Recap of NWC 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
More than 750 wellness experts, practitioners, and professionals convened at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in Saint Paul, MN, at the end of June for the Annual National Wellness Conference (NWC), an event spanning three days to educate attendees about emerging trends in health and wellness, and to celebrate a well lifestyle. In its 41st year, the NWC focused on the theme “Spotlight on Sustainability: Setting the Stage for a Lifetime of Wellness.”
This year’s NWC featured more than 80 breakout sessions on topics ranging from wellness coaching, to mindfulness training, to workplace wellness, to neuroscience. Many of the participants commented that it was often difficult to decide which session to attend because there were so many interesting breakouts being offered at the same time.
The Conference was punctuated by truly inspiring keynote presentations by Seema Wadhwa of Inova Health System, Will Allen of Growing Power, Dr. Neha Sangwan of Intuitive Intelligence, and Dr. Patrick Williams of the Institute for Life Coach Training.
More than 100 attendees came to the Conference to attend NWI’s specialized worksite wellness trainings and become Certified Worksite Wellness Specialists and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Managers. The intensive 2-day trainings were challenged participants, and many came away feeling that they had learned a lot of valuable information about how to design, implement, and lead a worksite wellness program.
The Conference saw its most dramatic change from years past, however, not in the form of programmatic changes, but a change in venue. After lengthy discussion, it was decided to move the Conference to the Saint Paul RiverCentre, making this year was the first year that the NWC was held at a conference center and not a university campus. Though some attendees noted that they missed some of the openness of the university setting, most attendees agreed that the change was a positive move because it kept all the conference activities together. Attendees of myriad backgrounds were seen conversing excitedly between breakout sessions about what they had just learned and what they were about to learn. There’s little doubt that this level of interaction was facilitated by the move to the Saint Paul RiverCentre.
NWC 2016 was a huge success. NWI would like to thank all the attendees, presenters, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and exhibitors who contributed to making NWC 2016 such a great event.
The NWC will return to the Saint Paul RiverCentre, June 19-21, 2017. The theme for next year’s event is “Cultivating a Cultures that Flourish: Foundations and Innovations in Wellness Promotion.” Look for a call for presentations for NWC 2017 later this summer.