Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge Results

AmandaJoanSarah1Thank you to everyone who participated in the Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge, which wrapped up on Friday, May 11th.  Of the 20 poker hands, the best hand was two pairs (one pair of 6’s and one pair of Jacks) by Barb Tomashek-Ditter!  Everyone who participated in this challenge will receive a small incentive, compliments of the Department of Employee Trust Funds wellness grant!

Thank you to Alex Reichenberger for designing the awesome poster, Bobbie Webster and Cassie Popovich for putting up the posters at the kiosks each week, the Kress Events Center and Human Resources front desk staff for tracking the playing cards picked, and Lisa Schmelzer for determining the best poker hand!

Do you have an idea for another wellness challenge?  Please email it to wellness@uwgb.edu. Thanks! :)

Produce Delivery Sign Up


Quite a few employees stopped by the Union to talk with Luanne from Garden to Doorstep Organics LLC on Thursday, May 17th to learn about their program and see what a sample produce box looks like, and one lucky person won the box of fruits and veggies!  If you are interested, please sign up by Tuesday, May 22nd.

Please click here to learn more about their weekly delivery of boxes of fruits and veggies to campus.

Please click here to see how to sign up.

Questions? Contact Luanne at (920) 385-3253 or contactus@gardentodoorsteporganics.com.


Stacked Fruit Salad for One


  • 2 tablespoons fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 small kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 ring spiced apple


Mix the yogurt and ricotta cheese in a small bowl. Use a small spatula to smooth each layer as you add it to a parfait glass or a ring mold (place the mold on a plate). Spread 1/4 cup drained pineapple in the bottom. Spread half the yogurt-ricotta mixture over the pineapple. Top with a layer of blueberries. Mandarin orange segments come next, then another yogurt-ricotta layer. Arrange slices of peeled kiwi. Top with the spiced apple ring. Cover loosely and refrigerate, unless you’re ready to eat it at once. If you use the ring mold, some juice may leak out during refrigeration. Use a paper towel to dry the plate just before serving.

Serves 1
The serving contains about 175 calories, 7 g protein, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 38 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, and 56 mg sodium. (Gluten-free)

Blueberries – a superfood!

They may be a small fruit, but blueberries are a potent one. Nutritionists call them a superfood because they boast a number of disease-fighting antioxidants, including vitamin C. Antioxidants help protect against free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can cause cell damage, possibly leading to conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

BlueberriesA half-cup of blueberries equals one serving of fruit and has only 40 calories. A few “berry” good tips:

> Select blueberries that are dry, firm, and deep-purple blue to blue-black with whitish bloom.

> If you want to freeze blueberries, put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, pop the berries into plastic bags, where they can stay fresh in the freezer for up to a year.

Article and recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Try Neck and Shoulder Stretches to Prevent Workstation Pain

Exercises for Preventing and Treating Workstation Discomfort

The following exercises can help you relax your hands and wrists if you work on a computer for a significant portion of your day. Do the exercises before starting work and during breaks throughout the day.

Neck and Shoulder Workout

These stretches can improve your body’s circulation and relieve muscle stress and tension. You can complete all the exercises in three or four minutes, or you can take just a minute and do one or two exercises.

Head Clasp: Clasp your hands behind your head and pull in your shoulder blades until you feel the stretch. Hold for five to ten seconds and relax. Repeat five to ten times.Stretch

Shoulder Stretch: Reach both arms straight back with your palms facing down and hold for five seconds. Bend in arms at the elbows, fingers pointing straight ahead, and hold for five seconds. Repeat five to ten times.

Chin Tuck: Tuck in your chin, count to two, then release. Repeat five to ten times.

Chest Stretch: Entwine your fingers behind your back, palms facing in. Raise and straighten your arms. Hold for five to ten seconds. Repeat five to ten times.

Neck stretch: Drop your chin to your chest and count to five, then roll your head to the right so your ear rests on your shoulder (try not to raise your shoulder). Count to five again, then repeat to the left.

Shoulder shrug: Sitting tall, lift your shoulders as high as you can, then press them down as if a pair of hands were pushing them down. Repeat three times.

Shoulder circles: With your arms at your side, rotate both shoulders in full circles: up, back, down, and forward.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Barbecue Chicken Pizza


  • 1 ready-made 12-inch-diameter thin pizza crust
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup thin green or red pepper strips
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim, low-moisture mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 450°F. Heat oil in a frying pan and add onion and pepper strips. Fry over medium heat until soft, adding a little water instead of more oil if onion and pepper start to burn.

Add chicken and barbecue sauce. Stir and remove from heat. Place ready-made crust on cookie sheet. Spread chicken, onion, and pepper mix evenly on crust. Top with mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes, watching carefully that cheese doesn’t brown too much.

Makes 8 slices
Each slice contains about 220 calories, 26 g protein, 7 g fat, 23 mg cholesterol, 26 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, and 469 mg sodium.

This recipe is gout-friendly because it contains food moderate in purines.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Fresh Produce Delivered Weekly to Campus

The Wellness Committee recognizes how crucial eating well is to staying healthy.  Countless studies show the value of increasing our vegetable and fruit intake, including increased energy and reduced risk for certain diseases and types of cancers.  Set a goal for yourself to eat more vegetables and fruits – take good care of your body and you will feel the positive results!

Garden to Doorstep Organics, LLC is a local family business that delivers fresh organic fruits and veggies each week.  They will be on campus on Thursday, May 17th at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at a table in the Union near the entrance to the Leona Cloud Commons across from the Phoenix Bookstore.  They will bring a box of produce to display so you can see in person what the boxes are like.  They will provide information about their program and answer any questions you have.  Please stop by and be entered in a drawing for a free box of produce!

Here are some details:GardenDoorstep

  • Each week there is a different variety of 100% organic produce
  • Two types of boxes available (Fruit/Veggie Combo boxes or Fruit only boxes)
  • Three sizes of each type of box available (you pick the size that best fits your family)
  • Each week you will know which produce is planned for your box.  You will also receive a newsletter each week with recipes using the produce in that box and tips on how to store each item.
  • They work with local farmers and wholesalers to provide organic produce year round.
  • You pay for your boxes with automatic payments through PayPal, by check or with cash.
  • Boxes will be delivered to campus on Tuesdays to Rose Hall, room 320 for you to pick up (NOTE: if you aren’t on campus over the summer, they will deliver to your home for free, as long as you live in their delivery area)

Please contact them with any questions at (920) 385-3253 or contactus@gardentodoorsteporganics.com

Self-Defense Workshop Held April 23rd


Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense LLC presented another great self-defense workshop to employees on Monday, April 23rd.  Instructors Herb, Betsy, and Aaron demonstrated self-defense techniques and shared valuable information about how to protect and empower ourselves.  Thank you to Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense LLC and to the 28 employees who attended the workshops!




UW-Green Bay Ranks # 3 in Million Steps Challenge


The Million Steps Challenge through StayWell lets you work at your own pace to finish one million steps by October 19th.  Meeting this goal will earn you credit for your 2018 well-being activity as part of the $150 wellness incentive.  It’s warm outside – the perfect time to start tracking your steps and working towards a million steps!  Thanks to Amanda for sharing that UW-Green Bay is currently ranked third in this challenge among UW campuses, surpassing campuses much larger than ours!  Great job UW-Green Bay!

For more information about the Million Steps Challenge, please see the Million Steps Challenge Poster or log into the StayWell website and click on “Let’s Go!” by the Million Steps Challenge box.

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.



Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge – Week Five


The fifth and final week of the Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge (May 7-11) brings us to the other side of Nicolet Drive on the trail near the bay!

Check out the trail map at https://www.uwgb.edu/UWGBCMS/media/hr/Wellness%20Items/KioskMap.pdf.  Take a picture of the poster at the kiosk, and email it to wellness@uwgb.edu to get your playing card for the week.  You can also stop by the HR or Kress front desk to pick a playing card.

Finish strong!