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An Opportunity to be in USA Today | Exclusive for CHWA Members

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The Corporate Health & Wellness Association is excited to extend to you, a valued LinkedIn group member, the opportunity to be featured in USA Today’s upcoming Employee Well-Being campaign.

USA Today’s upcoming campaign, Employee Well-Being, will feature exclusive editorial content written by the Corporate Health & Wellness Association, and we want to invite you to come alongside us and significantly boost your company’s visibility—and at a large discount. Employee Well-Being is a leading educational insert designed to inform the nation on topics like consumer-driven healthcare and corporate wellness.

When you appear in USA Today, you have the opportunity to reach and teach its 750,000 readership about you and your company.

Courtesy of MediaPlanet, an international content marketing group, your brand can be highlighted in the Employee Well-Being campaign featured in one of our nation’s top daily publications, and at a generous discount.

Ready for that type of readership?

Particular details are found in the brochure in the link below:

Sarah Michele Hunt | Education & Engagement Leader
Corporate Health & Wellness Association
561-790-1176 x811

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Arkansas Tech University using Engaging Wellness: Corporate Wellness Programs that Work as Required Read

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RUSSELLVILLE, ARKANSAS, January 20, 2016 – Arkansas Tech University will use the Corporate Health & Wellness Association’s (CHWA) publication, Engaging Wellness: Corporate Wellness Programs that Work as a required text for their students of the Health and Physical Education Department’s Wellness Degree.

Engaging Wellness: Corporate Wellness Programs that Work is the most relevant textbook we’ve found relating to today’s wellness industry,” said Professor Mr. Jamie McDougal from Arkansas Tech University. “It provides ‘real world’ scenarios that allow future professionals to develop knowledge and awareness of the opportunities and challenges facing them as they select future career paths.”

Engaging Wellness provides insights from industry experts on how to successfully implement, operate and measure a corporate wellness program; as well as how to engage and motivate employees to become active in their health, along with other valuable insights

“Here at the CHWA, we are very excited to announce this as part of their education and foresee other Universities following suit in the future,” said Renée -Marie Stephano, President of the Corporate Health & Wellness Association. “They are setting a high standard of education, and we are happy to play our part in developing the wellness leaders of the future.”

To order a copy of Engaging Wellness: Corporate Wellness Programs that Work, click here.

For more information, contact Sarah Hunt:

Phone: 561-792-4418 ext. 808


About the Corporate Health & Wellness Association

The Corporate Health & Wellness Association (CHWA), also referred to as the Health & Wellness Association or the Corporate Wellness Association, a 501(c)6 is the first national non-profit organization focused on health, wellness, disease prevention and management for employers, employees and their families.

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Winning the Powerball is not the Path to Financial Wellness

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“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

-George S. Patton, Jr., Army Commander, World War II

People are enamored today, January 13, 2016, with dreams of quitting their jobs, paying off their mortgages and putting away money for their children’s education all from the seduction of winning the $1.5 billion U.S. Powerball lottery. The truth, however, is that participating in a herd mentality by choosing to make a small investment for a large payoff is nothing more than strangling one’s personal hope with a cement noose around its neck called greed.

Greed has no place in the coffers of financial wellness—or corporate wellness, either. To be well in the wallet, mind and body, an individual must think differently. Yes, someone will win the lottery—or not and it will roll over again—but if you are making decisions based on the actions of others, where do your values of wellness lay? Where is your happiness?

The Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making sums it up well in an empirical case study of July 2008 studying why poor people buy lottery tickets.  The publication notes that people tend to focus on the cost-benefit ratio of a single ticket versus adding up the cost of playing over a year or more. Also consider that the tendency of lottery winners is to end up bankrupt within five years’ time of turning in their winning tickets.

Consider this:

  • The money allocated to lottery ticket buying if added into an employee 401(k) program or Roth IRA, over time, would be a wiser investment toward financial health and wellness.
  • The money allocated to lottery ticket buying if added toward a current, large bill, would create a stronger snowball impact of paying down the debt sooner. It may not be as sexy or kill the mood at the company when you tell co-workers you aren’t participating in a group lottery ticket purchase, but working toward having zero debt on your personal balance sheet will boost your mood in the long haul.
  • The money allocated to lottery ticket buying if saved over time to purchase the fitness tracker or running shoes you’ve always wanted so you can count your steps or better train for that 5k will pay off, and the only thing you will lose is pounds off your frame.
  • And, the money allocated to lottery ticket buying if given to a local orphanage or meals for shut-ins—or even collectively as a team at the office to fundraise for a company-wide event benefiting others will benefit others, not just you.

Money does not buy happiness or wellness. It buys groceries. Braces for the kids. Vacations for the family. Vaccinations for the pets. Shoes to run races in workplace wellness challenges. Smartwatches to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Shares in mutual funds in your employer’s 401(k). And co-pays for doctor visits to make sure you and your loved ones are as healthy as can be.

Having more money could make life a little bit easier, but other difficulties arise, according to the American Psychological Association.

The APA published results from a research project on the aspirations, dilemmas and personal philosophies of people worth $25 million or more co-led by Robert Kenny, Ed.D., a developmental psychologist and senior advisor at the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College. Three questions were asked of 165 households: What is the greatest aspiration for your life? What is your greatest aspiration for your children? What is your greatest aspiration for the world?

The common denominator among all survey participants was to be a good parent. None of the individuals said they aspired to become wealthy, financially independent or do whatever they wanted to do whenever they wanted to do it, the survey found.

Critics could attack their answers, stating life with no bills is easier for them. The survey from Kenny’s research project shows participant responses were unanimous.  The higher the wealth, the worse it gets. Feelings of isolation impact their families’ senses of well-being because “we have what most of the world thinks they want.”

Their greatest loss? “When you have all this money, you tend to lose the friendships that support you through difficult times,” the survey responses indicated.

Most lottery ticket buyers do not consider the odds of winning the huge sum of money. For today’s lottery, the odds are very small—1 in 292 million. The proverbial statistics ensue—there is a stronger chance you can be struck by lightning or bitten by a shark.

Corporate Wellness Magazine interviewed New York Times Best-selling Author Dave Ramsey in a special Q&A about financial wellness. Here is how he described financial wellness:

“First, I can tell you what it’s not. It’s not 70 percent of Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck. It’s not 64 percent of Americans unable to cover a $1,000 emergency without borrowing. It’s not half of Americans having less than $10,000 saved for retirement. These statistics are real and they are frightening. This is not financial wellness. This is financial illness.”

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, Inc., once told CNN Money/Fortune more than 20 years ago that being the richest man in the cemetery did not matter to him. “Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful—that’s what matters to me.”

The values of wellness—mind, body, financial—all lay in making good decisions, not in buying lottery tickets. Consider how the decisions you make impact your health and financial wellness. To learn more how to benefit from good decision-making, read 5 Steps to Good Decision-Making and let us know how you do.




Our newest partnership with Forbes!

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The Corporate Health and Wellness Association (CHWA) announces a partnership with Forbes that will work to advance the discussion on health and wellness programs in the workplace. This partnership will culminate in a special advertising section to appear in the September 29, 2014 Healthcare/Best Hospitals issue and will explore how new and innovative approaches to corporate wellness are increasing business profitability. In partnership with the CHWA, Forbes has discounted rates of up to 76 percent off of the open net rates for first-time advertisers in the section.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Forbes,” said Renee-Marie Stephano, President of the Corporate Health and Wellness Association. ‘With an audience of over five million executive and influencers in their print edition and over twenty million digital subscribers, this is a great opportunity to further the cause of corporate wellness. We will be able to reach the audience who can have the most impact in developing corporate wellness.”

For nearly 100 years, Forbes has been a leader in producing high-quality content that serves as the premier source of business news and analysis for industry leaders, entrepreneurs and investors around the world. A pioneer in producing timely and original custom content, Forbes is in the business of ensuring that businesses have access to insight that will keep them profitable and their employees performing at their best.

It is widely recognized that a healthy and happy employee is a more productive employee and a more productive employee is good for the bottom-line. At a time when more Americans than ever are suffering from chronic and often-preventable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, more and more employers are implementing corporate wellness programs to combat employee illness and the absenteeism and loss of productivity that results from bad health and poor quality of life.

We invite you to participate in this special section by showcasing how your innovative approaches to corporate wellness are enhancing the performance of both your employees and your business model. Discuss how your cost-effective wellness incentives are slimming down employee waistlines while bulking up their wallets, or outline how your mobile device technology is making it easier than ever to track, share and reward employee health outcomes. This section is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how your company’s leadership in implementing such innovative health programs has increased your productivity and competitiveness.

We appreciate your consideration and hope that you will join the Corporate Health and Wellness Association and Forbes in sharing your important message with the powerful Forbes audience.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: GE China~ Complimentary Multinational Wellness Webinar

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The Corporate Health & Wellness Association and the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP) are excited to announce the next webcast as part of the international webcast series “BRICS & Beyond”. The series features free webcasts highlighting good practices in workplace health promotion and wellness in eight different countries. Special focus is being placed on the economic powerhouses of the BRICS grouping, i.e. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The international webcast series “BRICS & Beyond” moves to China, the most populous country in the world and economic powerhouse. Chinese employers and employees face increasing health challenges, from non-communicable diseases to environmental pollution. The featured case study will be GE Greater China who just received the distinction of “China’s Healthiest Employer” via the Global Healthy Workplace Awards. GE is recognized as a leader in the area of employee health management in China and ensures all programs meet both local regulations as well as GE global standards and policies.

Don’t miss out on one of the most informative webinar series of the year in Global Health Promotion!

Register today (Space is limited) ~

Dr. Jean Wu, Medical Director, GE Greater China will focus on the following:

• The importance of investing in employee health in China
• How GE is playing a supportive role in implementing China’s major health care reform
• Elements of a successful and comprehensive workplace wellness program

-Dr.Jean Wu, Medical Director, GE Greater China
-Wolf Kirsten, President & CEO, International, Health Consulting
-Sarah Michele Hunt, Education & Engagement Coordinator, Corporate Health & Wellness Association

Learn From Forward Thinking Employers | Meet Our 2014 Corporate Wellness Conference Speakers, Sept 20-24, 2014

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We are offering LinkedIn members an EXCLUSIVE opportunity to save 60% off registration- Now until June 15th

Forward-thinking employers and leading industry professionals address 2,500+ delegates at the 6th Annual Corporate Wellness Conference and EHBC in Washington D.C. Sept 20-24th.

Access information on innovative strategies & solutions to help your business find sustainability in employee engagement, cost containment, wellbeing, building a culture of health and more!

Register today using the code (LinkedInDC)

Dr. John Izzo
Best-selling Author & Speaker
Awakening Corporate Soul & Value Shifts


John A. Law
Pitney Bowes Inc.

Michael Susi

Michele Blum
Wyndham Hotel & Resorts

Michelle Lytle
Bombardier Aerospace

Ellen Exum
IBM Corporation

Nate Randall
Tesla Motors

John Socha
MGM Resorts International

Lindsay Horning
Chipotle Mexican Grill

Thomas Sondergeld

MaryBeth Boehnlien
Yum! Brands

Mark Monteyne
Hewlett Packard

Katy Keene
Crowley Maritime

Sandy Rosenberg

Cheryl Soper
CKE Restaurants

Nancy Gilbert
Advocate Healthcare

Susan Tufts
L.L. Bean, Inc.

Cara McNulty

Avi Smith
B&H Photo

Sally Luck
Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Erica Anderson

Amanda Senecal

Lori Taylor
University of California

Dr. Bruce Rogan
Cleveland Clinic Employee Health Plan

Janet Lara-Vital
Miami Children’s Hospital

Access Complete List of Speakers:


Wendy Lynch
Altarum Institute

Dr. Dee W. Edington
University of Michigan

Leah Binder
The Leapfrog Group

Dr. Hangsheng Liu


Alan Tawshunsky
Special Counsel, U.S. Treasury

Dr. Robert M. Wah
American Medical Association

Katherine Lugar
American Hotel & Lodging Association

LCDR Janae Lane Price
Federal Occupational Health, Agency, HHS

James A. Klein
American Benefits Council

Bruce Sherman
Employers Health Coalition

Patty Fontneau
Connect for Health Colorado

Edward A. Lenz
American Staffing Association

Michelle Reinke Neblett
American Hotel & Lodging Association

Ronnell Nolan
Health Agents for America

Wolf Kristen
International Association for Worksite Health Promotion


Chris Keneally

Jeff Fromm
Marketing to Millenials

Kevin D. Johnson
The Entrepreneur Mind

John Cote
Mobilize Your Customers


Alden J. Bianchi
Mintz, Levin

Christopher Condeluci
Venable LLP; Former US Senate

James Napoli
Constangy Brooks & Smith LLP

Benjamin J. Conley
Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

Sibyl Bogardus
Hub International Insurance Services Inc.

Michael Lujan
McQueen Consulting, LLC & CA State SHOP

James E. Purcell, Esq
Former BCBS of Rhode Island

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LinkedIn members save 60% off registration- Now until June 15th Register today using the code (LinkedInDC)

Verizon and Walgreens Share Wellness Case Studies at 2014 Corporate Wellness Conference and Corporate Fitness & Nutrition Conference (Sept 20-24, D.C.)

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The Corporate Health & Wellness Association’s Annual Conference, the Corporate Wellness Conference in conjunction with the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress,, is excited to announce two unique employer perspectives on engaging employees in healthy behaviors.

Erica Anderson, Co-Senior Health & Wellness Coordinator at Verizon Wireless will share how Verizon encourages physical activity onsite. Erica is responsible for conducting fitness testing processes, prescribed exercise programs, and the development and implementation of motivational fitness programs. This session will be part of an entire track launched by the EHBC and dedicated specifically to fitness and nutrition in the workplace.

Click here to learn more about this year’s Corporate Fitness & Nutrition Conference

Thomas Sondergeld, Sr. Director of Health & Well-Being at Walgreens Co. will share his expertise and insight into programs that can be built into your wellness strategy to assist in access to care for employees and better engage them in healthy behaviors. Thomas’s responsibility is to direct and coordinate the healthcare and wellness activities at Walgreens for all 240,000+ team members and dependents. It includes the installation and management of the team responsible for the employee healthy living centers at our major locations.

Access Industry Power Players | 2014 Corporate Wellness Conference Integrated with EHBC ~ New Agenda Released

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Delivering Fresh Ideas & Practical Solutions Destine to Inspire!

With so many conferences in employee benefits and so little time how do you choose which events to attend?

Attend ONE event, the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHBC),, (Washington D.C., Sept 20-24) and have access to 10+ conferences all under the same roof.

• National Healthcare Reform Conference®
• Corporate Wellness Conference®
• Voluntary Benefits Conference®
• Self Funding Conference®
• Global Benefits Conference®
• BenTech Conference®
• Health Insurance Exchange Conference™
• Corporate Fitness & Nutrition Conference™
• mHealth Conference™
• Global Travel Insurance Conference™

This year’s integrated conference tracks offer a diverse selection of topics to choose from ranging from benefit plan design, delivery options, cost containment opportunities, communication & engagement and more.



Aimed at helping you create sustainable programs in employee benefits that improve corporate health and productivity resulting in a better bottom line for your business.

• Lindsay Horning, Benefits Analyst, Wellness Director, Chipotle Mexican Grill
• Katy Keene, Manager Employee Programs, Crowley Maritime
• Cheryl Soper, Vice President of Benefits, CKE Restaurants

“The speakers are leading employer groups that are really paving the way in employee benefits. I was blown away by the variety of topics being covered and the high caliber speakers featured!”

-Michael Susi, Global Wellness Manager, LinkedIn

Hear from top government agencies, trade associations and benefits & healthcare experts –
Gain a secure foothold on ACA literacy, discover opportunities in effecting change and learn shifts in organizational focus that encourage your employees to become informed healthcare consumers.

• Alan Tawshunsky, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, Employee Benefits, Special Counsel, U.S. Treasury
• LCDR Janae Lane Price, Health Services Officer, Federal Occupational Health, Agency, HHS
• Katherine Lugar, President & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association
• James A. Klein, President, American Benefits, Council
• Wendy Lynch, Director, Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care, Altarum Institute; Founder, Lynch Consulting
• Dr. Robert M. Wah, President-elect, American Medical, Association

New Executive Leadership Summits & Forums,, provide opportunities to network and share best practices with your peers: Employer Direct Contracting Summit, Onsite Clinics in the Workplace Forum, Benefits Consultant Summit, and much more.

• EHBC Specialist Certification Programs,, certifies HR and Insurance Professionals in Healthcare Reform, Corporate Wellness, Voluntary Benefits and Self-Funding
• Earn up to 14 SPHR re-certification credits and 12 continuing education credits for licensed insurance professionals
• Content nationally approved by 50 States

Don’t miss out on the country’s biggest event in employee benefits.


The 5th Annual Corporate Wellness Conference™ and Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress Announces New Sponsors for 2013

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The 5th Annual Corporate Wellness Conference™ and the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHBC) is pleased to announce the newly confirmed sponsors for the 2013 conference, taking place at Caesars Palace November 3rd through the 6th in enchanting Las Vegas, Nevada.


The EHBC is delighted to announce our proud sponsors and supporters of the employer healthcare industry.  The following sponsors will come together at the iconic Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for this eventful Congress; exhibitor sponsors, Boston Heart Diagnostics, CareATC, Hubbub Health, OraSure Technologies, silver sponsors, Workplace Vitamins, Vielife, BSDI, BioIQ, and Quality Health Management.


We would also like to introduce Pinnacle Perks one of our Educational Underwriter and gold sponsors, along with Health Diagnostic Labatory our Educational Underwriter and exhibitor sponsor.


Also in attendance, 2morrow Mobile our wellness market sponsor, Nuskin/Pharmanex and Corporate Health alliance as an Educational Underwriter, and RetroFit; a Silver Sponsor and powering a wellness activity station in the Wellness Market.  


The theme of this year’s Corporate Wellness Conference™ is “Creating a Healthy Culture through innovative Engagement Methods.”  The biggest challenge facing employers and health plans is not just getting employees to believe in their employer’s wellness program, but in getting employee’s actively “engaged” in their health and wellness.

Our focus will be on the best practices and case studies of innovative and successful “engagement” methods and activities that employers are using to get employees actively participating and taking charge of their health.

Some of the thought speakers in attendance this year are Jon Wolske, Culture Evangelist for Zappos Insights , Joseph Greeny, Four Time New York Times Best Selling Author, and Mike Rognlien, Learning & Development Manager for Facebook .


Save the date today by going to the EHBC website, ,  and register for this once a year event. Registering for the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress provides access into 100+ sessions within all six conference tracks.


The Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress is made up of six, niche industry conference tracks;

National Healthcare Reform Conference™, Health Insurance Exchange Conference,

Corporate Wellness Conference™, Voluntary Benefits Conference™, Self Funding Insurance & Workers Compensation Conference and Global Benefits Conference™


Participants and attendees have the opportunity to network with registrants from all of the conference tracks, providing six times the traffic and networking for everyone attending any of the conferences this year.

To view our 2013 Agenda click here:


Look forward to seeing you this year in Vegas!


Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress



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