Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. The ability to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine checkups, balance diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal Physical Wellness.

Annual Benefits & Wellness Fair held on October 9th

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Benefits & Wellness Fair on Tuesday, October 9th!  About 44 vendors were on hand to help with our questions and provide information and hand outs, and over 200 employees and retirees attended.

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Of the 32 drawing entries at the Wellness table, we randomly selected 5 winners to pick out a wellness prize:

  • Laura Delikowski
  • Jennifer Schwahn
  • Laura Sinclair
  • Mary Valitchka
  • Amanda Wildenberg

Also, Kimberly Vlies won the VSP drawing prize, and Jana Fogaca won the Garden to Doorstep Organics box of fruits and vegetables!

Well Wisconsin Webinar – Managing Time, Managing Stress

What better season to talk about stress and time management than around the holidays? Stop feeling excess pressure, anxiety, and stress, and be in control of your life with ideas you can implement now. It’s about you this holiday season.

Learn about:ThanksgivingBusy

  • The effects of long term stress on our health
  • Stress and time management techniques
  • How to manage holiday stress

Date: Wednesday, November 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.

 

Flip Around Your Mattress Today for Better Sleep Tonight

Bed

Most manufacturers recommend flipping and rotating your mattress every so often in order for it to last its full life expectancy, but you’re not alone if you tend to skip this chore. Tonight is the night. If you want to sleep better, don’t put it off any longer. You deserve to rest on a mattress that’s comfortable and supportive.

Newer mattresses only have one “sleeping side,” so there’s no need to flip them over. But rotating your mattress on a regular schedule is just as important. You should rotate your mattress every three months. And don’t forget your box spring. It should be rotated, not flipped, every six months. You may just find that new spot on the mattress is just what you needed for a better night’s sleep.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Avoid Late-Night Eating

FridgeNightTossing and turning while everyone else is asleep? Maybe that late-night meal is to blame. Heavy foods too close to bedtime can leave you restless in bed. What’s more, eating large meals late at night may also lead to packing on unwanted pounds. If you find yourself hungry before bedtime tonight, don’t reach for that leftover pizza. Instead, have a light snack. For instance, try yogurt, carrots with hummus, a banana, or a handful of almonds. Avoid indulging in greasy and spicy foods.

Still not convinced? Eating too much before you hit the hay can also lead to acid reflux and indigestion. For a more satisfying slumber, think twice the next time you consider having that “fourth meal,” and opt for a small amount of lighter fare instead!

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

 

 

Use the right form when walking today

bright-fall-colors-hiking-trailYou probably give little thought to walking. Whether we’re hurrying to work or strolling outdoors, we walk so often we do it automatically, without paying attention to what we’re doing—except when we’re injured, sore, or wearing uncomfortable shoes. While mindless walking may be the go-to most of the time, using proper form when you walk for exercise will help you reduce the risk for injury and make for a better workout.

Start by wearing sturdy, comfortable shoes. Walk with your toes pointed forward, not out or in. Take comfortable steps, aiming to let the heels of your feet touch the ground first (instead of walking on your toes). Keep your shoulders back and your chin up, scanning the horizon and letting your arms swing naturally as you stroll. Practice this today.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

 

Listen to a sleep podcast today

SleepWe’ve all been there—nodding off during a slow movie or a particularly long meeting. It’s no secret that boredom can help induce sleep, even at inconvenient times. So if you have trouble dropping off, why not try the latest in fall-asleep strategies and listen to a sleep-inducing podcast? The aural opposite of a page-turner, these podcasts are typically dull in subject matter and delivery. The idea is that listening to a boring subject distracts your brain from the things you might ordinarily be thinking of, letting you relax into sleep. Search for “sleep podcast” to find lots of options. Listen to one tonight, and you may find that the next thing you know, it’s morning!

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

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.

Flu Shot Clinic

FluShot

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.