The UW-Green Bay Wellness Committee and Public Safety are again co-presenting the Walk the Stairs event. The 2015 edition is set for Friday (Sept. 11) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the main stairwell of the David A. Cofrin Library between floors two and eight.
We here at the Log have been asked to promote the following food-related events:
• 3rd Annual Healthy Potluck — Bring your favorite healthy dish to pass and your recipe to share. Tableware and water will be provided. Click to see more pictures from last year’s event. Sponsored by the Wellness Committee and SLO Food Alliance. When and Where: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 12:15 to 1 p.m., in the Union’s 1965 Room. RSVP by Monday.
• Get the Scoop — The flavors for the mid-day ‘Get the Scoop’ ice cream promotion over at the University Union are Salty Caramel and Bunny Tracks, noon to 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 29) and Mint Chip and Bunny Tracks, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday (July 31).
Have you noticed a decline in the direct e-mails from Human Resources? Wondering if the Wellness Committee is still planning campus events? Check out the HR Connect newsletter sent to your e-mail inbox each Thursday for the latest in everything HR (including wellness)! This newsletter has been created in an effort to consolidate and effectively reach you with what you need to know. Contained within are the most recent position announcements, new hires, payroll and benefits, CURRENT and wellness events and other news and updates. More into following a blog? Everything contained within the newsletter can be accessed real time on the HR Connect blog!
Today (Monday, April 13) begins the Step Into Spring Activity Challenge sponsored by the campus Wellness Committee. There is still time to register! The Activity Challenge encourages the campus community to get active and increase their physical activity to gear up for the busy summer months ahead! Please review the program and register today by following these five easy steps.
In an effort to communicate more effectively and consolidate necessary communications, Human Resources has created a weekly newsletter that will be sent via e-mail each Thursday. Please be sure to watch your e-mail and review this communication which will include critical information that historically was directly e-mailed, including position announcements, new hires, payroll and benefits, wellness committee initiatives, CURRENT events, and important deadlines for various personnel matters. Coming up:
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.
It’s a Wellness Lunch and Learn on “Building your Budget,” taking place from 12:15 to 1 p.m. this Friday (March 20) in University Union Room 103. Join financial expert Wayne Resch from the UW Credit Union in an interactive discussion about how to make and maintain a sensible, effective budget. Visit the Wellness Committee website for information on other wellness topics, newsletters, and upcoming events.
The UW-Green Bay Benefits Office and Wellness Committee are offering a Well Wisconsin Biometric Screening Event on Monday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Union Phoenix Rooms. All member employees as well as employees’ spouses or domestic partners and adult children enrolled in State Group Health Insurance are invited to attend. Pre-registration is required prior to Thursday, April 16, and can be done online. This screening is one half of the Well Wisconsin program, which has state insurance plans offering $150 to complete in 2015. The screening will allow participants to get up-to-date testing results on height, weight, and Body Mass Index, as well as other important health factors. The screening will take 20 minutes and participants will be given their results at the end. The second half of the program asks participants to complete an online health survey that discusses topics such as daily stress level, family medical history, and typical meal plan. Once both halves of the program are complete, the $150 incentive will be processed. More information on the Well Wisconsin program and the Biometric Screening Event.
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
A’viands Wellness Dietitian Laura Rowell will be giving a cooking demonstration on how to prepare a healthy local soup and homemade hummus and chips. Learn about the new foods A’viands is bringing to your table and their health benefits. Please come hungry for a light and healthy lunch for the event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Phoenix A. Space is limited to the first 20 people who make reservations by emailing the Wellness Committee at email@example.com.