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Employee Wellness

May 15-16, 2012
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What is employee wellness? It encompasses injury prevention, battling obesity, disease prevention, how technology is affecting wellness (with online challenges and monitoring), using social media, employee engagement (do you need to use incentive/reward programs), biometric data, outsourcing vs. internal programs, ROI and more.

Do you want that competitive edge in your professional space? Do you want to assert your knowledge of current HR topics, trends within your domain? Why not set yourself apart from your peers and get certified with and the Institutes for Human Resources (IHR).

The Institute for Human Resources (IHR), the certification and accreditation process arm of, has a program for you! Many HR professionals have a general HR degree or certification with a wide spectrum of HR functionalities learned. The IHR is the only institute that focuses on niche areas within Human Resources. A specialty certification increases your market value, adds value to your work experience, furthers your knowledge, and recognizes you as an industry leader and/or expert in the field.

Conference Webcast Schedule
Tara Butt, Community Facilitator - Employee Wellness(

Welcome to the Institute for Human Resources for Employee Wellness! This introductory session will give you an overview of the Institute for Human Resources - Employee Wellness certification program. In a nutshell, the Institute has been designed to provide HR professionals responsible for their employees' health and well-being with the opportunity to gain certification in this particular field. What is employee wellness? It encompasses injury prevention, battling obesity, disease prevention, how technology is affecting wellness (with online challenges and monitoring), using social media, employee engagement (do you need to use incentive/reward programs), biometric data, outsourcing vs. internal programs, ROI and more. The Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Employee Wellness certification program launched on September 14 & 15, 2011 with a two-day virtual event and the second event was held on February 1 & 2, 2012. To date, over 3,700 HR professionals have registered for our programs so far.

The purpose of this session is to provide you with an update on the webcast topics and speakers that will be presenting over these two days. In addition, for those of you who have not participated in one of these events in the past, you will be shown how to register for any newly-added webcasts and make use of the virtual Exhibit Hall, where you can increase your knowledge on product and service suppliers in the employee wellness space. You will also learn how to network with your peers by visiting the lounge.

All of these webcasts have been approved for HRCI recertification credits (the only exception being this introductory webcast). This short webcast will provide you with complete information on what is required to obtain certification from the Institute for Human Resources.

The management of this Institute would not be possible without the input from the Advisory Board. This session will also introduce all the members of the Advisory Board to you.

A calendar of future events will be shared so that members can pre-register now to add the dates to their calendars.
You will learn about the opportunity to become certified with the Institute for Human Resources and what other HR Verticals are available for either yourself or your colleagues. There will be an introduction to this Institute's Advisory Board and faculty which ensures that all courses and educational components are state-of-the-art and relevant to current trends in the industry. We will also give an overview of the speakers and their topics. You will be given guidance on how to chat online with colleagues and access the virtual exhibit hall which includes floors for our Sponsors, speakers and suppliers, prior to and during the entire two day event. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, as it relates to the overall program, prior to the event's commencement.
Don’t forget, this is a great opportunity to converse with our industry experts. Looking forward to your participation!

Jina Schaefer, Owner(Discover Health)

During this presentation you will learn solutions for employers with a small budget just beginning the endeavor to better employee health and engagement from an expert who has been in corporate wellness since 2004. The small employer rarely gets the tools and resources it needs to supply employees with the resources to become happier and healthier. This is not for companies with robust wellness programming currently in place.
Today in employee wellness there is a shift going from the focus on an employee’s chronic condition to building a culture of wellness across the worksite. This culture of wellness focuses on an overall healthy lifestyle with a supportive work environment. Creating an all-around culture of wellness within the work environment is the first step in having an impact on both your employee wellness and increasing employee engagement.
Studies have proven that healthy employees are less expensive for the employee as well as the employer. Engaged employees are less likely to leave the company, which is beneficial to avoid time, money and energy in hiring and training of new employees. Whether the goal is better health or increased engagement, it all starts with culture and program design.
As good as it sounds, having a plan in place is key to any wellness program. This presentation breaks it down step by step to help you find the right programs for your employees and how to implement and get the word out about the programs.
Build a culture of wellness that focuses on an overall healthy lifestyle with a supportive work environment. Environment influences behavior.

Kristen Balchan, RD, LDN, HealthyGuidance Wellness Coach(ComPsych)

Get Your Wellness Program Moving with Employee Competition

Launching a successful wellness program requires employee engagement, not just participation – meaning annual health risk assessments and information about getting healthy simply is not enough to bring about real change in improving employee health and reducing medical costs. Friendly competition, or employee wellness challenges, are fast becoming a must-have component of wellness plans for their ability to inject energy into the program, inspire engagement and improve employee morale – all while reducing health costs and improving productivity. From “biggest loser” contests to walk-across-the-U.S. programs, employee wellness challenges are an inexpensive and proven way to get results.

In this session, Dr. Michele Dodds will show examples of creative and innovative wellness challenges, including low-cost alternatives such as lunchtime walking contests, new ideas such as cooking classes, weight-loss competitions and more. Drawing upon examples taken from a variety of employers, from hotel franchises to public transit systems, Dr. Dodds will discuss:
• Best-practices approaches to making challenges meaningful to your particular workforce
• Key considerations in choosing rewards and prizes that employees value
• How to get employees involved – not only in the wellness challenge but in its design, creating more buy in and ownership
• Steps to take when implementing a wellness challenge as well as pitfalls to avoid
• How to create “wellness ambassadors” out of employees, a peer-to-peer strategy that attracts more enthusiasm and participation
• How to keep wellness challenges fresh year after year, building upon previous successes, learning from mistakes and, most important of all, encouraging the adoption of long-term healthy behaviors in employees.

Alan Zimmerer, President(50MillionCalories)

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” –Leonardo da Vinci

Your employee workforce is burdened more than ever in their lives despite advancement in technology. Your employees are busier at work and in their personal lives more than ever - leaving little time or energy to learn and execute yet another task such as joining a workplace wellness program that requires learning new exercises, taking extensive time out of their day, and overwhelmed with dietary and fitness information, often geared towards selling some new gadget that will ultimately fade from view as society realizes the results are not substantiated. With this in mind, this presentation aims at delivering you the top fitness, nutrition, and weight loss tips learned from over a decade of experience, education, and personal training. The advice we share is designed with one purpose, to educate you and your employee workforce on the science. The fitness and nutrition tips are followed daily by your presenter. Additionally, the presentation focuses on wellness best practices, and the top goals for wellness programs. This presentation leaves you with impactful tips that you can take to your company and implement right away in your organization to make a positive difference in your own health as well as that of your employees. The presentation also leaves you with the simplest, most time-effective and safe wellness program and a means to bring that program to your office immediately for phenomenal success.

Wellness Made Simple combats the increasing burden of complicated exercise programs and overwhelming technologies to give your hardest-to-reach employees what they need most in a corporate wellness program – simplicity.

Karl Smith, Owner(The Exercise Rx)

The benefits of implementing a wellness program are widely known and ROI data continues to prove the case for adopting a wellness program regardless of the size of the organization or the size and scope of the wellness program itself. Companies often go through the four Organizational Development stages of Diagnosis, Action Planning, Intervention and Evaluation in order to implement an organization wide wellness program, however outcomes are not always the same. There are vast differences between good wellness programs and great wellness programs.

This presentation will address the three commonly overlooked elements of first generation wellness programs and how these three elements can help second generation wellness programs effectively change direction to increase their wellness program ROI and deliver desired results. Regardless of program size or organization wellness program implementation knowledge, these internal changes will help guide your population towards healthier lifestyle choices - leading to more favorable program results. Each of the three elements is often overlooked because the organization is focused on the “wellness” aspect but forget that this is still a company program and like any company program there are some essential steps that need to take place in order for an initiative becomes “institutionalized” or deeply rooted into the core of the organization.

Employee Buy-in is the first element that is often overlooked in a wellness program. The common design uses diagnostic testing as its platform for creating an action plan for programs that will be implemented during the intervention phase, but it does not implicitly mention surveying employees about their interest in various programs. HR practitioners are not the only offenders, as many wellness practitioners often fall victim to this issue as well because they feel that they know best, when in actuality it is the employee that knows what programs they will be willing to participate in. In this presentation survey samples will be provided and best practices will be offered regarding involving employees in the action planning phase.

Visible Senior Leadership Support is the second element discussed in this presentation. This element can be rather abstract as "support" varies depending on the organization and leadership team. There has to be a concerted effort on the part of senior leadership to be visibly supportive of the program and see it as a priority to their personal health which will more readily translate to genuine belief in the wellness program which goes further in the minds of the employee population. During this presentation information will be provided as to how to evaluate the senior leaderships views of the wellness program and how to provided opportunities for them to become visibly supportive and involved in the wellness program.

Corporate Cultural Integration is the third and final overlooked element that prevents good programs from becoming great programs. This is probably the hardest element to capture because it is difficult to force a corporate culture change, but once a wellness philosophy is fully integrated into a corporations culture it is the strongest ally for overall population health. This presentation will discuss best practices on integrating a wellness program into the corporate culture to turn a good program into a great program.

John Buckley, CEO(Health Fairs

Wellness portals and interactive challenges – the next evolution of corporate wellness strategies:

How to Choose an On-Line Wellness Portal
The future of corporate wellness is now! 5 years ago live wellness events came into vogue with corporations jumping on board to offer their employees live wellness events such as health fairs, screenings, flu shots and lectures. 10 years ago most HR people did not know what a health fair was!

The same theory applies today in predicting where wellness is going – will your company be at the forefront of the industry, leading the way as a pro-active leader or will it tag along following the trend 5 years down the line?

On-line wellness portals offer a wellness program option that can reach all corporate employees, regardless of location. This is a game changer for many companies that until now have been limited in offering their employees “live” wellness events. While there is no doubt live events are a key component to bringing wellness to a corporate population, this is not a viable option, nor is it a complete option, for many corporations today due to population locations.

The on-line wellness portal fill in the gap that has existed, expanding what companies can offer their employees in the wellness arena. These portals are interactive websites where participants engage in wellness challenges, education, reporting/HRAs, personalized individual goal setting programs, coaching, and much more. They can be the social media bridge between wellness and the individual and can be the foundation upon which any wellness program can be built or it can be a stand-alone wellness program.

Since the goal of wellness is to engage those hard to reach employees, as well as to sustain those already embracing wellness, the portals achieve this goal in a variety of ways.

This webinar will discuss what a well-rounded portal should include. Some of the highlights to be covered are:
       The concept of wellness portals as turn-key comprehensive wellness initiatives
       Challenges - the front line to creating a fun, interactive wellness program (and creating great ROI)
       Engaging your target demographic – how to inspire those hard to reach employees
       Communication and social networking - how to get real teambuilding results
       Keeping your program HIPPA compliant - portal options to handle this issue
       Built in recognition and incentives to motivate and retain participants
       HRA’s/Reporting - make your data work for you to help reduce your wellness costs
       The data “ownership” debate – who should hold your data, you or your carrier?
       How to use portals to make the most of your existing wellness programs (get better value and return where you are already spending your wellness dollars!)
       Total integration – find out how portals become a one-stop-shop for everything wellness
       Language expands wellness accessibility – bring wellness to your population in their language of choice!
       Portals, the value of customization and branding

Andrea Wicks Bowles, General HR(Bright Horizons Family Solutions)
Lucy English, Senior Consultant (Bright Horizons Family Solutions)

Current research shows that employee well-being is a key to organizational success. The sum total of physical, emotional, social, financial, and career components, well-being drives peak performances, enabling employees to feel well enough, whole enough, and in control enough to be their most productive. Employers who support well-being stand to benefit from engaged employees who provide peak performances that drive long-term, efficient, and sustainable success.

Achieving well-being means understanding — and responding to — your individual workforce’s needs. It means assessing the drivers of your employees and responding with relevant response strategies. And it means continually reevaluating and updating your employee supports over time.

Getting there requires a measurable well-being index. But, index models currently in practice may overlook key components of employees’ work/life issues. Conversely, Horizons Workforce Consulting’s customized well-being index takes into account all principle well-being drivers (physical, emotional, social, financial, and career) as well as resilience, optimism, humor, and spirituality. And, it reflects the specific issues impacting an individual workforce. Such data provides decision makers with a crucial snapshot of employee challenges and a clear path to pertinent, effective responses.

Horizons Workforce Consulting’s own well-being index was derived from a thorough survey of employees throughout the company. The result is a highly customized, data-driven resource that allows us to understand our employees’ support needs and to assess whether our current supports are effective. In the future, the index will enable us to continually re-measure well-being among our employees and assess whether or not new response strategies are required.

Join this webinar to hear Lucy English and Andrea Wicks-Bowles, senior consultants with Horizons Workforce Consulting, discuss the value of this crucial resource and the methodology for success — and why your organization deserves a customized assessment to key in to the unique needs of your workforce.

Cathy Rasmusson, Principal Consultant(Healthy Business Designs)

Without knowing it, employers are often spending money on wellness activities that do not get the desired results or worse yet, they don’t know what they did or didn’t get!
1.       Wise choices begin with “doing the homework” of assessing what is: already in place, already paid for, driving health-related costs up, and staff resources
Presenter will describe the assessment process and provide a worksite wellness scoresheet.
2.       Wise spending begins with only spending money on: what you don’t already have, taking advantage of what’s available for free, prioritizing, careful budgeting, making sure you “get what you paid for!”
Presenter will provide a resource checklist to identify what the organization already has such as safety staff, insurance broker, space for indoor and/or outdoor workouts, discounts, potential co-op situations, parks, local farmer’s market, etc.). Attendees will also be provided with list of free resources available through not-for-profit organizations government, free worksite wellness kits and wellness collaborative.
A.       Prioritizing can be by high impact, low cost, program rollout timeline, and/or “low hanging fruit”. Close examination of assessment will identify these options.
Presentation will include samples of each of these considerations.
B.       Budgeting will take into consideration what is really necessary to achieve the desired outcome. Using best practices employers can determine expected return on investment relative to the wellness initiatives put in place and considerations.
Presentation will include a grid of program activities & the related expected return on investment.
C.       Specific measureable goals, objectives, data collection and evaluation tell the story of “getting what you paid for.”
Presentation will include sample goals, objectives, data collection methods and evaluation process.
D.        Samples of low-cost and effective programs in a variety of businesses
Presenter will share experiences with what other businesses have done.

Tom Bayley, North American Distribution Manager(Vielife)

What affect does globalization have on implementing a worldwide wellness strategy? And what affect does this have on meeting top objectives which affect bottom line business results?
Within this session we will look at the growth of global wellness and how wellness strategic objectives vary worldwide and by region. A recent global wellness survey found the number one response for organizations not having a Global Wellness Strategy was- ‘Differing cultures, laws, and practices across our regions’**.
We will evaluate the business case around global wellness and the goals and challenges facing multinational companies implementing wellness strategies. We will also explore the fastest growing wellness program elements by region and best practice approaches when rolling out a wellness strategy.
This first half of this session will address:
• Evaluating the internal and external factors affecting global wellness strategies i.e. differing management/communication styles across geographies, differences among countries in laws, cultures and business practices, etc .
• Developing key performance indicators for your Global Wellness Program - i.e. absenteeism, productivity gains, customer service scores, disability claims
• Approaches to functional challenges –
o Localization
o Management Reporting – how reporting identifies specific employee wellness needs across geographies, allowing you to introduce targeted interventions increasing the return on investment of your global wellness strategy
o Data and Privacy – ensure you are adhering to local regulation
• Understanding how to engage Global Employee populations with your Wellness Strategy

Tom Bayley, MBA, Head of Business Development, North and South America at vielife will cover the current state of global wellness in a corporate environment, the growth and trends found in recent years with supporting information taken from trusted sources (Buck Report 2010). He will also cover some key considerations to make before implementing a global health and wellness strategy. Finally, the session will help you build a business case incorporating the challenges, opportunities and best practices of an integrated and global wellness solution.
Tom will cover how to highlight opportunities and best practices for promoting and growing in-country wellness resources with a global wellness program.. Also, he’ll provide guidelines on how to develop key performance indicators that reflect the overall well-being of employees. The second half of the discussion will address:
• How management report data helps drive next step wellness investment
• The importance on integration with in-country next steps (on-site gym, cooking class, walking club, EAP, biometric screening)
• The variety of accessibility for accessing a solution from Online to paper
• Highlight an intuitive engagement strategy for achieving behavior change and delivering return on investment
• Provide guidance on using the data from the assessment to drive decision making on what interventions should be implemented and where

Amy Kramer, Solution Design Strategist(Maritz Inc)
Lisa Rousseau, VP Member Engagement(WalkingSpree)

Maritz Motivation Solutions and WalkingSpree, will share a proactive, integrated approach to encouraging and inspiring people to adopt healthier lifestyles. We will share ideas born through neuroscience principles supported by The Maritz Institute. We will share insights from scientific research that indicates that people are motivated through specific innate motivational drives, and by developing wellness programs that tap into all of these drives, clients can encourage participation, engagement, and advocacy for their wellness programs. We also will explain our Point of View in designing wellness programs. We believe that wellness starts with the individual. People need to own their wellness. However, employers, partners, and healthcare providers can be supporting agents that help motivate, encourage, and inspire their people to adopt healthier lifestyles and live healthier lives. We believe that in order for organizations to encourage healthy behaviors you must inspire, enable, and motivate people. They must offer a fully-integrated wellness solution that promotes choice and social support. This integrated approach is designed with all of these elements in mind, to drive engagement and healthy living through health promotion, well-being, nutrition, and physical activity. We will also provide examples of how organizations can begin to offer the right components that support these foundational aspects of wellness like walking programs, prevention, social components, and more. We will challenge organizations to re-energize and re-establish objectives around wellness that focus exclusively on the individual, encouraging participation, engagement that will ultimately lead to healthier lives, happier lives, and ultimately program advocacy and lower healthcare costs long term.

Hank Austin, President(Ergo Squad)

The presentation of Cutting Edge Corporate Human Performance Management Programs will provide you with detailed insight and information on what is arguably one of the top unrealized issues in the corporate world today. The published rates of discomfort and injuries of workers spending time at computers is between 50%-80%. The impact on enterprise-wide productivity loss is staggering. This has largely been missed by the corporate C suite for a number of reasons including the way that the overall ergonomics issue was politicized as one of the top issues between the parties during the Clinton-Bush election process. There are a number of constituents that are involved with this issue including employee productivity loss, presenteeism, work accuracy, morale and significant impact to health care insurance costs.

This presentation will identify the key issues and their impact to your organization, discuss where these issues originated, list the steps to take to quantify and qualify these issues in your organization, the fact that there are still regulatory rules that pertain, provide a road map for you to build a plan for identifying how to proceed in bringing this news to your corporate leaders without being shot as the messenger and how to turn this big issue into an opportunity for improvement for you and your company. The discussion will then explore ways and new tools for managing this huge operational challenge that will allow you to get your arms around it with metrics and reports. You will take away an understanding of the breadth and depth of this issue and an understand of how building a Cutting Edge Corporate Human Performance Management Program will boost your corporate productivity and can help with LEED certification and becoming one of the top 100 companies to work for.

Kathleen Riley, Senior Partner(Transformational Leaders Intl)

Wellness Coaching: How it Works and How it Can Improve Your Bottom Line. This one-hour presentation educates human resource executives and risk management professionals about the role of wellness coaching in corporations today. We will discuss the difference between therapy and coaching according to the wellness coaching continuum; the importance of maintaining coaching confidentiality according to the ICF; and what a standard coaching proposal or agreement should include. We will review the 12 Dimensions of What Makes a Person Whole and how wellness coaching transforms a person to a state of health, vitality, and well-being. We will also discuss how the typical wellness coaching process works with an overview of various types of assessments i.e. HRA, Wellness Inventory, Circle of Life, ABIHM; what is a wellness assessor session and what are they used for; how ‘at risk’ populations are identified; and how to determine qualified wellness coaches when working with ‘at risk’ populations. We will demonstrate a step-by-step wellness coach approach using the transformational coaching model with an audience participant and discuss the optimum number of sessions for lifestyle change. We will provide research on how wellness coaching programs can reduce health care costs, workers compensation, and sick leave.
Learning Objectives include: Participants will learn how wellness coaching transforms a person to a state of health, vitality, and well-being. Participants will learn about how the wellness coaching process works within an organization. Participants will be able to learn how assessments work and 'at risk' populations are determined. Participants will be able to learn how wellness coaching programs can reduce costs to improve the bottom line.

Debi Silber, Health, fitness, wellness, lifestyle, personal development expert, spokesperson, speaker and author(Lifestyle Fitness, Inc. )

How can you create a lean, fit body, radiant health, soaring confidence, rewarding relationships, financial abundance, a dynamic image, charismatic style, endless energy and an optimistic outlook? Whether for HR leaders or for the staff they represent, Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC The Mojo Coach will share proven strategies to unleash your ultimate body, mind, image and lifestyle.

When employees are "fit" physically, mentally and emotionally they:

-experience more joy in their work
-have greater clarity to efficiently/effectively perform tasks and responsibilities
-reduce their risk and need for treatment for chronic illness and stress related illnesses which currently result in over 85% of emergency room complaints
-feel a sense of loyalty because of their employer's interest in their health and well being
-create an enjoyable and more positive work environment
-reduce health care costs as they reduce the expense of disease management
-save companies thousands of dollars in reducing absenteeism and employee turnover
-provide a positive representation and enhanced image of a company as well as improve the inter-office culture
-improve the bottom line within the company because happy employees are healthier, more productive, loyal and engaged

With this in mind, Debi will share with your audience:

-the secret to creating a lean, fit body, radiant health, soaring confidence and rewarding relationships
-how to end emotional eating, portion distortion and how to discover your unique "fitness personality" so you can create a program you enjoy that brings lasting results
-how stress makes us sick, tired, fat, old and ugly...and how to prevent it!
-how your relationships are good or bad...for your health
-how to feel in control of your life, excited about our day, confident in your choices and sexy in your clothes
-how your beliefs, behaviors, habits, relationships and stress level are causing health/wellness or illness/disease...and what to do about it
-how to create an image that conveys success, leadership, confidence, charisma, magnetism and trust
-how to powerfully and effectively inspire clients, prospects, your team...even your own kids
-how to live a life by design versus reacting to a life lived by default

Mark Gorkin, President(Stress Doc Enterprises)

In a 24/7 world that's cycling from “do more with less” reorganizing to ever faster upgrading while periodically spinning scarily out of control, managing stress and effective team communication and cooperation are on everybody's mind…and with good reason. Consider these two items: Workplace stress costs the nation more than $300 billion each year in health care, missed work and stress reduction efforts. (Source: American Institute of Stress). Workers who report they are stressed incur health care costs that are 46 percent higher, or $600 more per person, than other employees. (Source: NIOSH) The pressures to sustain morale, employee wellness – heath and productivity – and engage in meaningful communication have never been greater, especially in a time of rapid and/or major transition. Have no fear…Mark Gorkin, "The Stress Doc" ™ is here with his dynamic and interactive, inspiring and FUN-filled presentation and will also share “take home” small group exercises. The Doc takes a two-pronged approach to “Stress Resiliency” – psychological and interpersonal. First, quickly recognize stress smoke signals and “The Four Stages of Burnout.” Discover psychological and organizational techniques for breaking the “Erosive Spiral” and for building resiliency. Also discover the Doc’s personal “Burnout Recovery” process. Learn to turn the danger of loss and change into the opportunity of grief and transition. In addition, learn to grapple with those procrastination tendencies and achieve “Emancipation Procrastination” (and, ironically, you do this by learning to PANIC).

From an engagement perspective, research suggests that 75% of workplace stress involves some form of interpersonal conflict. Let the Stress Doc show you how to effectively disarm a critical aggressor through “tactful assertion” and “responsive listening.” Also discover why and how “healing humor” can be a powerful tool for reducing conflict and building compassion, camaraderie and team cohesion. (In fact, the most productive managers use humor three times more often than their less effective colleagues.) Finally, discover the concept of “psychological hardiness” as well as the Stress Doc's “3-D” – Discussion-Drawing-Diversity – Exercise cutting edge group exercise and method for expanding personal energy and professional creativity as well as team camaraderie and synergy.

More specifically, you will discover:

a) How to quickly identify your typical stress smoke signals through a “3 ‘B’ Stress Barometer Exercise”
b) “The Four Stages of Burnout” along with the “Vital Lesson” and “Four Rs” key for breaking the cycle and recovering from burnout
c) The “Six ‘F’s for Transforming Loss and Change into Challenge and Opportunity”
d) Tools and techniques for disarming a critical aggressor by setting boundaries on negativity and affirming your integrity
e) “The SHAME of Procrastination” and how to achieve “Emancipation Procrastination”
f) Why humor is good for what AILS you and how to effectively apply humor to defuse tension and inspire others
g) The research-based concept of Executive Psychological Hardiness and the Stress Doc’s signature “real world” team exercise for relieving small or large group stress and frustration, sharing laughter, sparking creativity, and generating camaraderie, cooperation and a sense of community.

Seek the higher power of Stress Doc humor: May the Farce Be with You!

Don't miss your appointment with the Stress Doc.

Lisa Begley, Consultant(Onward Education & Training)

Welcome to this presentation on “FACTS ABOUT PAD DISEASE”. This educational activity is designed to help communicate an important message. That message is: the importance of timely detection of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and appropriate treatment strategies that can help reduce PAD related morbidity and mortality. Atherosclerosis is the most common form of vascular disease seen by doctors today. This disease affects the blood vessels in the cerebral vascular circulation, coronary circulation, and lower extremity arterial circulation. These manifestations may result in stroke or TIA, acute coronary syndromes, intermittent claudication (pain in leg during walking), or critical limb ischemia (lack of blood flow to arms, legs). Atherosclerosis often occurs in several vascular beds, including the coronary, cerebral, and peripheral arteries, and is the underlying condition that can lead to heart attack, stroke, or peripheral arterial disease (PAD). These atherosclerotic conditions often coexist in patients, increasing the risk for developing ischemic events such as heart attack and stroke. Patients with peripheral arterial disease were much more likely to have cigarette smoking, diabetes, a family history of coronary disease, elevated cholesterol and hypertension in their history compared to those patients without peripheral arterial disease. In addition, patients with peripheral arterial disease were more likely to have coronary heart disease and cerebral vascular disease in their history. It is imperative that people recognize the importance of timely detection of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), note the signs and symptoms so that they may discuss these with their primary care physician, and understand the various diagnostic and treatment strategies that can help reduce PAD related morbidity and mortality. In conclusion, peripheral vascular disease is a major problem. Physicians must become aware of this. There are many options for therapy including novel pharmacotherapies, surgical procedures and more recently endovascular therapy. The earlier this disorder is discovered, the more likely you will have good choices for treating the disease and symptom relief. Patients should understand that leg discomfort isn’t always arthritis or getting old. Elevated blood pressure in older age patients may not suggest that another pill should be added. Surgery is not always needed to repair circulatory disease.

Dana Wenter, Director, Wellness Consulting and Implementation(ConnectWell)

*Please note that this webcast doesn't qualify for HRCI or IHR credits.

Look at the statistics and you realize your workforce is unhealthy: 62% of employees are overweight, among those, 26% are obese. Additionally, 33% of employees show signs of clinical depression. This workshop will introduce human resources staff and managers to the benefits of worksite wellness programming and simple ways to engage employees in programs and initiatives.
Worksites have much to gain by offering wellness programming as these programs impact both the top line and bottom line of organizations; top line revenue increases via reduced absenteeism and presenteeism, and bottom line costs are reduced through the containment of healthcare costs. Corporate wellness programs are critical for addressing the health of their employees and their families, resulting in significantly greater physical and mental well-being.
The key to impacting the health of an entire workforce is to implement comprehensive, results-oriented programs and policies. Results-oriented programs include multiple components, including policies, benefits, on-site programming and high-touch lifestyle change programs. Further, Return-on-Investment (ROI) can be enhanced by including dependents in the programming as they account for 60% of healthcare costs. This seminar will focus on four key objectives for improving health and reducing absenteeism and presenteeism:
1.       Promote physical activity for employees at work and at home;
2.       Foster healthy eating at work and at home;
3.       Reduce and manage stress; and
4.       Promote emotional well-being and reduce substance abuse.

Webinar participants will be able to analyze their own wellness programming, identify gaps and solutions, and develop comprehensive models for an effective wellness program. We will also discuss ways to reach and engage more employees and their families in wellness programming.

Sponsors for this event:

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