BURLINGTON – Employers throughout Vermont are invited to attend the Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference on March 30, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington. Vermont business leaders, human resources professionals, and wellness specialists will share ideas for inspiring employees to make healthy choices on and off the job.
Governor Peter Shumlin, Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, and the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports will present awards to 70 employers for their efforts to create a culture of wellness at their worksites.
Worksite wellness programs play an important role in promoting the health of employees, while yielding significant financial benefits for employers, in lowered health care costs, enhanced productivity, and reduced absenteeism. The benefits of worksite wellness programs often carry over, positively impacting employees even when they are off the job.
Evelyn Sikorski, manager of EFAP and Health Management at the University of Vermont Medical Center has seen the many ways a worksite wellness program benefit an organization and its employees. “Cultivating a healthy workplace where employees can feel and perform at their best is at the heart of employee wellness at the University of Vermont Medical Center. We receive testimonials from employees who have been able to make significant changes which impact home, work, and improved quality of life.”
Keynote speaker David Katz, MD, author of several books including ‘Disease Proof,’ and director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, will discuss what makes a healthy organization, the culture of such organizations, and how to get individuals engaged in wellness. During afternoon workshops, conference goers will delve deeper into a variety of subjects, such as incorporating physical activity and nutrition in the workplace, secular meditation and mindfulness for stress reduction, and corporate volunteering for worksite and community wellness.
The $104 registration fee includes a healthy lunch and a day with multiple physical activity breaks. Deadline to register is March 16. For more information call 802-859-5916.
Conference co-sponsors are the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Vermont Department of Health, BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont, Cigna, MVP Health Care, Northwestern Medical Center, University of Vermont Medical Center, INVEST EAP and The Edge.
To learn more about Worksite Wellness in Vermont, visit: http://healthvermont.gov/family/fit/worksitewellness.aspx