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Employee Wellness

November 28-29, 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 this is now our 5th virtual event in the area of Employee Wellness . To date, over 6,000 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!

Liz Michael, President(Second Chance Health & Wellness)

No one likes to talk about it, but the truth is that alcoholism and addiction are very real problems in the workforce and in society in general. Companies lose countless dollars annually due to employees with alcohol problems and other substance abuse issues. Too often, those suffering with the problem do not seek help because the solution that is offered to the individual is unattractive due to the negative stigma attached or the necessity to abstain altogether from their addiction or bad habit. However, there are more appealing programs for individuals to try including harm reduction and moderation management – and that don’t involve carrying around a label or completely abstaining.
Frequently problem drinkers and substance abusers feel trapped in a rut and have lost the motivation to do anything about it. Either something in their life is unfulfilled or else they are caught up in everyday life, going through the routine and using alcohol or other substances as their only form of pleasure, relaxation or entertainment.

We all know that alcoholism and addiction are multi-dimensional problems involving physical, behavioral and emotional aspects. This presentation gives you the information to take back to your employees to show them a different approach to taking control of their problem. In this workshop, you will learn the skills and strategies to share with your employees that will address each of these categories.

This program is ideal for the individual that is still able to function in everyday life and on the job for the most part with the possible exception of missing work a few times a year due to the ill effects of their problem. This person may have lost their hope, drive or motivation at the office. This program is NOT for the physically addicted or for any individual already in an abstinence-base program and is successfully abstaining from alcohol or drugs.

E. Andrew Wood, Injury Prevention and Wellness Specialist(Olmsted Medical Center)

For the past several decades health and wellness professionals have promoted physical activity to reduce health risks. Until recently, very few people paid little attention to the opposite end of the activity spectrum, prolonged sitting and a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting or inactive time can add up quickly. When we take into account, commuting, sitting at a workstation, watching TV, and video games, it’s obvious that the modern day individual conducts their life with far less motion than did their predecessors. In addition, the fact that they no longer spend the majority of their day building shelter, foraging for food, and fleeing predators works against basic human physiology. Sitting too much is not the same as too little physical activity. They function completely different in respect to the body. Too much sitting causes a myriad of chronic health issues including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and musculoskeletal disorders. The intent of this presentation is to raise awareness about how physical inactivity, sitting and a sedentary lifestyle create a negative impact on health. The research behind prolonged sitting will be discussed as one of the potential causes of the rapid rise of obesity in North America. Lastly, I will present strategies and interventions to combat sitting disease for the individual, worksite, and community. Individual programs will encourage non-exercise activity such as walking and house hold chores which have been engineered out of day to day life. Worksite programs can support a culture of wellness by promoting activity to reduce sedentary time by doing a taking the stairs campaign, walking meetings or creating active conference rooms. Community programs can develop safe bicycle and walking paths to areas of commerce, recreation areas and event centers.

Butch Phelps, Muscleologist and therapist(The Muscle Repair Shop)

Work related injuries can cost companies billions of dollars every year in healthcare dollars and lost production time. Employees are left feeling helpless and frustrated because they cannot perform their tasks and are afraid they may lose their jobs. There is a better way.
Many people, even healthcare practitioners, never understand that the way we sit, stand, or walk can create our injury or how we feel. You can work out every day and still never overcome the injury bug. Why? We do not understand Muscle Engineering.
Doctors and other medical specialist are trained to look at the science of muscles. If you are a surgeon that is what you need to know. However if you are a therapist, trainer, or just a human, understanding muscle engineering can prevent nagging injuries, lost production time, and even surgery.
When we think of muscle training, we think of strength training. We think of stretching, and a relaxing massage. Each area has its place, but what if I told you that these preventative steps could actually be causing your pain. While strength training will increase your bone density and muscle strength, which is good for you, it will also shorten your muscles and inflamed the muscles reducing range of motion and joint damage. Ever watch a body builder move?
Stretching should improve the length of your muscles, but most people teach stretching incorrectly. Some teach static stretching, bouncing while holding a stretch. These people usually believe this style is a great warm up to their workout. Others prefer the dynamic stretching. This is pulling your muscles like taffy to force it to release. They believe they can force whatever they want. The problem with both styles is, the stretch is held too long and not complete. There is a better way to elongate your muscles while sitting at your desk or standing in your office.
Massage sounds wonderful and who wouldn’t want a great massage? Every employee should have at least one deep tissue massage per month, but it may not feel relaxing at first! Unlike the spa massage, deep tissue massage flushes out the lactic acid that causes your muscles to inflame. Lactic acid is a waste product created by muscle contractions. As your muscle contracts it burns nutrients from your body and leaves behind the waste product, lactic acid. Deep tissue massage literally flushes the lactic acid out and reduces tenderness and soreness all over your body. This flushing out of your muscles allows better blood flow throughout your body which carries oxygen to help your body heal itself. Lifting, walking, or any movement creates little micro tears in your muscles, The oxygen heals the tears preventing you from feeling sore or tender.
So why do you need to know this? Tasks like sitting at a desk can lead to bulging discs, pinched nerves, carpal tunnel syndrome, hip pain, and knee pain. Once you understand muscle engineering you will have the knowledge to stop all of these nagging injuries and continue to work. No missed work days due to surgeries, no more wearing braces that are costly and cumbersome, and no more lost wages due to time off for injuries. What we current are spending on surgeries to stop common workplace injuries can be virtually eliminated just by understanding how to reverse the negative effects of the activities you do every day. The best part, you can do this at home, in your office, and even in your car at stoplights.
We will look at the causes of your injuries, why you hurt , and then how to relieve the pain, without drugs, braces, and even surgery. When we are finished you will have better understanding of your body and how to maintain it to keep it pain free.

Laura Putnam, CEO(Motion Infusion, Inc.)

Without a dramatic change in course, rising health care costs, primarily due to the prevalence of chronic disease and obesity, will ultimately overwhelm us – and companies are paying the brunt of these costs. Learn about how ALL of us have the power to change this course of events, beginning with ourselves.

Our health and well-being largely comes down to the choices we make. In fact, if each of us were to do three simple things: eat healthy, get enough exercise and stop smoking, we could prevent about 75% of the major chronic diseases we face today, such as heart disease, type II diabetes and even some forms of cancer. What many of us may not know, however, is just how much our personal choices matter to those around us. In fact, new research suggests that our choices – positive or negative – influence not only our friends, but also our friends’ friends and even our friends’ friends’ friends! Learn how you can take action to improve your own health and well-being – and in doing so, how you can become a “secret agent” for change in your workplace, your home and even your community.

With skyrocketing health care costs, every company is struggling to figure out ways to cut down on medical costs, along with related costs such as absenteeism and reduced productivity. Companies simply can no longer afford NOT to have worksite wellness. In this webinar, we’ll break down how chronic diseases are preceded by health risks, which in turn are preceded by health behaviors. You’ll learn simple ways to improve your own health and well-being – and how to bring this to your workplace. This webinar is a must for anyone who is responsible for developing and/or implementing worksite wellness initiatives.

Hamish Moore, Senior Partner(DrummondHR)

Hamish Moore, Senior Partner at DrummondHR, is delighted to share the findings of recent predictive research on well-being in the workplace carried out in partnership with Newcastle University’s Industrial Statistical Research Unit (UK). The seminar focuses on predictive well-being at work and how promoting well-being can positively impact on employee engagement, discretionary effort, productivity and absence reduction. The research has highlighted that focused well-being initiatives provide a significant return on investment as a thriving workforce is performing at a higher level. Join us for an insight into how you can help your organisation thrive.

Since early 2008 DrummondHR has focused research into well-being in the workplace. DrummondHR’s activity in the well-being arena has led to the development of an on-line predictive method of obtaining telling insight into levels of absence, well-being and presenteeism. Wellness initiatives do not necessary have to be costly to be effective. Based on research evidence the seminar investigates the return on investment associated with engaging in wellness activities. Critical issues that threaten employee well-being for the future will be discussed as topics such as obesity, managing an aging workforce and stress levels are becoming major challenges.

Organisations have much to gain by promoting well-being initiatives for their employees. Attending the seminar will provide you with a fresh perspective on how to maximise the potential of introducing well-being into your organisation and enhance your understanding of the major benefits linked to employee wellness and how to attain them. The topic is particularly relevant to employers, HR professionals and Health and Safety managers.

Dr. Blessing Anyatonwu D.C., M.S, Nutritionist, Chiropractor(Earnest Holistic Health)

Absenteeism and presenteeism cut down on worker productivity and is almost always linked to employee illness.

25% of workers say that their job is the most stressful aspect of their lives
26% of workers suffer from burnout at work

The most common cause of stress at work is physical and verbal abuse
- Leading cause of death for women
- Overall cause of death for all workers

Top Causes of Stress
- Heavy workload
- Management techniques
- Lack of support and relationships with co-workers

Are you interested in finding ways to help employees deal with stress at work? Is the stress at work making your employees sick? If stress is affecting your employees health and decreasing their productivity while increasing your overall costs, this seminar is for you. It will provide you with tips and strategies to combat stress and promote health among your employees.

We face a variety of different stressors every day, but its how we deal with the major stressors in our lives that will determine whether or not we will be healthy or succumb to illness. Having a plan and strategy that will help you address and combat stress is the best way to preserve health and stay productive.The inability to handle stress properly can lead to a decrease in performance on the job.

Finding ways to improve diet, exercise, cope with stress and build strong support systems can reduce the risk of illness and cut down on employees’ time always from work. When employees are well adjusted and have a way to address stress it allows them to increase their productivity and increase profitability.

Dini Cohen, Partner(HealthPartners4Life)
Gary Drisdelle, Partner(HealthPartners4Life)

As Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, ComPsych chairman and CEO, said it best, “to be effective, corporate wellness programs must focus on emotional as well as physical factors of the employee, and include a counseling component to address underlying issues”.

While most corporate wellness programs focus on awareness building, they create interest, without changing behaviour. Without behaviour modification, you are always moving one step forward and one step back, never making permanent changes. For change to happen you need consistency, and reinforcement coupled with individualization and a culture of health and wellness. For wellness programs to effective, it is vital that upper management buys in. Not only must they buy in but they must participate in the program – leading by example.

The benefits of well orchestrated wellness initiatives are not only physical and mental, they are financial. For well over a decade, research has been showing the effectiveness of Employee Wellness Programs, that for every dollar spent the ROI has been between $2.30 and $10.10 in the areas of lowered health and insurance costs, decreased absenteeism, fewer sick days, reduced WSIB/WCB claims, and improvements to employee performance and productivity. When an employee is healthier they are calmer, think better, have more energy, are sick less often, cooperate better, and are more apt to focus on the task at hand.

This webcast is a must attend if you want to learn how to shift behaviour patterns to create long lasting change not only to maintain good employees but to attract new ones. Learn the secrets for implementing a corporate wellness program that is positively going to impact your bottom line.

William McPeck, Well-Being Specialist(McPeck Enterprises)

Read about wellness today or talk to a wellness professional and you will very often read or hear about mind-body connection. Also, most models of wellness depict wellness as consisting of multiple domains or components.

These domains or components often include physical, mental or emotional, spiritual, intellectual, etc. When it comes to application of these domains or components at the worksite, through worksite wellness programming, most domains have been neglected, except for the domain of physical health.
Worksite wellness programs today are generally built on a foundation of workplace health promotion. Workplace health promotion has come to generally mean the promotion solely of physical health. Therefore, most worksite programming and interventions have focused completely on physical health issues.

The ironic fact is that significant employer expenses arise from both direct and indirect mental health and substance use issues. Direct expenses include the cost of psychopharmaceutical drug use and mental health treatment costs, especially for depression. Indirect expenses include presenteeism related expenses.

The recognition of these costs by employers, combined with the fact that we are making great strides, through research, in our understanding of the mind-body connection is creating an opportunity for worksite mental health promotion to emerge as an area of interest and an area that needs to be addressed by the worksite wellness community.

Begun in Europe, the concept of worksite mental health promotion is beginning to gain some traction in Canada and is emerging in the United States. This session is designed to introduce attendees to the big picture and concepts associated with worksite mental health promotion.

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