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

Couch to 5K Lunch ‘n Learn

 

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We all know that walking and running are a great way to stay in shape, but it can also enhance your health by helping to prevent heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as improve your mood and reduce stress. Nate Vandervest, UWGB Assistant Cross County Coach, CSCS, CES, and former Division 1 cross country runner, has a passion for running and will be presenting this Couch to 5K lunch ‘n learn.  He will cover a training plan, as well as common injuries and how to prevent them.  Jolene Sell, Registered Dietitian with Chartwells, Wellness Committee member and avid runner, will discuss the right foods to eat as you train for a walk/run.  Whether you have run marathons, or are interested in starting walking or running for exercise, please join us for practical help, encouragement, and motivation!

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Time: 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.

Location: University Union, 1965 Room

RSVP: wellness@uwgb.edu

We will also kick off our new Run/Walk Team at this Lunch ‘n Learn!  Our goal is to offer opportunities for employees to train together, share helpful tips and encouragement, provide incentives, and participate in runs/walks together.  Our first run/walk will be the Phoenix 5K at UW-Green Bay in April, so Nate will provide practical tips to help you get ready for this 5K!

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.

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!

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Visit the Kress Events Center!

KressGymDid you know that you can use the Kress Events Center for free as a UW-Green Bay faculty/staff (ongoing and 50% FTE or higher)? This includes the fitness center, group fitness classes, pool, racquetball courts, gyms, locker room, and more! During Fall/Spring semesters it’s free Monday to Thursday from open to 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm to close. On Friday to Sunday and during breaks/holidays it’s free from open to close.

If you wish to have unlimited access to the Kress Events Center you can purchase a membership for a highly discounted price. Payroll deduction is available for these memberships. If you wish to sign up for a membership or payroll deduction please visit the Kress Events Center front desk and fill out a form. For more information please see University Recreation Faculty/Staff Membership Program or visit our website at uwgb.edu/urec.

Write out Your Gratitude Today

Man writing in a journal.Mom was right—don’t forget to count your blessings. When you focus on the good things in your life, your upbeat attitude helps fight stress and depression. Research shows that practicing gratitude may also improve your social life and enhance your physical health.

One way to do it? Keeping a gratitude journal. Start tonight. You could try it every day for a month, or jot down an entry once a week—whatever’s easiest to maintain. Simply write a list of several things for which you’re grateful. In studies, when people made such lists on a regular basis, they tended to feel happier. Some were also less bothered by illness symptoms.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

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.

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  • 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.

 

Healthy Potluck held October 23rd

 

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Healthy food, laughter, and good conversation were shared on Tuesday, October 23rd during the Annual Healthy Potluck!  We enjoyed delicious food such as linguini salad, taco soup, spaghetti squash chow mein, broccoli salad, chili, turkey tacos, butternut squash soup, mulled spiced apple cider, apple crisp and vegetable soup.  Thanks to everyone who came and to Lisa Schmelzer for organizing this event!Broccoli Kathleen KathleenLine Linguini SarahLine VeggieSoup

Communicate your way to less workplace stress

MtgWhether you work in a warehouse or a boardroom, the most important part of being a team leader is communication.

More projects fail because of poor communication rather than because of a bad plan. So if your career goals involve team projects, learn these four important aspects of team communication today for more success and less stress:

1. Set clear goals and expectations. It may sound like a no-brainer, but the only way to get your team to do what you want is to tell them exactly what you want. Explain to your team members how you want meetings to run or how to ask for help. Make it clear what the project’s goal is. You can hold big meetings or informal one-on-one chats, send emails, or set upconference calls—just make sure you’re communicating clearly.

2. Bring your team together. Get to know the members of your team and help them get to know one another. Talk about what you like to do outside of work. If possible, try getting the team together for a happy hour or coffee break. If your team members feel comfortable talking with one another socially, there may be fewer miscommunications when it comes to working ont he project.

3. Prepare to resolve conflicts. Personalities can sometimes clash at work. As the team leader, it may fall to you to smooth things out. You may be able to handle most situations by getting the parties together and talking through possible solutions. But it’s also helpful to know when outside help is needed to resolve a conflict—for example, when a problem keeps recurring or if legal issues arise.

4. Don’t be afraid to talk about failure. No project is going to go 100 percent smoothly all the time. At some point, you may find your plan isn’tworking as well as you thought it might. Learn to talk openly with your team about what may be going wrong—that way, you can identify any problems and, more important, find a good solution.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC