Successful Worksite Wellness to Reduce Risk Factors for Chronic Disease – archived webinar

Originally presented on May 14, 2009

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Funded by the Illinois Dept. of Public Health

When it comes to worksite wellness, yesterday’s assumption was that health is a cost driver. Initiatives to improve employee health were primarily a strategy for controlling a top-line expense. Today’s reality has taught us that health is a performance driver. Investing in health not only controls expenses, but also protects, supports, and enhances human capital. Worksite wellness is not only a public health issue but is fundamental to an employer’s healthier bottom line. In this session we will discuss the many attractive benefits to employers for successful worksite wellness. To get businesses started on the way to a healthier workforce, we will provide the tools to create a healthy work environment. This starts with understanding the key components of a successful worksite wellness program. We’ll also share best practices that include encouraging healthy eating habits, promoting physical activity, and creating a culture that supports healthy lifestyle choices. Viewers will learn strategies to engage the business community in worksite wellness, as well as health enhancement ideas and resources to support the launch or improvement of current wellness programs. Viewers will also hear about the success one local health department experienced with the development of a worksite wellness program that was adopted by all county government offices. Following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to participate in a Question and Answer session with the presenters via conference call.



After viewing this session, participants will be able to:

1. Communicate the employer benefits for adopting a worksite wellness culture
2. Identify effective strategies for “selling” worksite wellness to the business community
3. Describe the key components for creating a successful, lasting worksite wellness program
4. Identify best practices for current successful worksite health enhancement programs
5. Understand ways to overcome common barriers and challenges to worksite wellness
6. Identify ideas to immediately execute to create a healthier work environment within any work place.


Target Audience

IPLAN coordinators, administrators, health educators, human resource staff, nurses, preventionists and other health promoters are encouraged to participate.



Robert J. Keller, Director, McLean County (IL) Health Department

Bob Keller has served as the director of the McLean County Health Department since 1990. Prior to that, he served as the assistant administrator of the department. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in political science/public administration from Illinois State University and holds an MBA from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and is a Certified Public Health Administrator. In addition to his role as director of the health department, Bob is past president of the Illinois Public Health Association and has served as president and legislative chair for both the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators and the Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois. He is a member of the boards of the McLean County Compact, the Mental Health America of McLean County, the McLean County Chapter of the American Heart Association, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation Regional Advisory Board.

Debra Siena, Vice President, Proactive Partners

Debra Siena joined TCA Holdings, LLC in 1986. She is currently Vice President of Proactive Partners, providing health enhancement solutions to corporate clients including fitness and wellness center management, on-site coaching, and stress management workshops. Debra has been a featured speaker at wellness industry conventions since 1989, including the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), Club Industry, the Medical Fitness Association, and the World Fitness IDEA convention, having presented throughout North America, Europe, South America and Asia. Debra served on the IHRSA board of directors from 2003 through 2007 and is a member of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Think Tank. She is currently chairing the Worksite Wellness Committee for Building a Healthier Chicago. Ms. Siena received a bachelor of fine arts degree with honors from the University of Illinois in Champaign. She has an extensive background in kinesiology, having taught at Columbia College with a focus on wellness and fitness programming.