CALS Wellness Committee

The CALS Wellness Committee was launched in 2015 with the vision of a culture and environment of wellness in CALS. Our mission is to support opportunities that promote the health and well-being of the CALS community. We work in partnership with UWell, a campus-wide effort committed to benefiting and promoting wellness on campus. Our approach to wellness is holistic, and we strive to promote activities and events on campus that meet the 7 dimensions of wellness.

Have a question, suggestion or want to join the initiative? Get in touch with us at wellness@cals.wisc.edu.

Announcements

CALS Wellness Committee tip: Start Earning your $150 Well Wisconsin Incentive for 2022

Three activities need to be completed by October 14, 2022 to earn a $150 gift card:

  1. HEALTH ASSESSMENT: Complete WebMD ONE’s 10-minute health assessment.
  2. HEALTH CHECK: Complete one of the following health checks:
    1. Biometric screening
    2. Dental exam
    3. One coaching session
  3. WELL-BEING ACTIVITY: There are so many activities to choose from this year including health coaching, Daily Habits plans, two rounds of The Invitational steps challenge and a brand-new nutrition-focused challenge to get your fill of colorful fruit and veg.

To start the process go here webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin.  Questions? Call their Customer Service at 800‑821‑6591.

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CALS Wellness Committee tip: How to avoid injuries when clearing snow and ice

  • Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and cover up as much skin as you can. Hats, gloves, waterproof boots with good traction, and a coat made of wind-resistant material with warm layers underneath will help you stay comfortable and avoid frostbite. Use a scarf (or facemask) to cover your nose and mouth.
  • Clear snow and ice from sidewalks and driveways promptly and carefully. For a longer snow event, it is often better to shovel multiple times – even while it is still snowing – rather than wait until the very end to start the process. This is because the accumulating snow and ice can start to become wet and heavy, which will make it more difficult to clear. If you are deconditioned and not used to the extra exertion, you could hurt yourself – straining muscles or even suffering a heart attack.
  • When you shovel, go slow and steady to prevent injuries. Lift heavy shovels of snow by bending at your knees. If there is ice, try to scrape it up. If you cannot remove it, sprinkle sand to provide some traction and prevent a slip and fall. Try not to use salt, if possible. And if you do need to use salt, remember that a little goes a long way.
  • When walking on sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots, be mindful of patches of ice. Look for pathways around the ice and snow, if possible. Sometimes the ice is difficult to see, so take slow, small steps and lean your body forward a bit to maintain your balance.

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