There is free gatekeeper training for suicide prevention for faculty, staff and students from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 in Alumni A/B of the University Union. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope and help the person find the help they need. Sponsored by Counseling and Health Center, 360° of Wellness Committee and Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention. Contact Greg Smith for more information. Pre-registration not required.
Whether it is through promoting exercise, healthy eating, or even ergonomics, UW-Green Bay’s Wellness Committee is devoted to keeping employees healthy.
The committee focuses on physical, occupational, emotional, social, fiscal, environmental, intellectual and nutritional wellness. The next program, “Heart Healthy Living,” is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Alumni A and B of the University Union.
In order to promote these wellness topics, the committee holds several events throughout the year, such as monthly Lunch and Learns and quarterly wellness challenges. They also write a monthly newsletter focusing on the same topic as that month’s Lunch and Learn. Activities vary, and partners are plentiful.
“We had a step in to spring challenge, we’ve done that a couple years now, and that’s where (participants) are able to create teams and track all of their physical activities for the month,” says Kimberly Danielson, chair of the Wellness Committee. “We partner with the American Heart Association, the My Start tool, where it’s easy to put in activities whether it’s vacuuming or cleaning the house or out walking or riding a bike. They’re able to track that and we use that as a friendly competition.”
While the committee’s programming is targeted toward employees, students are welcome to attend as well. The committee will occasionally partner with the Healthy Choices Taskforce, which creates wellness programing aimed at students, or other campus organizations to plan events.
“The 9/11 walk, that was open to everybody,” Danielson said. “We partnered with Vets for Vets Club which is a student organization and so we’re trying to reach out and partner with everybody we can.”
The committee has also promoted wellness off campus, by encouraging employees to join community events.
“We have a corporate team for the Bellin Run. The last few years that’s been really successful and people have really liked that they can sign up through the committee. We’re just trying to find ways to promote what events are out there that people might not be aware of,” Danielson said.
“We’re looking for ways to promote, and to be healthy and active in whatever shape or form that is,” she said, “We just want to provide opportunities for employees to think about how they can make positive changes in their life.”
The committee had its founding in early 2012, when several employees gathered to begin a walking program on campus. They discussed a greater need for wellness promotion on campus. It is now comprised of employees from four areas of campus: Human Resources, the Counseling and Health Center, the Kress Events Center, and a liaison with the A’viands who is a wellness dietician. Committee members hope to add one employee from each of the employee classifications on a rotating basis.
Written by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication
Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record, Counseling and Health Director Amy Henniges and Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill are encouraging the UW-Green Bay community to take steps to fight influenza. Those who haven’t been vaccinated are urged to get the shot (Counseling and Health has a limited supply; call x2380), and we’re all reminded to wash our hands frequently and stay home if flu-like symptoms (fever with cough and/or sore throat) arise, to avoid spreading the disease. They also shared some helpful flu resources (check out http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm#whatis and http://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm), and offered a link (http://www.flu.gov) and phone number (1-800-CDC-INFO) for the most up-to-date info.
Amy Henniges, director of the UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health Center, informed students Monday that, effective immediately, if they call or visit the office to make an appointment they can expect to be asked if they have traveled outside the United States in the last 21 days. Henniges noted that the University is adopting that precautionary practice to be consistent with CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommendations.
Already broadcast campuswide but repeated here for the record: The Counseling and Health Center, SS 1400, is offering seasonal influenza vaccine (trivalent) by appointment only, while supplies are left. The fee is $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff members, with payment by cash, check or pass points (and SIS for students). To make an appointment, have your Faculty/Staff ID number available (the one on your card that starts with 6017200 – they’ll need the last nine digits) and call ext. 2380.
UW System President Ray Cross has announced the formation of a new UW System Task Force on Sexual Violence and Harassment. The aim is to strengthen the universities capacity to protect students from sexual violence and better coordinate System-wide efforts at prevention and outreach. Co-chairs are Vicki Washington, UW System associate vice president, and Anne Bilder, senior legal counsel. UW-Green Bay Director of Health Services Amy Henniges was named to the task force. Read more.
The Counseling and Health Center notes that Wednesday (Sept. 10) is World Suicide Prevention Day. They remind us that if you become aware that someone in the University community is contemplating suicide, please take action. If a suicide attempt seems imminent, call 911. If there is a concern but not an imminent danger you can call the Counseling and Health Center at 465-2380 during regular business hours for consultation. The Counseling and Health Center will reach out to students to provide assistance and also can meet with employees to help connect them with additional resources. The Brown County Crisis Center at 920-436-8888 is also available, around the clock, to help with consultation, suicide risk assessment, short-term counseling and referral.
As the result of federal requirements related to certain funding received by the University, Greg Smith of the Counseling and Health Center is heading up a review of policies and procedures related to people who have disabilities. Does your department or unit have any policies or procedures that specifically refer to employees, students or other people who have disabilities? If so please send a copy of those policies or procedures or a web link to Smith at email@example.com. Not every department will have or need such policies and procedures, so if you do not have any there is no need to take any action. Thanks to those who have already responded to this request. Any questions? Contact Greg at 465-2380 or Lynn Niemi at 465-2841.
Mumps cases at UW campuses in Madison, Milwaukee and La Crosse this spring have drawn the attention of health officials and news media who are examining the issue. And while no cases have been reported in Northeastern Wisconsin, WBAY, Channel 2 on Friday (May 9) ran a story about prevention and risk. They spoke with Amy Henniges, UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health director, to provide context. “College is just an environment where people are living together in close proximity,” Henniges said, “in classes, and in the various activities students participate in.” And while vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent mumps, Henniges added that basic precautions — covering a cough, washing one’s hands and the like — can help, too. Full story.
Counseling and Health Center counselor Theresa Weise provided context Monday (April 7) for a Local 5 News story on new legislation designed to combat the growing heroin problem in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed into law seven heroin-related bills, one of which guarantees immunity for anyone who calls 9-1-1 to report an overdose. There’s never been a heroin overdose on campus, Weise told reporter Jenn Sullivan, but she’s worked with patients in the community who have been left behind while overdosing. “That is always their main concern,” Weise said, “is getting into trouble for breaking the law or being around someone where this happens — so I think it will make a big difference.” Full story.