National Wellness Conference (NWC) Worksite Academy--founded by
William B. Baun, EPD, FAWHP, CWP, and George Pfeiffer, MSE, FAWHP—offers a deep
dive into the best practices of worksite wellness and at the same time,
provides an opportunity to make lasting professional connections. The 2014
Worksite Wellness Academy will be facilitated by Rosie Ward PhD, MPH, MCHES,
BCC and Laura Putnam, MA.
of Worksite Wellness is at a crossroads.
With the tried and true traditional paradigm clashing with emerging
paradigms, we need to understand the science and know how to effectively apply it to our worksite wellness
initiatives. This year’s Worksite Academy will provide opportunities for participants to do both
so that they can more effectively lead in the changing landscape of our field.
in one or more days of the Worksite Academy at the 2014 National Wellness
Conference to engage in a sequence of sessions and learn not only from the
presenters, but also from your peers through facilitated networking and learning
activities. All Main Conference attendees are invited to participate in Academy sessions; additional pre-registration is not required. While the Worksite Academy is designed as a three-day series, with
each day building on the previous one, Conference attendees are welcome to
participate in one or two days of the series.
Participants who do attend all three sessions will earn a certificate of
participation.NWC 2014 Worksite Academy Facilitators:
Rosie Ward, PhD, MPH, MCHES, BCC, Certified
Intrinsic Coach®, and Laura Putnam, MA
NWC 2014 Worksite Academy Sessions
Tuesday, June 24
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Worksite Academy, Day 1: Is It Time for a New Paradigm—Or Not?
Worksite Wellness has come under great scrutiny in recent
months and years; however, there are some best practices that are working—and
some that deserve revisiting. Day 1 will kick off the debate with respected
experts and will ask participants to take a critical look at the evidence and
their own programs. Joel Bennett, PhD, CWP, will present "The Traditional Paradigm: What
IS working,” where participants will be reminded of what is working. This
will be followed by Jon Robison, PhD, MS, MA, presenting "Healthy Employees and Healthy Organizations: Ushering Worksite
Wellness into the 21st Century,” which will provide an eye-opening look at what changes are
needed. Participants will be asked to take the evidence, critically look at
their own programs and engage in a dialogue with others to apply lessons
learned to ensure their programs are successful and sustainable.
Wednesday, June 25
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Worksite Academy, Day 2: Building a Culture
Day 2 of the Worksite Acadmey will build off the dialogue from Day 1 to look at
ways organizations can intentionally build their desired culture. The success
of worksite wellness initiatives and efforts to create a "culture of health”
largely depend on effective branding, marketing, and communication. In this session, you’ll have the opportunity
to learn from an expert in the field of branding and marketing—Josh Levine—in his session "The Culture
Imperative: How to Lead Change in a
Changing Workplace.” He will present
simple, yet powerful, culture change
modalities that can be applied to any worksite wellness initiative.
Participants will be walked through an interactive exercise to assess their
current culture and apply Levine’s culture change modalities to enhance their
Thursday, June 26
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Worksite Academy, Day 3: Tried, True, and New Paradigms in Action
The final day of the
Worksite Academy will put everything into action. Worksite wellness case studies will be
presented by a panel who have taken different approaches to their worksite
wellness programs and have found success. Evin Faulhaber, MPH, will present how
she effectively used data to find success in two very different organizations.
Nathan Taylor, MS, ATC, will present how he found success without incentives by
revisiting motivation. Stephanie Downs, MS, CIC®, will present how she found
success by rethinking well-being and valuing people. After each panelist
presents highlights and lessons learned, participants will engage in an
interactive discussion and have the opportunity to design a roadmap for building
a culture that supports health and well-being in the workplace.
Join NWI's Online Worksite Wellness Group!
Whether or not you attend an Academy at NWC 2014, be sure to join in the online conversations in the NWI Core Community Groups
, including one dedicated to Worksite Wellness! You must be a member of National Wellness Institute to have access to these groups.
Click here to view all NWC 2014 Academies.