Fiscal Wellness

Fiscal wellness is the ability to understand our financial situation. This involves being able to control and maintain a balance of income and expenditures. It is important to make financial decisions that allow one to save, invest and plan for the future.

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.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Consider making the simple recipe below today! You can make this tasty dish without added fat or salt. Your whole body—not just your taste buds—could thank you.

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  • 2 (1 lb.) large potatoes, peeled, quartered
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 cloves garlic, large, chopped
  • ½ tsp. white pepper

Directions

  1. Cook potatoes, covered, in small amount of boiling water for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Drain and recover.
  2. Meanwhile, in small saucepan over low heat, cook garlic in milk until soft (about 30 minutes).
  3. Add milk-garlic mixture and white pepper to potatoes. Beat with electric mixer on low speed, or mash with potato masher, until smooth.

Yield: 4 servings.

Each serving provides: Calories: 142, Total fat: <1 g, Saturated fat: <1 g, Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 69 mg, Total fiber: 2 g, Protein: 6 g, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Potassium: 577 mg

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Onsite Health Screening on April 25th – more time slots added

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Did you try to register for a health screening on April 25th, only to find out that all the time slots were already full?  Well Wisconsin was able to add 40 more time slots, so please log in to the StayWell website if you would like to register for a health screening.

There will also be another onsite health screening on Friday, September 21, 2018 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, and registration is open for this date as well.

Please review this blog post for details: https://blog.uwgb.edu/hr/2018/02/on-site-health-screening-on-april-25th/

Please contact us at wellness@uwgb.edu or ext. 2203 if you have any questions.

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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On-Site Health Screening on April 25th

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Register now for your on-site health screening! 

Discover your numbers – A free health screening* event has been scheduled at UW-Green Bay for employees (and spouses) who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

At an on-site screening, you’ll learn your measurements for blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol (HDL, LDL, and total), triglycerides and glucose, and be in and out in 20 minutes.

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Room: Phoenix Room in University Union

Register at wellwisconsin.staywell.com and click on the Programs tab, then Health Screening, and Onsite Appointments.

Earn your $150 Well Wisconsin Incentive

Complete three steps by October 19, 2018 to earn the $150** Well Wisconsin incentive.

STEP 1: Get a health screening*

Attend an employer sponsored event or if you plan to see your health care provider, ask them to complete the Health Care Provider Form, available at wellwisconsin.staywell.com.

STEP 2: Complete the StayWell health assessment** at wellwisconsin.staywell.com.

It takes about 10 minutes and is mobile and tablet friendly!  After logging into wellwisconsin.staywell.com, click on Health Assessment at the top right.

STEP 3: Complete a Well-Being Activity through StayWell. After logging into wellwisconsin.staywell.com, click on Well-Being Activity at the top right.

For more information on on-site health screenings or the Well Wisconsin Program, log in to wellwisconsin.staywell.com.

NOTE: You must register ahead of time for this health screening – they do not allow walk-ins that day.

There is another on-site health screening event at UWGB on Friday, September 21, 2018, for the 2018 Well Wisconsin incentive.  You can register for this event at wellwisconsin.staywell.com as well.

*Health information, including responses to the health assessment, are protected by federal law and will never be shared with ETF, the Group Health Insurance Program or your employer.

**All wellness incentives paid to participants of the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program by StayWell are considered taxable income to the group health plan subscriber and are reported to your employer for tax purposes.

Well Wisconsin Webinar: 2018 Program Overview and Portal Demo

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Make this the year you focus on your health and well-being. Join us to learn all about the 2018 Well Wisconsin Program and resources available to assist you, including how to earn your $150 incentive!

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Time: 12:00 to 12:30 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 Wellness Webinars to register.

All webinars are recorded and available to Well Wisconsin Program participants on the StayWell wellness portal after the event date.

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

SECC- Final Days to Give!

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To those of you who have already given, congratulations we are nearly to our 2017 goal!  If you haven’t had the chance to participate there is no better time than now!  We are nearly to our goal and with just a $1 a pay period contribution you can help ensure we meet that goal by the end of the month!  Remember the campaign ends on November 30th so there is only one day left to give!    Donate Today, Don’t Delay!

If every person eligible to participate in the campaign donated just $1 a pay check for a year we would raise over $698,000!  While $1 a pay period may not seem like a lot to you, collectively it can mean a world of difference to those in need!

The SECC Statewide is a workplace giving campaign that offers you the opportunity to donate to one or more of the more than 400 charities that participate via payroll contribution, check or cash.  Giving through your work place is as easy as ever!

 

Not sure how much to give?  See below for what $1 a pay check can do:

  • $1 a pay check provides an individual diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes with a cookbook to help them learn what and how to eat to manage everyday living. (Community Health Charities of Wisconsin)
  • $1 a pay check pays for a low-income family’s membership in our CSWA through our Food-to-Share fund. (Community Shares)
  • $1 a pay check provides a set of guidebooks and hiking trail maps for the more than 30 public preserves for the use of school groups during their visits. (EarthShare Wisconsin)

 

Again, it’s quick and simple!  I encourage you to log in and consider making a contribution because every dollar really does make a difference.

The campaign runs through November 30th.  If you have questions or would prefer paper materials, please call 608.256.1066.

To make your pledge online (please note, the online tool is only for state employees who work outside Dane or Milwaukee counties):

  • Go to seccstatewide.wi.gov
  • Click on the link for State employees
  • To register click on ‘Yes’ under “Is this your first time logging into this system?” (if you used the system last year, please click on ‘No’ and use your username and password from last year).
  • Choose your department and fill out the information to register.
  • Follow the instructions on the website to complete your pledge.
  • If you would like to give via cash or check or would prefer paper materials, please call 608.256.1066.

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Webinars Offered in December

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ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions.

Additional Contributions

Find out how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase your retirement. This webinar also provides examples of how contributions grow over time with interest, how to pay additional contributions (payroll deduction or direct pay), etc.

  • Mon, Dec 4, 2017 11:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m
  • Thu, Dec 14, 2017 11:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m
  • Tue, Dec 19, 2017 12:00 p.m – 12:30 p.m

 

Choosing When to Retire

This webinar will focus primarily on choosing your optimal termination and WRS benefit effective dates. The focus will include not only the “December versus January” decision, but also how retirement timing at any point during the year can affect your retirement annuity amount and other employee retirement benefits as well.

  • Tue, Nov 21, 2017 11:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m
  • Thu, Nov 30, 2017 11:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m
  • Tue, Dec 5, 2017 11:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m
  • Mon, Dec 11, 2017 12:30 p.m – 1:00 p.m
  • Tue, Dec 12, 2017 6:00 p.m – 6:30 p.m
  • Thu, Dec 21, 2017 12:00 p.m – 12:30 p.m

 

Beneficiary Designations-What Happens to My Account When I Die?

Do you have a beneficiary designation on file with ETF and does it reflect how you’d want your WRS death benefits paid? This webinar reviews the importance of having a beneficiary designation on file and keeping it updated as life events occur. We’ll also review the process of how to correctly complete a designation form, what it means if you do not have one on file with ETF, and how to request a copy of your current form. 

  • Tue, Dec 5, 2017 12:30 p.m – 1:00 p.m
  • Fri, Dec 8, 2017 11:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m
  • Tue, Dec 12, 2017 11:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m
  • Mon, Dec 18, 2017 12:00 p.m – 12:30 p.m

 

Retirement Annuity Options

Choosing a WRS annuity option is one of the most important decisions you will face. This webinar will cover all of the WRS annuity options and help you understand them so that you can make an informed decision. We will also explain the important differences between a beneficiary and a named survivor.

  • Wed, Dec 13, 2017 6:00 p.m – 6:30 p.m
  • Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:30 p.m – 1:00 p.m
  • Wed, Dec 20, 2017 11:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m
  • Thu, Dec 21, 2017 11:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m

 

 Register for a webinar

Please contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu with any questions.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program can help employees pay off their student loans.  This program forgives the remaining balance on qualified federal loans after borrowers have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer, such as the University of Wisconsin System.  Further information can be found at the Department of Education website at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.StudentLoan

There are a number of federal income-based repayment plans, including the Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan (PAYE) and the Revised Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan (REPAYE), both of which has monthly payments of ten percent of discretionary income (the difference between your annual income and 150% of the poverty guideline for your family size). Whether the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is right for an individual can vary.  A student loan borrower needs to work for ten years in a public service qualifying employer to receive the loan forgiveness benefit.  Therefore, for many borrowers, the standard 10-year repayment option may be the best option and examining the total cost of different federal repayment options can be helpful.

The above information was provided by the UW-System Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

The Department of Education recommends that if you would like to qualify for this program now or in the future, you would complete the Employment Certification form as soon as possible. You would complete sections 1 and 2 of this form, as well as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness fax cover sheet (https://uwservice.wisconsin.edu/docs/publications/voe-uws-pslf-request.pdf), and fax or mail (don’t email due to the confidential information on the form) the forms to the UW-Service Center.