Social Wellness

Social Wellness is the ability to relate and connect with other people in our world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellness

Social Media Sabotage


Social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, help meet your need to connect and communicate. Plus, posting a flattering photo or positive update may give you a quick ego boost. But online friends are no substitute for the off-line kind. If you’re already feeling lonely and blue, spending endless hours with only a screen for company may make the problem worse.

What you can do:

  • Put face time first. Make a rule: no phones, tablets, or TV at meals. Plus, look for other opportunities to enjoy gadget-free time with family and friends. Start a conversation, play with your kids, or invite a coworker to lunch.
  • Find new off-line friends by taking a class, volunteering for a cause, or joining a support group. Like so many things, gadgets are healthiest when used in moderation

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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:

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 or ext. 2203 with any questions.

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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 (  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


Each workshop is limited to 30 employees, so please email 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 or ext. 2203 with any questions.

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 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.

Introducing E.D.G.E (Ethnically Diverse Group of Employees)

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-initiated social groups of University of Wisconsin– Green Bay faculty and staff that share common interests, issues, backgrounds, characteristics, or pursuits. Currently, UW-Green Bay has three active ERGS. Please review information about active ERGs at UW-Green Bay on the Inclusive Excellence Website.

Please see the information below related to the newest ERG:

EDGE Abstract Contact Information


If you are interested in being contacted by the facilitator of an active ERG, please complete the Employee Resource Group Interest Survey or directly contact a facilitator listed on the Inclusive Excellence Website.


Winter Wellness Bingo Challenge

2018The Wellness committee is offering Winter Bingo as our next healthy challenge! All faculty and staff are invited to participate in the challenge the month of January. There are 24 health and wellness activities for you to choose from. You are able to pick the day in which you complete each activity, and only one activity is allowed per day. To qualify for a chance to win a prize, a minimum of 20 activities must be completed within the month of January.  Please click here for the Winter bingo card:

SnowmanWinter Bingo begins January 1, 2018 and ends January 31, 2018. Completed forms can be e-mailed to the Wellness committee at or hand-in to the Human Resources front desk in the Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 710 by Friday, February 9, 2018.

Challenge your co-workers to join in the fun and do some of the activities together!  Share pics of you and your co-workers completing the activities by emailing them to  Begin the new year by making healthy choices and then enjoy your increased energy level, positive outlook, and improved health in 2018!