and prepare for sleep. Look for it at your grocery store in the herbal tea section. Simply brew, sip, and relax. Your “sit and sip” time may become a relaxing ritual you look forward to every night.

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