Wellness

Embrace Power Naps to Reduce Stress

Naptime is back! In fact, taking a power nap can be just what you need to recharge and reduce your stress! Here are three good tips to try out today.

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  1. Limit the length. Keep naps under 30 minutes for better short-term alertness and performance. One study found that 10-minute naps are the most effective for immediate improvements. Longer rests can cause undesired post-nap grogginess.
  2. Select the right setting. Find a restful place to close your eyes. Make sure the temperature isn’t too hot or cold. Try to block out noise and light, if you can.
  3. Time it right. Avoid taking a nap too early or late in the day. Napping late may affect your sleep patterns and make it difficult to doze off at bedtime.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Chicken Salad Blues

(Gluten-free, gout-friendly)

Ingredients

  • 1 9.75-ounce can premium chunk chicken breast packed in waterchickenblue
  • 1 large stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 4 leaves romaine or red leaf lettuce, washed and trimmed
  • 2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 ripe tomato, quartered (or 8 cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 small cucumber, washed and thinly sliced

Directions

Drain chicken. Add chopped celery and mayonnaise. Mix lightly to keep the chicken chunky. Arrange lettuce in a shallow serving bowl. Put chicken salad in the middle and crumble blue cheese over it. Arrange tomatoes and cucumber slices around the plate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 4

Each serving contains about 175 calories, 15 g protein, 10 g fat (51% calories from fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 3.5 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, and 675 mg sodium.

This recipe is gout-friendly because it contains foods moderate in purines. Meat, fish, and poultry should be limited to 1 to 2 servings per day.

 

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

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IMG_3644Join local protective services representatives, students, faculty and staff in climbing the Cofrin Library stairwell from the 2nd to 8th floor, 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: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 11 am to 1 pmIMG_3631

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

Vets 4 Vets, ROTC, and University Police 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.  We will be handing out flag pins to the first 50 people who climb to the 8th floor, and there will be snacks and refreshments available in the 2nd floor plaza area.

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

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Are Your Family’s Immunizations Up-to-Date?

To support National Immunization Month and get ready for the new school year, check your family’s immunization records by searching the Wisconsin Immunization Registry. The WIR is a database that tracks vaccine records for Wisconsin children and adults. WIR makes it easy to find old vaccine records. And remember, under the State Group Health Insurance Program, preventive vaccines don’t cost you anything — so make sure your child is protected from these preventable diseases.

Learn more here.

Source: Dept. of Employee Trust Funds

 

Blue-Green Canapés

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. low-fat (Neufchatel) cream cheeseBlue-Green Canapés
  • 2 oz. blue cheese (about 1/4 cup)
  • 12 large seedless green grapes
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 24 miniature Melba toasts

Directions

Let cream cheese and blue cheese soften enough to be mixed with a fork. Cut grapes in half lengthwise. Put walnuts between 2 sheets of waxed paper and crush to make fine crumbs.

Spread cheese mixture on mini-toasts. Cover with walnut crumbs and top with half a grape.

Makes 24 canapés

Each contains about 31 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat, no trans fat, 4 mg cholesterol), 56 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, less than 1 g dietary fiber, less than 1 g sugars, and 1 g protein.

 

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

To Catch More Z’s, Slip on Some Comfy Socks

It’s true: Your cold feet could actually be keeping you from getting a full night’s sleep. What if you could banish your sleepless nights with a simple pair of socks?

When you warm up cold feet (or hands), it starts a process called vasodilation, or the dilation of the blood vessels. When your blood vessels open, it sends a message throughout your body, in the form of heat, that it’s time for sleep. This can help you drift off more quickly.

Give it a go tonight. But if the thought of wearing socks while you sleep is slightly disturbing—and it can be for some people—there are other ways to warm those tootsies. Try adding extra blankets at the end of your bed, place a warm water bottle near your feet at bedtime, or wear warm slippers before bed. No matter what you do, the same principle still applies: Heat up your feet, and you may find yourself falling asleep faster.

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Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Onsite Health Screening Event September 26, 2019

Register now for your on-site health screening! 

Discover your numbers – A free health screening* event has been scheduled at UW-Green Bay for employees (and spouses) who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

At an on-site screening, you’ll learn your measurements for blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol (HDL, LDL, and total), triglycerides and glucose, and be in and out in 20 minutes.

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019StayWellProg

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Room: Phoenix Room in University Union

Register on the StayWell website and click on the Programs tab, then Health Screening, and Onsite Appointments.  Then you can search by zip code (ex. 54311), and select UW-Green Bay.

Earn your $150 Well Wisconsin Incentive

Complete three steps by October 11, 2019 to earn the $150** Well Wisconsin incentive.

STEP 1: Get a health screening*

Attend an employer sponsored event or if you plan to see your health care provider, ask them to complete the Health Care Provider Form, available on the StayWell website.

STEP 2: Complete the StayWell health assessment** on the StayWell website.

It takes about 10 minutes and is mobile and tablet friendly!  After logging into the StayWell website, click on Health Assessment at the top right.

STEP 3: Complete a Well-Being Activity through StayWell. After logging into the StayWell website, click on Well-Being Activity at the top right.

 

For more information on on-site health screenings or the Well Wisconsin Program, log in to the StayWell website.

NOTE: You must register ahead of time for this health screening – they do not allow walk-ins that day.

Unable to attend the screening on September 26th?  StayWell will be offering another screening in Green Bay at the Rock Garden on Tuesday, September 24th.  For details and to register, visit’s the StayWell website.

 

*Health information, including responses to the health assessment, are protected by federal law and will never be shared with ETF, the Group Health Insurance Program or your employer.

**All wellness incentives paid to participants of the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program by StayWell are considered taxable income to the group health plan subscriber and are reported to your employer for tax purposes.

 

Beet-All Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked spiral, whole-wheat pastabeet salad
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach, shredded
  • 1 12-ounce jar whole beets (1-1/2 cups), cut in half
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon virgin olive oil

Directions

Mix pasta, spinach, beets, onion, and walnuts in a salad bowl. Combine maple syrup, vinegar, and olive oil in a small jar and shake well. Pour over salad. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat.

Serves 6

Each serving contains about 123 calories, 4 g protein, 3 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 23 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, and 120 mg sodium.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

It’s Tea Time

teadrinkingThere’s just something about tea that says “relaxation.” But the benefits go beyond a few minutes of me-time. Compounds in tea called flavonoids lower LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol, widen blood vessels, and prevent dangerous clots from forming. Some evidence even links tea to a lower risk for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. So, beginning today, why not enjoy a daily cup of green or black tea—both have health benefits. But keep in mind that processed, sugar-sweetened tea beverages you buy at the store can contain lots of calories. Your best bet is to brew your own tea. It’s tasty, healthy, and economical.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Wellness Incentives are Taxable

The State of Wisconsin extends financial incentives to employees through the Well Wisconsin employee wellness program. If you are covered under the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance program, you and your spouse (if covered under the State Group Health Insurance Program) were eligible for the $150 Well Wisconsin incentive if you submitted a health screening result to StayWell, completed the StayWell health risk assessment and a Well-Being activity by October 11, 2019. StayWell is the State of Wisconsin wellness program administrator. Additionally, depending on the health plan you are enrolled with, you may also be eligible for financial reimbursements for wellness related expenses such as gym memberships, fitness classes, the cost to participate in Community Support Agriculture (CSA) programs and rewards for participating in health or wellness programs or challenges.

Per guidance from the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the wellness incentive benefits are classified as taxable fringe benefits. This means that any financial incentive you receive from the program is taxable income for state and federal tax purposes.

What this means for you:

  • Financial incentives will be reported as taxable wages and subject to applicable withholdings and taxes. You will see withholdings for all incentives issued in the current calendar year reflected on your August or December earnings statement. This will include incentives issued to your eligible family members.
  • Withholding may include 7.65% for Social Security and Medicare if the employee is FICA Eligible and may include federal and state withholding, depending on the number of exemptions you claimed on your W-4. Note: Some individuals may have met their Social Security Tax maximum in 2019 $8,239.80 and therefore, they may only have Medicare Tax withheld.
  •  Federal regulations require your employer to receive financial data regarding incentives issued to employees and their covered family members. Your health information is protected by federal privacy regulations and is not shared with your employer.

Even with the federal government’s tax regulations, eligible employees and their spouses are able to receive substantial financial rewards for using the wellness incentives offered by the State of Wisconsin and participating health plans.

For questions about the $150 Well Wisconsin incentive contact StayWell at wellwisconsin@staywell.com. For questions about incentives provided by your health plan carrier, contact your health plan carrier directly. If you have additional questions, contact payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.