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  • 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.

  • Let us know what you think: Michigan Wellness Council Survey

    Michigan Wellness Council is looking to understand the value we bring to you and how else we can improve and add to it. Your input is important and will help us as we move forward. Please click on this link to complete a short questionnaire

    Please note: By completing the survey you will be entered into a drawing for two upcoming meeting tickets (not including November 11, 2015).

    We appreciate your time and thank you in advance for participating in our survey!

  • January 14 Meeting Summary

    January 14 Meeting Group Shot

    The January 14th meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured a presentation on integrative approach to employee and organizational wellness by Maureen Anderson, MD, Medical Director of Beaumont Integrative Medicine and Lucy Sternburgh, PhD, Manager, Employee & Community Health Promotion at Beaumont Health Systems.

    For the meeting slides, follow this link

  • Apply Now: Governor’s Council Outstanding Healthy Workplace Awards

     On April 23, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports will present its annual awards at two wonderful events–one in the morning at the state capitol with legislators looking on and an evening event at Ford Field. If you feel that your organization’s work in this arena is worthy of recognition in the Healthy Workplace category, apply by visiting the Michigan Fitness Foundation website at (deadline January 30). For more information or questions contact Mike Maisner at, telephone 517-908-3820.

    In addition to the Healthy Workplace category, awards will be presented to individuals and organizations that encourage healthy living.  Listed below is a brief summary for your consideration.  If you are aware of great work in your community that encourages people to make better choices about their health.  Please think about who rises to this challenge and consider their nomination.

    The deadline to apply is January 23, 2015 with the exception of Healthy Workplace Awards which has a January 30, 2015 deadline.

    List of awards:

    Governor’s Council Outstanding Healthy Workplace Awards:  Organizations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to health of their employees by establishing creative worksite health promotion programs with demonstrated success.

    Governor’s Council Extraordinary Event Award:  Honors events or organization that provide physical fitness opportunities for the public at large in an exceptional way.

    Governor’s Council Champion for Health Award:  Honors an individual for his/her work promoting healthy lifestyles at the grass roots level.

    Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge Award:  Recognizes individuals who have overcome great challenges to pursue physical activity as part of their daily life.

    Governor’s Council Conquering Obesity Award:  Honors an individual or group that has conquered obesity through dedication to physical activity and healthy eating.

    Governor’s Council Veteran of the Year Award:   Honors a veteran who has gone “above and beyond” to promote healthy living either through personal or professional endeavors.

    Governor’s Council Inspiring Story of the Year Award:  Honors an inspiring story of an individual or team overcoming adversity.

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