December Newsletter

WWCMA 2019 December Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

Instructor-led Online Train-the-Trainer
Resilience & Thriving

Part 1: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 / 9:00am - 11:30am/Online
Part 2: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 / 9:00am - 11:00am/Online
Members: $499 / Non-members: $575

Looking to make the most of those final 2019 budget dollars?  Invest in this ready-to-use program and reap the dividends in 2020!

If you’re a health/wellness coach, onsite wellness resource, wellness coordinator or someone looking to add value on this timely topic, this is a perfect training opportunity. In less than five hours of your time, and accessible from the location of your choice, you can leave with a ready-to-use program that makes an impact on individuals and/or organizations.

We’re partnering with Dr. Joel Bennett, President, Organizational Wellness and Learning Systems (OWLS), a leading expert in evidence-based wellness, resilience, mental well-being and catalyzing healthy work cultures. The first session is an immersion experience and the second one is an adaptation of techniques that will aid your facilitation. Upon completion of the two sessions, you can start facilitating the course right away! The slide deck, facilitator notes, handouts, book and other tools provided in the training can be used on their own or customized for workshops, training and coaching activities. Space is limited, so register now to save your seat!
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Careers in Wellness - Exploration Panel

Tuesday, February 11/ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM / Stonehill College, Easton
We’re assembling a panel of worksite wellness experts to help you explore a variety of career paths. They’ll offer advice on how to navigate the worksite wellness space, share their professional journey, and answer your questions. This is the ideal event for those of you new to worksite wellness, looking to grow your career, and/or students explore potential opportunities.  
More to come, save the date!
Recent Events

WEBINAR brought to you by:  
Engaging Employees and Minimizing Burnout

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 PM
It was fascinating to learn about our "window of tolerance" and the benefit of adding relaxation responses into our daily routine. Who knew that just moistening your mouth with a drink of water can bring on a relaxation response!  As we heard though, organizations can also prevent employee burnout by empowering managers with resources and training.  A great tip was to post reminders throughout the office reminding employees to step away from work to keep burnout at bay.

Thank you to our 2019 WorkWell MA Award Winners Beth Milaszewski, LICSW, Employee Resilience and Wellness Clinician for Boston Medical Center, and Sarah Gerekos, Health Promotion Specialist and Wellness Coach for Optum/Kronos Incorporated for their insight on this timely topic.

Members can access the presentation here.
WWCMA Board Positions Available

 Share your passion for worksite wellness
Join the WWCMA Board of Directors

WWCMA proudly serves as the premier community for well-being in the workplace. Passionate women and men from all walks of life, eagerly volunteer their time and talent to empower employers to promote positive, health-minded workplace cultures.

We're excited to announce we're looking for our next board members, Conference Co-Chair and At-large Member. Serving on the board is a great opportunity to refine leadership skills, network with other professionals in our field, and serve as a valuable force to advocate for employers that positively impact employee well-being.

Contact us at with your questions and to apply! 
Board Position Descriptions
News you can use

Year-end can be quite busy in our personal and professional lives. In case you missed it:

  • Quarterly Industry Insights by Philip Swayze of HUB International. The fall article offers suggestions and resources on how to bring behavior change that sticks with your organization.
  • Thoughts from the Board Chair by Kristie Howard, WWCMA Board Chair highlights the benefits of practicing gratitude and why it matters at home and at work.
We're also asking for your help in submitting one word that describes why you're grateful to be part of the WWCMA community.
Please submit here and look for the results in the new year!

Not a member?
Join our WWCMA Community

The WWCMA has an exciting 2020 planned for our members!  Join us today and choose from both individual Professional and Student memberships, along with group memberships for Academic and Corporate organizations.
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Sponsor Spotlight


Who is GiftCard Partners?
GiftCard Partners is a full-service gift card agency that offers a simple and secure way for companies to purchase gift cards to use as engagement tools in their reward programs. We offer leading gift card brands that can be used as incentives in corporate wellness and Medicare/Medicaid programs, as well as for employee recognition and customer loyalty. We also provide customized B2B gift card services for merchants and retailers in the payment industry. Some of our top clients include: CVS Pharmacy®, The Home Depot®, The Cheesecake Factory®, Home Chef and AutoZone™. 

Our new reward platform, Engage2Reward™, provides the ability to order gift cards in bulk with a choice of more than 300 gift card brands that can be customized to your individual rewards program. Seamlessly upload a list of gift card recipients and send them directly as either plastic or eGift cards.

We also offer The Engage2Reward Choice Card. This “super” gift card takes the guesswork out of buying brand-specific gift cards to reward your employees and customers by offering recipients the ability to redeem them from more than 250 eGift card brands.

Why did you decide to become a WWCMA sponsor?
Participating in the annual WWCMA conference is something we always look forward to, as it is one of our favorite events of the year! GiftCard Partners has been an exhibitor and sponsor for the last two years. The conference is always well-organized. It is not just a networking opportunity for our team, but also an educational one. The event gathers an audience that can benefit from our solutions and offerings. This year, we expanded our sponsorship and became proud Silver Sponsors, demonstrating our support and gratitude for the many opportunities to showcase our business offerings and solutions to members throughout the year.

What benefits have you noticed from being a sponsor?
Through the sponsor networking events, we were able to increase our reach with other sponsors who introduced our team to new prospects. We’ve made meaningful connections through WWCMA that have led to real business proposals, great friends and insightful conversations.

What does wellness mean to your organization?
At GiftCard Partners, we are firm believers that healthier employees are happier employees, with the added benefits of increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and improved morale. These all translate to real cost savings for an organization’s bottom line. The success of any wellness program is encouraging people to live a healthy lifestyle and promoting employee happiness by developing healthy habits. We believe incentives, such as gift cards, can be used to reinforce participation in wellness programs and make employees’ healthy habits stick. It has been our goal for more than 15 years to make access to wellness incentives simpler and more secure for companies. 

What else might you like WWCMA members to know?
GiftCard Partners was a virtual organization from its inception. We currently have 15 employees located in five states across the country. Besides offering our employees a more flexible work schedule, as a virtual company there is no time spent commuting to and from an office. We’re extremely proud of our staff and our unique team approach to collaboration. In fact, GiftCard Partners has won Boston’s “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” award for the past six years and was recently accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
Welcome New Members!

Melanie Conn

    Well-Being and Engagement Coordinator

Karla Driskill

Kurt Rix

    Director of Operations
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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.