4 Exercise Excuses You Can Overcome


Regular exercise can help you feel better and live longer. So what’s stopping you? No matter your reason, there’s a solution. Get ready to stop making excuses and get going.


Excuse: I hate aerobics­. And weightlifting. And anything else that feels like gym class.

Get past it: Good news: You don’t have to revisit gym class. Studies show that lifestyle activities­ are just as effective as structured exercise programs in improving fitness. So walk the dog, do yard work, run up and down the stairs, or dance to your favorite music. It all counts as exercise.


Excuse: I don’t have time to exercise­.

Get past it:  If you can’t find 30 minutes in a row, break it up. Three different 10-minute activities are just as effective. Or scrub the bathroom for 15 minutes. Now you’ve already met half your exercise goal for the day.


Excuse: I’m too tired to exercise.

Get past it: Yes, it’s hard to get out of that chair. But if you do exercise regularly, you’ll actually feel less tired and have more energy. Studies show you’ll sleep better, too. Just start moving, and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll perk up.


Excuse: I’m not at risk for heart disease, so I don’t need to exercise.

Get past it: Actually, by not exercising, you are at risk for heart disease­. An inactive lifestyle also increases your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer.


Article from The StayWell Company, LLC

August Wellness Webinar: Fitting a Healthy Life in a Hectic Lifestyle


Life can be busy. Filled with meetings, deadlines and family commitments. It’s no wonder that exercise gets put to the wayside and our meals are made at the drive-thru window. This webinar will discuss simple tricks and tips you can use to make healthy living fit into your hectic lifestyle.

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 735

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.

Wellness webinars highlighting various health and well-being topics will take place the 3rd Wednesday of each month. All webinars will be recorded and available to Well Wisconsin Program participants on the wellness portal after the event date.

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

How to Access the Stay Well Website


I’m all about removing the fear of getting started and the daunting task of signing up for something new. Accessing the Stay Well website will truly take you less than 5 minutes and puts health information right at your fingertips. The Stay Well website is a free service offered to any employee insured through the UW System’s health insurance plan. That’s right FREE!!! I will walk you through the sign up process and you can discover for yourself how easy it is to access.

The first step is to go to the website. Here are some options:

I went right to the log in page from this link. You will be asked to provide your first name, date of birth and last 4 digits of your social security number.  Then you are off to choosing a username, password and security question. (hint: write down your information because you and I both know that we have one million different usernames and passwords). A link to verify your email will follow. Here’s the tricky part it may go in your spam or junk mail. (This realization took me 5 or 6 tries.) The verification code will appear in the email. You plug that code in and just like that, you have full access to the site.  If you do come across any problems with your log in process, the number to call is 1-800-821-6591.

The site contains health coaching, webinars, health plan resources, pharmacy benefit information, EAP resources, archived webinars, a mindfulness collection and so much more. I personally love the health library for up to date information on current health issues. So now that you know how easy and beneficial the Stay Well website is, go ahead and sign up today!

Article written by Linda Schmitt, College Health Nurse in UWGB’s Counseling & Health Center

Updated I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form Released


On July 17, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  By September 18, 2017, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N.

None of the revisions impact the completion of forms. For more details on the revisions within the form, please see the USCIS publication at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/whats-new.

In order to ensure compliance by September 18, we ask that you begin using the updated version immediately. Downloading and using the current version from the HR Forms page for each new hire will ensure you have the most current version of the form. Forms submitted on an outdated version after September 18 will be returned and the new form will need to be completed.

We encourage you to complete the electronic I-9 instead of printing and writing in the information. This reduces the possibility of errors and hiring delays. If you’d like a refresher on the I-9 process or have any questions regarding the I-9, please contact Jenny Charapata in Human Resources at 920-465-2326 or charapaj@uwgb.edu.


20 Easy Ways to Get More Exercise

When you think of exercise, you probably picture activities such as jogging, cycling, or lifting weights in a gym. However, exercise can take many different forms. The goal is to spend more time moving. What’s more, your workouts don’t have to last for a full 30 minutes at a time. You can break them up into smaller chunks throughout the day, lasting at least 10 minutes. Here are 20 ways to sneak in more exercise.

  1. Take a walk after dinner every night.WalkingDog
  2. Turn up the music and dance!
  3. Climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
  4. Park farther away from buildings so you get in more steps.
  5. Play a sport—join a local team and you’ll get in a workout while making new friends.
  6. Do chores around the house that keep you on your feet.
  7. Walk your dog instead of letting him outside in the yard.
  8. Stand up and walk while taking work calls instead of sitting.
  9. Hit the mall and walk, especially if the weather isn’t ideal for strolling outside.
  10. Work in the yard—rake, weed, plant, or mow.
  11. Skip the car wash and wash your car by hand.
  12. Stay active while watching TV—walk around, jog in place, or do sit-ups.
  13. Find exercise YouTube videos you enjoy doing at home.
  14. Choose family activities that keep you active, such as going to the park, lake, or zoo.
  15. Join your kids and go swimming at the pool.
  16. When it snows, use a shovel instead of a snowblower.
  17. Find an exercise buddy—a friend or family member who can help you stick with your plan, exercise together, and motivate you to live a more active life.
  18. Go hiking at a nearby park.
  19. Walk up and down the sidelines during your kids’ sports games.
  20. Keep hand weights available so you can grab them and do a few reps any time, even while on the phone.

Article from The StayWell Company, LLC

Custodian (First Shift)

The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay has a current vacancy for a full-time, first shift Custodian in outbuildings/float. This position reports to the Custodial Services Program Supervisor and is responsible for maintaining the overall appearance and cleanliness of the designated work area.  Work performed in this position includes manual cleaning and maintenance of UWGB buildings.  General areas of responsibility include: cleaning offices, restrooms, classrooms, and other building areas; maintaining all floor surfaces including mopping, buffing, vacuuming, shampooing, and refinishing; cleaning windows (inside and outside); cleaning furniture; assisting with furniture, piano and equipment moves as required; stocking restrooms and custodial work areas with necessary supplies and products; waste and recycling removal; snow removal and salting of building entrances.

For more information and full position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, July 23, 2017.

WRS Contribution Rates to Decrease in 2018

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) has announced a slight decrease for 2018 Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) contribution rates effective January 1, 2018. According to ETF, the 2018 contribution rate changes are primarily due to higher favorable WRS Trust Fund investment performance.  In general, when trust fund investment earnings are greater than expected, contribution rates may decrease the following year.  When earnings are lower than expected, rates may increase to make up for the shortfall. Changes in WRS contribution rates are designed to be stable, with investment returns for the Core Fund smoothed over a five-year period.

WRS contribution rates are set annually by the ETF Board, upon review of its consulting actuary’s annual valuation of the system and its funding requirements.  The total rates are generally split evenly between employees and employers and adjusted annually.

Your contribution rate is determined by your WRS employment category. Most UW employees are covered by the General/Teacher WRS category. High level administrators (chancellors, president, vice presidents, provosts) are covered by the Executive category.  Employees whose main duties are related to law enforcement or the protection of the public (police officers, fire fighters) are covered by the Protective category.

2018 WRS RatesThe 2018 rates will apply to all paychecks paid in 2018, beginning on the January 2, 2018 for Faculty, Academic Staff and Limited Appointees paid monthly, and January 4, 2018 for University Staff paid bi-weekly.  As a reminder, WRS contributions are taken on a pre-tax basis for state and federal purposes.

For More Information:






Marketing/Editorial Project Writer – Temporary

Applications will be considered for vacancies that occur from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

UW-Green Bay welcomes the submission of credentials from persons interested in short-term employment in the department of University Marketing and Communication.This posting does not apply to a specific current opening. Respondents to this posting will be included in a general pool for the department, and may be contacted when positions become available.

These positions may include the following responsibilities:

  • Attending on-site or teleconference meetings to receive assignments and project direction, timelines, etc.
  • Research and reading (online or via other secondary sources) to establish base of knowledge on various topics to increase subject matter expertise and enhance quality of writing
  • Adherance to UW-Green Bay style guide and formats
  • Story/idea vetting, to include information gathering and interviewing to refine and shape story ideas and marketing concepts
  • Writing copy for a variety of channels, executions, and audienes to include but not limited to blog posts, news releases, magazine stories, website copy, advertising copy and e-mail campaign copy
  • Accuracy of information, both factually and grammatically
  • Ability to receive feedback and constructive criticism and apply feedback to revisions and interations
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to consistently meet deadlines and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Responsive nature and pleasant customer service skills

For more information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.


Performance Evaluations – Non-Instructional Academic Staff & Limited Employees

Annual performance evaluations are a key component to employee performance and development.  The objectives of annual performance evaluations are to provide all employees and their supervisors an opportunity to:

  • Discuss job performance
  • Set goals for professional development
  • Establish objectives for contributing to the department’s mission
  • Discuss expectations and accomplishments
  • Discuss career progression eligibility

Non-instructional academic staff and limited employees and their supervisors should begin the performance evaluation process for the prior fiscal year (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) as soon as possible. Please follow the procedure outlined on the Performance Evaluation Narrative Form, submitting the completed evaluation to the area leader’s office no later than Friday, August 25, 2017. Please note – An annual performance evaluation is not required for individuals hired after July 1, 2016 if a six-month evaluation has already been completed.

Part of the performance review process should be a discussion regarding changes in position responsibilities, appropriateness of the assigned title, and the eligibility towards career progression if employees are in a progression series title.

Per Regent Pay Plan Distribution Policy, compensation adjustments must be based upon merit and employee performance.  Therefore, any future pay adjustments will be contingent upon satisfactory performance.

If you are interested in receiving training related to performance evaluations, career progression and title change, and/or academic staff contracts, or have any questions regarding these processes, please contact hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.