October Wellness Activity: Preventative Care for Women

Staying healthy is important and one way to do that is getting your preventive care. Screening tests help find diseases early, before you have symptoms. This is when diseases are easier to treat. Which screening tests you need, depends on your age, family history, your own health history and other risk factors.

We are focusing on women’s health this month along with our Well Wisconsin Radio October session.  In November, we will be covering men’s health.

Please review the guidelines at the link below and then have a conversation with your health care provider or a loved one, to make sure you or a loved one in your life is up to date with the screenings they need.

Preventative Health Guidelines for Women

Preventative Health Worksheet

After reviewing the guidelines, making sure you are up-to-date, and discussing preventative screening with a loved one, please complete and submit the worksheet linked above to complete this October Wellness Activity and get a wellness incentive!

Questions? Please email wellness@uwgb.edu

Academic Department Associate (Open to UW System Employees Only)

Under general direction of the Department Chairs for Human Biology, Natural and Applied Sciences, Resch School of Engineering, and the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program, this position is responsible for all budget related services for all programs and grants within these departments. Other responsibilities include providing administrative support and office management for the three academic units as needed.

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

To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, October 3, 2021.

Upcoming Community Wellness Events

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, September 25th at Lambeau in Green Bay

Click here to join UWGB employee, Bobbie Webster’s team

Earth Miles 4 Maywood

Month of September in Sheboygan

Click here to join the UWGB team.

Bellin Women’s Half Marathon 

Saturday, October 2nd in Green Bay; race ending at City Deck

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Interested?

  • Go to bellinwomenshalf.com and click on Volunteer
  • Race Course Marshals* are greatest need – each corner requires 1 volunteer age 16 or older, but age 12-16 can be a 2nd volunteer
  • Shifts last from 30 minutes to 3 hours

*Race course marshals are stationed on street corners without high traffic throughout the course to make sure vehicles do not cross or drive on to course.  Major intersections are manned by public safety.

Deadline to Earn Your Well Wisconsin Program Incentive

Earn your $150 Well Wisconsin Program incentive by completing a health assessment, health check, and one well-being activity by October 8, 2021. You are eligible to earn the $150 Well Wisconsin Program incentive if you are enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance Program. Spouses are also eligible if they are enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance Program.

Health Assessment: Log into the WebMD website and answer the assessment questions online. The assessment will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

Health Check: Choose from the below options to complete this requirement:

    • Biometric Screening: Check the WebMD website for future clinics located near you. Otherwise, request an at-home screening test kit by logging into the WebMD portal or contacting WebMD via phone. Test kits must be requested by September 17, 2021.
    • Health Care Provider Form: Report your height, weight, and blood pressure from a visit with your health care provider. Your health care provider does not need to sign this form.
    • Preventive Dental Exam: Get a dental cleaning to meet this requirement.
    • Health Coaching Call: Discuss your current health with a WebMD health coach, set well-being goals and explore solutions to help you attain your goals.

Well-being Activity: Select an activity from the WebMD website and get it done!

To learn more, review the UW System Well Wisconsin Program web page.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Get Your Flu Vaccination

Protect yourself this flu season by getting your annual flu vaccination!

The Well Wisconsin Program is offering workplace flu vaccine clinics. Flu vaccines are free and voluntary for all employees [and spouses] who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Insurance Program.

  • You will be required to present your medical ID card at the flu clinic.
  • After you register for your appointment online, your next step will be to complete the digital consent form.
    • A link to the digital consent form will be available on the appointment confirmation page and in your confirmation email.
  • Nurses administering the vaccine will wear masks, and you would wear a mask to your appointment as well.

Event details:

Sheboygan campus

  • Thursday, September 9, 2021
  • 8:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Wombat Room 2114

Green Bay campus

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
  • 8:00 am to 9:00 am
  • University Union, Phoenix Rooms

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

The vaccine is preservative-free.

The vaccine is not recommended for the following individuals:

  • Those allergic to eggs or egg products
  • 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.

Preregistration is required. No cash payments or insurance payments accepted. To register for your flu vaccination appointment, log into the wellness portal at webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin and click “Register” on the Flu Vaccination card.

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

Wellness Incentives are Taxable

The State of Wisconsin extends financial incentives to employees through the Well Wisconsin employee wellness program. If you are covered under the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance program, you and your spouse (if covered under the State Group Health Insurance Program) were eligible for the $150 Well Wisconsin incentive if you completed a health check, the WebMD/StayWell health risk assessment and a Well-Being activity. WebMD/StayWell is the State of Wisconsin wellness program administrator.

Per guidance from the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the wellness incentive benefits are classified as taxable fringe benefits. This means that any financial incentive you receive from the program is taxable income for state and federal tax purposes.

What this means for you:

  • Financial incentives will be reported as taxable wages and subject to applicable withholdings and taxes. You will see withholdings for all incentives issued in the current calendar year reflected on your May, August, or December pay stub. This will include incentives issued to your eligible family members.
  • Withholding may include 7.65% for Social Security and Medicare if the employee is FICA Eligible and may include federal and state withholding, depending on the number of exemptions you claimed on your W-4. Note: Some individuals may have met their Social Security Tax maximum in 2021 $8,680.00 and therefore, they may only have Medicare Tax withheld.
  • Federal regulations require your employer to receive financial data regarding incentives issued to employees and their covered family members. Your health information is protected by federal privacy regulations and is not shared with your employer.

Even with the federal government’s tax regulations, eligible employees and their spouses are able to receive substantial financial rewards for using the wellness incentives offered by the State of Wisconsin.

For questions about the $150 Well Wisconsin incentive contact StayWell at https://www.webmdhealth.com/!contact-us or 1-800-821-6591. If you have additional questions, please contact hr@uwgb.edu.

Source: UW System