The Invitational Team Steps Challenge

The Spring Invitational Challenge is taking place May 4 – June 7, 2022. Create a team with your colleagues and compete against others to get the most steps or minutes of activity. Register for the challenge between April 13 – May 3.

Completing the Spring Invitational Challenge counts as completing your well-being activity, which is one step toward earning $150. (Complete your health assessment and a health check, too, to earn the full amount.)

REGISTER HERE

Kindness Calendar – April Challenge

Are you checking your Kindness Calendar every day and doing some of the activities?  We hope that this daily reminder is inspiring you to do those little things that make our lives happier!

If you complete at least one item from the Kindness Calendar for each of 4 weeks in April, you can receive a wellness incentive!  So, each of the 4 weeks in April, make sure to check off at least one of the items listed for that week.  Then email wellness@uwgb.edu after you complete this challenge to receive your incentive!

Bellin Run 2022

It’s time to register for the 46th Annual Bellin Run!  The Bellin Run will be an in-person and virtual event on June 11, 2022 in Green Bay.  This 10K (6.2 mile) event is for runners and walkers of all participation levels.

Employees, family and friends are encouraged to sign up to participate as part of the UW-Green Bay Corporate team!

To register:

  1. Click on this link: https://runsignup.com/CorporateTeams/PublicList/53110 
  2. Enter UW-Green Bay in Team Name field and Search
  3. Click on UW-Green Bay and Join
  4. Enter your registration information
  5. Team code: Phoenix
  6. There are options for the 10K, the Children’s Run, and the virtual run
  7. NOTE:  There is a $10 registration fee discount due to a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), and this discount is only for UWGB employees and does not apply to students, friends & family members, however you can register your family and friends in this cart – they just wouldn’t receive the discount.  This discount should automatically calculate when you register on our team as an employee.

If you register as part of the UW-Green Bay team by May 15th, you will receive an early incentive gift, and your race packet (bib and race shirt) will be delivered directly to the Green Bay campus about a week before the event (as well as the packets for any family members/friends that you registered in your cart).  You will be notified when it is ready to be picked up in the Human Resources office.  *NOTE: If you are not regularly on the Green Bay campus, there will be an option to have your packet mailed directly to your home for a shipping & handling fee.*

Check out their helpful training information online such as tips, videos, training plans, free training runs and walks, etc. at https://www.bellinrun.com/training 

Questions? Please contact wellness@uwgb.edu.

University Recreation – Faculty/Staff Offerings

Did you know there are many FREE recreation offerings for UW-Green Bay faculty and staff?

The Kress Events Center includes a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, lap pool, group fitness studio, several gyms, locker rooms, outdoor recreation center, and more!

Understanding what is available to faculty/staff has been confusing in the past so UREC developed a Faculty/Staff Offering Packet to cover all of the details on memberships, facilities, programs, and more.

If you have any questions or would like to set up a Kress Events Center tour, please email urec@uwgb.edu or Alex Wandersee at wandersa@uwgb.edu

WRS Webinars in April

ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.  Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. To avoid connectivity issues during webinars, we highly recommend using Google Chrome as your web browser.

Annuity Options

When you get your retirement estimate, you’ll see that there are many options for receiving your retirement benefit. You can choose to receive the payment for your life or extend it beyond your life to your loved ones. The choice is yours. We’ll discuss how each option impacts the size of your payment and affects your loved ones.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define and explain annuity, annuitant, beneficiary and named survivor.
  • Compare the different annuity options.
  • Find resources with more information.
  • Identify the next steps for you to choose an annuity option.

Mon, April 4, 2022 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Wed, April 13, 2022 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tue, April 26, 2022 11:00 am – 11:30 am

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6609437492980238605

WRS Effective Rates and Annuity Adjustments

Each year you may see changes to the amount of your retirement payment. We’ll discuss why and how these changes happen.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define WRS effective rate and annuity adjustment.
  • Explain how the Core Trust Fund and Variable Trust Fund effective rates are calculated.
  • Explain how the Core Trust Fund and Variable Trust Fund annuity adjustments are calculated.

Wed, April 6, 2022, 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Mon, April 11, 2022 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Thu, April 21, 2022, 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3882971913329974283

Understanding Your Statement of Benefits

Your annual Statement of Benefits shows you the current state of your WRS account. Not sure about something on your statement? Watch this webinar with your statement in hand. We’ll walk you through each section.

By the end of the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of the Statement of Benefits (ET-7365).
  • Analyze the sections of your Statement of Benefits.
  • Interpret your retirement benefit calculations.
  • Find resources for more information.

Tue, April 12, 2022 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Wed, April 20, 2022 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Thu, April 28, 2022 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2004521169178462732

Preparing for Your Retirement

Planning to retire in the next 5 years? Then this webinar is for you. Learn about your WRS benefits and the retirement process.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain how the WRS retirement benefit works.
  • Recognize eligibility and prepare to apply for benefits.
  • Identify the different types of annuity options.
  • Prepare for health and life insurance changes in retirement.
  • Find additional resources.

Thu, April 14, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tue, April 26, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tue, May 12, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wed, May 25, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wed, June 15, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tue, June 28, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2592441029449835020

Onsite Health Screening

Time to register for your onsite health screening!

A free health screening* event has been scheduled for employees (and spouses) who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

At an onsite 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. Register today!

  • DATE:  Wednesday, April 6, 2022 or Thursday, September 22, 2022
  • TIME:  9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • LOCATION:  University Union, Phoenix Rooms, Green Bay campus

Please register at webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin by clicking Benefits, and then Get Started on the Biometric Screening card.

Earn your $150 Well Wisconsin Incentive

Complete three activities by October 14, 2022 to earn the $150 Well Wisconsin incentive.

  1. Get a health screening or complete another health check option (ex. dental exam or coaching session).
  2. Complete the health assessment at webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin – it takes about 10 minutes and is mobile and tablet friendly!
  3. Complete a well-being activity (ex. complete a challenge, listen to two 30 minute pod casts, etc.).

For more information on the Well Wisconsin Program or to complete your activities, log in to webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin­­.

*The Well Wisconsin incentive program is a voluntary program available to employees, retirees and spouses enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program, excluding Medicare Advantage participants who have incentives available through their health plan. The Well Wisconsin incentive will automatically be issued to eligible participants upon completing the applicable activities. All wellness incentives paid to participants are considered taxable income to the group health plan subscriber and are reported to their employer, who will issue a W2. In some cases, the Wisconsin Retirement System acts as the employer. Retirees, continuants and their spouses will have some taxes withheld from the incentive amount earned.

Save the Date – Conflict Management for Employees Training

Save the Date!

Kepro-WI is excited to invite you to participate in our upcoming session on Conflict Management for Employees delivered by subject matter expert, Mike Joerndt, a sought-after professional with years of experience in this topic. Mike Joerndt will give you the opportunity to engage directly with all of your questions and comments will be responded to in a manner which is appropriate for this session. We are excited to bring you this session and are confident that you will find it well worth your time.

Session Description:
This class will allow participants to understand and dissect their role in conflict, which is the first step to conflict management. This is a journey to assess and learn what you can do differently, to “play in the sandbox” productively with a wide variety of people.

Topic: Conflict Management for Employees
Client: (State of WI) University of WI – Green Bay
Date/Time: 3/23/2022 10:00 AM, America/Chicago
ID: KEPRO100205

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Audio conference:
United States Toll: +1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 2631 890 5097

Password: VnWVl8Y4wTD

Meet Your Facilitator: 

Mike Joerndt brings over 20 years of experience in sales, training and business. As a manager, Mike was directly responsible for leading and developing a team of associates, trainers, and current and future leaders. As a director, Mike has led a division of multiple teams, supporting Fortune 500 companies as well as innovative start-ups. This includes communicating market intelligence and strategic recommendations to those companies while also ensuring each team had the tools and leadership necessary to succeed. At the same time, Mike was responsible for meeting internal financial goals and finding opportunities to expand partnerships with the companies supported by his division.

In each stage of his career, Mike has been responsible for training, coaching and developing others. In doing so he has helped numerous professionals advance their careers. He has training experience in communication, business management, forecasting, desktop computer applications, coaching and development, process management, consultative selling, and strategic execution. Most recently, Mike has developed continuing education courses for health care professionals in the long-term and elderly care spaces. The proudest moments of Mike’s career are those in which he has been able to inspire and assist others in reaching their professional goals.

Mike has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Minnesota. Mike views learning as a lifetime activity and has recently completed certificates in Interpersonal Communication, Strategic Thinking, and Managing Innovation.

UREC Spring Group Fitness Schedule

The birds are singing and spring is coming!  Check out the fun group fitness classes at UREC this spring: https://www.uwgb.edu/university-recreation/fitness/group-fitness/class-schedule/ 

Join us in the Kress over your lunch break (12:15 – 12:45 pm) for Yoga with Alex Wandersee or Zumba® with Kristy Aoki, or check out Relaxation Yoga at 8 pm!  You can register for classes on the new UREC app or online, and login under “UWGB Credentials” with your UWGB email and password.

WRS Webinars in March

ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.  Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. To avoid connectivity issues during webinars, we highly recommend using Google Chrome as your web browser.

Annuity Options

Choosing a WRS annuity option is one of the most important decisions you will face. This webinar will cover all of the WRS annuity options and help you understand them so that you can make an informed decision. We will also explain the important differences between a beneficiary and a named survivor.

  • Thu, Mar 10, 2022 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Wed, Mar 16, 2022 11:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Tue, Mar 22, 2022 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6609437492980238605

WRS Effective Rates and Annuity Adjustments

Each year you may see changes to the amount of your retirement payment. We’ll discuss why and how these changes happen.

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Define WRS effective rates and annuity adjustments.
  • Explain how the Core Trust Fund and Variable Trust Fund effective rates are calculated.
  • Explain how the Core Trust Fund and Variable Trust Fund annuity adjustments are calculated.

Tue, Mar 8, 2022 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Thu, Mar 17, 2022 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Wed, Mar 30, 2022 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3882971913329974283

WRS Retirement Benefit Calculations

Have you requested a retirement estimate? Thinking about it? In this presentation we’ll discuss how we calculate your retirement benefit.

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Explain the individual components of the two retirement benefit calculation methods.
  • Describe what affects your WRS retirement benefit for each type of calculation (money purchase and formula).

Wed, Mar 2, 2022 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Mon, Mar 14, 2022 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tue, Mar 29, 2022 11:00 am – 11:30 am

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8987489829652547083

Preparing for Your Retirement

Planning to retire in the next 1-10 years? Then this webinar is for you.

We’ll discuss:

  • The money you and your employer have put towards your retirement account.
  • How your retirement account grows through investments.
  • When you can retire.
  • Options for receiving your retirement benefit.
  • Rules you must follow if you return to work after retiring.
  • What happens to your account after you die.
  • Changes to your health and life insurance in retirement.

Learn in a way that fits your schedule (workday or evening). Attend this presentation in a live webinar!

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2592441029449835020

Thu, Mar 10, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thu, Mar 24, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

REGISTER HERE

Stressless Challenge

The Stressless Challenge is taking place from February 28 – March 27. Challenge yourself to find 5 minutes each day to focus on something that helps you feel good and earn incentive credit while you’re at it.

Stress can have surprising effects on overall health, from the way we think and feel to the way we eat and behave. There are lots of ways stress can affect you, but you can have a major effect on your stress, too. Taking as little as 5 minutes for yourself to unwind each day can make a difference. There are lots of ways to relieve stress—what works for you is what’s important. Try stretching, meditating, or doing something you enjoy.

Enjoy downtime every day

Did you know taking “me time” can help you become more mindful, which can help you sleep better, stay on top of stress and improve your heart health?  Be sure to register before March 7, and start reducing stress and restoring your well-being.

During the Stressless challenge, you’ll track your downtime for 21 of 28 days between February 28 and March 27. Take five minutes to relax for 21 days to enjoy better well-being! Completing the Stressless Challenge counts as completing your well-being activity, which is one step toward earning $150. (Complete your health assessment and a health check, too, to earn the full amount.)

REGISTER HERE