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  • WellBites – Michigan Wellness Council Workplace Wellness Podcast

    WellBites is a Michigan Wellness Council Podcast.

    Our mission is to inspire the implementation of leading workplace wellness strategies through thought-leadership and education. In an effort to make resources as diverse and accessible we have launched a podcast. In this podcast series, we interview people in the field to offer different perspectives and insights as well as tips no matter what stage you are at in the field. Our hope is that we can highlight what is happening in the community to enhance resources, connection and conversation for greater enhancement of wellbeing in the workplace. You can listen at anytime that is convenient for you and also as group with your workplace wellness team. In 2018, Wonolo listed us in the “Top 50 Podcasts Every HR Professional Should Be Listening To,” and you’ve made the list. Check out our interviews.

  • June 8, 2016: Corporate and Community Wellness Roundtable

    Corporate and Community Wellness Roundtable presented by Health Alliance Plan

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016
    The Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center
    5635 West Fort Street
    Detroit, MI 48209

    Reconvene with fellow attendees from last November’s Corporate and Community Wellness Forum.

    For more information, email HAP at and view details of the program here.

  • 2016 Fred Zimmer Worksite Wellness Memorial Scholarship Award: Recipient Theresa Quaderer

    Fred Zimmer Worksite Wellness Memorial Scholarship Award: Recipient Theresa Quaderer

    Fred Zimmer Year Scholarship Photo

    On May 11, 2016, Michigan Wellness Council presented the 2016 Fred Zimmer Worksite Wellness Memorial Scholarship award to Theresa Quaderer. Through a competitive review process, Theresa was selected by Michigan Wellness Council to receive the second Fred Zimmer Worksite Wellness Memorial Scholarship. Theresa is studying at Michigan 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 Michigan Wellness 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 post secondary 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 2017.

    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, 2017.

    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.

  • Opportunity April 25: Demonstration Project Information Session – Diabetes Prevention in the Workplace

    In February, MWC hosted the American Medical Association on a webinar to highlight Diabetes Prevention and ROI in the Workplace. As follow-up to the webinar, MWC would like to invite employers in Michigan to explore a unique limited time opportunity provided by National Kidney Foundation of Michigan to learn more about participating in a funded diabetes prevention demonstration project centered on the nationally accredited Diabetes Prevention Program from the Centers for Disease Control. Potential aims of the project could include:

    • Develop Diabetes Prevention Program implementation models suited to diverse workplaces
    • Determine from an employer perspective how diabetes prevention can be implemented through the workplace
    • Develop best practices for integrating diabetes prevention into an overall wellness strategy
    • Highlight issues that need to be addressed for successful outcomes

    The American Medical Association and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan would like to open the dialogue on implementing the National Diabetes Prevention Program via a conference call on April 25, 2016 at 12:30pm EST.  If you are interested in learning more about this limited time demonstration project opportunity, please RSVP by filling out the brief registration form by April 20, 2016 for the information session (conference call) on April 25, 2016 at 12:30pm.

  • Board Member: Kent Sharkey Ulliance President and CEO to Present at 2015 Michigan SHRM Conference

    Ulliance President and CEO to Present at 2015 Michigan SHRM Conference
    Kent Sharkey to speak to Michigan human resource professionals about goal achievement

    TROY, Mich. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Ulliance, Inc. (Ulliance) President and CEO Kent Sharkey will present at the 2015 Michigan Society for Human Resource Management (MISHRM) annual conference taking place Oct. 14 – 16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sharkey will be participating in the breakout sessions, which are attended by hundreds of Michigan human resource professionals.

     Sharkey’s presentation, Achieving Personal Victory in a Team: What’s in it for me, if it’s all about teamwork? is slated for Friday, Oct. 16 from 9 – 10:15 a.m. Sharkey will explore how human resource professionals can balance priorities while building work relationships. During his session, attendees will learn how individuals can meet their own needs and interact positively in a group while achieving team goals.

    “It’s an honor to be included among some of the industry’s leading experts while featuring Ulliance at the annual MISHRM conference,” said Sharkey. “My main presentation objective is for attendees to intellectually and emotionally understand the different approaches on how to reach their professional goals.”

    Sharkey is a licensed psychotherapist and business professional who is able to discuss behavioral health issues and their impact on businesses. He is a thought-leader in emotional wellness strategies, performance management and workplace crisis management. Sharkey makes frequent public speaking appearances.

    For more information about Ulliance, please visit or call (866) 648-8326.

    For more information about the annual MISHRM conference, please visit

    About Ulliance, Inc.

    Ulliance, Inc. (Ulliance) is celebrating 25 years as an international service company headquartered in Troy, Michigan. Ulliance provides human resources services including employee assistance programs (EAP), wellness programs, training programs, organizational and leadership development, coaching, career transition services, and crisis management to more than 260 organizations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe serving nearly one million people. Since 1990, Ulliance’s team has assisted organizations of various sizes to greatly reduce behavioral healthcare costs while increasing employee productivity and retention. For more information about Ulliance, please visit or call (866) 648-8326.

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