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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Biometric screenings offered in May 2014

Employees, their spouses/domestic partners and adult children who are covered under the State Group Health Insurance program are eligible to receive a wellness incentive in 2014.  Each adult member (age 18 and over) will receive $150 from their health plan for completing both a health risk survey and a biometric screening.

On May 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., UWSA will offer on-site biometric screenings for employees of UWSA, UW-Colleges and UW-Extension.  The screenings will be held at 780 Regent St., Room 126.  You must pre-register at http://wellwisconsin.wi.gov/Home.  Your adult dependents may also register for the on-site screening.   

At the end of the screening, you will be given a wellness tip sheet to help you understand your results. You will also be encouraged to share the biometric screening results with your primary care provider.

Individual information is strictly confidential.  The results may be shared with your health plan for administration of incentives, wellness programming, and other health plan activities.

Biometric Screenings

The biometric screening may be done at the event above or with your physician.  Get up-to-date results on your height, weight, and Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol level (LDL and HDL), glucose measurement, and blood pressure. 

For more information on completing a biometric screening with your physician, visit http://wellwisconsin.wi.gov.  You may use the results from your biometric screening to complete the health risk survey.

Complete the health risk survey provided by your health plan

Visit http://wellwisconsin.wi.gov/Home and click on your health insurance plan to find out how to complete your health risk survey.  This quick, easy survey will ask a range of questions including your daily stress level, family medical history, and typical meal plan.  The survey is designed to help you gauge well-being factors to pinpoint possible health risks.

Once the biometric screening and/or the health risk survey is completed, the incentive is issued by your health insurance provider.  It may take up to 12 weeks before you receive the incentive payment.

To learn more about your wellness assessment, go to http://wellwisconsin.wi.gov/Home

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:

Biking

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).