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The NWI Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) program uses the most current information and research in the field to deliver the tools required to carry out a successful worksite wellness program. This program differentiates itself from other worksite wellness certifications in the market in that it focuses on the importance of changing the organizational culture to ensure long-term results. Course content is frequently reviewed and updated to ensure the most up-to-date information. A number of organizations have approved NWI's worksite wellness programs for continuing education credit.

Certification requires participation in a two-day, in-person course and successful completion of an online certification exam within two weeks of the training. Individuals who receive a passing grade receive an official certificate via e-mail, hold the CWWS designation for three years, and are eligible to complete the Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager (CWWPM) certification program. (To meet eligibility requirements for CWWPM, individuals may participate in both the CWWS and CWWPM trainings when both are offered at the same location/time.) Note: Individuals attending a CWWS or CWWPM training program after July 1, 2016, will earn a Professional Certificate as a Worksite Wellness Specialist or Program Manager, but may not use the CWWS or CWWPM credentials after their name.

Program participants include worksite wellness coordinators and managers, human resource professionals, occupational health nurses, employee assistance professionals, insurance and benefit providers and brokers, and other individuals seeking training and certification in worksite wellness.

Click here for more details about the NWI worksite wellness programs, including upcoming training dates and locations, faculty bios, registration information, and continuing education opportunities.

Course Content
Day 1:

  • Module 1: Foundations: Building the Business Case
  • Module 2: Foundations: Population Health and Well-being Management
  • Module 3: Foundations: Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Health, Part A: Culture, Leadership, and Environment
  • Module 4: Foundations: Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Health, Part B: Policies, Benefits, and Incentives
Day 2:
  • Module 5: Foundations: Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Health, Part C: Communications
  • Module 6: Program Practices: Driving Employee Engagement, Part A: Primary Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Special Programming
  • Module 7: Program Practices: Driving Employee Engagement, Part B: Medical Consumerism/Chronic Condition Management
  • Module 8: Foundations: Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Health, Part D: Evaluation

As a participant, you will be able to:

  1. understand what constitutes a comprehensive worksite wellness program and its business rationale;
  2. recognize basic principles and approaches to designing a comprehensive worksite wellness program based on a population health model; and
  3. understand the value and attributes of foundational concepts/practices: leadership, polices, benefits, incentives, environmental supports, communications, and evaluation in creating a sound and sustainable program plan/model.

Recommended Readings
If you are new to worksite wellness or would like to brush up on your knowledge, the course developers recommend reviewing the following resources prior to attending the training:

  • "A Review of the U.S. Workplace Wellness Market," a RAND Health Occasional Paper sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. © Copyright 2012 RAND Corporation.

  • Leading by Example from Partnership for Prevention, a peer-to-peer communication campaign that educates CEOs about the benefits of worksite health promotion and encourages employers to adopt effective practices to improve employee health. Partnership for Prevention® launched Leading by Example in 2004. Since 2005, Partnership has developed several additional Leading by Example publications. Recommended readings for CWWS: "Leading by Example: The Value of Worksite Health Promotion to Small- and Medium-Sized Employers" (2011) and "Leading by Example: Creating Healthy Communities through Corporate Engagement" (2011). ©2011 Partnership for Prevention.

Upcoming Trainings
Trainings take place throughout the United States. For a list of upcoming trainings and to register, click here.

Questions? E-mail or call 715.342.2969.

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NWI WEBINAR: The Diversity Divide in Wellness Programming

6/25/2016 » 6/29/2016
2016 National Wellness Conference

6/25/2016 » 6/28/2016
Worksite Wellness Programs-NWC, St. Paul, MN

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