News and Announcements from the Office of Human Resources
Category: 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.
Brown County UW-Extension is offering classes on gardening and horticulture this spring. Here are some of the interesting and helpful topics:
Pruning (fruit trees, shade trees and shrubs)
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.
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!
Bicycle Benefits teams up with area businesses to offer discounts for biking around the United States. Purchase a $5 sticker and take advantage of great discounts, including 20% off at The Phoenix Bookstore (see store for details). During June, participates may also play Bike Bingo. Get your card at the store, ride around collecting stamps at area businesses and win great prizes!
The Wellness Committee decided that any employee who participates in this challenge and gets at least one playing card will be entered in a drawing for prizes, so it’s not too late to get out there and discover the beautiful areas around our campus! Your body and mind will feel better after a brisk walk or run.
After you have gotten your final playing card during week five, turn in all your playing cards at the Human Resources (CL 710) or Kress Events Center front desk by Friday, May 12th to be entered in the drawing. If you collected a card each of the five weeks, we’ll see how your poker hand plays against the other hands, and announce who won the game!
Professor Heidi Fencl shared excellent information (as well as her delicious chocolate zucchini cake!) with 13 employees at the June 1st Straw Bale Gardening Lunch ‘n Learn. We are excited to start our straw bale gardens and enjoy fresh vegetables picked right in our yard this summer!
Straw bale gardens are a great way to grow fresh produce for people with soil, space, or time limitations. They take some set up in the spring, but then largely care for themselves over the rest of the summer. A single bale can support two tomato plants or 30 bean plants, or 3 potato plants, so even one or two bales can provide a nice garden. Come to this session if you would like to learn more about setting up and maintaining a straw bale garden of your own.
Heidi Fencl is a Professor in the Physics department at UW-Green Bay. She has a 24 bale garden this year and is looking forward to fresh green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes!
Barbara Tomashek-Ditter and Amanda Wildenberg win prizes for their participation in wellness events.
Logging an impressive 94.1 miles, the equivalent of 21 hours and 5 minutes of exercise since the beginning of 2015, Barbara Tomashek-Ditter has proven her dedication to wellness. She was randomly selected as the winner of a water bottle for her participation in the Step Into Spring Challenge. Congratulations Barbara!
After registering for the Bellin 10K Run, an event being held on June 13th in Green Bay, Amanda Wildenberg was randomly chosen to win a chic Bellin Run sweatshirt. Congratulations Amanda!
Protecting the environment is an important part of environmental wellness because it ensures access to clean water and air, but access to the natural environment also provides less tangible health benefits. A growing body of scientific research is showing that interacting with nature has positive and long-lasting health benefits including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and improvements in mental health. Vicki Medland from The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity will discuss some of the new research on wellness and environment and talk about some of the best places to enjoy the outdoors on our UW—Green Bay natural areas.
Vicki Medland is the Associate Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity where she works with UWGB students, faculty and staff, and community members on biodiversity related projects and teaches courses in environmental science. She has a PhD. in Ecology from the University of Georgia and is on the Board of Directors for the Ridges Sanctuary in Door County.
When: December 4, 2014
Where: 1965 Room at the University Union
Time: 12:15 – 1:00PM
Facilitator: Raymond Reed Hardy, Ph.D.
Raymond Reed Hardy, Ph.D. is a retired Psychology Professor from St. Norbert College and is an author of four books including: Zen, Zen Master: Practical Zen by an American for Americas (2000) and Zen Student: Remember Live Right Now! (2006).