Spring F.A.S.T. (Facutly and Staff) Meal Plans & Payroll Deduction

The opportunity for staff and faculty to purchase a spring meal plan using payroll deduction has arrived.  This opportunity is open through Feb. 10, 2017 for post-tax deduction from your payroll starting March 2 (University Staff) or March 1 (Academic Staff & Faculty).  There are five options to choose from including:

  • FAST 75 Block Plan – includes 75 meals plus $25** in FAST Points – Cost $425 . . . cost per meal $5.66
  • FAST 50 Block Plan – includes 50 meals plus $25** in FAST Points – Cost $290 . . . cost per meal $5.80
  • FAST 25 Block Plan – includes 25 meals plus $25** in FAST Points – Cost $155 . . . cost per meal $6.20
  • FAST 300 Points Plan – includes $315 in FAST Points – Cost $300.00 (Spring 2017 Special – $15 in bonus FAST Points)
  • FAST 200 Points Plan – includes $215 in FAST Points – Cost $200.00 (Spring 2017 Special – $15 in bonus FAST Points)

*All New/First-time FAST 75 Block Plan customers, as well as all FAST 75 Block Plan renewals from the Fall plans will receive a Free reusable mug that includes unlimited free refills of coffee and fountain soda beverages at all retail locations on campus.

**Chartwells is sponsoring the $25 for the Block Plan FAST Points and the bonus $15 in FAST Points on the 200 & 300 plans!

Please complete the form found here: FAST Meal Plan Deduction Request – to enroll in meal plan. 

FAST Meal Plans and FAST Points

FAST Points are not new to UW-Green Bay.  They have been in place for 3-4 years.  They are pre-paid declining balance funds you can purchase and load onto your official University ID for use at any Chartwells-managed food serving location on campus.  This spring, through February 10, the FAST 200 and 300 Points Plans include $15 in bonus FAST points through the generosity of Chartwells.  When customers use their “points” in the Marketplace they will receive a $0.50 discount bringing the net cost of breakfast to $5.75, lunch to $6.25, and dinner to $6.75 (+ sales tax).

FAST Meal Plans are new to UW-Green Bay and serve as option for staff and faculty to purchase meals in a larger quantity at prices-per-meal lower than paying with cash, credit or points.  This Spring’s FAST 75 Block Plan, at the cost of $425, equates to a cost-per-meal of $5.66 plus there are $25* in FAST Points for when you don’t need or want a full meal.  For this spring, a new all stainless steel mug is being given to new and renewing FAST 75 Block Plan customers.  In addition, all FAST Plan customers will receive a reusable To-Go container to use for take-out meals from the Marketplace inside Leona Cloud Commons.  Details on how to use the To-Go containers will be shared with all who participate and eventually posted on-line (https://new.dineoncampus.com/uwgb). The block meals and FAST points on all FAST Plans will remain on your University ID account until they are used.  They can also be used for combo meals in the retail operations.

 

 

 

Income Continuation Insurance Deferred Enrollment Available Through March 1, 2017 for Eligible Employees

The Income Continuation Insurance (ICI) program is an ‘income replacement’ benefit plan that replaces up to 75% of your gross salary if you are unable to work due to a short or long-term disability.

If you are not currently enrolled in ICI, you may be able to enroll during the ICI Deferred Enrollment period through March 1, 2017.  Eligible employees will be personally notified by email from the UW System HR (uwsystemhr@uwsa.edu) email address.

Please see https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/dis/ici/ for more information regarding eligibility and income continuation insurance benefits.

To apply for coverage through the Deferred Enrollment opportunity, you must complete an Income Continuation Insurance Application (ET-2307) and return it to your benefits office on or before March 1, 2017.  ICI coverage elected through deferred enrollment will be effective April 1, 2017.

Please contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu with any questions.

Projections for Effective Rates, Annuity Adjustments for WRS

The State of Wisconsin Investment Board has announced preliminary 2016 investment returns of 8.5% for the Core Trust Fund and 10.6% for the Variable Trust Fund. How will this affect your Wisconsin Retirement System account?

The projections below are based on preliminary 2016 investment returns. ETF will announce the actual effective rates and annuity adjustments after final investment returns have been determined and an actuarial analysis is completed. Watch for announcements in February (effective rates for active employees) and March (annuity adjustments for retirees).

WRS Invetst

Shared Investment Risk
WRS members benefit from good investment returns and share the risk of poor returns. Changes in employee and employer contribution rates, for example, are linked to Core and Variable Trust Fund investment performance. Likewise, annuity adjustments for retirees are linked to investment performance. This “shared risk” design keeps the WRS well-funded and able to pay promised benefits long into the future.

Plan Ahead
No matter your timetable for retirement, it’s important that you know about and fully understand your retirement benefits. This includes the fact that the WRS does not provide a guaranteed cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in retirement.
In addition, did you know:

  • Some pension systems provide COLAs in order to help retirees keep up with inflation over the long term. Under the WRS, post-retirement annuity adjustments are by law dependent on WRS trust fund investment returns.
  • WRS retirees routinely receive annuity increases above the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security; for 2016 Social Security increased only 0.3%.
  • When retired, your Core annuity can never go below your original payment (“floor”).
  • However, annuity adjustments can increase or decrease each year, based on trust fund investment performance and actuarial factors.
  • When there is a market downturn, annuities can be lowered by repealing previously-granted increases.

For more information:

To receive immediate notification about WRS effective rates, annuity adjustments and other benefit-related news, sign up for ETF E-Mail Updates.

 

 

 

 

ETF Now Offers Virtual Retirement Appointments

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is pleased to offer a convenient, new service for WRS members who are within a year of retirement: Virtual Retirement Appointments.

These appointments are secure, one-on-one meetings with an ETF benefits specialist, conducted online.  Together, you and the specialist talk by telephone and view online your retirement estimate, annuity options and discuss the retirement process in general.  Virtual appointments are convenient (no travel necessary) and easy to schedule.

Find out whether a virtual retirement appointment is right for you – contact ETF at 1-877-533-5020.

 

 

 

Save the Date! America Saves Week February 27 – March 4, 2017

We all agree that saving is a good idea. That’s the easy part. Figuring out how to manage your expenses so you can save, or save more? That may not be so easy. America Saves Week is your opportunity to commit—or recommit—to saving for today and for later in retirement. Saving is more than just a good idea. It’s possible!

America Saves is a national campaign that encourages individuals and families to assess their savings and take financial action. This is a great opportunity to expand your financial knowledge and set some new savings goals.

The University of Wisconsin is a partner in the America Saves campaign. In the upcoming weeks be on the lookout for in-person workshops and interactive webinars, videos, handy tips and information on saving and financial wellness. Look forward to more information as we encourage savers – or potential savers – just like you to set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically.

Pursuing your financial goals, that’s what saving—and America Saves Week—is about.

Source: UW Service Center

Quick Facts on the Nutritional Label

Nutritionlabel

Find out more about the foods you eat and what to look for to make better decisions at the grocery store.

Start with Serving Size

Look at how much 1 serving is and how many servings the product actually contains. If the serving size is ½ cup and you eat 1 cup, you are getting double the amount of everything the nutrition label states.

Utilize the Percent Daily Values (DV)

Nutrition labels show average levels of nutrients based on a 2,000 calorie diet. The %DV shows the amount of that nutrient based on 100% of the requirement for that nutrient.  Remember, this value is for the entire day, not just for a meal or snack.

High and Low Daily Value

  • 5% DV or less is low – examples of foods you want less of are fat, cholesterol, sodium, etc.
  • 20% DV or more is high – examples of foods you want more of are vitamins, calcium, fiber, etc.

Look at the Ingredients

If a food contains more than one ingredient it must contain an ingredient list on the label. Ingredients are listed by abundance in weight.  The largest amounts are listed first and descend on.

For more information visit: www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers

What Do Health Claims Actually Mean?

  • Low calorie – less than 40 calories per serving.
  • Low Cholesterol – less than 20mg of cholesterol and 2 grams or less of saturated fat per serving.
  • Reduced – 25% less of the specified nutrient or calories than the usual product.
  • Good Source of – provides at least 10% of the DV of a particular vitamin or nutrient per serving.
  • Calorie Free – less than 5 calories per serving.
  • Fat Free/Sugar Free – Less than ½ gram of fat or sugar per serving.
  • Low Sodium – Less than 140 mg of sodium per serving.
  • High in – Provides 20% or more of the DV of a specified nutrient per serving.
  • High Fiber – 5 or more grams of fiber per serving.

Source: www.eatright.org

Article by Sam Ahrens, UWGB Dietetic Intern

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep

Insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Here is how sleep can put you at an increased risk:

Diabetes

Research shows an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes.  Specifically, sleep duration and quality have emerged as predictors of level of Hemoglobin A1c, an important marker of blood sugar control.

Cardiovascular Disease

Persons with sleep apnea have an increased risk of developing hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease and irregular heartbeats.

Obesity

Research has found that short durations of sleep can result in metabolic changes that may be linked to obesity.  The association between lack of sleep and excess body weight has been reported in all age groups, especially children as sleep is critical for brain development and optimal functionality.

Depression

Although the relationship between sleep and depression is still under study, recent research has indicated that depressive symptoms may decrease once sleep apnea has been effectively treated and sufficient sleep has been restored.

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

Although individual sleep needs can vary, below are the recommended daily sleep guidelines from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Age & Recommended Amount of Sleep:

  • Newborns = 16-18 hours a day
  • Preschool-aged children = 11-12 hours a day
  • School-aged children = At least 10 hours a day
  • Teens = 9-10 hours a day
  • Adults (including the elderly) = 7-8 hours a day

Healthy Sleep Habit Tips

Here are a few healthy sleep habits from the National Sleep Foundation you should incorporate into your daily routine.

  1. Go to bed each night at the same time and rise at the same time each morning.
  2. Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold.
  3. Use your bedroom for sleeping only. Do not use electronic devices in the bedroom.
  4. Avoid large meals before bedtime.

For more information visit the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/sleep_hygiene.htm

Article by Sam Ahrens, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry

Chicken Cashew with Rice and Veggies

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted roasted whole cashews

Preparation

  1. Chop scallions, separating white and green parts.
  2. Pat chicken dry, then cut into 3/4-inch pieces and toss with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a wok or 12-inch heavy skillet (not nonstick) over moderately high heat until a drop of water evaporates immediately.
  4. Add oil, swirling to coat, then stir-fry chicken until golden in places and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon.
  6. Add bell pepper, garlic, ginger, red-pepper flakes, and scallion whites to wok and stir-fry until peppers are just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.
  7. Stir together broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, and sugar, then stir into vegetables in wok.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.
  9. Stir in cashews, scallion greens, and chicken along with any juices accumulated on plate.

Original recipe found on http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chicken-and-cashew-stir-fry-238402

Recipe provided by Sam Ahrens, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

QuinoaBellPeppers

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chiles
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or more to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 bell peppers, tops cut, stemmed and seeded

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, green chiles, corn, beans, tomatoes, cheeses, cilantro, cumin, garlic, onion and chili powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Spoon the filling into each bell pepper cavity. Place on prepared baking dish, cavity side up, and bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through, about 25-30 minutes. 
  4. Serve immediately.

Original recipe found on http://damndelicious.net/2013/06/03/quinoa-stuffed-bell-peppers/

Recipe provided by Sam Ahrens, UWGB Dietetic Intern

Additional WRS Retirement Seminars Added in Green Bay Area for March

The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) has scheduled additional “Group Appointment” retirement seminars in Green Bay for March.  An afternoon seminar is scheduled from  to 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Wednesday, March 22, 2017; a morning seminar is scheduled from 9:00 AM to 11:30 on Thursday, March 23, 2017 .  The seminars are being held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College – Green Bay.  Registration is required, and can be done by calling 1-877-533-5020.  Directions and room number are provided when one registers for a seminar.

 To attend a retirement session, a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) member is required to have their retirement packet in hand upon arrival to the session.  It is certainly NOT too late for a member interested in attending to request a packet.  One can do so by calling the ETF call center at 1-877-533-5020.  (IMPORTANT:  Getting a retirement packet from ETF does NOT obligate one to retire.  The member simply has their application and packet in case they do decide to retire sometime over the coming year.)

 Any WRS member who is within one year of reaching their minimum retirement age (age 55 for non-protective job categories, age 50 for protective categories) or older is welcome to contact ETF to order a retirement packet.  Requesting a packet can be done while registering for the retirement seminar.

 The Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds has tailored Group Appointment retirement seminars for members planning (or considering) retirement over the next several years.  Topics covered include the WRS retirement pension, health insurance, life insurance, return-to-work rules, etc.  The Group Appointment seminars offer a WRS member the opportunity to ask questions of knowledgeable, experienced ETF staff.

 To see a listing of upcoming ETF retirement presentations and group appointment sessions in Northeast Wisconsin, you can use this link: http://etf.wi.gov/members/northeast.htm            

You can also receive automatic e-mail updates of upcoming retirement presentations and group appointment sessions by registering at this link: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIDETF/subscriber/new?topic_id=WIDETF_24