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Employee Wellness

May 15-16, 2013
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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).

This Institute encompasses injury prevention, battling obesity, disease prevention, how technology is affecting wellness (with online challenges and monitoring), using social media, employee engagement (use of incentive/reward programs), biometric data, outsourcing vs. internal programs, ROI and more.

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
Lynn Lievonen, People Pleaser(

Welcome to the Institute for Human Resources for Employee Wellness! Thank you to everyone for your participation and support. Join us over the next two days for our exciting lineup of speakers with many informative sessions covering the hot topics and trends surrounding the Employee Wellness community. This introductory session will give you an overview of the Institute for Human Resources - Employee Wellness certification program. 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 7th virtual event in the area of Employee Wellness .

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, 15-minute webcast will provide you with complete information on what is required to obtain certification from the Institute for Human Resources.

Throughout this session we will:

- Introduce you to the Advisory Board
- Introduce you to the Institute and the Certification program
- Help you learn how to become an expert in employee wellness
- Offer an opportunity for YOU to host an educational session and educate your peers
- Learn why this Institute is important to the employee wellness industry and how you can contribute to its success
- Share a calendar of future events so that members can pre-register now to add the dates to their calendars

If you are new to the Institute for Employee Wellness, this introduction will cover not only our past accomplishments but also explain why you should continue to participate and be a part of this community. For those with questions regarding the Institute and its content, this is your chance to share your ideas. Don’t forget, this is a great opportunity to converse with our industry experts. Looking forward to your participation!

Brad Cooper, Chief Executive Officer(US Corporate Wellness, Inc.)

Is your employee wellness program really making a difference? Is it impacting both the bottom line of your organization and the lives of your employee team members?
Unfortunately, most do not. And most HR Executives and Managers know this, but aren’t sure what steps can be taken to create the necessary enhancements that will lead to measureable and impactful outcomes – until now.
“Making a Difference – 6 Key to an Effective Employee Wellness Strategy” will provide you with the insights and analysis to enhance your own employee wellness strategy and create the outcomes you expect. Some of the highlights include:
•       Removing the blindfold… while this may not apply to you (your blindfold isn’t on too tight if you’re spending time on an employee wellness webinar), it will provide you with some concepts to help remove the blindfold of those around you.
•       Move Forward – not sideways… many organizations make a change in wellness program strategy, only to discover that the “change” is little more than a lateral move. We’ll talk thorugh some of the key areas that must be a part of any future programming to eliminate this potential stumble.
•       Participation Trumps All… wellness doesn’t work in a vacuum, regardless of how promising. You’ll learn how to enhance your participation and engagement going forward.

This program will be presented by Brad Cooper, MSPT, MBA, MTC, ATC, CWC, who is the author of 4 books (including Thompson Publishing’s latest book titled Employee Wellness: Implementing a High Impact, High ROI Strategy) and a nationally recognized speaker (please see You’ll find this program to be both information rich as well as entertaining in nature.

Heather Shreve, Certified WELLCOACH, Behavior and Engagement Specialist ( ACSM),CEO/ Founder of LIFEguard Wellness(LIFEguard Wellness)

Are you asking your employees to change their health? Wonderful! Do they know how to do that?
I invite you to discover this introductory hour to a strength-based approach that gives your staff the power and the tools to transform their health! They will be able to use these principles to shift their thought patterns so they can go the distance.
The premise behind engagement is this what Carl Jung once said-" The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved- only outgrown."

It takes 21 days to create a new habit and 21 months to become anything, or create a new way of life... The 7 Invisible Forces allows people to uncover their habits, patterns, beliefs and values around health- so they outgrow their current conditioning faster and have a blueprint for becoming a "natural" at self-care. Without a way to change THINKING PATTERNS, creating a lasting healthy lifestyle shift among your employees will continue to be out of reach. Thinking patterns, or human behavior, is the bedrock of change.
Turning e-motion into action is the key...
Most programs focus on trying to change the outward symptoms of unhealthy living; weight gain, appearing unmotivated, skipping the gym, etc. Here we are focusing on the underlying causes: thinking patterns, values and beliefs around health.
Your employees and staff will benefit from a new way to approach their own health which explains the invisible barriers that are universal and how to redesign their lives so that they can thrive...and not just get by. Looking at the deeper traction will insure that they have a great start to creating glowing health and will have new tools to stay engaged and motivated.

Marianna Lead, Ph. D., Founder/Executive Director(Goal Imagery Institute)

In this interactive workshop you will learn what you can do to promote the changing of unhealthy habits – such as smoking, poor diet, over-eating, lack of exercise – as well as emotional factors like lack of respect and good humor in the workplace, all the while creating a healthy physical and psychological environment for your employees.

You will learn about the recent scientific studies on the mind-body connection and how our thoughts and emotions affect our life, workplace relationships and our productivity. You will learn about “emotional contagion” and the importance of having a positive attitude throughout the day, as well as how to promote good mood and healthy habits in the workplace. You will also learn how to invite employees’ participation without “pushing” your agenda by increasing their awareness around those issues, and having them willingly join you in achieving wellness in the workplace.

You’ll learn specific coaching, imagery and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) techniques that you can immediately and safely implement in the workplace to help employees obtain clarity around what habits need to be changed, control “negative voices in the mind”, develop an attitude of gratitude, and create healthy new habits.

We will also discuss how to spot “bad behavior” and healthy, yet effective ways to respond to those who might be resistant to these ideas of health and wellness and not ready to let go of their unhealthy habits.

You’ll also learn how to offer a support system that your employees may need in overcoming unhealthy habits, helping them in designing action steps and managing their progress.

Lisa Holland RN, MBA, StayFit Plan(The StayFit Plan)

Employers today understand that prevention is a critical aspect to controlling healthcare cost as demonstrated by the 80% or more of employers who have some form of worksite wellness as part of their overall business strategy. In the early 2000, many wellness programs included a Health Risk Assessment (HRA). In fact, the HRA was the wellness program and the only data collection tool readily available to measure future/potential population health risk. As wellness has matured over the years, other measurement solutions have been brought to the workplace that has become much more powerful and beneficial data collection methods as compared to the HRA. Yet many employers are still holding onto HRA campaigns, some of which involve a tremendous incentive for participation—ultimately wasting time, internal resources and money that could be shifted to other value-based wellness programs that would optimize the employer wellness dollars invested.
It’s time for employers to take another look at the value of the Health Risk Assessment and to determine if the amount of time and money invested is worth the outcome information and consider alternative data collection methods that just might yield better results, improved employee satisfaction and save money.

This session will review and compare the value of the health risk assessment (HRA) and biometric screening as data collection methods in population health management. A review of how the (HRA) evolved as a primary wellness tool and how its value today is eluding employers and costing employers time and money. Strengths and weakness of an HRA will be discussed and a focus on the “new” data collection opportunity that will yield employer higher levels of results and provide employees (eligible wellness program participants) with a higher level of health awareness. The session will offer insight and recommendations on alternative data collection strategies that will optimize wellness staff and maximize wellness budgets to ensure the implementation of value-based wellness programs. Attendees will be provided with the new insight on the key data elements needed to obtain quantitative snapshot of their population’s health and potential health risks.

The webinar will discuss:
• Health Risk Assessments
• Self-funded vs. Fully Insured HRA application
• HRAs and GINA
• HRAs—as a self-reported tool
• Biometric Screening
• The Four Critical Health Factors
• Aligning Medical and Pharmacy Trend
• Obesity—the driver of disease
• Simplifying Your Wellness Program
• Value-based wellness solutions

Carolyn Schur, speaker, consultant(Schur Goode Associates)

In Benefits Benchmarking 2012, the Conference Board of Canada states "Traditionally, employers have focused on achieving cost savings in their benefits premiums rather than focusing on reducing the number and cost of claims, which are driven primarily by the health of the employee population."

One such health factor that is driving, not only the number and cost of claims, but also the rates of absenteeism and injury and disability, is sleep deprivation.

Employee health assessments indicate that as many as 70% of employees report that they 'don't get enough sleep' or are 'often tired at work.' This has a profound impact on the workplace because research has shown that sleepy employees are sick more often, miss more work and have more accidents and injuries. Yet few organizations have done anything to address the issue of sleepiness and fatigue in their organizations.

In this presentation, Carolyn Schur, a sleep and fatigue management specialist, will highlight the primary factors contributing to sleep deprivation and outline the consequences for the workplace. She will also suggest practical, immediate and long-term organizational measures that can be implemented to ensure better employee performance, health and safety and reduce benefit costs.

Human resource professionals who have attended this presentation have indicated that not only was this never-heard-before information, they also found the ideas to be very relevant for their workplace.

Whether you just want to learn more about your own sleep and health or you want to know how to address sleepiness and fatigue in your workplace, this presentation is an excellent primer on the subject.

Adam Shaw, The Heart Guy(Adam Shaw Heart Wellbeing)

Guilt is responsible for sabotaging more health interventions than anything else. How would you like to get rid of guilt from your life?

If you have ever set a resolution to give something up and then not done it, guilt will almost certainly enter the equation. Guilt can lead to sabotage and sabotage can lead to a growing array of less than healthy life style choices.

Often it is a lack of time or motivation that stops people from making healthier choices, like attending gyms or exercise classes or giving up smoking or alcohol. However, long work hours can lead to tiredness and before you know it your positive healthy intentions are nothing more than a distant memory. Guilt and lack of self belief can then enter the equation, causing friction at home and at work.

In this talk Adam will explain the role of guilt and how it can restrict health, mood and motivation amongst staff. He will also show you ways to eliminate guilt and use walking as a way to increase health, motivation, mood and productivity.

Through the use of the groundbreaking Active Energy System (AES) it is possible to increase your health, motivation, mood, energy and relationships easily as you walk. Because it effortlessly fits into your day it is possible to reduce or even eliminate guilt and enhance mood and performance, leading to a more productive and enjoyable work day.

If you are looking to easily improve your mood, energy and motivation or to teach how to do so to your work force then attend this talk and find out how...

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

Good Health is Good Business: Wellness as a performance maximizing strategy

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 by containing healthcare expenses..
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 that are strategically integrated. These strategies should include policies, incentives, on-site programming and high-touch lifestyle change programs. Further, Return-on-Investment (ROI) can be enhanced by including spouses and children 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. Foster healthy eating at work and at home;
2. Promote physical activity for employees 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.

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