Tag: health

Pickleball is next Lunch ‘n’ Learn

Want to get in on the fastest growing sport in America? UWGB Director of Marketing Sue Bodilly shares her favorite pastime — pickleball — in this Lunch and Learn session from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, July 16 in the Student Services Outdoor Plaza. Sponsored by the UWGB Wellness Committee, Bodilly will be joined by a few members of the Packerland Pickleball Players to guide you through the game, its rules, a few strategic pointers, and then allow YOU to get in on the action.  Come and see why the sport (a combination of ping-pong, tennis and badminton) is booming from coast-to-coast, and right here in Green Bay. All equipment is provided. Grab a co-worker and RSVP your attendance at bodillys@uwgb.edu.  Click here for more detail.

Power of partnership: Phoenix Athletics, Prevea make a winning team

top-story-partnershipJeremy Cleven (above) head athletics trainer for the Phoenix, is far from alone in his work despite being the only sports medicine professional formally employed by UW-Green Bay.

Take, for example, his colleague Callie Bartel, who has long been steeped in the culture and camaraderie of Phoenix Athletics at UW-Green Bay.

She’s an alumna who ran cross country with the Phoenix before graduating with a degree in Human Biology in 2009. Each day, she reports to her on-campus office and then sets about her day as an athletic trainer, working with student-athletes who want to stay at — or return to — the top of their game.

But Bartel isn’t a University employee. Rather, she’s part of an innovative partnership with Prevea Sports Medicine, a program that provides athletic trainers who are contracted out to UW-Green Bay.

“I knew I wanted to work at the college level right away,” Bartel said. “I wanted those athletes — they were there for a reason, and if they got hurt, they were going to do whatever it takes to get better.”

The partnership allows Bartel and her fellow athletic trainers — Prevea provides two others, plus two strength coaches — to work full-time with Cleven, who is employed by UW-Green Bay. It also provides Phoenix athletes with quick access to Prevea physicians as they need it, offering another big-time benefit for Division I athletes who just want to play — and play healthy.

“The community relationships are something that have really been important to them, and they have a passion for sports medicine,” Cleven said. “It’s kind of in their blood to take care of the local college athletes.”

Prevea is pleased to partner with a great University and the only Division I school in Northeastern Wisconsin, said Michael LaMere, Prevea’s Sports Medicine Outreach Supervisor. Its athletic trainers attend continuing education courses year-round to stay abreast of current trends, and the athletic training team meets frequently to review emergency and rehabilitation protocols to make sure athletes receive the highest level of care possible.

“The athletic trainers are the first line of defense of making sure the athlete is taken care of in a safe and timely manner,” LaMere said. “From a minor injury to a life-threatening injury, the athletic trainers are equipped to manage every situation that is thrown their way. With an athletic trainer on the sidelines, it helps give the student-athletes and coaches the peace of mind that they have someone right there with knowledge and skill to take care of injuries that may happen.”

UW-Green Bay’s longstanding relationship with Prevea is reflected not only on the sidelines of games and practices, but also in the very name of its training room — the Hinckley Sports Medicine Center on the lower level of the Kress Events Center on campus. The room is named after Prevea orthopedic surgeon, longtime team physician and UW-Green Bay philanthropist Dr. James Hinckley, who with his late wife Patricia received UW-Green Bay’s highest community honor, the Chancellor’s Award, in 2012.

The partnership also played a significant role in Bartel’s transition from student-athlete to athletic trainer. While a Phoenix cross country runner, Bartel established relationships with Cleven and then-UW-Green Bay athletic trainer Emily (Meeuwsen) Johnson, daughter of current UW-Green Bay Trustee Kate Meeuwsen ’76. The pair mentored Bartel and helped her land an internship with Prevea and UW-Green Bay between her first and second year of graduate school. It’s yet another example of how a longstanding partnership has paid off — for everyone involved.

“Callie’s experience has really brought a unique outlook to our sports medicine staff,” LaMere said. “Being a UWGB athlete, she came into the position with more knowledge of the University, the Athletic Department and Prevea than most would. Knowing the ins and outs really helped her hit the ground running quickly.

“Callie has always known she wanted to work with athletes, and it is great that she can continue what she started at UWGB.”

Kress Events Center advertises faculty/staff membership program

As a reminder, and as part of the University’s employee health initiative, the Kress Events Center is open to Faculty/Staff members employed in at least a 50% position for free during the following times:

Fall/Spring Semesters:

Monday through Thursday
— 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— 8 p.m. to close
(closed 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and
Summer, Winter, Spring Breaks
— Unlimited access

Must present Faculty/Staff ID at KEC Information Desk to gain access for each visit. For more membership information, visit the Kress Events Center front desk or call (920) 465-2449. For more information on facility hours and programming, visit the website.

Prevea Sports Medicine to host Oct. 22 evening at Kress

“College Health 101: Healthy Body, Better Mind” acknowledged that schoolwork may be a student’s first priority, but it’s important to focus on keeping the body healthy, too. Prevea Sports Medicine is offering a free program on healthy eating and meal planning, signs and symptoms of general illness and when to see a physician, illness prevention, managing stress, and fitness goals and staying motivated. The event is Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Special Events Room at the Kress Events Center. To register, call (920) 272-3355 or visit: www.prevea.com and click on Upcoming Events. Pre-registration is requested.

UW-Green Bay well-water study raising concerns in our area

A UW-Green Bay study led by former Biology Prof. Angela Bauer was making headlines this weekend and into Monday (Dec. 16), shedding light on concerns over manure pollution and endocrine disruptors in our area. Wisconsin Public Radio and the Press-Gazette were among the outlets carrying the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism story, which focuses on estrogen in Kewaunee County’s well water — a hormone that could pose a threat for residents. “We don’t know what the human health risks are,” said Bauer, now Biology department chair at High Point (N.C.) University. “But what we do know is that long-term exposure to estrogen in general can increase your risk to certain types of diseases, including hormone-sensitive cancers. So I think it’s absolutely something that requires further attention.”

The UW-Green Bay study was published in April in the journal Water Environment Research. You can check out two versions of the story, including audio and video, by clicking the links:
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Wisconsin Public Radio

Bansal on steering committee for ‘Linking Data to Improve Health’

MIS specialist and Assistant Prof. of Business Administration Gaurav Bansal is serving on the steering committee for the project “Linking Data to Improve Health.” The project was recently funded by a $200,000 grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin. The project aims to build a multidisciplinary data-sharing system to fill service gaps and identify effective practices concerning children in Brown County. Adam Hardy of Brown County United Way heads the project team. Community partners in addition to UW-Green Bay include Aurora BayCare; Bellin Health; Hospital Sisters Health System; Prevea Health; St. Norbert College; Green Bay Area Public School District; LIVES54218; Community Partnership for Children; Healthy Families; Howe Neighborhood Resource Center; Family and Childcare Resources of Northeast Wisconsin; Nicolet National Bank; and Encompass Early Education and Care. The local project is one of nine funded, out of 62 initial applications. Read more.

Art for Wellness Event is Oct. 7

Art therapy is an accepted practice in the world of counseling, psychology and clinical therapy, something that has shown success with people of all ages in individual sessions to couples, family and group sessions. To learn about how art can be used in the therapeutic healing process for depression, PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will hold an Art for Wellness Event. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 in the University Union’s Phoenix Room. Presenters include Dr. Rosalie Durante; counselor Judith Ribbens; artist, speaker and veterans’ advocate Jeff Boire; and artist Michael Mills. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion Q&A, with an opportunity to view artwork on display and meet the artists, and bid on silent auction items.  

UW-Green Bay senior, cancer survivor uses pageant success to fight melanoma

A UW-Green Bay senior is using her pageant success to raise awareness of melanoma, a disease she battled when she was just 21. Oshkosh native Morgan “Maggie” Hill competed last month in the Miss Wisconsin pageant, under the very personal platform of “Protect the Skin You’re In: Skin Cancer Awareness.” An article published Tuesday (July 17) by OnMilwaukee.com details Hill’s struggles with the disease, including eight surgeries during the course of 14 months. A Human Biology major with a Dietetics emphasis, Hill — a former frequent tanner — has dedicated herself to spreading the word about sun safety and skin health. Here on campus, Hill is the president of the Dietetics Club and will be taking on a leadership role with UWGB Colleges Against Cancer. Great story, click here.

In the media: Recent grad sharing passion for health with FoodCorps

A 2011 UW-Green Bay alumnus continues to make news with his passion for healthy living, sharing his story of transformation as he works to inspire others. Human Biology grad Daniel J. Schultz is now working in Des Moines, Iowa, with FoodCorps, an AmeriCorps offshoot that works to deliver hands-on nutrition education, build and tend school gardens and bring high-quality local food to public school cafeterias. We told you last fall that Schultz had been featured on the CBS Evening News and in a New York Times food columnist’s blog as a member of FoodCorps’ inaugural class. Now Schultz, who overcame his own struggle with weight as an adolescent, has shared his story with The Des Moines Register. The article coincides with the much-anticipated HBO documentary “The Weight of the Nation,” which premieres this week. For more on Schultz, his inspiration and his work, see the full story.