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12th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference

'Embracing the New Age of Wellness'

THANK YOU to everyone who attended our first ever VIRTUAL conference this year! 

The First Coast Worksite Wellness Council and title sponsor, Florida Blue, are honored to host the 12th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference and Healthiest Companies Awards Presentation virtually for the first time ever! As an added value for our members, we are offering the virtual conference free of cost! Non members are welcome to join for a fee of $40 for the week. See registration links below.

Given the uncertainty that COVID-19 has presented us, and in an effort to keep all of our guests safe, we have made the decision to host our 12th annual conference virtually September 21st - 24th, 2020 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.

The health of our local organizations and their employees makes a huge impact on the First Coast community's ability to grow and thrive. Our goals with this conference are:

  • Attendees will leave feeling empowered to make lasting change in the lives of their families, workplace and community
  • Empower organizations of all sizes to create a healthier environment for their employees and promote a culture of health and well-being
  • Present evidence-based programs that improve employee health and productivity
  • Educate wellness professionals on industry trends and best practices to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of their wellness program

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Click here for more information.

Registration is live! Click here to save your spot.

  • Full Week Conference Access (Member): FREE - Members must log in to access pricing and register other individuals within their organization as guests. Please email if you'd like to register more than 10 guests.
  • Full Week Conference Access (Non-Member): $40
  • Full Week Student Conference Access: $30

Full Conference Agenda Coming Soon!

Interactive sessions will be offered from 11:00am - 12:30pm each day:

Monday, September 21st - Keynote Presentation: Nick Buettner with Blue Zones

Tuesday, September 22nd- 2 Breakout Speakers

Wednesday, September 23rd- The 2020 Healthiest Companies award winners will be highlighted in a special presentation! The Frank Barker Award Recipient of $10,000 will also be announced.

Thursday, September 24th- 2 Breakout Speakers

2020 Conference Presenters:

Keynote: Nick Buettner, Blue Zones

"Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life"

Nick will present the Blue Zones research on the longest-lived and healthiest places in the world as well as the common lifestyle and cultural traits of those locations. He will then discuss how these traits have been implemented into communities and worksites throughout the United States to set up environments so that the healthy choice is the easy choice. 

Nick is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Blue Zones Project in all of the Blue Zones communities and corporate sites. He is also a National Speaker, Blue Zones expedition member, and ed-tech innovator. Over the last 20 years, Nick has led 17 expeditions over 6 continents around the world, three of which were to Blue Zones sites. Nick received his BA in International Business with a minor in Economics from Augsburg College. 

Breakout Sessions:

Dr. Lana Saal, NHI Forensic Automotive Consultants

“Build Your Brain, Build Your Wellness Program”

Dr. Saal will provide an opportunity for participants to grab hold of a solid understanding of how biopsychology (biological foundations of behavior) affects brain patterning and emotions, essential for true behavior change. Preparing the brain even before a Wellness program begins serves as an essential pre-step-planning to create a true motivational mindset. By gearing up the brain and setting the stage before the commencement of initiatives, the pattern and cycle of achievement of goals is initiated and success is realized.

Dr. Saal is currently the Director Wellness & Human Resources at NHI Automotive Research as well as on the Board of Directors for the National Wellness Institute (NWI).  She has also served on the American Cancer Society Board of Directors. Dr. Saal received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Master of Science in Health from Russell Sage Colleges and Bachelor of Science focused in Nutrition Sciences from State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.  She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP). 

Jared Graybeal, Superfit Foods

“5 Ways Eating Healthy Can Increase Work Performance”

Jared finds most nutrition seminars just cover information related to obesity statistics and usually end with an agenda to buy some type of product or service. Jared prefers to teach on the practical ways to implement balance and healthier eating into the daily lives of working-class Americans, so they can see the incremental change in the day to day of their work performance and overall quality of life. Jared will focus on nutrition as it relates to better sleep, more money, more time, learning to love exercise and being happier. 

Jared is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Behavioral Change Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist with an education in Marketing & Psychology from UNF. He owns and operates 2 companies, one of which is Superfit Foods, a healthy, subscription based, fully-customizable meal prep company. The other is E3, a business consulting and marketing agency. 

Cindy Persico, Health Advocate

“Emotional Well-Being: 8 Secrets of Resilient People”

COVID-19 tested our resiliency in ways never before seen. In this session, we'll look at restoring our own emotional balance as well as how to cultivate it in our employees. We'll review the 8 characteristics resilient people share, learn strategies for coaching and developing a "marathon" mental health mindset during challenging times, discuss what resiliency is and is not, and discover best ways to position ourselves for the ongoing challenges in our "new normal" of promoting wellness.

Ms. Persico is the Regional Vice President for EAP and Work/Life Services for Health Advocate. Cindy is a member of the EAP Leadership Team, and key contributor to delivering continued first class clinical services. Cindy has a Masters of Health Science in Counseling and specializes in the development and growth of high quality employee assistance programs (EAP). She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional.


Courtney Schroeder & Laura Nolan, Humana

"Leveraging Well-being to Tackle Return to Work"

The importance of addressing mental health in the workplace is becoming even more critical. The purpose of this session is to help employers understand this landscape as it relates to addressing Return-To-Work strategies and their role in supporting employees on this journey with holistic program offerings. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to identify emotional fatigue and related stressors, how they can position wellness to help them engage their entire workforce, and important considerations to elevate both their employees and business operations so they can thrive.

Courtney Schroeder is a Regional Wellness Sales Executive at Humana. Prior to joining Humana, Courtney gained over twelve years of experience in the corporate wellness industry. She began in a Strategic Account Executive role at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pittsburgh where she was responsible for building wellness strategies with key clients. Courtney is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She later received her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Laura Nolan is a Health Solutions Sales Executive (HSSE) at Humana and is responsible for oversight of Humana's North Florida book of business. As a health solutions executive, Laura presents to audiences throughout Florida sharing the Humana story around Health and Wellness. She works to develop employer relationships, and consult with clients regarding their health and wellness needs. Laura received her BA in Business Communications from Florida State University and her Master of Business with a focus on Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Thank you to our 2019-2020 Title Sponsor!

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