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Why WellCert? The Journey of a CWPM

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Why WellCert? The Wellness Journey of Leslee McGovern, MS, RD, LDN, CWPM

I came to Worksite Wellness through nutrition. Early in my career as a registered dietitian, I held traditional clinical roles where I cared for patients who were experiencing the results of years of poor health habits. I knew then, I wanted to reach people before they were at this stage. I also wanted to reach a bigger broader audience about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. After going back to school for a master’s in nutrition and communications, I promoted the health benefits of food through foodservice marketing and public relations. In my position at a  foodservice contract management firm truly brought me to worksite wellness. There I developed corporate nutrition and dining programs for large corporations. I helped these organizations think strategically about the food environment at work and how to make it health promoting for their employees. In meeting with company wellness directors and their committees I also saw the bigger picture and I knew I wanted to be involved in the bigger picture. I wanted to help organizations develop strategic plans for employee wellness.

Here in Massachusetts, we know that only a small percentage of organizations have them. I wanted to help change that. My first step was to pursue the Level One Wellcert Program from the Chapman Institute. I learned about the basic skills required to design and implement a comprehensive and effective worksite wellness program. Now I could see the whole picture and take what I learned to help client organizations build their comprehensive plans. Next I signed up for Wellcert Level Two because there is always more to learn!  This level provided additional training on critical skills necessary a full time wellness program manager in larger more complex organizations. This training is vital to my work and I’m eager to take the next level. By participating in the onsite training, you gain knowledge and the opportunity to benefit from Larry Chapman’s 35 years of experience. 


Tags:  WellCert Certification  wellness  worksite wellness 

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The Power Of Great Leaders: The Chapman Effect

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Thursday, September 14, 2017

Why WellCert? A Letter From Philip Swayze, CWPD, HUB International

Since 2010 I have chaired the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Leadership Awards program.  The people I’ve met through this process and my 19 years in the field of prevention and wellness have underscored for me the positive influence and meaningful impact that one person can have on the practice of health and well-being. 

There are so many amazing men and women in our field I could write about but today I want to focus on Dr. Larry Chapman – an individual that I’ve known and respected since 2004 when he was the CEO of Summex.   I first met Larry when his company was selected to offer services through a Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) wellness-infused health plan product.  I was a young(er) wellness communications strategist for BCBSRI, and we were creating this really amazing product that allowed participants to opt into one of several different wellness program options based on their risk profile, preferred communications medium and personal behavior change preferences.

Larry provided his years of wisdom and experience in the integration of his online programs into the HMPC product we were building.  Fast forward to 2017 and Larry is now offering his knowledge and expertise through the Chapman Institute’s WellCert® program.  Class participants receive full peer-reviewed articles Larry wrote for the wellness field in The Art of Health Promotion such as his Meta-Evaluation of Worksite Health Promotion Economic Return Studies (TAHP 2012).  Dr. Chapman’s WellCert® program offers four levels of curriculum that he’s carefully designed to provide a foundation of research-backed knowledge and offer a suite of tools to support the development and implementation of a successful worksite wellness program.

Over the past 3 years, I have reconnected with Larry and completed levels 1-3 of his WellCert program.  His field-tested methodologies have provided me with additional tools and strategies that have helped me grow my career and continue my success in the field of health and well-being.  I encourage anyone seeking to improve their knowledge and skills as a worksite wellness consultant to go through one or more of his certification courses. The WWCMA is hosting WellCert level 1 October 9 and 10 and level 2 on October 11 and 12 in Watertown, MA.  Sign up today for a chance to study under Larry and give your career in wellness a boost!

Like Michael Samuelson, Dee Edington and Vic Strecher, Larry Chapman is one of the many influential people from the state of Michigan who has had and continues to have a lasting impact on the field of health and wellbeing.  Thank you, Larry!


Philip Swayze, MS, Certified Wellness Program Director

Hub International, New England

Tags:  BCBSRI  HUB International  Larry Chapman  Philip Swayze  The Chapman Institute  WellCert Certification  Wellness  Wellness Certifications  Wellness Programs  Worksite Wellness 

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