Flu Shot Clinics

The Well Wisconsin Program is offering workplace flu shot clinics. Because a quick needle stick now is better than a nasty illness later.  Flu shots are free and voluntary for all employees and spouses who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program. New this year: You will be required to present your health insurance ID card at the flu shot clinic.

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Green Bay Campus:

  • Date: Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: University Union, Phoenix Rooms

Marinette & Sheboygan Campuses:

  • *UPDATE: Flu Shot Clinics at Sheboygan & Marinette have been cancelled (didn’t meet the minimum number of participants requirement)*

 

The shot will vaccinate against the four most likely causes of flu illness during the upcoming season, including the H1N1- strain of influenza.

The vaccine is not preservative free and is not recommended for the following individuals:

  • Those allergic to eggs or egg products
  • Those who are sensitive to the mercury-based preservative thimerosal
  • Those who have an active neurological disorder
  • Those with a fever, acute respiratory or other active infection or illness

If you are pregnant, you should receive the vaccine directly from your physician.

Pre-registration strongly recommended. No cash payments or insurance payments accepted. To register for your flu shot appointment, log into the StayWell wellness portal at wellwisconsin.staywell.com and click on the Flu Shot Clinics tile on the dashboard.

For more information about the flu shot, visit: cdc.gov/flu.

Please contact us at wellness@uwgb.edu or ext. 2203 if you have any questions about the Flu Shot clinics.

Summer Wellness Challenge Wrap-Up

The Summer Wellness Challenge at the Kress Event Center finished up at the end of August. We would like to thank the 27 employees who participated in this challenge throughout the summer!

Congratulations to the following employees who got at least 12 punches on their punch cards and win a wellness prize:

  • Sarah Locke
  • Jill Siegmund
  • Laura SinclairGreat-Job-Adam
  • Tina Tackmier
  • Amanda Wildenberg
  • James Zarling
  • Alan Chu
  • Sara Chaloupka

Embrace Power Naps to Reduce Stress

Naptime is back! In fact, taking a power nap can be just what you need to recharge and reduce your stress! Here are three good tips to try out today.

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  1. Limit the length. Keep naps under 30 minutes for better short-term alertness and performance. One study found that 10-minute naps are the most effective for immediate improvements. Longer rests can cause undesired post-nap grogginess.
  2. Select the right setting. Find a restful place to close your eyes. Make sure the temperature isn’t too hot or cold. Try to block out noise and light, if you can.
  3. Time it right. Avoid taking a nap too early or late in the day. Napping late may affect your sleep patterns and make it difficult to doze off at bedtime.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

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IMG_3644Join local protective services representatives, students, faculty and staff in climbing the Cofrin Library stairwell from the 2nd to 8th floor, in memory of the brave souls who lost their lives the day of the 9/11 attacks.  The four attacks killed almost 3,000 people and injured over 6,000 others.

 

 

 

 

When: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 11 am to 1 pmIMG_3631

Where: Cofrin Library – 2nd to 8th floor stairwell

Vets 4 Vets, ROTC, and University Police representatives will be on hand, and there will be military, firefighter, and police related items/memorabilia on display at the plaza area of the library’s second floor.  We will be handing out flag pins to the first 50 people who climb to the 8th floor, and there will be snacks and refreshments available in the 2nd floor plaza area.

Event presented by UW-Green Bay Vets 4 Vets Student Club, ROTC, University Police and the Wellness Committee.

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To Catch More Z’s, Slip on Some Comfy Socks

It’s true: Your cold feet could actually be keeping you from getting a full night’s sleep. What if you could banish your sleepless nights with a simple pair of socks?

When you warm up cold feet (or hands), it starts a process called vasodilation, or the dilation of the blood vessels. When your blood vessels open, it sends a message throughout your body, in the form of heat, that it’s time for sleep. This can help you drift off more quickly.

Give it a go tonight. But if the thought of wearing socks while you sleep is slightly disturbing—and it can be for some people—there are other ways to warm those tootsies. Try adding extra blankets at the end of your bed, place a warm water bottle near your feet at bedtime, or wear warm slippers before bed. No matter what you do, the same principle still applies: Heat up your feet, and you may find yourself falling asleep faster.

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Beet-All Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked spiral, whole-wheat pastabeet salad
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach, shredded
  • 1 12-ounce jar whole beets (1-1/2 cups), cut in half
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon virgin olive oil

Directions

Mix pasta, spinach, beets, onion, and walnuts in a salad bowl. Combine maple syrup, vinegar, and olive oil in a small jar and shake well. Pour over salad. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat.

Serves 6

Each serving contains about 123 calories, 4 g protein, 3 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 23 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, and 120 mg sodium.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

Work on Key Projects When You’re Most Productive

The key to preventing stress is to find ways to reduce the stressors in your life and to counteract stress with activities that provide balance and peace of mind. Try this suggestion today to help you reduce and manage your stress.

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At Work: Work on key projects when you’re most productive. If you’re a morning person, do your most challenging work before lunch. Do less stressful tasks, such as returning phone calls and filing, after lunch.

 

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Wellness Webinar: Understanding Diabetes

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In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled. Diabetes concerns every family and simple prevention can lower your risk. Could you spot the warning signs of diabetes?

**NEW** Registration is now open to everyone even if you don’t currently have a StayWell portal account! CLICK HERE to register now.

Join us to learn about:

  • What is diabetes?
  • What are the signs and symptoms?
  • What can I do to prevent diabetes?
  • What can I do if I already have it?

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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

After registering, you will get an email with information about how to access the presentation.  Please contact wellness@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2203 with any questions.

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.

Relationship Between Sleep and Weight

The amount of sleep you get each night may be hampering your ability to lose weight. A number of studies have found a strong connection between lack of sleep and increased weight gain. Unfortunately, people who carry excess weight are already at a higher risk for sleep problems—creating a destructive cycle of weight gain. Studies show that getting less than 7 hours at night can affect weight gain. And the greater the sleep deficit, the higher the chance of weight problems.

If you’re not getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, it’s time to take action. Don’t make your weight loss goals more difficult thrsleep and weightough lack of sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, try out one of these tactics today.

  • Establish a sleep-wake cycle by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, even on weekends.
  • Increase exercise levels during the day, but refrain from physical activity at least 3 hours before bedtime.
  • If you nap, keep it to less than 1 hour, and don’t nap after 3 p.m.
  • Stay away from caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine for 6 to 8 hours before sleep.
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Take a warm bath, read for 30 minutes, or listen to soft music.

If these tips don’t help get your sleep back on track—or if you still feel sleepy during the day despite a full night’s rest—call your healthcare provider. You may have a sleep disorder.

 

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Southwestern Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 4 cups spaghetti squash, cooked using whatever method you prefer; if your squash is large, you’ll have more than you need for this recipe
  • 1/2 lb. ground breast-meat turkeyFagiole balls with spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbsp. minced onion
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil
  • 2 tbsp. breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 14.5-oz. cans petite cut diced tomatoes with jalapenos
  • 2 oz. Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

Directions

Mix turkey with minced onion, parsley, basil, and breadcrumbs. Mix in egg. Form into 12 meatballs—each about a rounded tablespoon.

Heat oil in a skillet. Brown meatballs evenly, about 5 minutes total. Pour tomatoes over meatballs and heat for about 5 minutes. Meatballs will be cooked through and tomatoes heated.

To serve: Put about 1 cup of squash on each plate and top with meatballs and sauce. Sprinkle with Monterey jack cheese and cilantro.

Makes 4 servings

Each serving contains about 297 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat, no trans fat, 110 mg cholesterol), 990 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 4 g dietary fiber, 10 g sugars, and 18 g protein.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.