Group Fitness Punch Cards

Attend 12 group fitness classes this semester and receive a prize!

Group Fitness morning and lunch hour classes are free for faculty and staff! If you prefer to attend a class in the afternoon/evening, all you have to do is purchase an unlimited membership ($60/semester or $100/year). This can be done online or at the Kress front desk.

View class schedule

To register for classes, please visit or download the UREC app.

Log in with your UWGB email and password. Registration instructions.

Email Alex Wandersee at if you have any questions.

See you in class!

Find Your Authentic Purpose

Purpose and wellness go hand in hand. But purpose isn’t only an idea…it’s a verb, too.

How do you not only discover your purpose, but take action to actually live it? Join Christine Whelan, Ph.D., and your fellow colleagues for an educational session on Authentic Purpose: Why it Matters and How to Make It Happen.

Dr. Whelan is a clinical professor in the Consumer Science Department of the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison, where she is known as the “happy professor.” She teaches on topics of purpose, well-being and personal definitions of success through the life course. She’s the author of five books, including The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life.

Instructions for using this educational session as the well-being activity towards your $150 incentive will be shared at the event.

When? Thursday, February 16th Noon CST

How Do I Register?

Click HERE to register for the event. You’ll have the opportunity to register to attend virtually or in person at the Department of Health Services in Madison.

Start off the year with greater clarity about your purpose.


Well Wisconsin Radio: Purpose and Goals

Well Wisconsin Radio podcast discusses topics of health and wellbeing from experts around the State of Wisconsin.

Purpose and Goals with Health Coach Kari Wray

Focus on your well-being in 2023 by aligning your purpose with your goals. Join Renee Fox, as she talks with a WebMD Health Coach Kari Wray to help you live on purpose this year. Renee will start the conversation with a clip from an interview with Dr. Christine Whelan, author, speaker and clinical professor in the Consumer Science department at the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison, to set the stage on connecting your purpose with your well-being. Then Coach Kari will guide us through steps to use your purpose as motivation for creating and meeting your goals.

Click HERE to listen to the podcast now!

Well Wisconsin in 2023

2023 has started and you can now start thinking about earning your $150 gift card through Well Wisconsin. This year the three activities must be completed by October 13, 2023 to earn the $150 Well Wisconsin gift card.

  • Health Assessment: Complete WebMD ONE’s 10-minute questionnaire.
  • Health Check: Complete one of the following health checks
    • Biometric Screening
    • Dental Exam
    • One Coaching Session
  • Well-Being Activity: Complete one of the many activities WebMD has to offer

Download the mobile app, Wellness at Your Side

  1. Visit the Apple App Store of the Google Play Store and search “Wellness at Your Side”
  2. After downloading and opening the app, enter your Connection Code: SOWI.


Visit the Well Wisconsin portal at

New in 2023 for your gift cards

Starting in 2023, you will have the option to redeem your $150 Well Wisconsin gift card VIRTUALLY, 2 to 3 business days after your three Well Wisconsin activities are marked complete. You will receive an email with instructions to redeem your gift card. If you prefer a physical gift card is mailed to your home, you can select that option and verify your mailing address. If you do not redeem your gift card within 30 days, it will automatically be sent to the address on file with your employer or ETF.

Well Wisconsin Radio: Let’s Talk Advance Care Planning

Well Wisconsin Radio podcast discusses topics of health and wellbeing from experts around the State of Wisconsin.

Advance Care Planning

Join host, Renee Fox, as she talks with Parini Tolat and Jamie Guerrettaz, two Advance Care Planning Coordinators with UW Health. It takes courage to plan ahead and think about a time in the future when you may not be able to make healthcare decisions for yourself or you are not able to communicate your preferences. Renee’s guests will help folks plan ahead and find comfort knowing their current and future care preferences are in writing, which helps loved ones not have the burden of guessing about wishes.

Click HERE to listen to the podcast now!

Winter Break: Faculty/Staff Recreation Offerings

Kress Events Center Access: Over winter break, faculty/staff can access the Kress Events Center for free during all open hours. Please bring your ID. Lockers are available for day use or rental.

  • Holiday Hours
    • Dec 24-26: CLOSED
    • Dec 27-30: 6:30a-9:00p
    • Dec 31-Jan 2: CLOSED
    • Jan 16 (MLK): CLOSED
  • Jan 3-22
    • Mon-Fri: 6:30a-9:00p
    • Sat: 8:00a-2:00p
    • Sun: 1:00p-5:00p

Group Fitness Classes: 4 group fitness classes will be offered over winter break (starting Jan 3rd) and are free for faculty/staff. To register for a class, visit (Full instructions can be found here). Walk-ins are also welcome!

  • Aqua Fitness: Mondays & Wednesdays 7:45am-8:30am
  • Sunrise Yoga: Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00am-8:45am
  • Yoga: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:15-12:45pm
  • Zumba®: Wednesdays 12:15-12:45pm

Outdoor Equipment Rental: The Shorewood Center offers several equipment rentals, including snow shoes and XC skis, that can be rented at a special Faculty/Staff rate. Rent for the whole family at your rate! Full Equipment and Pricing List. Fill out an equipment rental form on the UREC Outdoors website.

Email Fitness Coordinator, Alex Wandersee at if you would like to set up a Kress tour or have any questions!

Kognito Simulation Training Wellness Challenge Ending Soon

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Reminder if you want to be in the Wellness Committee drawing for the Kognito Simulation Training please have your training done by December 31st.

In order to participate in the simulation go to and select “Employee” for the User. This 45-minute training can be completed in multiple sittings as your progress can be saved.

The Wellness Committee will be awarding 20 employees who complete the training by December 31st. The drawing will take place on Thursday, January 12th with winners being contacted via email by Friday, January 13th.

For more details on this Challenge please visit the original job post here.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Henniges or the Wellness Center Counseling Team at 920-465-2380 or