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2012 Year in Review

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2012 is the year in which the Worksite Wellness Council of MA gained recognition as the leading worksite health promotion organization in Massachusetts. Since our founding in 2010, the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA) has focused on promoting the benefits of worksite health promotion programs to help Massachusetts employers positively impact employee recruitment and retention, medical expenses and utilization, absenteeism, productivity, and to create a positive company image. Wellness programs encourage and support healthy employees, healthy families, and healthy communities. We accomplish this mission by educating employers.

We are grateful to the sponsors who recognize the importance of our work and provide the financial support for us to carry out our work. Those sponsors are:

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Tufts Health Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

Longfellow Benefits

2012 was a year full of firsts and significant accomplishments for the Wellness Council. The website, as our key marketing portal for members, visitors and subscribers, was enhanced and member features added. The site includes access to member only content, an American Journal of Health Promotion online subscription and career activity. Our first membership drive in May attracted 80 member organizations with nearly 500,000 employees, and over 350 individuals participated in our monthly programs, annual conference, and various educational events.

A core focus for the council is providing educational opportunities to our members and the community at large. In June, WWCMA brought Larry S. Chapman’s WellCert Program to New England for the first time. This Level 1 WellCert Program provides foundational education on managing worksite health promotion programs. In September, our inaugural Wellness Conference featured esteemed health promotion researcher and consultant Dr. Dee Edington as keynote speaker, along with The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach, who provided commentary on the numerous health initiatives underway in Massachusetts. The Council has partnered with the New England Human Resources Association, New England Employee Benefit Council and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Specialists to sponsor events.

Members of the Board of Directors participated in educational sessions for Massachusetts’s legislators and their aides through the Health and Wellness Caucus at the Massachusetts State House.

With an aging workforce and chronic disease continuing to increase in our state, the Wellness Council will continue to focus our efforts on raising awareness of the benefits of worksite health promotion and the impact these program can have on creating healthier, more competitive businesses in Massachusetts.

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The Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts (WWCMA) is the preeminent, independent and objective resource for health promotion in the workplace and champions wellness programs to help employers encourage healthy employees, healthy families, and healthy communities across the Commonwealth.