Eight Wisconsin state agencies and universities were recognized for achieving excellence and innovation in employee well-being through the Well Wisconsin Program at the inaugural Well Wisconsin award ceremony, held recently at the State Capitol.

The winners were lauded by ETF Secretary Robert Conlin, for “supporting employees along their wellness journeys and guiding positive outcomes for staff and, ultimately, the citizens of Wisconsin.” 

Approximately 36% of eligible state and university employees participated in the Well Wisconsin Program this year by completing a health screening, health assessment, and a well-being activity. 

Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan and Wellness Coordinator Christina Bulin presented awards to representatives of state agency honorees. Likewise, University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross and Chief HR Officer Shenita Brokenburr presented awards to individual campus award winners. 

The 2019 recipients of the Well Wisconsin Program awards are as follows:

  • Wisconsin State Fair Park – highest percentage participation (73.3%) in Well Wisconsin among state agencies with less than 500 eligible employees 
  • Wisconsin Department of Children and Families – highest percentage participation (50.3%) in Well Wisconsin among state agencies with more than 500 eligible employees
  • Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office – highest average monthly steps among state agencies in the Million Steps Challenge 
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – promoted healthy work/life balance during the annual performance review process by limiting work email and devices during off-work hours 
  • UW-Stout – highest percentage participation (46.7%) in Well Wisconsin among universities with less than 1,000 eligible employees
  • UW-Milwaukee – highest percentage participation (40.9%) in Well Wisconsin among universities with more than 1,000 eligible employees
  • UW-La Crosse – highest average monthly steps among universities in the Million Steps Challenge
  • UW-Parkside – collaborated with students to develop the new Ranger Wellness app, a resource to support faculty, staff and students with wellness on campus

The award program also served as the 2020 Well Wisconsin kick-off meeting for state employers. Employers shared their award-winning efforts, brainstormed on overcoming challenges, and generated new ideas for success in 2020. Representatives from Staywell, the Well Wisconsin Program administrator, also discussed what’s new for 2020, including: 

  • A new website and mobile app, with new features like workout videos and doctor chat. Everyone will need to create a new account to access these in 2020.
  • New options for the well-being activity completion, including but not limited to:
  • A gift card that’s automatically sent to a participant ’s home address upon completing the health assessment, health screening, and well-being activity. 

For More Information

  • Register for upcoming employer webinars on the new Well Wisconsin website portal: 
    • Wednesday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Register here.
    • Wednesday, December 18 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Register here
  • Submit your onsite health screening requests for 2020 to host an event at your location between February 3 – October 2, 2020. Learn more about hosting an onsite screening.
  • Local government and other state employers participating in the group health insurance program: Watch for opportunities to participate in the award ceremony next year. 

For assistance with leading and growing a successful employee wellness program, contact wellwisconsin@staywell.com or connect with your ETF case manager.

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