March Madness Challenge

The Wellness Committee has created a March Madness Challenge for faculty/staff to complete.

This Challenge can be completed by picking activities from 4 different categories and completing them, then choosing which activity you would like to advance to the next round.

Completed forms must be submitted to by March 31st. Please send your t-shirt size, as participants will receive a t-shirt.

If you have any questions, please email

PDF: March Madness Wellness Challenge_UWGB Wellness Committee.

Well Wisconsin Radio Bonus Episode: Finding Your Authentic Purpose

Well Wisconsin Radio podcast discusses topics of health and well-being from experts around the State of Wisconsin.

February 2023 BONUS EPISODE: Authentic purpose with Christine Whelan

Tune in for a presentation on Authentic Purpose: Why it Matters and How to Make it Happen with Christine Whelan, PH.D. Discover how you can live with purpose and create your own purpose roadmap. Hopefully you’ll tune in to this exciting presentation and think of Well Wisconsin as the place where getting closer to your purpose syncs up with good well-being.

Click HERE to listen now!

Click to watch recording of the live presentation HERE!

Note to those eligible for the 2023 Well Wisconsin inventive: Two episodes of Well Wisconsin Radio from season 2, dated November 2022 and later, will qualify for well-being activity credit.


Well Wisconsin Radio: Let’s Talk Hydration and Heart Health

February 2023 NEW EPISODE: Hydration and Heart Health with Becky Kerkenbush

Discover the role water plays in your body while gaining tips on staying hydrated and cutting back on sugar-sweetened beverages. Join host, Renee Fox, as she talks with Registered Dietitian, Becky Kerkenbush to learn more about hydration needs through the lifecycle. To celebrate American Heart Month, the conversation also focuses on cardiovascular health and ways to make improvements.

Listen HERE!

Note to those eligible for the 2023 Well Wisconsin inventive: Two episodes of Well Wisconsin Radio from season 2, dated November 2022 and later, will qualify for well-being activity credit.

Submit a Recipe Challenge

Eating healthy is extremely important, one benefit of eating healthy is to reduce risk of developing coronary heart disease and to stop gaining weight, reducing your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Another reason to have a healthy diet is to help lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of some cancers.

Having a balanced diet is important but finding healthy and easy recipes can also be difficult. The Wellness Committee is challenging you to submit your healthy recipes to by February 28, 2023. Bring your recipe with you to the Women’s Heart Health Luncheon and Learn on February 15th to receive a prize. Those submitted online will be put into a drawing to receive a prize.

Recipes can be meals, snacks, side dishes, desserts, etc.

If you have any questions, please email

Women’s Heart Health Lunch and Learn (Bring Your Own Lunch)

Please join the Women’s Leadership Network Employee Resource Group (ERG) and UWGB Wellness Committee February 15th, 2023 to network and learn more about women’s heart health.  Please bring your lunch and join the event at any time.

11:30AM-12:00PM – Information and Resources

  • American Heart Association Resources
  • What is an AED and where are they on our campus by University Police
  • Healthy eating on campus by Chartwells
  • Exercise at the Kress by UREC
  • Wellness Committee Resources and Challenge (Bring a healthy recipe with and receive a prize, see blog post HERE)

12:00PM-12:30PM – Speakers (Streamed via Teams – please email Lynn Niemi at for the link.)

  • Molly Schroeder, Marketing Specialist at the Brown County Library will share her story of having a heart attack at age 21
  • Paula Fleurant, R.N., M.S, UWGB Alumni and 24 year open heart survivor

12:30PM-1:00PM – Round table discussion and networking

  • Discussion with speakers and networking time.

When: February 15, 2023

Location: 1965 Room in University Union

To request an accommodation or needing additional information, please contact Lynn Niemi at or call 920-465-2849.

Group Fitness Punch Cards

Attend 12 group fitness classes this semester and receive a prize!

Group Fitness morning and lunch hour classes are free for faculty and staff! If you prefer to attend a class in the afternoon/evening, all you have to do is purchase an unlimited membership ($60/semester or $100/year). This can be done online or at the Kress front desk.

View class schedule

To register for classes, please visit or download the UREC app.

Log in with your UWGB email and password. Registration instructions.

Email Alex Wandersee at if you have any questions.

See you in class!

Find Your Authentic Purpose

Purpose and wellness go hand in hand. But purpose isn’t only an idea…it’s a verb, too.

How do you not only discover your purpose, but take action to actually live it? Join Christine Whelan, Ph.D., and your fellow colleagues for an educational session on Authentic Purpose: Why it Matters and How to Make It Happen.

Dr. Whelan is a clinical professor in the Consumer Science Department of the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison, where she is known as the “happy professor.” She teaches on topics of purpose, well-being and personal definitions of success through the life course. She’s the author of five books, including The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life.

Instructions for using this educational session as the well-being activity towards your $150 incentive will be shared at the event.

When? Thursday, February 16th Noon CST

How Do I Register?

Click HERE to register for the event. You’ll have the opportunity to register to attend virtually or in person at the Department of Health Services in Madison.

Start off the year with greater clarity about your purpose.


Well Wisconsin Radio: Purpose and Goals

Well Wisconsin Radio podcast discusses topics of health and wellbeing from experts around the State of Wisconsin.

Purpose and Goals with Health Coach Kari Wray

Focus on your well-being in 2023 by aligning your purpose with your goals. Join Renee Fox, as she talks with a WebMD Health Coach Kari Wray to help you live on purpose this year. Renee will start the conversation with a clip from an interview with Dr. Christine Whelan, author, speaker and clinical professor in the Consumer Science department at the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison, to set the stage on connecting your purpose with your well-being. Then Coach Kari will guide us through steps to use your purpose as motivation for creating and meeting your goals.

Click HERE to listen to the podcast now!

Well Wisconsin in 2023

2023 has started and you can now start thinking about earning your $150 gift card through Well Wisconsin. This year the three activities must be completed by October 13, 2023 to earn the $150 Well Wisconsin gift card.

  • Health Assessment: Complete WebMD ONE’s 10-minute questionnaire.
  • Health Check: Complete one of the following health checks
    • Biometric Screening
    • Dental Exam
    • One Coaching Session
  • Well-Being Activity: Complete one of the many activities WebMD has to offer

Download the mobile app, Wellness at Your Side

  1. Visit the Apple App Store of the Google Play Store and search “Wellness at Your Side”
  2. After downloading and opening the app, enter your Connection Code: SOWI.


Visit the Well Wisconsin portal at

New in 2023 for your gift cards

Starting in 2023, you will have the option to redeem your $150 Well Wisconsin gift card VIRTUALLY, 2 to 3 business days after your three Well Wisconsin activities are marked complete. You will receive an email with instructions to redeem your gift card. If you prefer a physical gift card is mailed to your home, you can select that option and verify your mailing address. If you do not redeem your gift card within 30 days, it will automatically be sent to the address on file with your employer or ETF.