StayWell Portal Change

StayWell, the administrator for the Well Wisconsin Program, has a new employee portal in 2020. Remember, the Well Wisconsin Program is available to you and your spouse in 2020 if you have enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance Program for 2020.

You and your spouse will need to create a new account through the new StayWell portal (http://wellwisconsin.staywell.com/).  Please click Sign Up in the upper right corner the first time you go to the new website to create your new account.

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Note: The only information that will transfer to your new StayWell account is your 2019 biometric screening data.

Want to see a demonstration of the new portal?  Register for the StayWell webinar on Tuesday, January 14th at 12:00 pm by clicking here.

Please review the Well Wisconsin Program page to learn more about the Well Wisconsin Program.

‘WAIT … DIDN’T I READ SOMETHING ABOUT $150?’
Yes, you did!

All you need to do to earn your Well Wisconsin incentive* is complete three activities by October 9, 2020:

  1. Submit your 2020 health screening results (we will have onsite health screenings in 2020 like last year, and will let you know when the sign up is open, otherwise you can visit your primary care doctor as well)
  2. Take the 10-minute health assessment on the StayWell website
  3. Complete a well-being activity through StayWell

‘WHAT’S A WELL-BEING ACTIVITY?’
It’s a program, tool or educational session that helps you improve your well-being.

And we’ve got a ton of them for you to choose from, including challenges, health coaching, goal-tracking and more. Go to wellwisconsin.staywell.com for a full listing.

GET STARTED!
Just go to wellwisconsin.staywell.com to get started. It’ll only take a few minutes and you’ll be ready to start improving your well-being.

Download the new My StayWell mobile app: After you register on the website and join a team, you can download the app if you want. Search for “My StayWell” in the App Store or on Google Play.

Remember: The deadline to complete your activities and earn incentives is October 9, 2020—which may seem like it’s a long way off, but think about how quickly we got to the year 2020!

QUESTIONS? Contact the StayWell HelpLine at 800-821-6591 or wellwisconsin@staywell.com.

*The Well Wisconsin incentive program is a voluntary program available to employees, retirees and spouses enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program, excluding Medicare Advantage participants who have incentives available through their health plan. The Well Wisconsin incentive will automatically be issued to eligible participants upon completing the applicable activities. All wellness incentives paid to participants are considered taxable income to the group health plan subscriber and are reported to their employer, who will issue a W2. In some cases, the Wisconsin Retirement System acts as the employer. Retirees, continuants and their spouses will have some taxes withheld from the incentive amount earned.

Source: UW System Human Resources & The StayWell Company, LLC

Employees have unlimited Kress Events Center access during winter break

Reminder that UW-Green Bay employees have unlimited access to the Kress Events Center and group fitness classes during winter break. Winter hours, December 21st through January 26th, are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: 6:30am-9:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am-2:00pm
  • Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Employees also have access to equipment rentals, including snow shoes and cross country skis, at a special university price.

Please contact the UREC front desk at 920.465.2449 with any questions or visit uwgb.edu/urec

Take an After Dinner Walk Today!

You’ve just eaten and you want nothing more than to lie back on your couch and put on your newest binge-watching obsession. But tonight, resist that urge! Instead of heading to the couch, head to the front door and step outside for a walk. It will help you feel refreshed, it will help you work off some of the food you just ate, and it will help you build muscle and bone strength, as well as reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes. You just might like it enough to do it tomorrow night and the night after, too. After-dinner walks could become your new thing. That show will still be there when you get back.

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Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Spinal Health Lunch ‘n Learn

Back-pain

 

**UPDATE: This Lunch ‘n Learn has been rescheduled to 4/22/20 due to low RSVP count**

 

A 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, April 22, 2020

Time: 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Location: 1965 Room, University Union

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

Questions?  Please contact wellness@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2203.

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

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

Build Core Muscles by Mastering the Pelvic Tilt

The American Heart Association recommends doing what you can to keep your waist circumference to no more than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women. Are you within the recommendations? Check today. To size up your waist circumference, wrap a measuring tape around your middle, just above your navel.

If your waist is larger than it should be, don’t think doing dozens of crunches alone will solve the problem. That’s a myth. You can’t whittle your middle just with targeted exercises. But an aerobic workout, such as walking, jogging, and running, can help burn calories and dissolve fat all over, including your midsection.

Also try this core exercise to help firm the underlying muscle, give you a solid center, and improve muscle definition—no crunches required.

Pelvic Tilt

Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent. Extend both arms out to your sides, forming a T, with your palms facing up. Exhale, engage your abdominal muscles, and push your lower back into the floor so that all of your back is touching. Hold this position for several seconds. Next, inhale and arch your back while keeping your hips and tailbone on the floor. Hold for several seconds. Return to your starting position and repeat.

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Try this No-Excuse 30 Minute Workout!

Try this 30-minute workout you can do anywhere.

Warm-Up—5 Minutesfallbiking

Slowly walk, bicycle, or go up and down the stairs.

Aerobic Exercise—10 Minutes

Choose an activity you enjoy—anything that raises your heart rate and makes you breathe harder, like walking briskly, jogging, dancing, bicycling, or jumping rope. Do it at least hard enough that you can talk but not sing. Comfortable? Then work harder so you can’t say more than a few words without stopping for a breath. This gives you more benefits in the same time. Pick different activities on different days to prevent boredom.

Strengthening—10 Minutes

Try to do each exercise eight to 12 times, then rest one minute and do eight to 12 more. Do only as many as you can while maintaining good form.

Squats: Stand with your back to a sturdy chair, feet shoulder-width apart. Reach forward in front of your shoulders. Bend forward slightly at the hips, back straight. Bend your knees, and lower your bottom toward the chair to a count of four until you’re almost sitting. Keep your knees in line with your ankles and behind your toes. Pause. Rise to a count of two.

Wall pushups: Stand facing a wall. Reach forward in front of your shoulders. The wall should be just out of reach. Lean forward slightly from your ankles, back straight, and place your palms against the wall. Bend your elbows, and lower yourself toward the wall to a count of four. Pause. Push up to a count of two.

Abdominal Curls: Lie down on your back. Bend your knees, and plant your feet flat on the floor, hands behind your head. Point your elbows out to the sides. Lift your chin toward the ceiling, and your shoulders and upper back should be off the floor to a count of two. Pause. Lower yourself to a count of two.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Try Mindful Exercising Today

Mindfulness encourages you to pay attention on purpose. The key to integrating mindfulness with exercise is to stay aware and in the present moment, no matter how you’re moving. For some, mindful exercise means understanding where their body is as it moves. For others, mindfulness can be a spiritual component to exercise and provide a deeper level of consciousness.

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Mindfulness can help you reach the next level of your physical and mental health goals, as it can improve any negative judgment you may have of yourself as you move. What’s more, staying mindful during a workout can boost your brain’s endurance to remain still and focused for extended periods. This can be particularly helpful if life has you feeling disorganized or distracted or you are trying to overcome physical challenges.

When thinking today about your next workout, try these tips to ease into mindfulness:

  • Pay attention to your breath. Focus on your inhales and exhales, and coordinate them with the pattern of your movements.
  • On your next run or brisk walk, turn down the music. Listen to the rhythm of your steps.
  • As you lift weights, think about how your muscles contract. Coordinate your exhales with each strong push.
  • Attend an exercise class that’s new to you. Practicing foreign movements will reinforce a stronger focus on your body’s abilities and sensations.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Fall Group Fitness Schedule

group fitnessTake advantage of the free group fitness classes available at the Kress Events Center in the newly upgraded studio! More info: Group Fitness Schedule

UW-Green Bay employees (50% FTE or higher) can use the Kress Events Center for free 6am-2pm on weekdays and open-close on weekends.

Prefer to work out or take classes after work? Sign up for an unlimited membership for $100/year or $60/semester. More info: Faculty/Staff Membership Program

UREC also offers personal training and personalized exercise programs for employees. More info: Personal Training Packages and Pricing

Contact Fitness Coordinator, Alex Reichenberger, with questions! reichena@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2836