• 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  Expecting all generations to respond equally to wellness programs is outdated thinking.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?
  • January 13 – Meeting Resource

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    The January 13th meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the presentation “What is Wellbeing?” by Alexandra Paul of Humana and Carlos Mora PhD of University of Michigan Center for Positive Organization Scholarship . The wellness industry has moved from a focus on “wellness”, to now, focusing on “wellbeing”. So, what is wellbeing? There are many definitions of wellbeing in the marketplace, but most of them are consistent that it extends beyond just physical health and incorporates an individual’s mental, emotional, and social health as well. This presentation discussed the interrelatedness of each aspect of wellbeing, the impacts of each area on the workplace and how to support your employees in all aspects of their wellbeing.

  • November 11 – Half Day Conference Resource

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    The November 11th half day Workplace Wellness Conference of the Michigan Wellness Council celebrated its 10 year anniversary and featured the 3 presentations offering different viewpoints on what strategies work in which contexts.

    Jon Robison, Salveo Partners: “Wellness or Else: Why Punishing Your Employees is a Really Bad Idea…And What to do Instead” (slides). There was interest in learning more about Jon’s work and training certification on thriving workplace culture that can found at this link with regular updates on future dates.

    Scott Foster, Wellco: “A Practical Approach for Implementing Population Health Management” Please visit the resources section of Wellco’s website for more detailed information on Scott’s presentation.

    Sherry McLaughlin, Michigan Institute for Human Performance: “Pain-Free in the Real World: Solutions to Musculoskeletal Problems in the Workplace” (slides)

  • September 16 – Meeting Resource

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    The September 16th meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the presentation “Wellness: Does It Work? Insights Based on Choice Architecture & Behavioral Economics” by Jeff Dobro M.D. of RedBrick Health. With noise in the popular press, some are questioning the value of wellness programs. This session reviewed engagement and behavior-change best practices, presented original research on the outcomes of a model that meets people where they are, and revealed surprising findings on the link between design and outcomes.

  • July 15 – Meeting Resource

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    The July 15th meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured a presentation on creating a culture of wellness that affects not only the organization but the greater community by Phillip Pittman of Keith Elementary School. Keith Elementary has been awarded 1st place three times in the Michigan Surgeon General’s Healthy School Environment Recognition Program and has been honored with a Best and Brightest in Wellness Elite Award.

    • For meeting slides, follow this link (Creating Organizational Health Promotion Success in Organizations with Multiple Stakeholders and Competing Priorities).