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NWI WEBINAR: Ergonomics for the Health Promotion and Wellness Professional

The purpose of this webinar is to discuss inclusion of ergonomics in the office and manufacturing environments, linking the behavior based efforts of wellness to increase productivity and reduce workers compensation and medical costs.

10/23/2014
When: Original Air Date: Oct. 23, 2014
Available on-demand for members.
Presenter: E. Andrew Wood, PT, MS, FAWHP, CBES, CWWPM
Contact: NWI Education Director
715-342-2969

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Ergonomics for the Health and Wellness Professional

Original Air Date: October 23, 2014

Presenter: E. Andrew Wood, PT, MS, FAWHP, CBES, CWWPM
Senior Consultant, Ergonomics, Ferguson Risk Management

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Webinar Description

Many health promotion professionals have arbitrarily been assigned the role of handling "ergonomics” in an effort to decrease or eliminate expensive musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace. This seemingly confusing pairing is actually a logical combination given the fact that many risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders are the same as the lifestyle risk factors for cardiovascular disease and obesity. By definition, ergonomics is the science of designing tasks and equipment to be compatible with the characteristics of the human body.

In the last several years, the more effective ergonomic programs have included behavior components of wellness. During this webinar, Andrew Wood discusses the inclusion of ergonomics in the office and manufacturing environments, linking the behavior based efforts of wellness to increase productivity and reduce workers compensation and medical costs.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • understand basic knowledge of ergonomics and musculoskeletal injury prevention, and its relevance to wellness.
  • conduct a very basic ergonomic evaluation in the office setting.
  • strategize ways to establish ergonomic principles within their workplace and home.

About E. Andrew Wood, PT, MS, FAWHP, CBES, CWWPM
Andrew Wood is a Physical Therapist with a master's degree in Exercise Physiology, a Certified Wellness Coach, a Certified Behavior Based Ergonomics Specialist, and a Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager. Currently, he is employed at Ferguson Risk Management as Senior Consultant, Ergonomics, consulting with corporate clients on ergonomics, wellness, and injury prevention. Prior to that, he was at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota, as Injury Prevention and Wellness Specialist. Andy spent over 25 years at General Mills as the Manager of Health Promotion and Ergonomics. He was responsible for managing and coordinating the health promotion activities for manufacturing and field sales, advising on musculoskeletal injury prevention and ergonomics. From 2008 to 2010, he was Director of Ergonomics and Corporate Solutions at Muve Inc., where he was responsible for developing and implementing activity based wellness programs for corporate clients along with sales and account management. 

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