February Newsletter

WWCMA 2020 February Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

 WEBINAR brought to you by:  
Wellness Incentive Rules

Tuesday, March 24/ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM / Webinar
WWCMA Members FREE / Non-Members $35

In preparation for the anticipated changes to EEOC wellness incentive rules, our speaker Barbara J. Zabawa, JD, MPH, President of the Center for Health and Wellness Law, LLC will present an hour long webinar on the latest developments, an overview of wellness incentive laws and how to apply those laws in specific situations.  Barbara is a frequent writer and speaker on health and wellness law topics, having presented for national organizations such as WELCOA, National Wellness Conference, HPLive, Healthstat University and HERO. 

Join us to learn what to expect from the EEOC proposed wellness incentive rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).  Barbara will discuss recent cases brought against employee wellness programs and how organizations can reduce their legal risks with wellness programs and incentives.  She’ll clarify the difference between group health plan and non-group health plan wellness programs when viewed from a legal perspective. Through case studies and question/answer sessions, attendees will be able to apply legal concepts to employee wellness program scenarios. Be sure to join us for this timely topic.
Recent Events

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

Pt 1 & 2: January 15 & 29, 2020 / Online
Last month, participants in our two-part, online training with Dr. Joel Bennett, President of Organizational Wellness and Learning Systems (OWLS) immersed themselves in the power of resilience.  Through videos and interactive discussions, attendees learned in part one how to be proactive when responding to stress. One key takeaway was that resilience gives us the ability to overcome setbacks and live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. Additionally, the class discussed how today’s society contributes to our stress and how to spot the early/late warning signs of stress overload as well as identifying positive/ negative coping styles.

The second part of the course provided an adaptation of techniques to aid the participants in facilitating their own Resilience and Thriving workshop. An eight-page workbook helped the class learn more about the six stressor domains (relationships, work/career, health, financial, emotional or spiritual) and how to use the “Five C’s of Resilience” –community, commitment, confidence, compassion and centering to manage them. Overall, it was an invaluable, hands-on opportunity to learn ways of making an impact on a topic that impacts many people in and out of the workplace. Participants received a certificate of completion and all the materials needed to facilitate the course right away!  

 Career Exploration
Worksite Wellness Career Panel

Tuesday, February 11/ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM / Martin Institute, Stonehill College, Easton
Our audience at the Worksite Wellness Career Panel at Stonehill College were ready to learn and take the next step in their Worksite Wellness career path. Our panel of experts offered an array of suggestions, with the recurring theme of engaging with your organization on projects that may not at first seem wellness related.  Join community projects arranged by your company and put your hand up to work on employee events. Organizations are recognizing that employee wellness goes beyond medical and these types of projects have an impact on people’s overall well-being and satisfaction at work.  Additional future trends our panel see happening are organizations meeting people where they are with their wellness; work-life integration; meeting the needs of the aged workforce; still utilizing technology while bringing human interaction back with services offered such as wellness coaching.

Thank you to our distinguished panel below for sharing their time and expertise:
  • Melissa Epstein, AMAG Pharmaceuticals
  • Jaclyn Galligan, Virgin Pulse
  • Kathleen Hewes, MS, RD, LDN, CWPM, Tufts Health Plan
  • Melanie Hoffman, Employee Wellbeing Consultant and Coach
  • Thomas Ranley, HealthFitness
  • Facilitator: Deb Gorhan, Johnson & Johnson
Thank you to our host sponsor!

News You Can Use
WWCMA is proud to be able to add fresh, new perspectives from our incredibly talented community. As we say goodbye to outgoing board members, we are thrilled to announce four new Board of Directors joining our organization this year:
Phil Bean, Vice Chair, is a member of our Executive Committee and responsible for setting strategic direction and overseeing the Sponsorship Committee. This will include growing our sponsor base and maintaining deep relationships with existing sponsors. He has extensive leadership experience in sales and relationship management within the health industry.
Nancy Chabot, Conference Co-Chair, is working closely with Robin Bouvier, Conference Co-Chair, to set the vision and own the execution and logistics elements. She has been a Volunteer of the Year award winner, having served most recently on Programs and Membership Committees. Nancy is an experienced event planner at work and within her community.
Hilary Glynn, Member-At-Large, is focusing on improving our operational infrastructure in 2020. Through her work in the wellness industry, she is an expert at creating and refining processes that drive efficiency and scale. Another Volunteer of the Year award winner, Hilary has been an exceptional contributor to the Programs Committee.
Ryan Rourke, Membership Chair, is focusing on the “wow” experience for our members. He’ll also be responsible for growing our membership and working closely with cross-functional committees within WWCMA. Ryan is experienced with planning memorable events and is a leader both at work and within the wellness community.
Learn More about our Board of Directors
Volunteer Spotlight

We could not do what we do without the time, energy and dedication of our many volunteers! Learn more how you can volunteer today.

Melissa Matheson
Personal Trainer and Director of Development
WellBeing Fitness

Conference Committee
WWCMA volunteer for 1 years
WWCMA contractor for 3 years


What’s your passion when it comes to wellness?
My passion when it comes to Wellness is helping people understand that what works for them isn't necessarily what works for everyone else.  Fitness, nutrition, stress and sleep are all personal factors when it comes to feeling a sense of well-being and each program and plan should be different based on needs and goals.  I love helping people discover their individual needs and create pathways for them to achieve their goals.

What have been the benefits of your Council involvement?
I have really enjoyed working with the Council getting to know many people with different backgrounds and expertise.  It has expanded my knowledge as a professional, has been an amazing networking opportunity and has been a great way to make new friends with like-minded people! Additionally, it feels great to help out with putting together a conference for a cause that I truly believe in. 
Welcome New Members!

Karen Amundson

   Health Outcomes Consultant

Elizabeth Grzybowski

Health & Wellness Advocate
Elizabeth Grzybowski

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The WWCMA has an exciting 2020 planned for our members!  Network with the best and brightest wellness leaders, program managers, thought leaders and renowned experts. Join us today and choose from Individual (Professional and Student), along with Group (Academic and Corporate) membership.
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