Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities, or our planet contribute to our Environmental Wellness.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Programs Available

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Eating vegetables and fruits provides many health benefits, such as providing nutrients, help maintaining healthy blood pressure, reducing risk of some chronic diseases, reducing cholesterol levels, lowering risk of heart disease, and protecting against infections.  As we know, it can be more challenging to eat healthy during winter, so it is important to make a contentious effort.  One way to get more healthy vegetables and fruits in our diet is to participate in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  Two area CSA’s provided us information about their programs (details below), but you can find out about other CSA’s in your local community through a quick internet search or word-of-mouth.

Garden to Doorstep Organics LLC: https://www.gardentodoorsteporganics.com/

  • Information about discount promotion for UW-Green Bay:
  • Garden to Doorstep Organics LLC offers year-around produce, and you can select from two different sizes of fruit only boxes or two different sizes of vegetable/fruit mixed boxes.
  • If enough people sign up, we could have our produce boxes delivered to UWGB each week!  Please click here to sign up by Friday, November 29th.

SLO Farmers Co-Op: https://slofarmersco-op.com/

  • SLO Farmers Co-Op is offering a fall CSA in November and December.  Some items may include winter squash, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, microgreens, onions, potatoes, radish, leeks, Brussel spouts, kohlrabi, beets, and parsnips.  They also have honey, meat and eggs available!

 

 

Backyard Chickens Lunch ‘n Learn held April 30th


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Thank you to Liz Biversie, Agricultural Educator with UW-Madison Division of Extension, for presenting the Backyard Chickens Lunch ‘n Learn on Tuesday, April 30th to 12 employees and students!  She IMG_0238shared a wealth of information including things to think about when considering raising backyard chickens, types of chickens that are good for laying eggs or providing meat, how much space you would need for each chicken, potential predators and diseases, and helpful resources available on the UW-Madison Division of Extension website.

Dr. Ron Kean, UW-Madison Division of Extension Poultry Specialist, also provided knowledgeable IMG_0237answers to our questions.  Monika Pynaker, UWGB Manager of Network Services, shared stories of her much-loved chickens, as well as helpful insight and pictures of her leghorns and their nice chicken coup!  Thank you to everyone who attended as well as Liz, Ron and Monika!

 

Backyard Chickens Lunch ‘n Learn

PicHave you ever wanted to learn more about raising backyard chickens?  UW-Madison Division of Extension Agriculture Educator Liz Binversie will provide some tips and tricks to help start your own backyard flock.  UW-Madison Division of Extension Poultry Specialist, Dr. Ron Kean, will also help answer questions via remote technology.  (Our own Monika Pynaker will also share a little about her experiences raising chickens!)  Please join us for this interesting and fun presentation, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Time: 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Place: 1965 Room, University Union

Presenters: Liz Binversie, Agriculture Educator with UW-Madison Division of Extension & Dr. Ron Kean, UW-Madison Division of Extension Poultry Specialist

RSVP: wellness@uwgb.edu

Note: This lunch ‘n learn was originally scheduled for 3/28/19 and was cancelled, so this is the rescheduled date.

Cancelled: Backyard Chickens Lunch ‘n Learn

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Backyard Chickens Lunch ‘n Learn for Thursday, March 28th has been cancelled.  The Wellness Committee will be looking to reschedule the event for a future date.  Please contact wellness@uwgb.edu with any questions.

 

Have you ever wanted to learn more about raising backyard chickens?  UW-Madison Division of Extension Agriculture Educator Liz Binversie will provide some tips and tricks to help start your own backyard flock.  (Our own Monika Pynaker will also share a little about her experiences raising chickens!)  Please join us for this interesting and fun presentation, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Date: Thursday, March 28th

Time: 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Place: 1965 Room, University Union

Presenter: Liz Binversie, Agriculture Educator with UW-Madison Division of Extension

RSVP: wellness@uwgb.edu

Stick with water today

DrinkWaterMany of the drinks you’ll encounter today contain lots of calories and few, if any, nutrients. Non-diet soft drinks, energy or sports drinks, fancy coffees, and other beverages sweetened with sugar can mean extra pounds over time. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says people consume about 400 calories per day in beverages. So today, try drinking only water, both with and between meals.

Sticking with zero-calorie water is an easy way to cut calories and get a jump on your weight-management goals. Plus, water is usually an inexpensive option. Drink water from the tap at home—it’s the cheapest way to stay hydrated. When you’re headed out and about, fill a water bottle and toss it into your bag or backpack. You can refill it throughout the day. Bonus: You’ll help the environment by reducing waste.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Choose three things to donate or throw away

DonateHave you ever felt overwhelmed by your stuff? Maybe your kitchen cupboards are packed with unused gadgets and servingware (how did you end up with two blenders?). Or maybe it’s your closet that’s the problem—it’s so stuffed with clothes, shoes, and other belongings that it’s hard to find what you’re looking for.

Most of us have far more possessions than we need or even want. Why not cut back on the clutter and choose three things from your home to donate or throw away? If the item may be useful to someone else, set it aside for a charity or resale shop. If it’s broken or useless, throw it out. Getting rid of even a few items can reduce clutter, help you get organized, and help you feel more in control of your environment—and your life!

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Also, don’t forget about the Campus Cupboard in Rose Hall, room 140: https://www.uwgb.edu/cupboard/

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

UW-Extension Classes on Horticulture

VegetableGardenBrown County UW-Extension is offering classes on gardening and horticulture this spring.  Here are some of the interesting and helpful topics:

  • Seed Starting
  • Pruning (fruit trees, shade trees and shrubs)
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Composting
  • Native Prairie Plants to Attract Pollinators
  • Growing Blueberries in Containers

Classes are led by an expert in that field, last a little over an hour, and most are held at the Green Bay Botanical Garden.  There is a cost to attend these classes and preregistration is encouraged.  Please click on this link for details.

Wellness Email Newsletter

Do you want to stay in-the-loop when it comes to wellness?  Sign up for the UW-Green Bay Wellness email newsletter on the Human Resources website under Wellness (http://www.uwgb.edu/human-resources/benefits/wellness/).  You would receive an email every other week or so, with information about wellness events and activities, recipes, articles, etc.  Over 30 employees have signed up already!  Thanks to Kimberly Vlies and Jen Schanen for their work setting up the wellness email newsletter!

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