The American Heart Association is hosting its first West Michigan Wellness Symposium on Wednesday, March 14 at the Kent District Library Service Center at 814 West River Dr. NE.

While many employers offer Workplace Wellness programs, few have the data they need to know what works and how to implement best practices. Join the American Heart Association and Grand Rapids leaders in Workplace Wellness as we learn from organizational health experts on how to get clear on what the elusive “wellness program” means.

Twenty-five organizations are already being represented including:

  • Small Employer: Terryberry: CEO Mike Byam
  • Large Employer: Amway and the West Michigan Wellness Coalition: Tom Boehr, Manager of Corporate Wellness & Employee Engagement (Grand Valley State University, City of Muskegon, and Steelcase)
  • Behavior Dissemination: Leanne Mauriello, Spectrum Health
  • Employee Wellness on a Budget: Toni Sperlbaum, Health Plan Advocate
  • Engaging Employees: Dissemination Utilizing Technology: Leanne Mauriello, Spectrum Health ​
  • Generation Wellness: Brett Powell, Wellness Consultant American Institute for Preventative Medicine
  • Beyond Physical Health: Role of Emotional Health and Resiliency in the Workplace: Bob VandePol, Executive Director at Pine Rest

The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The symposium is directed at human resource and worksite wellness directors to explore how companies can foster and encourage healthy behaviors among their employees. Participants walk away from this event with best practices they can implement at their own companies.

The mission of the American Heart Association is to ‘build healthier lives, free from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The West Michigan Wellness Symposium is just one way to inspire people to start the journey to better health. Thank you to local sponsors Perrigo, Terryberry and Answer Health on Demand.

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