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2019 Annual Worksite Wellness Conference

THANK YOU to the over 300 professionals who attended our conference this year! Click the link below to view and download pictures from the event, including the Healthiest Companies Awards Luncheon. The photo gallery link will be live until June 20th.

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The First Coast Worksite Wellness Council and title sponsor, Florida Blue, were honored to host the 11th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference and Healthiest Companies Luncheon on May 8th, 2019 at the University of North Florida. 

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

Breakout sessions are back!  Scroll down to learn more about this year's breakout speakers. If you'd like to be considered to present at future events, please click here.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Click here to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities for this event.

11th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference

Morning Keynote - Dr. David Hunnicutt

"SHINE"- The New Science of Igniting Organizational Performance and Fueling Individual Engagement

Thousands of new wellness and business books are released each year. Tens of thousands of research articles are written. Strangely, even with all this information in circulation, the three most important wellness and performance improvement practices–the ones that guarantee engagement and ignite performance–are rarely, if ever, mentioned.

In this hands-on, highly-interactive and engaging session, Dr. David Hunnicutt will zero in on the most overlooked and neglected worksite wellness practices. After taking part in this session, not only will you personally be re-energized but you’ll also know how to you bring out the very best in your people.

When it comes to helping leaders create meaningful and enduring change, David Hunnicutt is one of the nation’s best. Driven by an ardent passion for building cultures that work, he has helped leaders from all walks of life create change–especially when that change is hard.

About Dr. David Hunnicutt:

Over the last two decades, Dr. Hunnicutt has delivered more than 500 keynotes for some of the most notable organization and conferences in the country including the United Nations, The London Stock Exchange, Union Pacific Railroad, John Deere, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Cross Blue Shield, General Motors, Notre Dame University, the National Institutes of Health, the CDC, the National Chamber of Commerce, the Department of the Navy, Stanford University, ConEdison, Johnson & Johnson and many, many others.

David Hunnicutt’s opinions and expertise have also appeared in such news services as the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Bloomberg Business Week, CBS News, Reuters and the Boston Globe.

Prior to establishing his own consulting and training firm, David was the CEO of WELCOA for twenty years. Under his leadership, WELCOA became one of the most respected business and health organizations in the country.

Afternoon Keynote - MJ Shaar

Positively Energized: Three Simple Steps to Your Best Self

Would you say your life has become better paced and simpler or quicker and more complex than it was a few years ago? The vast majority of us will admit that life’s demands are constantly augmenting, making it a little harder for us to be at our best each year.

This highly interactive and experiential session will present three concrete applications of positive psychology - the scientific study of what helps us flourish - that will counteract this reality and fill you up with more vitality. More concretely, you will experience why building from what’s right generates better results than trying to fix what’s wrong. You will identify your personal strengths, and use them to envision your best possible self. Because life isn’t always that rosy, you will also discover three resilience-boosting questions that will get your head out of negativity and back into realistic empowerment. You will look into an integrity mirror to see if you live up to your own values and expectations - and which will help you make adjustments when you don’t.

We will begin our discussion of each strategy by experiencing its power for yourself. You will then hear some suggestions on how to transfer the knowledge and skills acquired into wellness programming.

You will walk away from this emotionally engaging session positively energized, equipped with concrete strategies you can apply immediately, for yourself and within your organizations, even with no or low budgets. Better yet, since these new sources of positivity involve a new way to view and interact with the world, they will not add more strain on your already busy schedules or on your already stretched resources. As a result, no obstacles should stand in the way of your reaping the benefits of what you’ll learn.

About MJ Shaar:

MJ Shaar is one of the most sought-after experts applying positive psychology to health promotion. Trained by the National Speakers Association, she is one of the first 50 in the world to obtain a Master in Applied Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania. She studied directly with and taught alongside Martin Seligman, the Founder of the field. MJ has offered trainings and keynotes for Fortune Companies, governmental institutions, wellness and coaching organizations, as well as various universities. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty for the Federal Executive Institute. She has worked in 10 countries over 4 continents and her trainings have been delivered in 4 languages. She co-authored Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance, and contributes to the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. MJ takes great joy in her work, but her proudest accomplishment is to be the mom of her sweet 3-year old, James.

2019 Healthiest Companies Luncheon 

Emcee - Shannon Miller, Most Decorated Olympic Gymnast in American History with 7 Olympic medals

Author of It's Not About Perfect: Competing for my Country and Fighting for my Life, Founder - Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women

Healthiest Companies Recognition- 

Is your organization making noteworthy strides to improve the health and well-being of your employees? The FCWWC encourages our members to apply and showcase their healthy workplace program and wellness initiatives. The Healthiest Companies Award winners will be announced and plaques will be awarded during the luncheon portion of the 11th Annual Wellness Conference on May 8th. 

Frank Barker Award Recognition- 

Win $10,000 toward your worksite wellness program! The FCWWC seeks to recognize outstanding leadership in local wellness professionals for developing a culture of health and well-being within their organizations. This year's Frank Barker Award winner will be announced during the Healthiest Companies Luncheon. Learn more and apply here!

Breakout Sessions

"Total Well-being: Delivering Value to the Modern Workforce"

Kirstie Settas-Jones

Employees are your greatest asset. But do they feel that way? They will if your organization’s culture and wellbeing programs send that message. An integrated wellbeing strategy that makes employees feel good — even brag about the benefits made available to them — can significantly impact employee attraction and retention and, possibly, the business outcomes.

"Achieving Multicultural Competency in Worksite Wellness Programs: The Social, Business and Legal Case"

Linda Howard

This session addresses the value of a Multicultural Competency in worksite wellness programs. It focuses in on how multicultural competency in wellness programs impacts public health by reducing chronic diseases, creates access for all cultural groups, can have a positive impact on business cost, and support compliance with a number of federal laws designed to protect certain classes of individuals. It also, covers ways to evaluate your program and assess wellness professionals by multicultural competency standards.

"Mental Wellness in the Workplace"

Lisa Grossman, Ph.D

The purpose of this breakout session is to offer attendees insight into improving the workplace culture of mental health. Mental wellness and mental health have been widely discussed with “tips” for improvement, but the change needs to start deeper and begin with how mental health is viewed. This session will provide attendees with an overview of mental illness and its impact on employees, how stress is directly linked to mental health, and how companies can facilitate positive change among employees.

"Habitudes: How Day-to-Day Financial Habits Affect Retirement"

April Caldwell

In this interactive session, employers will learn how employee's financial stress is impacting the company's bottom line and it will also teach employees the 5 Strategies to take the first steps to address and reduce financial stress. Attendees will leave with a financial wellness strategy that will gauge the health of their finances and the action steps to start making changes.

"From the Workplace to the World: Simple Strategies for Cultivating Well-being and Resilience in the Workplace That Have a Ripple Effect to the World"

Laura Bennett

Research in the fields of interpersonal neurobiology and positive psychology provides us with simple, evidence-based strategies that enhance well-being, interpersonal connection, compassion, and resilience that are easy to bring into the workplace and foster personal health and a positive culture at work, home, and the community. During this breakout session, you will learn three strategies to apply right away that reduce stress and enhance well-being and relationships in any setting.

Conference Agenda

8:00 - 8:30  Registration/ Visit Exhibitors/ Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45  Welcome and Introductions

8:45 - 9:45  Keynote Speaker – Dr. David Hunnicutt

9:45 - 10:00  Visit Exhibitors

10:00 - 10:50  Breakout sessions  

11:00 - 11:50  Breakout sessions

12:00 - 1:45  Healthiest Companies Awards Luncheon

1:45 - 2:00  Visit Exhibitors

2:00 - 3:00  Keynote speaker – MJ Shaar

3:00 - 3:30  Wrap-up, Evaluations, and Visit Exhibitors

Thank you to our 2019-2020 Title Sponsor!

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