Monthly Archives: April 2017
  • Susan Bailey, Michigan Wellness Council Board Chair Recognized First recipient of the William B. Baun Award

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    Susan Morgan Bailey is a founding member as well as the current Chair of the Board of Directors of Michigan Wellness Council (MWC). In February of this year, the Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP) recognized Susan as the first recipient of the William B. Baun Award. This award recognizes professionals who have dedicated their careers to promoting the value of worksite health not only within their respective organizations, but to the practitioner community—“raising the bar” around professional practices and service delivery. This award therefore recognizes the “Master Practitioner.” Susan has dedicated much of her time and energy to fulfilling MWC’s mission. MWC is honored to have her contribute her expertise for improving health through the successful integration of wellness best practices in the workplace.

    The William B. Baun award is named for a thought leader and practitioner within worksite health promotion. Throughout his more than three decades, “Bill” has promoted the value of worksite health through his presentations, publications, mentoring, and leadership in organizations such as International Association for Worksite Health Promotion, the National Wellness Institute, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Health Enhancement Research Organization. A practitioner first, Bill before his passing this past November, was Wellness Officer with the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center and was previously Director of employee health promotion at Tenneco Inc. MWC also has had the honor of having Bill present at our meetings.

  • Fred Zimmer Worksite Wellness Memorial Scholarship: Michigan Wellness Council Continues Investment in Future Workplace Wellness Leaders

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    Through a competitive review process, Anne Maitland has been selected by Michigan Wellness Council (MWC) to receive the third Fred Zimmer Worksite Wellness Memorial Scholarship. Anne is studying at Oakland University towards her B.S. in Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention with a minor in Nutrition. She is also expected to have the Certified Wellness Practitioner designation after graduation this spring. As an aspiring wellness professional, she strongly believes that the worksite wellness practitioner must have the energy and drive to make a positive change and be a role model for wellness practices. Anne has previous experience implementing wellness programs at Oakland University and at the U.S. Department of Defense.

    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 2018.

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

    • 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.
    • Include address, email and phone number 

    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, 2018.
    • Send one copy of your application to both and Michigan Wellness Council, 2125 Butterfield, Ste. 100N, Troy, MI  48084
    • The Michigan Wellness Council Scholarship Committee will review the material each applicant submitted.
    • The Fred Zimmer Wellness Memorial Scholarship will be presented to the deserving student at the March 2018 Council Meeting. (Meeting information at

    Questions may be emailed to:

    Fred Zimmer, LLP, LMSW was an active founding board member of the Michigan Wellness Council who gave tirelessly to the field of workplace wellness. Michigan Wellness Council (MWC) is a nonprofit whose mission is to be the trusted resource and connector for workplace wellness collaboration with the vision to improve health through the successful integration of wellness best practices in the workplace through access to quality resources and forums. Michigan Wellness Council offers regular public group meetings and an annual conference for developing, implementing, and revising worksite wellness programs.

  • Michigan Wellness Council Welcomes New Board Members

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    Michigan Wellness Council is a not-for-profit education and resource organization focused on improving health through the successful integration of wellness best practices in the workplace. In early 2017, to continue to provide relevant and diverse leadership in the field, Kandi Lannen, RD, Wellness Director at Priority Health and Brett Powell, CWPC, Vice President at the American Institute for Preventive Medicine joined the board of directors of Michigan Wellness Council. Their experience and knowledge adds to the existing group of leaders in the field that serve on the board. You can view all the board members and their expertise here. Below are brief descriptions on the backgrounds of Kandi Lannen and Brett Powell:

    Kandi Lannen is the director of wellness services at Priority Health. Kandi provides vision and strategy for employer and member wellness programs that produce positive health outcomes and an exceptional customer and member experience, while reducing costs over time. In addition to her responsibilities, Kandi promotes health and wellness through employee-led wellness activities at Priority Health. She has worked for more than 18 years in wellness, health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Her areas of expertise include: Corporate wellness programs, Reducing cost to employers through wellness programs and Health concerns, such as obesity and heart health. Kandi is involved in the community through various organizations: WebMD Health Plan Advisory Board, American Heart Association: Go Red for Women and Heart Walk, Grand Rapids 100 Women Who Care, Inforum Professional Women’s Alliance, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, and Wellness Councils of America.

    Brett Powell has been involved in the wellness field for over a decade.  Most of that time has been dedicated to designing and implementing health promotion programs for companies and communities.   He presently is a Vice President at the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, a URAC Accredited Wellness company located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Brett is considered to be one of the nation’s foremost authorities on engaging a multigenerational workforce in wellness programs.  Due to his expertise in this topic area, he is a sought after speaker at national conferences including the National Wellness Conference, the Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference, and WELCOA.   He has also written extensively on the subject including an article for the American Journal of Health Promotion. He was instrumental in the development of a comprehensive wellness program for the largest insurance company in Peru, the first program of its kind in South America.