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Santa Rosa Memorial hosts iWORKwell Workforce Wellness symposium March 27

03/19/2013

Santa Rosa Memorial hosts iWORKwell Workforce Wellness
symposium March 27; employers invited to learn how to lower
healthcare costs and improve staff productivity, satisfaction

North Bay business owners, brokers, human resource directors and safety managers are invited to iWORKwell’s 3rd Annual Workforce Wellness Symposium on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Headlined by keynote speaker Jen Freitas of Clif Bar and featuring other employers with successful employer-based wellness programs, the symposium is free.

Hosted by St. Joseph Health of Sonoma County and involving healthcare partners from across the county, the symposium is a communitywide collaboration led by Health Action’s iWORKwell team. Consistent with Health Action’s goal to make Sonoma the healthiest county in California, iWORKwell introduces low-cost and no-cost tools to help employers foster workforce health and lower risks of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Benefits to employers and employees include reduced healthcare costs plus improved staff well-being, satisfaction, and productivity.

Keynote speaker Jen Freitas, Human Resources manager for Clif Bar, will give an overview of her Emeryville-based company's initiatives which include a fitness center, personal training, nutritional counseling, lifestyle coaching and personal development workshops. North Bay Business Journal Editor in Chief Brad Bollinger will moderate a panel discussion featuring three award-winning local businesses whose representatives also will share their successes:

  • Debbie Raike, Human Resources Manager, LEMO USA: The Swiss designer and manufacturer of precision custom connection solutions has been named among the North Bay Business Journal’s Healthiest Place to Work for two consecutive years.
  • Julie Wycoff, a Project Captain at TLCD Architecture of Santa Rosa: In 2009, TLCD instituted a "Fit Force" with a charter that promotes fitness, healthy eating, team building and community involvement.
  • Tony Bonelli, Office Manager, Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery: The multi-site medical practice has seen fewer sick days and increased energy among its employees since instituting its program.

iWORKwell partners The Northern California Center for Well-Being, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, Kaiser Permanente and St. Joseph Health also will showcase their wellness programs.

“This symposium enables workforce wellness leaders in the community to come together to raise awareness, provide resources and motivate employers to create a culture of wellness at their worksite,” said Jeannie Calverley, manager of Employer and Community Relations for St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County. “Employers are excited to learn from each other how to promote healthier behaviors and reduce health risks, starting where many people spend most of their waking hours — on the job.”

For more information, contact Jeannie Calverley of St. Joseph Health at Jeannie.Calverley@stjoe.org or (707) 525-5263.

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