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

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.

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, Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense, Kress Events Center, Massage Envy, Navitus, Network Health, UWGB Public Safety, Rediscover Yourself Energy Sound Healing, Reflexology, 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.

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

StairsFlagJoin local protective services representatives, students, and staff to walk the Cofrin Library stairwell in memory of the brave souls who lost their lives the day of the 9/11 attacks. The four attacks killed almost 3,000 people and injured over 6,000 others.

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 11 am – 1 pm

Where: Cofrin Library – 2nd to 8th floor stairwell

ROTC, Vets 4 Vets and Public Safety representatives will be on hand, and there will be military, firefighter, and police related items/memorabilia on display at the plaza area of the library’s second floor.  Representatives will be handing out flag pins to the first 50 people who climb to the 8th floor, and refreshments (granola bars, fruit infused water and fruit) will be available too!

Event presented by UW-Green Bay ROTC, Vets 4 Vets Student Club, Public Safety and the Wellness Committee.

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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Start Small with Self-Care Today

LaughTeaIf time is holding you back from self-care, start small. Schedule 20 minutes today for meditation, a mind-body practice that promotes calmness. All you need is a quiet location, a comfortable posture, your focused attention, and an open attitude. Once there, ask your body what it needs. An intense workout? A good laugh? Find the revitalization methods that work for you. Start by trying one of these techniques:

  • Write a gratitude list. Write down at least one thing each day that was good. Even if it’s as simple as getting out of work 20 minutes early, document it as something that enhanced your outlook.
  • Sing in the shower. Research suggests that singing promotes self-expression, stress reduction, better mental health, spirituality, and feelings of empowerment.
  • Schedule a phone date with a friend. Friends near and far make life more enjoyable and provide support in times of need. And just as you may need a friend to talk to, it can be equally rewarding to lend an ear.
  • Try laughter yoga. Laughter yoga combines yoga breathing exercises with laughter, which increases the level of oxygen in the brain and body. Participants report enhanced feelings of self-belief, positive energy, and distraction from negative thoughts.
  • Have herbal tea for dessert. A mug of unsweetened tea every night after dinner may be a nice way to unwind and relax without adding extra calories and sugar.
  • Breathe in essential oils. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to make you feel better physically and emotionally. Try peppermint or rosemary to boost your energy, chamomile to help you sleep, or lavender to reduce anxiety.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Shake up your routine today!

Outdoor fitness class

Do you keep seeing a “free trial membership” ad for your local gym or park district? If so, it’s time to give it a try. Many gyms offer at least one free personal training session for new members, too. Take advantage of freebies to help change up your routine. You never know, you might find something you enjoy! And keep your eyes peeled for deals on free fitness classes and other activities. From CrossFit to Pure Barre to high-intensity interval training, you’ll find that new facilities often offer free promotions to help draw business. Now is the perfect time for that boxing, yoga, or salsa aerobics class you’ve always wanted to take. Sign up today!

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Did you know that there are free fitness classes at Green Bay parks this summer, like yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, HIIT, cardio sculpt, Buttz & Gutz, and aqua fitness?  Check out the class schedule and give something new a try: http://greenbaywi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2889/FIT-in-the-Parks-2018-Schedule-PDF?bidId= 

Self-Defense Workshop Held April 23rd

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Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense LLC presented another great self-defense workshop to employees on Monday, April 23rd.  Instructors Herb, Betsy, and Aaron demonstrated self-defense techniques and shared valuable information about how to protect and empower ourselves.  Thank you to Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense LLC and to the 28 employees who attended the workshops!

 

 

 

Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge – Week Five

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The fifth and final week of the Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge (May 7-11) brings us to the other side of Nicolet Drive on the trail near the bay!

Check out the trail map at https://www.uwgb.edu/UWGBCMS/media/hr/Wellness%20Items/KioskMap.pdf.  Take a picture of the poster at the kiosk, and email it to wellness@uwgb.edu to get your playing card for the week.  You can also stop by the HR or Kress front desk to pick a playing card.

Finish strong!

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Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge – Week Four

Week4

The arboretum trail kiosk near the Nicolet Entrance on South Circle Drive will have the challenge poster for the week of April 30th to May 6th.  Check out the trail map at https://www.uwgb.edu/UWGBCMS/media/hr/Wellness%20Items/KioskMap.pdf.  Take a picture of the poster at the kiosk, and email it to wellness@uwgb.edu to get your playing card for the week.  You can also stop by the HR or Kress front desk to pick a playing card.

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine, a nice conversation with a co-worker, and feel good about being active!

More information about the Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge: https://blog.uwgb.edu/hr/2018/04/arboretum-poker-walk-challenge-2/

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Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge – Week Three

Week3

The arboretum trail kiosk in the area between the Environmental Sciences building, MAC Hall, and the Kress Events Center will have the challenge poster for the week of April 23rd to April 29th.  Check out the trail map at https://www.uwgb.edu/UWGBCMS/media/hr/Wellness%20Items/KioskMap.pdf.

Hopefully your outdoor exercise of shoveling snow is done and your back is feeling better, so now you can use this challenge as a reason to get back outside for some enjoyable exercise!  Take a picture of the poster at the kiosk, and email it to wellness@uwgb.edu to get your playing card for the week.  You can also stop by the HR or Kress front desk to pick a playing card.

More information about the Arboretum Poker Walk Challenge: https://blog.uwgb.edu/hr/2018/04/arboretum-poker-walk-challenge-2/