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Spinal Health Lunch ‘n Learn

Back-painA representative from DeLorey Chiropractic will present this Lunch ‘n Learn about our spinal health and how to improve overall mobility.  They presented this Lunch ‘n Learn in June 2019 and the attendees commented how helpful the presentation was.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Time: 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Location: Alumni Room, University Union

Please click here to  RSVP by Monday, November 18th.

DeLorey Chiropractic will also provide free chair massages for those in attendance!

Questions?  Please contact wellness@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2203.  Hope to see you there!

Hide the Snacks!

It may be time to do a little redecorating at home! This doesn’t require moving the couch, but rather, making some simple changes in your environment that can help you eat less.

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An article in the Annual Review of Nutrition details how factors such as food storage and placement can affect how much we eat. For example, the less effort it takes to get food, the more we munch. Large portions and packages also may lead to overindulging, several studies suggest.

Here are some ways to help you put these findings to good use:

  • Stow away sweets and other temptations in a high cupboard.
  • Don’t place serving bowls on the table during meals, since they encourage seconds.
  • Replace the cookie jar with a bowl of fruit.
  • Inside the fridge, disguise unhealthy foods in foil and push them toward the back.
  • Move smaller bowls and plates to the front of the cabinet, so you can use them for everyday eating.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

New York Strip Steak Salad

(Gluten-free)

A 3-ounce serving of the best steak possible is the centerpiece of this large salad. Cook the steak on an indoor, 2-sided contact electric grill.

  • About 1 pound New York strip steak, about 1 inch thicksteaksalad
  • 6 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 4 radishes, sliced
  • 2/3 cup slivered red onion
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 2 cups steamed and chilled broccoli florets

Heat grill to high. Rub a New York strip steak with crushed black pepper. Grill steak to desired doneness—about 5 minutes for rare (internal temperature of about 130°F) to 8 minutes for well-done (160°F). Let steak rest before slicing.

Arrange vegetables on 4 dinner plates. Spray lightly with olive oil and vinegar or use a light bottled vinaigrette dressing. Slice steak on a diagonal, trimming any fat. Divide equally among salad plates. Top with herbed horseradish cream sauce and serve.

Without the salad dressing, each serving contains about 270 calories, 28 g protein, 14 g fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 94 mg sodium, and 9 g carbohydrates.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

WRS Webinars Offered in November and December

ETF (Department of Employee Trust Funds) 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. Visit their webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6177398674628200193

Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. We’ll review: choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate – and how to read and understand it. We’ll also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and – drum roll here — how to submit the retirement application.

  • Fri, Nov 1, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 7, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Nov 13, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon, Nov 18, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Additional Contributions

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7275365489430033666

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 2, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Dec 12, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Dec 17, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Choosing When to Retire

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2991479070862002947

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.

  • Fri, Nov 1, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thu, Nov 14, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 21, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov 26, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Dec 5, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Dec 10, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Dec 17, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 

How to Use ETF’s Online Retirement Calculator
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4105621899758973185

ETF’s online retirement calculator, one of the most-used tools on our website, allows you to calculate an unofficial projection of your WRS retirement benefit at any point in the future. This webinar will cover where to find and how to use the calculator, specific information required for data entry (e.g., desired retirement date, spouse or partner’s birthdate, etc.) and how to interpret the results. There will be time at the end of the webinar to ask specific questions on this topic.

  • Wed, Nov 6, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 14, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 21, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 

Preparing for Your Retirement
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7855498608381434113

Who should attend? Employees who are planning to retire in the next 1 – 10 years.

Learn about your steps to retire with the WRS. Attend this event by live webinar! You will learn about the impact of contributions and investment returns on your account, when you can retire, your WRS annuity options, returning to work after you retire, what happens to your account when you die, health and life insurance, and more.

Questions are welcome during and after the event!

  • Wed, Nov 13, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

Retirement Annuity Options
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5945279676239897346

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 4, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Dec 10, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thu, Dec 19, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Variable Fund
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2212152925566071297

In this webinar we will discuss the Variable Fund – what it is, how it differs from the Core Fund, and the effect participation in this fund may have on your retirement benefit calculations. We will also discuss how to elect to participate in the Variable Fund, how to cancel Variable participation, and the impact the timing of these decisions may have on your Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.

  • Thu, Nov 7, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov 12, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Mon, Nov 25, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register for a webinar

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

Title & Total Compensation Project Open Forums – November, 2019

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The University of Wisconsin System has embarked on a complete redesign of its current classification and compensation structure. The goal of the Title & Total Compensation Project is to modernize the existing title and compensation programs which will, in turn, attract and retain the best talent for the organization.

Initial job mapping is wrapping up on the UW-Green Bay campus, and the next step will be employee-manager conversations starting in December, 2019. During these meetings, employees will discuss their mapped title and associated standard job description with their manager. Employees will receive their proposed job title information prior to their meeting with their manager (likely in late November), and the full title library will also be posted publicly around this same time. Employee feedback and questions are appropriate, valid, and expected during these employee-manager conversations.

If you are interested in learning about the background and history of the project, current status, and additional information about the employee-manager conversations, please consider attending one of the November open forums, scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Christie Theatre
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Christie Theatre

No need to RSVP, just mark your calendar to attend!  Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

Break Your Snooze Button Addiction

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When your alarm goes off, do you slap the snooze button again and again for just a few more minutes of glorious sleep? Actually, that extra sleep isn’t so great. It’s not long or deep enough to do any good. And it can make it harder to get going when you do finally get up. You can break the snooze habit! Read these tips. Make a plan today to put them into action. When your alarm goes off tomorrow, you just might find it easier to get up.

  • Focus on the reason you need to wake up. Use it as motivation to get moving.
  • Move the alarm clock away from the bed, so you need to get up to turn it off.
  • Try a sleep tracker alarm that wakes you in a lighter stage of sleep.
  • Go to bed earlier. Even 15 minutes each night could be what you need to get better, deeper sleep.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Herbed Horseradish Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour creamhorseradishsauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, cilantro, or other fresh herb

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle on steak.

Serves 4

Each serving contains about 23 calories, less than 1 g protein, 2 g fat, 6 mg cholesterol, less than 1 g fiber, 19 mg sodium, and 1 g carbohydrates.

To make this recipe gluten-free, use only spices or condiments that are gluten-free.  Read food labels carefully and contact the company if you have any questions.

Meat, poultry, and fish intake should be limited to 1 to 2 servings per day.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

HR System update will provide easier access

HUMAN RESOURCE SYSTEM UPDATE WILL GIVE EMPLOYEES EASIER ACCESS TO SELF SERVICE PAGES AND RESOURCES

***Please note that there will be an HR system outage starting Friday, November 1st at the end of the business day through mid-day on Sunday, November 3rd for this update, so self-service features in our My UW portal will not be available during this time, such as Web Clock, Timesheet, absence reporting, access to earnings statements, access to TAM job application service, and updates to personal information.***

Starting on November 3, 2019, a Human Resource System (HRS) update will provide UW employees with easier access to HR related Self Service pages and resources through simplified navigation.

Navigating to Self Service Pages
Navigation from the MyUW portal to HR related Self Service pages will not change. Employees can continue to choose portal tiles related to Payroll, Benefits, Time and Absence, etc., to navigate to Self Service pages.

Employee Self Service Home Page
To simplify navigation for employees, once in Self Service, there will be no need for an employee to navigate back to the portal to choose a different HR related tile to complete an additional task.

Now, conveniently located within Self Service, there will be a home button on the top right of each page that takes users to the Employee Self Service home page. This home page provides a collection of tiles for navigating to Self Service pages relating to Payroll, Benefits, Time and Absence, etc. By clicking a tile, an employee will have access to the pages pertaining to that topic and related tasks, without the need to leave the Self Service environment.

Navigation Within Self Service Pages
Self Service pages now include a convenient left side bar with tabs to other related Self Service pages. This allows the user to navigate between pages within that specific Self Service environment.

Help Resources
Help resources will be available on all Self Service pages by clicking the action menu (three stacked dots) on the top right of each page. These are the same help resources that will continue to be available through the MyUW portal and on the UW Service Operations home page.

Additional Changes
While the functionality of all Self Service pages remains the same, some employees may see pages with slightly different layouts, titles or features. These employees will be notified of these changes through a direct email that will be distributed the week of October 28, 2019.

Source: UW-Shared Services, Service Operations

Title & Total Compensation Project eLearning Module

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The University of Wisconsin (UW) is embarking on a complete redesign of its current classification and compensation structure. The goal of the Title and Total Compensation Project is to develop new systems that will enable institutions to continue to attract and retain the best talent.

As a part of comprehensive communication efforts, UW System has recently released an eLearning module for employees and managers. Please click below to access the module, which will take about 30 minutes to complete:

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To access available videos related to the T&TC Project, please see this blog post.

For up-to-date information about the Title & Total Compensation Project, please see the UW System Title & Total Compensation Project website and the UW-Green Bay October 2019 blog post.  Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the UW System FAQ page.

Aim for 10,000 Steps!

You know that physical activity is good for you, and that walking is an easy, low-impact way to get moving. But how far do you need to walk before you start seeing benefits? And what exactly are the benefits of walking?

The National Institutes of Health recommend you take about 10,000 steps a day, which shakes out to roughly 5 miles. That may sound like a lot, but remember, you don’t have to do it all at once.

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If 10,000 steps a day seems daunting, it’s OK to ease into it. First, use a step tracker for a few days without trying to change anything. This gives you a baseline for your fitness. If you currently take 5,000 or fewer steps a day, aim to increase by about 3,000 at most. Start working toward 10,000 steps today!

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC