Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers to make positive impact on the organization we work in and to society as a whole.

Well Wisconsin Incentive Deadline is October 19, 2018

Incentive

Have you earned your $150 incentive yet?  Employees and their spouses enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance program are eligible to participate, and you have until Friday, October 19, 2018.

1. Log into the StayWell website (https://wellwisconsin.staywell.com/).

2. Click on My Progress in the middle of the menu bar.  This will show the three steps needed to get your $150 incentive and your progress.  (Please note that it may take up to three business days for activities to show as completed.)

3. Health Screening: If you haven’t yet completed your health screening, you can ask you doctor to complete a Health Care Provider form during your annual physical, but you must have it completed and submitted by October 19, 2018.  If you completed your health screening at UW-Green Bay on April 25, 2018 or September 21, 2018, you have completed the Health Screening step.

4. Health Assessment: Click “Go Here” in the Health Assessment box and complete the questionnaire (it takes about 10 minutes).

5. Well-Being Activity: Click “Go Here” in the Well-Being Activity box to see your options.  The easiest and quickest option is to complete the Health Benefits and Preventative Care Quiz.  Another option is to complete 20 daily challenges found in Daily Dash emails that you receive each morning – the challenges will help improve your fitness, sleep, stress level, and nutrition.

After you have completed all three steps, you will get an email asking you to make your gift card selection on the StayWell website.  Please note that it may take up to three business days for activities to show as completed.  Please follow the steps in your email to select the way you want to receive your $150 incentive, and make sure to complete this step by October 31, 2018. You’ll have the option to have the gift card mailed to you or you can choose to have it instantly sent to you via an email code and then download the gift card to your phone or computer to be used for online purchases and at some local retailers.

Both you and your spouse can earn the $150 incentive if you are enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance.  The $150 gift cards are taxable income.  Make sure to use your gift card before it expires.  If you need help with logging into the StayWell website, please contact them at 1-800-821-6591 or wellwisconsin@staywell.com.  The deadline is Friday, October 19, 2018.

Annual Benefits Enrollment: October 1 – 26, 2018

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The Annual Benefits Enrollment (ABE) period, October 1 – 26, is the only annual opportunity you have to make changes to most of your benefits unless you have an eligible life event (family status or employment change) during the year.  Changes made during ABE are effective January 1, 2019.

Watch for emails regarding benefits changes and your enrollment opportunities. The emails will be sent beginning in mid-September from the address: UWSystemHR@uwsa.edu.  You will also receive benefits-related emails from our office before and during ABE.

There are several things you can do now to prepare for ABE:

  1. Review your current benefits and visit the ABE website (wisconsin.edu/abe) for a preview of 2019 benefits changes.
  2. Plan to attend your Benefits Fair on Tuesday, October 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at UW-Green Bay University Union Phoenix room to meet with health plan representatives and other benefits vendors.  For a list of fairs throughout the UW System, see: UW System Benefits Fairs.
  3. Plan ahead if you currently participate in a plan that requires re-enrollment each year to continue participation.  Plans include:
    • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) including Health Care FSA, Dependent Day Care FSA and Limited Purpose FSA
    • Health Savings Account (HSA) requires that you enroll every year you are enrolled in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)
    • State Group Health Insurance Opt-Out Incentive
  4. Talk to ALEX, an online personalized benefits counselor designed to simplify your ABE benefits election process. Through a series of easy, intuitive questions, ALEX will walk you through benefits options and suggest appropriate plans based on your answers. You can access ALEX here: http://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/alex.

Stop in to a Benefit Open Lab to have your Annual Benefit Enrollment (October 1 – 26) questions answered or to get help with your eBenefits online election process from one of our Benefits Specialists.

UW-Green Bay Open Labs: Instructional Services building, Room 1004

  • Thursday, October 4: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 11: 8:00 – 9:00 am
  • Wednesday, October 17: 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Monday, October 22: 9:00 – 10:00 am
  • Thursday, October 25: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, October 26: 9:00 – 11:00 am

UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Open Labs:

  • Wednesday, October 3: 9:00 – 11:00 am, Room F201
  • Thursday, October 18: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Room F139

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Open Labs:

  • Thursday, October 4: 9:00 – 11:00 am, Room L-121
  • Wednesday, October 24: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Room L-121

UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Open Labs:

  • Wednesday, October 3: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Room 3103
  • Thursday, October 18: 9:00 – 11:00 am, Room 1207

If you have questions, please contact payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

Flu Shot Clinic

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Fight the flu this season by getting your annual flu shot!  StayWell is offering a flu shot clinic during our Benefits & Wellness Fair. Flu shots are free and voluntary for all employees and spouses who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: University Union, Phoenix Rooms

The shot will vaccinate against the four most likely causes of flu illness during the upcoming season, including the H1N1- strain of influenza.

The vaccine is not preservative free and is not recommended for the following individuals:

  • Those allergic to eggs or egg products
  • Those who are sensitive to the mercury-based preservative thimerosal
  • Those who have an active neurological disorder
  • Those with a fever, acute respiratory or other active infection or illness

If you are pregnant, you should receive the vaccine directly from your physician.

Pre-registration required. No walk-ins, cash payments or insurance payments accepted. To register for your flu shot appointment, log into the StayWell wellness portal at wellwisconsin.staywell.com and click on Programs, then Learn More on the Flu Shot Clinics box, and then Register Now.  Scroll through the list of available clinics and look for the October 9th clinic at UWGB and click Register.  Then select your preferred time, and complete the registration process.  You will receive a confirmation email.

What if I am not eligible or available to make the flu shot clinic offered by StayWell?  The UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health Center offers flu shots to employees at a cost of $25, which can be paid by cash or check.  You can call them at ext. 2380 to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and you should have your Campus ID card ready when you call to schedule your appointment.

For more information about the flu shot, visit: cdc.gov/flu.

Please contact us at wellness@uwgb.edu or ext. 2203 if you have any questions about the Flu Shot clinic.

Annual Benefits & Wellness Fair

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Mark your calendar to attend the Annual UW-Green Bay Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair!

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Time: 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Where: University Union Phoenix Rooms

Please stop by to talk with vendors about your benefits and wellness, help yourself to some refreshments and goodies, and get helpful information as you consider options for the annual It’s Your Choice benefit enrollment period.  This year’s annual benefits enrollment period is October 1st – 26th.  There will also be a flu shot clinic during the fair.

Representatives from the following organizations will be looking forward to talking with you during the fair: Aging & Disability Resource Center, Aurora, Chartwells, Cornerstone Chiropractic, UWGB Counseling & Health Services, Curative Connections, Dean Health, Delta Dental, Edvest College Savings Plan, Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), Fidelity, Foundation Chiropractic, Green Bay Custom Health, Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense, Kress Events Center, Massage Envy, Navitus, Network Health, UWGB Public Safety, Rediscover Yourself Energy Sound Healing, Reflexology, Robin with HealthPartners, Securian Life Insurance, Social Security, StayWell, T. Rowe Price, TASC, TIAA-CREF, United Health Care, Unity Hospice, UW-Credit Union, VSP, WEA Trust, UWGB Wellness Committee, Wisconsin Deferred Compensation, YMCA Green Bay, and Zurich.

Questions? Please contact us at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

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Thank you to Tony Decker and Dave Jones of Public Safety, as well as representatives of UWGB ROTC and Vets 4 Vets for sharing military and protective services items for display, being on hand during the event, and putting up the posters on each level which served as a poignant reminder.  Thank you also to Elaina Koltz and Lisa Schmelzer for handing out flag pins and providing encouragement to walkers, and to the Wellness Committee for providing refreshments.

Summer Yoga Challenge Wraps Up

This summer, 12 employees completed the Yoga Challenge by attending free yoga classes at the Kress Events Center over the lunch hour. Thank you to Alex Reichenberger, Fitness Coordinator (and excellent Yoga Instructor!) at the Kress, for coordinating this challenge!  The employees who completed this challenge will select an incentive prize, compliments of the Department of Employee Trust Funds wellness grant!

Do you have any ideas for another Wellness Challenge?  Please email wellness@uwgb.edu with your ideas or comments.

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Tense up to relax today

Stress is often written all over your body: Your brow is furrowed, your lips are pursed, your shoulders are up by your ears, and your back is hunched. Using a method called progressive relaxation helps release tension throughout your body, inducing a more relaxed state. You can practice this technique by tensing one muscle group at a time for ten seconds and then letting it go. If you’re pressed for time, try this quickie version that tackles all muscle groups at once today:

  • Sit or lie comfortably.
  • Clench both fists, bend both arms, tense your biceps and legs, close your eyes, scrunch your face, bring your shoulders up to your ears and tense your stomach muscles.
  • Hold for about five seconds and then release, letting go of the tension and allowing all of your muscles to go limp.

As you do this, keep the idea of relaxation in the forefront of your mind.

Rely on friends. Make sure you have a strong support system of friends and family who can help you when you’re stressed. Talking with someone you trust about your stress can help you work through it. Without the support of others, stress can be even worse.

Remember, you can’t tackle everything at once. If you take things one task at a time, one day at a time, you’ll see progress and feel less stress.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

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On-Site Health Screening on September 21st

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: Friday, September 21, 2018StayWellProg

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

Room: Phoenix Room in University Union

Register on the StayWell website and click on the Programs tab, then Health Screening, and Onsite Appointments.  Then you can search by zip code (ex. 54311), and select UW-Green Bay.

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 on the StayWell website.

STEP 2: Complete the StayWell health assessment** on the StayWell website.

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

STEP 3: Complete a Well-Being Activity through StayWell. After logging into the StayWell website, 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 the StayWell website.

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

*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.

Move your body once every hour

stretching_at_deskHave you ever hunched over your desk in the same position for three hours without realizing it? After you finally snap out of your mental task, your body feels stressed, stiff, and stuck.

Sometimes we get so caught up in what we’re doing—especially at work—that we don’t notice how our bodies feel. Today give your body the attention it deserves. Check in with your body once every hour to move, reset your batteries, and become more mindful and present.

During these check-ins, change your posture. Take notice of where it feels like tension may be rising—maybe your back, shoulders, or neck. Consciously relax these areas of your body and then stretch them, slowly and gently. Don’t bounce or jerk. Hold the stretch for five to 20 seconds. Breathe deeply, slowly, and regularly. Then stand up straight and walk around to loosen up. Your body and mind will thank you for it. Set a timer if you need a reminder to do it.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC