• January 31, 2018 Meeting Resource

    On January 31, 2018, as we kicked off the year with a meeting featuring the presentation “donothing, the most rewarding leadership challenge you will ever take.” by Rob Dube, President and Owner, imageOne. Rob presented on leadership and how mindfulness meditation is a critical tool for leaders.  Participants learned new facts about meditation and its application and effectiveness in workplaces as a critical tool in the workplace. As follow up to the meeting:

    • ​Join the donothing 21-Day Meditation Challenge – a great way to hold yourself accountable to starting (and completing) a 21-day meditation practice to enhance your leadership skills, and reduce stress (​A free app called Stickkto ​will be used to facilitate the Challenge.)
      • WHO IS IT FOR: The donothing21-Day Meditation Challenge is designed for business leaders and entrepreneurs who would like to reduce stress and be the best leader they can be.
      • HOW IT WORKS: 
        Step 1: Accept the Challenge
        Step 2: Set up your free account (you will get email directions on this)
        Step 3: Share your progress!
    • Latest article on Forbes by Rob Dube
    • Checkout Rob’s book and the upcoming retreat from April 23-26, 2018.
  • November 8, 2017 – Conference Resource

    November 8, 2017 MWC Conference – Employee Wellbeing and the Bottom Line: Strategy & Tactics to Create a Thriving Workforce featured the five presentations. Below are links to the slides and resources available:

    1. Employer Sponsored Health Centers: The role of Primary Care in bridging the gap from Well-being to chronic condition management: Tim McDonald, Senior Vice President & Thought Leader, Health Transformation Team (Aon Hewitt)
      1. Slides
    2. Life On Purpose: New Directions in Health and Well-Being: Victor Strecher PhD MPH, Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (University of Michigan School of Public Health), Founder and CEO, JOOL Health, Inc.
    3. Linking Wellness to Bottom Line Business Value: Jessica Grossmeier, Vice President of Research (HERO)
    4. The Evolution of Herman Miller’s Wellness Program: Heather Brazee, Benefits and Wellness Manager, Total Rewards (Herman Miller)
    5. Creating Health Supportive Work Environments: David Gaspin, Senior Vice President of Human Resources (Delos)
  • September 20, 2017 Meeting Resource

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    The September 20, 2017 meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the presentation A Case Study Transforming Lives at Dart by Pam Harb, Corporate Wellness Manager, Dart Container.  The presentation focused on their wellness journey at Dart Corporation and how their program has transformed unhealthy individuals into happier, healthier employees who look forward to coming to work each day. They started out simply, by offering a walking path, and have transformed the environment by adding a fitness center, gymnasium, indoor and outdoor volleyball courts, play areas, and a Café for healthy eating.  The presentation outlined the DART model used to empower their employees to take charge of their lives by Defining guidelines, encouraging Action, Rewarding continual improvement and Transforming together. (access to slides)


  • May 10, 2017 Meeting Resource


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    The May 10, 2017 meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the presentation A case study Integrating Wellbeing in the Workplace (Steelcase, Inc.) by Karleen Stephens, Manager, Disability Services and Wellbeing Steelcase, Inc.. The presentation focused on wellness journey at Steelcase, Inc. and how they as an organization developed a human centered approach with increased engagement and better outcomes. For more than a century, Steelcase has placed what people need at the heart of everything they do and everything they create and their wellness program consistent with this creates a culture that enhances employee wellbeing through experiences that promote engagement and commitment.

    Access to the slides.

  • March 8, 2017 Meeting Resource

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    The March 8, 2017 meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the presentation Millennials in the Workplace by Brett Powell, Vice President, Wellness Consultant (American Institute for Preventive Medicine) and Rachel Knapp and Kim Lotzoff (Quicken Loans). The presentation focused on how there are more Millennials in the workforce than any other generational cohort. The way in which this generation responds to technology, education, communication, and their own health varies drastically compared to prior generations.  Expecting all generations to respond equally to wellness programs is outdated thinking.  This engaging presentation highlighted the defining characteristics of Millennials, research, case study from Quicken Loans, and concrete strategies to better engage millennials in a wellness program.

    In addition to the slides, here is a link to the full report “Generational Wellness: An Analysis of Attitudes Toward Health Improvement”.

  • Nov 9 – Workplace Wellness Conference Resource


    The November 9, 2016 Workplace Wellness Conference of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the three presentation:

    Dee Edington focused on how shared values can lead to tangible shared results and discussed including Value of Caring (VOC) with ROI and VOI for individual, organization and community positive wellbeing. Ray Fabius illustrated examples of how to positively affect health of population and how organizations that invest in health increase their wealth. Ashley Kletke illustrated Stryker’s approach and strategies for their workplace wellbeing program and the effect it had on their organization culture.

    You can also find links to Dee Edington’s and Ray Fabius’ books in the library section of our website. Slides for Dee Edington are at this link and for Ashley Kletke at this link.

  • September 14 – Meeting Resource




    The September 14, 2016 meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the presentation Culture is Key to Engagement: How to build a sustainable wellness culture delivering on results and understanding trends by Tracey Watt, Midwest Strategy Director, Cigna and interactive discussion with Tasha Keys, HR Benefit Specialist, Meadowbrook Insurance Group. The presentation focused on how to work with leadership and associates that lead to better outcomes by sharing industry trends and two case studies:

    The foundation of a workplace wellness program is to encourage employees and their families to adopt and practice healthy lifestyles to improve their physical and mental well-being. However, in this ever changing healthcare environment how do organizations build a tailored program which will be sustainable in their company culture? The purpose of this presentation was to discover creative ways to engage your workforce, meet the needs of your organization by building a company culture and understanding the evolution of technology. Whether you’re just getting started, seeking to improve, or looking to expand your existing program, discover engaging solutions that target the issues that matter most to you and your employees.

    In addition to the slides, here is a link to stay up to date on health care reform regulations affecting worksite wellness programs Inform on Reform.

  • May 11 – Meeting Resource

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    The May 11th meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the presentation Building a Thriving Community (Workplace) by Roy Zuidema, Director of Campus Wellness – Healthy Habits Programming, Calvin College.

    The presentation focused on the successes and challenges of a comprehensive worksite wellness program at a faith-based, academic institution, with emphasis on building a thriving community in the workplace. In addition to the slides, there were two books suggested by the speaker:

    Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work by Bryan Dik Phd and Ryan Duffy PhD

  • February 17 – Webinar Resource

    Follow up to the February 17th Webinar –  Investing in Diabetes Prevention: The National Diabetes Prevention Program and ROI as a covered benefit presented by Shannon Haffey from the AMA

    The American Medical Association wants to increase awareness for prediabetes and the evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Program. As part of these efforts, the AMA invites Michigan Wellness Council members to participate in a work group to help inform the AMA and national partners what small businesses need in order to consider implementation of a National Diabetes Prevention Program – Please email Katy Heneghan. To register for the information session on April 25, 2016 please go to this link

     Materials from the February 17th webinar “Investing in Diabetes Prevention”:

  • March 9 – Meeting Resource

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    The March 9th meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the presentation Workplace Culture of Health and Why it Matters by Mary Marzec, PhD Senior Researcher, Health Management Research Center, University of Michigan.

    The presentation centered on the idea that having a workplace culture that supports people’s health is really about having a culture that supports the people that work there every day. Focusing on employee health has a higher order benefit for the organization because it is fundamental to people’s ability to function. The perspective of a culture of health extends beyond wellness programs to the many factors of an organization that impact people.

    • Why culture, why now?
    • What does a “Culture of Health” mean?
    • What is the benefit?
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