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12th Annual Ohio Employee Health & Wellness Conference

Complete Agenda

For a complete agenda, with speakers, topics and times in a PDF format click here for full agenda and conference brochure.  

Valuable Sponsorship and Display Opportunities

Join the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers' Education Council and sponsor one of Ohio's premier energy management conferences.   For valuable sponsorship opportunities, click here for valuable sponsorship opportunities.   To display your employee health & wellness products/services, click here for display information (please, if interested, register for a display as soon as possible as displays have sold out for this conference this past year.) 


Fee includes expert instruction for continuing education credits and a comprehensive manual featuring written materials from all sessions, a luncheon and a healthy breakfast break, and afternoon refreshment break.   $445 per person.   For 2 or more from one organization, the investment is only $365 per person.

Continuing Education Credits

The National Wellness Institute (NWI) has approved the conference for 5.5 Level 2 continuing education credit (CEC) hours for NWI Certified Wellness Practitioners, Certified Worksite Wellness Specialists, Certified Worksite Wellness Program Managers, and Wellness in Clinical Practice certification holders.  Credits are pending for insurance agents (6.50 Ohio insurance continuing education general credits) from the Ohio Department of Insurance.  SHRM Professional Develeopment Credits have been applied for and approval is pending.  Continuing education credits have been approved for 5.50 HR (General) Recertification Credit Hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®).  This site will be updated with approvals of credit hours.   This conference does not offer CHES Category 1 contact hours and continuing nursing education.

Location & Overnight Lodging

Embassy Suites Columbus-Airport, 2886 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219 (near the intersection of I-670 at Cassady Ave.).   For overnight lodging for the evening of Monday, August 21, please use this convenient link to Embassy Suites or direclty call the Embassy Suites at 614.536.0500 and request the MEC rate of $144 two-room suite with a separate living area & complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and complimentary nightly Manager's reception prior to Friday, August 4th

Healthy Employees …A Healthy Business Investment

According to a recent study by the National Business Group on Health & Fidelity, more than 86% of all employers offer wellness programs & incentives to their employees, up substantially from only 29% in 2009.   “It’s extremely encouraging to see an ever-increasing number of companies embrace corporate wellness programs as a way to promote a healthy workforce,” according to Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. “As employers continue to look at ways to improve employee health and increase productivity, we expect to see employers continue to expand and evolve their wellness offerings, and find new and innovative ways to encourage employee participation levels and measure the success of their programs.”

The 12th Annual Ohio Employee Health & Wellness Conference on Tuesday, August 22  in Columbus will provide you with useful tools & strategies for developing healthy organizational cultures, practical tips for a healthy workplace and engaging & motivating employees to act.   

Properly designed health promotion programs can positively impact an employer’s bottom line. The American Journal of Health Promotion analysis found that for every dollar invested in workplace wellness, employers could expect a return on investment (ROI) of $5.81 due to improved employee health & reduced medical claims—that is almost six dollars returned for every dollar invested.   When more advanced prevention strategies & technologies are offered in health and productivity management, experts agree that employers could expect a ROI perhaps even as high as 15:1. 

Employers are well aware that neglecting the health of employees carry a high price in healthcare costs & lost productivity.    More than 20% of employers’ health care costs are in areas of modifiable health risks – high blood pressure, tobacco use, physical inactivity, obesity, high stress and depression.  Proactive wellness programs can reduce & eliminate these risk factors.   Experts agree that several less tangible areas can be also positively affected through worksite health promotion including work effectiveness, decision-making ability, customer rapport, customer retention through improved service, and revenue generation potential. Results from North America's finest companies are reason enough to think about an investment in your most important asset -- your employees -- and the impact this investment can have on your bottom line including: reduced absenteeism, reduced health care claims (Sony Corp. of America analyzed claims data and found that 50% of its indemnity plan costs were incurred by employees with medical conditions that were lifestyle-related, or that could be changed.);    reduced employee turnover  and improved productivity and morale  (Union Pacific Railroad found that 80% of its workers believed that the company's exercise program helped to increase their productivity and that 75% felt that regular exercise was helping them to concentrate better at work).  

Employers need to ask themselves, would they spend $450—which is a fraction of the cost of a health plan for one employee—to give the organization the opportunity to reduce healthcare costs and improve productivity significantly?  Register today for Ohio’s premier worksite health promotion conference.