Monthly Archives: March 2015
  • HERO Leadership Awards: Nominate an Individual who has made an impact with Wellness by April 30th!

    Now in its sixth year, the HERO Leadership Awards are the premier vehicle for nationally recognizing the impact that one individual can have on their organization and even the entire wellness industry. They are a way to honor those who have also devoted their careers to promoting health and well-being and implementing innovative and effective EHM strategies. To nominate an individual who has made significant contributions to the daily operations of your wellness initiative or a C-level executive wellness champion, please go to the HERO Awards page ( before April 30 and complete a simple nomination form to enter their name for the 2015 awards!

  • Fred Zimmer Worksite Wellness Memorial Scholarship Award: Recipient Carla Roseman

    Fred Zimmer Worksite Wellness Memorial Scholarship Award: Recipient Carla Roseman

    Fred Zimmer Award

    On March 11, 2015, Michigan Wellness Council presented the Fred Zimmer Worksite Wellness Memorial Scholarship award to a very worthy recipient. Through a competitive review process, Carla Roseman was selected by Michigan Wellness Council to receive the first Fred Zimmer Worksite Wellness Memorial Scholarship. Carla is studying at Wayne State University where she is a Health Education major with a concentration in Community Health. She holds that worksite wellness programs have the possibility for lives to be saved through education, resources, encouraging behavioral changes that promote wellness and healthy living. This award is an opportunity for the Council to invest in the next generation of workplace wellness leaders.

    The Fred Zimmer Worksite Wellness Memorial Scholarship was established by the Michigan Wellness Council to honor a deserving student who is pursuing a Baccalaureate degree in field of Health Promotion and Wellness at an approved Michigan postsecondary institution. The Scholarship is awarded annually and each recipient may only win once. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the next award will be announced in March of 2016.

    Minimum criteria to submit an application for this prestigious award include:

    Criteria Checklist:

    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Must be a Junior or Senior in an approved program through an accredited college or university.
    • Have plans to utilize their degree in a worksite setting.
    • Provide a 200 to 300 word essay on how they can help shape lives using their degree in a worksite health setting.

     Application Materials:

    • Two letters of reference
    • 200 to 300 word essay on how you plan to shape lives using your degree in a worksite health setting
    • Copy of your current college transcripts


    • Applicants are to submit their application materials no later than February 1st, 2016.

    Send three copies of your application to (include address, email and phone):

    Michigan Wellness Council, 2125 Butterfield, Ste. 100N, Troy, MI  48084

    • The Michigan Wellness Council Scholarship Committee will review the material each applicant submitted.
    • The Scholarship Committee will provide the top three candidates to the entire board for final selection.
    • The Fred Zimmer Wellness Memorial Scholarship will be presented to the deserving student at the March 2016 Council Meeting. (Meeting information at

    Questions may be emailed to:

    Fred Zimmer, LLP, LMSW was an active founding board member on the Michigan Wellness Council who gave tirelessly to the field of worksite wellness. He was a graduate of Michigan State and the Center for Humanistic Studies, now known as the Michigan School for Professional Psychology, with degrees in social work and psychology respectively. Michigan Wellness Council mission is to be the pioneer of wellness innovation for the employers and State with the vision to inspire successful integration of wellness best practices in the workplace through access to quality resources and forums.

  • Webinar: “Creating Jobs and Reducing the Federal Debt by Improving Health”

    Webinar presented by past Michigan Wellness Council speaker Michael O’Donnell, PhD, MBA, MHP, Member, Board of Directors Health Promotion Advocates

    “Creating Jobs and Reducing the Federal Debt by Improving Health” on April 14, 2015 (Tuesday) at 1pm

    Making America Healthy: Our People and Our Economy

    Can We Reduce Our Federal Debt and Create Jobs by Making the Healthy Choice the Easiest Choice?

    What is the Issue? Did you know:

    • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the federal debt will reach $49.9 trillion by 2035 if current trends continue. That is 187% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP)!
    • Other economists have projected the debt will reach 314% of GDP by 2050.
    • In the long term, Medicare and Medicaid are projected to account for 52% of all federal spending, while Social Security will account for 20%.

    Is it possible to reduce the federal debt by improving health?  Our preliminary analysis says, yes we can.  If we can reduce the annual increase in Medicare and Medicaid spending by just one percentage point and extend the years of productive work life by 10%, the federal debt would be reduced by a third.  Without action to reduce the deficit and reduce Medicare/Medicaid spending, it is likely that the national economy will implode before the federal debt reaches these levels.

    What Can We Do?
    Investing now in lifestyle changes and making the healthy choice the easiest choice, will provide long-term savings. Assuming an annual cost of $200 per person to improve health, these efforts will cost approximately $62 billion/year for the full population of 310 million people.  Our calculations show that it may be possible for the $62 billion annual cost to be offset each year by the medical cost savings achieved by employers because of the improved health of their employees and dependents, and by new income taxes paid by health promotion providers whose annual revenues would grow from an estimated $2 billion to $62 billion. Furthermore, growing the field of health promotion to this size will create an estimated 280,000 new jobs.

    To achieve a level of change in the health of the US population, will require a commitment to creating work and living environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice, raising the living conditions of people with low incomes, and providing health promotion programs that train people in the skills they need to achieve the health goals they set.