Trust Your Gut:The Role of Digestive Disease in the Workplace

Tuesday November 14  Noon: Zoom meeting

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming 30 minute webinar, in partnership with the Wellness Council of Ohio, “Trust your Gut: The Role of Digestive Disease in the Workplace” featuring Ryan Klein, Regional VP of Sales at Vivante Health.

More than 40% of Americans’ lives are disrupted daily by digestive issues. Not only does this contribute to a whopping $136 billion annual spend (more than heart disease, trauma, and mental health) — it’s also causing people to suffer in silence.

Don’t miss out on this unique discussion where we will talk about:

– The role digestive disease plays in employee health

– The hidden costs of digestive health

– A real-life member journey, from fragmented care to diagnosis

What is bothering you

Tuesday June 13 11:30 to Noon Zoom Meeting

Come to our 30 minute social activity to vent your frustration, get support and help others with their problems. Come for five minutes or stay for the whole 30. Feel free to share this meeting notice with others.

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Worksite Wellness Fundamentals

Tuesday February 14 11:30 to Noon Zoom Meeting

On average, Americans working full-time spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace. The use of effective workplace programs and policies can reduce health risks and improve the quality of life for American workers. Learn more about workplace health promotion and how to design, implement, and evaluate effective workplace health programs.

Come to our 30 minute activity to ask your questions and get ideas. Please reply to to register.

What is bothering you

Tuesday November 29 11:30 to Noon Zoom Meeting

Come to our 30 minute social activity to vent your frustration, get support and help others with their problems. Come for five minutes or stay for the whole 30. Feel free to share this meeting notice with others.

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Worksite Mental Health Programs

Tuesday July 19 11am to Noon: Zoom meeting
Our hour-long training will include the current look at mental health and mental illness trends, tools and strategies to help all individuals improve their mental health, and a look at the training options we provide to organizations to educate around mental health, create stronger connections among teams, and empower employees to start practicing mental wellness.
Presenter: Erin Horn, Training Manager,1N5
1N5’s mission is to prevent suicide by erasing the stigma that surrounds mental illness and to promote optimal mental wellness. To learn more about our organization, head to our website at or check out our Get Curious About Mental Health campaign.

Meet Other Worksite Wellness Professionals

Tuesday May 24, 12:00 Noon
Zoom Meeting

Take a break and join us to meet other worksite wellness professionals. We will begin the meeting with a brief overview of Council activities. Then each person can present what is going on at their organizations. Bring your questions for the group.

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Learning Well: Teaching Workplace Health Promotion

Tuesday April 26, 12:00 Noon
Zoom Meeting

Promoting a local educational resource for our members has been a long term goal of the Wellness Council. Without additional training for yourself or staff members, your program is often on a slow growth track.

David L. Pauer, MNO, is an Instructor with the Cleveland State University College of Health Sciences.  This talk will give a fun and informative summary of Health Education 360, Workplace Health Promotion. The course focuses on the rationale for workplace health programs and the economic impact of employee health on productivity and healthcare costs. Students learn how to plan, design, implement, and evaluate workplace health initiatives while understanding the policy, legal, and ethical influences on employee health.

Presenter: David Pauer

Tuesday December 14, 12:00 Noon
Zoom Meeting

Take a break and join us to meet other worksite wellness professionals. We will begin the meeting with a brief review of how we will use zoom breakout rooms to allow participants to have a one-on-one experience with other participants. Every five minutes we will switch rooms. You can come for one session or say  the whole 30 minutes.

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Data, data everywhere, but no information to help

Tuesday November 16, 12:00 Noon
Zoom Meeting

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) penned the saying, “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink” in his 1798 book, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.   It’s meaning – despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it, has a distinct corollary to our present use of data in improving health benefits, reducing costs, and improving quality of care.

Despite having massive amounts of data, getting meaningful information that translates to better outcomes is unacceptably lacking. Come learn how to transform data into information and use it to operationalize your health benefit programs.

Presenter: John E. Duldner, Jr., M.D., M.S., FAAEM. CEO and Founder, Connect-and-Care, LLC.

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Tools to increase engagement and improve health

Tuesday September 16, 12:00 Noon
Zoom Meeting

The Shapa Health ecosystem builds digital tools that can be leveraged to build custom programs and solutions to meet your company’s objectives and initiatives for worksite wellness. Come to this rapid 30 minute overview to learn how Shapa can:

  • Reduce healthcare costs through improved health outcomes
  • Achieve more engaged and healthier members
  • Personalize program and feedback for members based on their own health goals and chronic condition

Sharpa sister company MyClearStep, focuses on eating disorder recovery.
Diane Raymond Manager, Account Services and Market Development Shapa Health.
Shapa Health – Shapa Health

ClearStep, A Truly Numberless Scale For Eating Disorder Treatment (

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Recovery Supportive Workplace:

Peer Support for Employees with Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders
Wednesday, June 9 11 a.m. to noon

The presentation will cover the basics of Peer Support, including service delivery in the state of Ohio and specific programming at Thrive Peer Support. We will also cover how Peer Support services can integrate into recovery supportive workplaces and reduce employer costs related to mental health and substance use disorders.

Presented by Thrive Peer Support

Click here to register

Workplace Vaccination Program
Tuesday April 13, 10:00 am – 10:30 am,
Zoom Meeting

Lisa Frappolli, Director of Wellness & Client Services from Wellness Coaches will lead a discussion on worksite vaccinations. If you are in a hospital or workplace and have already gone through the process, please bring your experience to this discussion. Do you require everyone to be vaccinated? Do you offer incentives? Do you offer work time off? Bring your questions for this lively meeting.

To get acquainted with Wellness Coaches before our session, please visit their website at:

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Zoom call on Wednesday, March 17th at 10am

My name is Megan Baird and I am a corporate health & wellness professional here in Cincinnati.  In collaboration with the Wellness Council of Northeast, OH and the National Wellness Institute, I am starting a Wellness Council here in the Southwest, OH/Greater Cincinnati area and would appreciate your support and participation as this wellness council gets started!

Please join us for a Zoom call on Wednesday, March 17th at 10am to hear from Steve Musgrave-President at Wellness Council of Northeast OH; Mary Zahler-Akron Children’s Hospital; and Valorie Bender-Premise Health to learn more about the impact and value that the Wellness Council of Northeast OH has had on them and their organizations re: learning best practices, forming professional relationships, etc. If interested in attending this Zoom call, please RSVP to me for more information and a link to the event.

Thank You!
Megan Baird, RN, BSN, MS, CHES
President, Wellness Council of Southwest OH

The Workplace Wellness Partnership Quarterly Meeting February 26, 10am

Register for the Free Virtual Meeting!

Speakers: Karen Mosley, CEO of HERO
HERO is a national non-profit dedicated to identifying and sharing best practices in the field of workplace health and well-being (HWB) to improve the health and well-being of workers, their spouses, dependents and retirees.

Stephanie Smithey, Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins (Indianapolis)
As Chair of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group at Ogletree Deakins, Ms. Smithey devotes her practice to all aspects of employee benefits law. She represents clients with respect to qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans, assisting them with a variety of plan design, compliance, and administration issues for all types of pension, health and welfare benefit plans.

The Workplace Wellness Partnership provides a space for employers, health systems, and leaders in the health and wellness space to come together to share and learn best practices. Offered at no cost to participants and supports the non-invasive environment that will allow for substantive discussion to improve health improvement efforts.

To register

Annual meeting and Monthly meeting topics
Tuesday February 9, 10:00 am – 10:30 am,
Zoom Call

Please drop by our zoom call to give us your opinion of proposed Annual meeting and Monthly meeting topics. This is also an opportunity to meet other Wellness professionals in the area. All are invited. If You cannot make it to the call just reply with your ideas to this email.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 724 3592 6451

Passcode: dn971d

Alliance with the National Wellness Institute
Dec 15, 11:00 am – 11:30 am,
Zoom Call

Please drop by our zoom call to give us your opinion of the Wellness Council’s proposed alliance with the National Wellness Institute. We will discuss potential benefits and answer questions. All are invited.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 754 5700 1260

Passcode: 7Z7ted

This Isn’t Your Mother’s Medicare!
Dec 2, 8:30 am – 9:30 am.
Zoom Call

Please join us for a virtual presentation on everything you need to know about Medicare! This is beneficial for everyone – whether you are nearing retirement, planning for retirement in the far future, or know someone else who may be. We will also talk about Medicare choices for qualified individuals. The Medicare annual enrollment period ends December 7, 2020, for 2021 coverage.  Our Board member Liz England is doing this presentation for the Heights-Hillcrest Chamber of Commerce.
Follow this link to register

Virtual Health Fair November 17, 2020


Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10-11 am

We are hosting a virtual health fair to give you an opportunity to get your questions answered in an easy to use fun format. The one hour event will be broken up into 7-9 minute segments. You can come for one and leave at any time. Organizations and topics covered at the event include:

On Site Wellness, : Flu shots, biometric screening, wellness programming

KAZ Company: Helping your employee’s make Medicare coverage decisions

Airrosti Rehab Centers: Thoroughly diagnose and resolve injuries helping patients to quickly recover

Fitbit: Employee activity and health tracker

Bravo: Inspiring people to achieve their personal best

Connect & Care: Lowering Cost of Care while Improving Health and Quality Outcomes using Data

Hchoices: Inspire, Engage Educate

GemCare Wellness

At the event using the Remo platform you select your virtual table by vendor name. Once at the table you will be face to face with the organizations representative. You will have approximately 7-9 minutes for each “round” with the people at your table. When the round is over attendees move to the next table. We will do this for one hour from 10 till 11 am. You can see more about Remo in this video.

To register for this free event

This Isn’t Your Mother’s Medicare!

November 10, 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Please join us for a virtual presentation on everything you need to know about Medicare!  Liz England will share information beneficial for everyone – whether you are nearing retirement, planning for retirement in the far future, or know someone else who may be.  We will also talk about Medicare choices for qualified individuals. The Medicare annual enrollment period ends December 7, 2020, for 2021 coverage.


Wellness Under A Microscope:   “Is this strategy a true benefit for your organization?”

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10 am-10:30

It’s time to have real conversation about wellness in the workplace.  Many studies have stated wellness is positive while many discounting wellness altogether.  Let’s discuss together in an effort to put the ball in your hands.

Rich Siegenthaler II, MEd, CBP

Vice President Employer Solutions

Virtual Health Fair November 17, 2020

Please attend our virtual health fair on November 17 at 10am. We will be using the Remo platform. outo give you use of a virtual table for the event. You can see more about Remo in this video.  After we begin the virtual health fair, you will have approximately 7-9 minutes for each “round” with the people at your vendor table of choice.  When the round is over you can go to your next table of choice or leave. We will do this for one hour from 10 till 11am.



Tuesday, September 15, 2020 10am– 11 am

This presentation provides an overview of obligations under the HIPAA non-discrimination provisions governing group health plans and wellness programs. The main topics discussed include:

• A brief overview of EBSA

• An introduction to HIPAA and the exception to the non-discrimination requirements

• Two types of bona-fide wellness programs • The five requirements for health-contingent wellness programs

• Disclosure requirements under Part 7 of ERISA • Additional compliance tips and tools

About the speaker

Lauren Poland

Benefits Advisor

U.S. Department of Labor, EBSA

Click this link for presentation


Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 10:00am-10:30 

As workplaces start to reopen amidst the COVID-19 health crisis, we want to help employers and employees deal with the unprecedented challenge of returning to the workplace safely, and confidently.

Topics covered:

  • Healthcare trends that have emerged as a result of COVID-19
  • How employers have aligned their return to workplace strategies to these trends
  • How leveraging data from wearable devices can help detect, track and contain infectious diseases like COVID-19
  • How Fitbit’s Ready For Work solution addresses the limitations of other offerings and eases the fears held by employees.

Join Bryce Rausch, National Sales Director for Fitbit Health Solutions, to discuss return-to-workplace market trends, illness detection research, the Fitbit Care Ready for Work solution.

To register :–Webinar-Registration-TheReadyforWorkEmployerLandscape_LP.html

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Engaging and Empowering Your Medicare-Eligible Employees

Wednesday July 8, 8:00am – 9:30am

Medicare is different from choosing health insurance from an employer-sponsored plan. Medicare and the plans that go with it can be confusing and stressful. Whether your Medicare-eligible employee decides to retire at age 65 or continue working past age 65, Medicare-eligible employees pose HR challenges.

Learning Objectives:

1. Develop a clear understanding of the basics of Medicare.

2. Understand the role of HR and the Medicare-Eligible employee.

3. Develop strategies for HR to implement that positively impacts your organization

Our speaker, Elizabeth (Liz) England, SPHR and Wellness Council Board Member:


For over 25 years, Liz worked at several companies within corporate Health and Wellness as an employee benefits professional. Her primary responsibilities included benefits strategy, design, pricing and data analysis.

Liz is a lifelong resident of Akron, OH. She graduated from the University of Akron with an associate degree in Business Management Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Communication. Liz is a licensed Life, Accident and Health insurance agent. Liz has also earned several certifications in HR, Wellness and Medicare.

Liz also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Services Board and as President of Guardians Advocating Child Safety and Protection (GASP).

As a Boomer, Senior and Retiree, Liz has expanded her career to work in the health care insurance industry focusing on Medicare plans at the KAZ Company. The KAZ Company assists employers by educating their employees when turning 65 and/or joining Medicare.

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Covid  Workplace Screening Solutions

Tuesday May 12, 11:30- Noon

CDC recommends various workplace screenings as part of the return to work activity. When and how to use these screening will be covered in this 30 minute conference call presented by Impact Health. Temperature Screening is an early predictor of COVID-19. Impact Health has trained healthcare providers who can perform employee Temperature Screenings at the worksite. A smooth, well-run temperature screening service conveys a commitment to the health and well-being of your employees, vendors or customers. Add Pulse Oximetry screenings to the Temperature Screening event to provide higher levels of predictability for the COVID-19 virus for those presenting with an elevated temperature. Additional Impact Health programs available for the worksite are the COVID-19 Test (serology rapid finger technology) and pneumococcal and H flu vaccination initiatives.

About Impact Health Impact Health has been providing health screenings since 1987 serving several of the largest employers including hospital systems in the US. Impact Health developed many of the Laboratory Quality Standards in use today across the industry. On-site screening clinics run efficiently and professionally with high marks for customer service when working with Impact Health.

Mark Bond RPh

Power Point pdf:     Impact Health

Testing pdf

Staffing pdf

Temperature pdf



Thursday December 10 at 10:00 am

Today’s healthcare consumers often lack the basic understanding of the healthcare conditions impacting their lives and are unaware of how to use the full scope of benefits and resources that have been made available by their employer to help manage their condition. EdLogics is transforming the way people learn about health.

Smarter Decisions = Healthier People = Lower Costs

Our interactive multimedia game-based platform makes learning about health fun, engaging and effective.

• Game-Based Learning and Gamification Strategies
• Interactive Multimedia Educational Programs make complex health information easy to understand.
• Personalized User Experience
• Robust Data Reporting allows employers to quickly measure employee engagement

EdLogics Overview Video:
EdLogics User Experience Video:

About the speaker

Kirk Woodruf

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Lessons Learned from a Comprehensive Employee Wellness Program at a Major US Health System

Thursday, November 14, 2019 noon – 1 pm

3 Summit Park
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

In 2005 Cleveland Clinic launched a new Employee Wellness Program.  During the next 14 years the initiative grew into a comprehensive outcomes based program that saved more than $300 million in medical costs and decreased the number of employees with chronic disease.

About the speaker

David L. Pauer, MNO
David Pauer is a dedicated Health and Wellness leader with a proven record of success in designing and implementing health and wellness solutions and programs. David has dedicated his career to nonprofit health organizations, and his life mission is to help people live the healthiest lives possible.

David is the immediate past Director of Wellness for the Employee Health Plan (EHP) of Cleveland Clinic. EHP covers healthcare and wellness expenses for more than 100,000 Cleveland Clinic employees and their family members. Under David’s leadership a record 68% of eligible health plan members participated in wellness programs and saved an average of $40 million per year in healthcare cost savings.

Presentation Notes

Making important health care decisions

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 noon – 1 pm

3 Summit Park
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

Please attend our lunch discussion on increasing medical consumerism. Learn how an engaged healthcare consumers can improve outcomes and lower costs for your organization. Consumermedical’s Medical Ally team supports the participant by educating them on best evidence treatment options and connecting them to the highest quality physicians and hospitals. Surgery Decision Support provides participants with a $400 gift card to call CM when being recommended for back, hip, knee, hysterectomy and bariatric surgery. This voluntary program generates direct claims savings to employers as up to 4 in 10 participants will elect to move to a less invasive procedure following our involvement.  This results in $26K per claim average savings.  Consumermedical’s 23-year track record as a trusted healthcare partner, makes CM the premiere medical decision support and expert opinion provider.

Discusion leader:

Stephen Samataro, CEBS
VP, Employer Solutions
Office:  773-230-1733

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Reducing Chronic Disease Costs 

Friday, March 29, 2019 noon – 1 pm

3 Summit Park
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases related to lifestyle account for 75% of national medical costs. Pre-diabetes is one of the leading chronic conditions with Americans today. To fight this epidemic, diabetes prevention programs recognized by the CDC work with people with prediabetes on lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. GemCare Wellness is recognized by the CDC as a provider of the DPP program.
GemCare Wellness is a leader in the health and wellness industry by offering strategic services that bring meaningful, measurable and financially rewarding results to a client. GemCare utilizes a personalize approach in order to guide participants in making lasting health improvements that manage chronic conditions. With a team of certified healthcare professionals, GemCare delivers quality care to ensure member reach their maximum potential and employer receive positive outcomes for diabetes care, obesity, heart disease, smoking cessation, and more. We will help your employees manage their conditions and improve their overall health while decreasing your health costs as an employer.

About the speaker
Kathleen A. Daberko, Business Development Manager, GEMCORE Health and a GemCare Wellness Registered Dietitian.

Lunch Provided.

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Conference call

CDC scorecard

Thursday December 13 at 10:00 am

How good is your wellness program? Where should you improve? What is a comprehensive wellness program and how do you measure it? Join us for this conference call to discuss locally the CDC scorecard project. You can also signup for one of the CDC webinars on the updated scorecard held in the next month (see below). If you are unfamiliar with the scorecard go to

Our task locally is to provide wellness leaders a place to discuss the opportunities of the scorecard use at their organization.

Please send an email  to to register

 CDC webinars

  • December 7, 2–3 p.m. EST
  • December 10, 1–2 p.m. EST

Hear how the updated version of the CDC ScoreCard compares to the current version. Key additions include workplace prevention strategies on sleep and fatigue, alcohol and other substance use, musculoskeletal disorders, and cancer.  Register here for the webinars.

Reducing Opioid Addiction Through Better Care

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 noon – 1 pm

3 Summit Park
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

Over 116 million Americans seek care and relief for musculoskeletal condition and injuries, making these injuries the costliest and fastest growing expense for employers and health plans. Typically, patients seeking relief from musculoskeletal pain are funneled into a long-term pain management plan, which often includes a reliance on prescription opioids.  In fact, the number of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers has increased dramatically in recent years, causing an alarming rise in opioid addiction and opioid-related fatality rates.

To reduce opioid addiction Airrosti providers adhere to strict quality clinical guidelines and a focus on evidence-based care.  This includes one full hour of one-on-one care with each patient to fully diagnose and manually correct the source of the injury, followed by targeted active care rehab and injury education. Join Kelly Burchett from Airrosti to hear how this treatment method significantly reduces recovery times and is making an impact on opioid use.

Kelly Burchett

Director of Business Development | Ohio
Office: (800) 404-6050

Collaborating for success

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 noon – 1 pm

3 Summit Park
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

Will collaborating make all of us stronger and improve our chances of long term success? Instead of offering clients a fragmented wellness program what about working together? No Northeast Ohio Company should have to look outside our area to get a robust, effective, workplace wellness solution that delivers documented results. Join us, with an open mind, to discuss what expertise you bring to the table and the value you add to a comprehensive, collaboratively delivered corporate wellness program. All vendors and companies are welcome.

Discusion leader :
Steve Pelton

President of hChoices, LLC

Lunch Provided. Please reply to this email to register


A Voice 4 U can save a life and money

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 10:00 AM

With safety being a premium at the workplace, in the event of a medical emergency the #1 most important thing is making sure that first responders have immediate access to that person’s updated and accurate vital medical history, and to that person’s emergency contacts. To assist in this regard A Voice 4 U brings you:The I.C.E. Card(IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CARD) Attend this 30 minute presentation to hear a brief program overview followed by your questions.

When added to your employee benefit package your company will then have the added protection that if one of your employees were to fall victim to a workplace accident or medical incident which renders him non-responsive, first responders can simply call or text a toll free number, or scan the QR code found on the I.C.E. Card. Immediately
anyone nearby to assist with the employee as well as the first responder receives the vital information on their cell phone.

Certainly, getting the finest medical treatment for your employee at the earliest possible time is most important. However, just as sure as preventative medicine lessens medical occurrences and lowers premiums; the added measure of providing your employees the I.C.E. Card will better insure that in the event of a medical emergency at the workplace their immediate treatment will end with the best
possible result.

For more information about A Voice 4 U and the I.C.E. Card you can go to, or please call Katrina Seiter at 1-937-222-AV4U (2848).

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The more informed Healthcare Consumer

Tuesday, May 15, 2018  noon – 1 pm

1 Summit Park
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

Please attend our lunch discussion on medical consumerism. Learn how an engaged healthcare consumers can improve outcomes and lower costs for your organization. ConsumerMedical is providing employees of organizations with high-touch independent clinical advocacy, medical decision support, and expert medical opinion (both in-person and via remote 2nd opinion). They are helping members to become better informed consumers of healthcare while helping organizations to reduce their healthcare spend. Clients include companies such as: FedEx, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Estee Lauder, Eastman, CSX, IHG, Xerox, Union Pacific, Pacific Life, Ingersoll-Rand, and MasterCard. Base on their 20 year track record they can put 100% of their fees at risk if they do not generate at least a $1:1 ROI.

Need more, click on this link to an independently prepared whitepaper on Honeywell’s experience with the Surgical Decision Support component of ConsumerMedical over an 11-year time period. Below is a link to a brief video featuring the lead actuary from the study: ConsumerMedical has multi-year experience collaborating with clients on both incentive and penalty-based employee engagement strategies.
About the speaker
David Lucarelli is Vice President, Employer Solutions for ConsumerMedical and can be contacted at 770.552.6553.

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Fighting Obesity and Chronic Disease

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:00 pm

Have you change the lifestyle of your pre-diabetics? Would you like to be assured of the value of a diabetes prevention programs before a long term contract? Then attend this 30 minute presentation to hear a brief program overview followed by your questions. Jonathan Funston, V. P. Cappa Health will present the high-touch digital health programs delivering results for the obesity and chronic behavioral health related epidemics in the U.S.  Cappa pairs mobile Registered Dietitians with CDC-approved content focused on nutrition, movement, mindset, and recovery driving sustained engagement and meaningful weight loss outcomes with forward-thinking organizations across industries. Cappa’s focus on qualifying and setting success expectations with participants, use of only Registered Dietitians as coaches, and participant choice to use any device makes them the premier behavioral counseling solution in the marketplace. Add to that their performance-based pricing making them an easy option for any size organization.

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Here is a 2-minute video overview.

Strategic planning self assessment using HERO

Tuesday, December 12, 2017  2:30 – 3 pm

Following up our October 10 meeting, we are hosting a 30 minute discussion of the use of the HERO scorecard as a self-evaluation tool to aid in your wellness strategic planning.  If you wish you can begin by downloading our October 10th presentation from Carrie Alexanders. Carrie also offered the following documents for review for our online discussion.

Scorecard overview:  HEROScorecard_WWCMA_MercerPr

Planning documents: Strategy questionsSample – Action Plan

More information about the process can be found at

email  to register

New ways of worksite screening

Tuesday, November 14, 2017  noon – 1 pm- (will be rescheduled due to a traffic accident )

3 Summit Park Auditorium (Lower Level)
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

Presenter: Tode Vrzic, On Site Wellness

Create a strategic well-being initiative

Tuesday, October 10, 2017  noon – 1 pm

3 Summit Park Auditorium (Lower Level)
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

Learn how to create a strategic well-being initiative that makes it easy to be healthy at work, positively impacts organizational culture and improves individual well-being. Find out how to take your wellness program from a series of events to one that creates a workplace where health is a part of daily life. The presentation will describe evidence-based practices such as the Individual Wellbeing Model based on the book Wellbeing: The 5 Essential Elements by Tom Rath (a Gallup researcher) and the Organizational Wellbeing Model used by the Health Enhancement Research Organization, which has been proven to deliver positive health outcomes as well as enhanced financial results based on comprehensive studies by Mercer and HERO.

Presenter: Carrie Alexander leads Findley Davies’ Strategic Employer Wellness services, helping clients integrate well-being within organizational culture and health care strategy. Drawing from the latest research and best practices, she delivers proven solutions that are flexible and customized to the unique needs of each organization.

 Lunch provided

Presentation slides: findleyDaviesOct 2017

September 20 @ 12 p.m. | Wellness for Small/Medium Size Employers

As businesses grapple with rising healthcare costs some are seeking relief through wellness programs.  What are your options?

Wellness Council supporter Steve Pelton from HChoices has developed a series of engaging 15 minute presentations followed by a brief Q&A sessions.   If you are interested please reply to to be registered and receive further information.

Great American Smokeout call November 17, 2016 at 10AM

Please reply with your smoking cessation activity that you are implementing either this year or for the Great American Smokeout day. Laura Loew founder of Smash the Ash, will lead the discussion of worksite activities on our conference call at 10AM on November 17. She will also present tips for worksite cessation implementation and where to find free or low cost resources. Join us with your questions or comments. Click for resource list.

co-sponsored by
Northeast Region Healthy Ohio Business Council and the Wellness Council

Worksite Wellness Legal Update

Tuesday , October 11, 2016  11am – 1 pm
Health Action Council
6133 Rockside Rd. suite 210
Independence Ohio

Daphne K. Saneholtz from Brennan, Manna & Diamond Law Firm will present”The Legal Aspects of Wellness, Updates and Changes”.

Follow this link to the pdf of the presentation.

Also Sherry Leggett from Certified Angus Beef, a recipient of the American Psychological Association Psychology Healthy Worksite Award, will provide insights into the application process and implementation of some of their initiatives.

Follow this link to the pdf of the presentation.

Cleveland Clinic employee Wellness Programs
Thursday, September 15, 2016  noon – 1 pm
3 Summit Park Auditorium (Lower Level)
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)
Join us to review this  outstanding program.

Presenter: David Pauer,Director EHP Wellness at the Cleveland Clinic.

Follow this link to the pdf of the presentation.

$8 meting fee. Lunch provided

Please join us at Avery Dennison on August 16, 2016 from 8 to 9:30am for a Regional Wellness Council meeting.

Featured presenter Sharon Minjares from Lake Health will describe her program which achieved a Healthy Ohio Gold level award this year. Then three short presentations: Steve Musgrave will present “What the Council can do for you”; Sunny Klein Lurie, PhD. of Advanced Performance, Inc. will present “Five Wellbeing Ideas to Boost Performance & Energize Employees” and Steve Pelton of Hchoices will cover how to “Lessen the cost of chronic disease”.
Avery Dennison address is 250 Chester Bldg #1, Painesville, Ohio 44077.

Avery Meeting Agenda


Onsite Wellness Screenings

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 10 am

Onsite screenings are usually the second or third wellness initiative after doing healthfairs and contest. What is usually screened?  What are the typical results? How much does it cost? What should you look for in a screener? These are  just some of the questions that will be addressed. This is your opportunity to have your questions address.

Tode Vrzic: On Site Wellness Services, LLC provides corporate wellness program screening solutions to small, mid-size and large client companies throughout Ohio and the Midwest. Our services are customized to fit specific client needs delivered through health fairs, incentive programs, results-based or participation-based wellness initiatives.Contact Tode Vrzic at 440-623-7373 email or visit

Please join us at Invacare on June 21, 2016 from 8 to 9:30am for a Regional Wellness Council meeting.

Presentations by Invacare, Wellness Council and Well Being experts fill up the agenda. Invacare is at One Invacare way Elyria    OH 44036. Click here for more information InvacareMeeting


Make Stress Work for Your Company

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 10 am

While we cannot control our external pressures, we can learn how to optimize our responses to those pressures. Stress is a natural process and managing it is an inner game. The obvious costs of stress have been related to health and insurance costs and yet underlying truths of how stress truly impacts those numbers is uncharted.

Making decisions from expertise and hard earned experience create very different results than those made from a stressful/emotional perspective. Tune in to hear Annita Keane talk about 3 practical strategies that can get stress working for your company.

Annita Keane Peak Performance Strategist;Founder Of The Keane Method;Amazon Best Selling Author of ‘How Do I Know?.’ Your Guide to Decision Making Mastery;Speaker; Big Leap Coach.


5 Wellbeing Ideas to Boost Performance & Energize Employees

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 1 pm

How do your employees generally feel when they enter your workplace — happy to be there or dread walking in? The unfortunate news is that only 50 percent of employees are happy at work. A real connection exists between wellbeing and performance. When wellbeing improves, performance rises. Wellbeing is about the whole person in five key areas: intellectual, occupational, social, physical, and emotional wellness. Supporting wellbeing drives performance and builds healthy workplaces. Does your workplace energize employees? Find out how to help employees thrive.

Sunny Klein Lurie, PhD. is CEO of Advanced Performance, Inc. maximizing employee engagement, motivation and performance by promoting organizational wellbeing. Their division, Fast Focus Careers helps individuals excel.

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New methods to delivering care that can save your employees money and keep them out of surgery

Thursday, April 14, 2016  noon – 1 pm
3 Summit Park Auditorium (Lower Level)
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)
Join us to discuss two new entities in Northeast Ohio that strive to save patients money and time in treating a variety of orthopedic conditions.  Founded by internationally renowned shoulder surgeon Reuben Gobezie, MD, GO Ortho is an urgent care specifically designed to get patients in front of an orthopedic specialist fast. The facility saves them the hassle of going to the ER and more importantly the ER level price tag. GO Ortho offers same day appointments that are billed as regular orthopedic office visits.

GO Ortho’s sister practice, Regen Orthopedics, uses the latest advances in regenerative medicine, to provide non-surgical treatment for pain using your own adult stem cells. These treatments enable your own adult stem cells to repair injured tissues, reduce inflammation and stop pain. Patients have been able to avoid costly surgeries, physical therapy and/or ongoing steroid treatment for pain.

Trevor Bullock, DO, CAQSM – Medical Director
Dr. Trevor Bullock is a board-certified, orthopedic specialist with fellowship training in sports medicine. He has treated athletes in a number of different capacities as a team physician on the professional, collegiate and high school levels throughout Ohio. Dr. Bullock has served as a team physician for the Cleveland Arrows (AA team for Cleveland Indians) and Kent State as well as numerous high schools in the area.

Beyond conventional orthopedic treatments, Dr. Bullock also has extensive training in musculoskeletal ultrasound and treats a wide variety of orthopedic injuries with platelet rich plasma and bone marrow concentrate (stem cell) injections.  In addition to overseeing the care of athletes, Dr. Bullock was a former member of Ohio University’s football team and graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

For more information on Regen Orthopedics, visit

Lunch Provided

Saving Fitness:A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future

Tuesday, January 12, 2016  noon – 1 pm
3 Summit Park Auditorium (Lower Level)
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

About half of all U.S. employers now offer financial wellness programs, although how they define them varies. Many companies have long offered lectures on topics like retirement. But increasingly, say analysts tracking the trend, employers are tailoring their programs to the worker — more like a personal trainer who works on your budget rather than your waistline. Come to this Department of Labor train the trainer presentation which should help you with your Financial Wellness program. Take some or all of this presentation to put on your own Savings Fitness program. As more and more wellness programs add a financial component, good sources of free information are always welcome. Take a look at this pdf link “Time is on Your Side” as an example of free information available. Come with your questions and add to this discussion.

$8 meting fee. Lunch provided

Wellness vendor idea exchange

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 9 AM

3 Summit Park Conference Room (Lower Level)
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

Vendors are an important part of our local wellness environment. At our next meeting we will discuss how the Council can assist wellness vendors better serve companies. Come ready with your idea. All those who attend will have time to present their idea for Council activity. The group will then discuss how an when to implement ideas presented. This meeting is open to both companies and wellness vendors.

Vitality Shared Value

Tuesday, October 20, 2015  noon – 1 pm
3 Summit Park Auditorium (Lower Level)
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

Come participate in a discussion of shared value and how we need to change our approach to healthcare to be focus on prevention vs. a curative model that is very prominent in the US. The Vitality Group is a member of Discovery Ltd., a prominent international financial services organization. As a pioneer and global leader in the concept of shared value, Discovery was the first insurer in the world to incentivize healthy behavior.

The Vitality approach is centered on this notion of “shared value;” by empowering employees and their families to lead healthier lives, which creates stronger and more profitable businesses. Shared value is not a new idea, but it’s rare to see in action in the healthcare industry. Vitality connects everyone across the system, enabling them to create value and manage risks — together. They are committed to this model built on powerful incentives, even for themselves. If the Vitality program doesn’t yield the expected results, companies will pay less.

Vitality has been successful in their approach and recently recognized in Fortune 51 List of Companies Changing the World. Vitalities’ client, McKesson, was just named the 2015 winner of the C. Everett Koop Award this week at the Hero Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

About Vitality:

We bring a global perspective through successful partnerships with large employers and best-in-class insurers around the world, including the United States (John Hancock), United Kingdom (Vitality Health, Vitality Life), China (Ping-an), Singapore (AIA) and Australia (AIA). Our history and DNA is insurance, and as such, we are able to seamlessly link insurance impact with wellness activity. Our program is driven by rich data – 220 million months of global member data collected over the past 20 years.

Lunch provided

LiveHealth Online

Tuesday, September 15, 2015  noon – 1 pm
3 Summit Park Auditorium (Lower Level)
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

LiveHealth Online – A convenient and secure way to see a highly-trained, board certified doctor in 10 minutes or less that saves employees time and money while reducing health care expenses for employers.

Let’s face it, everyone is busy these days. Trying to schedule a doctor’s visit to deal with an acute, non-emergency health issue can be time consuming and may involve a wait of several days to get in. Finding and going to an Urgent Care facility where wait times are typically high and with crowded waiting rooms is not always an option.  Going to the Emergency Room can result in long wait times and costs that typically reach over  $1,000. The good news is, Anthem has created an innovative solutions that addresses all of these issues. It is called LiveHealth Online. A 24/7 telehealth solution that allows employees to get the care they need, when they need it most.  Using LiveHealth Online you can see a doctor in 10 minutes or less on your phone, tablet or computer. It’s simple to use and very convenient.

Join us Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 12 noon at 3 Summit Park Auditorium,  to learn how Anthem can potentially save employers and members thousands of dollars annually by getting employees to utilize LiveHealth Online for the appropriate acute care conditions.

LiveHealth Online. In this session you will learn:

  • What is telehealth, and how is it being used in the marketplace
  • Anthem’s LiveHealth Online innovative solution
  • Outcomes you can expect

About the speaker: Sharon Boose is the Sales Director at LiveHealth Online and can be reached at

Lunch provided

Link to NBGH Telehealth list NBGHTELEHEALTHJUNE2015


Tuesday, October 20, 2015  noon – 1 pm
3 Summit Park Auditorium (Lower Level)
Independence, OH
(just west of Rockside at 77 exit)

CSU Worksite Health Promotion

Tuesday February 8, 12:00 Noon
Zoom Meeting

See how our own Dave Pauer has shaped the curriculum of his worksite health promotion class at CSU. If you are looking to expand your knowledge of worksite health promotion or want a great outline to give to someone you are mentoring at your worksite, come join us. The description below is from the CSU catalog. “Areas of emphasis will include the development of program rationale and mission statements, working with and engaging leadership, use of needs assessment data to implement priority programs, determination of resources and roles for cost sharing, development of marketing packages to promote programs, a review of “best practices” in worksite health, a critique of internet resources and selected health risk appraisals, discussion of liability issues and the design of an evaluation. ”

Presenter: David Pauer

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