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NWC 2014 Worksite Academy
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The 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.

The field 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.

Participate 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 WardLaura Putnam

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 wellness culture.

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.