UWSA Education, Health and Wellness Resources

Along with our comprehensive and affordable medical benefits plans, UWSA offers a variety of programs and resources to help you get in shape, seek assistance for stress management, obtain healthy foods, and develop better professional relationships, along with meeting other health and wellness needs.

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Long-Term Care Insurance seminar - Monday, October 27th

Long term care is the type of care you need when you are no longer able to do the things you take for granted every day. It is needed when simple things, such as getting out of bed, eating, or even taking a shower, become too difficult to do on your own for extended periods of time.

Preparing for the cost of long term care is an important part of your financial planning. For this reason, we have invited Legacy Services to UWSA for educational seminars on long term care insurance. Legacy is an independent agency out of Brookfield, WI that represents multiple carriers

Read more about LTCi Seminars...

Health Plan Wellness Incentives Are Taxable to Employees

The State of Wisconsin recently extended a number of 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 are eligible for a financial incentive to complete biometric testing and health risk assessment. Depending on your health plan, 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. You can learn more information about the benefits available to you by going to the Well Wisconsin website.

Per guidance from the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), these 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:

  • Beginning in 2014 financial incentives will be reported by your employer as a taxable wage and will be subject to applicable withholdings and taxes. You will see withholdings for all incentives issued in the current calendar year reflected on your December pay stub. This will include incentives issued to your eligible family members.
  • Withholding will include 7.65% for Social Security and Medicare and may include withholding for federal and state taxes, depending on the number of exemptions you claimed on your W-4.
  • Due to the year-end reporting, incentives normally paid during the months of November and December will be delayed until the next tax year.
  • Federal regulations requires the payroll center 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 are able to receive substantial financial rewards for using the wellness incentives offered by the State of Wisconsin and participating health plans. Benefits available through the Well Wisconsin program are also available to any dependent over the age of 18 who is covered by your State of Wisconsin insurance plan.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact ETF at 1-877-533-5020 (toll free) or 608-266-3285 (Madison local).

Health and Wellness Resources

Healthy Wisconsin People

Healthy Wisconsin People is dedicated to providing reliable health information for the residents of Wisconsin. The site features links to a broad range of health-related Web sites and organizations, with a special emphasis on health services for Wisconsinites.

Relaxation and Stress Management

For many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body's natural relaxation response. You can do this by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, and yoga. Fitting these activities into your life can help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood. Learn more about stress and how to manage it at Medline Plus or visit the Help Guide.

Dietary Guidance

The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Toward this goal, the Center focuses its efforts on two primary objectives: advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics. Visit their website to learn more about weight management, physical activity, healthy eating tips, and much more!

Gardening for a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity

Did you know gardening gets you out in the fresh air and sunshine, leads you to eat more fruits and vegetables, and is a great source of physical activity? Learn more about gardening though the American Community Gardening Association, whose mission is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.

Mitigating Health Threats and Promoting Best Practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mission entails collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. Visit their website for more information on health and safety.

Quitting Smoking

Different people need different resources as they try to quit smoking. The information and professional assistance available on Smokefree.gov can help to support both your immediate and long-term needs as you become, and remain, a nonsmoker.

Smokefree.gov allows you to choose the help that best fits your needs. You can get immediate assistance in the form of:


Like to bike? Madison and Dane County have an extensive set of bike trails that makes biking to work or for fun enjoyable and easy! Learn more by visiting the Dane County Map for Bicyclists.

Recreational Sports and Facility Access

As a UWSA employee you can obtain low-cost memberships to UW-Madison recreation sports facilities across the UW-Madison campus. To learn more, check out member services information.

Professional Development and Educational Opportunities

Courses and Seminars

The UW-Madison Office of Human Resource Development offers a variety of professional development courses and seminars that are available to UWSA employees for free or little cost. You can learn more by visiting their website or browsing the catalog of upcoming events.

Leadership Development

Fully Prepared to Lead is a comprehensive, competency-based development program designed to help individuals master the knowledge, skills, and tools for effective leadership. Participation is free to UWSA employees and open to everyone--it is not limited to those in formal supervisory or management roles.

Supervisory and Management Courses and Contacts

Fully Prepared to Manage includes workshops, conferences, study, groups, and learning communities for aspiring, new, and experienced supervisors and managers.

Career-Related Educational Reimbursement

Employees with a half time or greater appointment are eligible to be reimbursed for up to 100% of the cost of one course (up to 5 credits) per semester at any state accredited public or private higher educational institution. Coursework at a UW System institution is encouraged. Employees must receive prior authorization from their supervisor. Approval will rely on the potential for the employee’s increase in knowledge and skills and availability of department funding. For more information on career-related educational reimbursement, see Educational Assistance for Faculty and Staff (G25).