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.

Why is mindfulness important?


We all have stress in our lives.  Regardless of the cause, your body’s reaction to stress can make you more likely to get sick, so finding ways to de-stress is important to your health. Mindfulness can be the key to slowing down and enjoying the moment.

What can mindfulness do for me? 

  • lower stress levels
  • reduce blood pressure
  • help you sleep better
  • improve depression and anxiety symptoms
  • enjoy food more and maintain your weight
  • reduce fatigue and increase energy
  • improve your health
  • better brain function
  • sense of calm

Mindfulness involves paying deliberate attention to the present moment in a nonjudgmental way. By becoming more aware of the present, you can recognize anxious thoughts and free yourself from their grip. When we practice mindfulness at work, we think more clearly.  We respond rather than react.  We take events less personally.

How can I become more mindful?

  • Attend mindfulness sessions on campus led by an expert in this field (click here for details and to sign up to attend one, some, or all 5 sessions being held this spring)
  • Take the 21 day meditation challenge on the StayWell website (click on Programs > Well-Being Activities > 21 Day Meditation Experience)
  • Learn about meditation through videos, articles and quizzes on the StayWell website (click on Programs > The Best Possible You)

The latest research shows you can gain mindfulness benefits anytime by just stretching or taking deep breaths.  Once you learn these techniques, you can practice them on your own to continue reaping the benefits of mindfulness.

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Mindfulness Sessions


Back by popular demand!  Last spring, Reed Hardy lead mindfulness/meditation sessions for employees, which were well received, and employees asked for more!  Thanks to a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds, we are offering five more sessions this spring led by Reed Hardy!  These sessions will be at the Richard Mauthe Center at Noon to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates, and there is no cost to employees to attend:

  • Friday, March 16th
  • Thursday, March 29th
  • Friday, April 13th
  • Thursday, April 26th
  • Friday, May 11th

Please register to attend by clicking on this link: http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3sKmT9dkQ2HOo5L

You can wear your work clothes – no need to change or bring anything with you.  Thank you to the Richard Mauthe Center for sponsoring the room fee!  Please contact the Wellness Committee at wellness@uwgb.edu or ext. 2203 with any questions.

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


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!



Winter Bingo Challenge Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in the winter bingo challenge!  Here are some results:Snowman

  • At least 20 of the 25 bingo card squares checked off: 18 people
  • Department with the most people participating: Continuing Education and Community Engagement (5 people)
  • Building with the most people participating: Cofrin Library (9 people)
  • Most bingo card squares checked off: Karen Peterson

Everyone who submitted their completed bingo card by February 9th will get a small gift for participating (will be sent to you) thanks to a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF).  The biggest winners are those who keep making healthy choices and incorporate wellness into their every day lives throughout the rest of 2018!

Self Defense Workshop on February 28th

BrochureLearn more than skills, learn to EMPOWER yourself!  Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense LLC will be presenting two Self Defense Workshops to UW-Green Bay employees thanks to a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF).

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018


  • 11:00 a.m. to Noon (workshop for women only)
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (workshop for all)

Location: University Union, Room 103

RSVP: wellness@uwgb.edu 

Each workshop is limited to 30 employees, so please email wellness@uwgb.edu to sign-up and indicate which session you prefer (first come, first serve).  Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense LLC will have each participant sign a waiver to participate in the workshop.  It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing, but your work clothes are fine – no need to change for the workshop.

Please contact wellness@uwgb.edu or ext. 2203 with any questions.

On-Site Health Screening on April 25th


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


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.

Winter Break Fitness Challenge – Final Week

During our third and final week of the Winter Break Fitness Challenge, there were 19 entries submitted by employees who exercised at the Kress!  The slip drawn to win a prize for week three is Joan Schaller!  Thanks to everyone who participated in this challenge and exercise at the Kress!  Also, thanks to the Kress Events Center front desk staff, Jeff Krueger, and Aaron Maternowski for their help in making this challenge happen!