Workplace wellness event for business owners

Make 2011 the year you create a workplace wellness program for your employees. Learn how at the Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium June 3 at the BWI Marriott Hotel, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission to the event is free. The event targets private business owners, nonprofit organizations and municipalities.

Maryland’s Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein; Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown; nationally-recognized workplace wellness authority Dr. Dexter W. Shurney of Vanderbilt University and Medical Center; and other healthcare experts are scheduled to discuss the importance of employee wellness to control healthcare costs.

Speakers include:
• Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, (invited)
• Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Maryland’s secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene
• Dr. Dexter W. Shurney, medical director, Employee Health & Care Plan, Vanderbilt University and Medical Center
• Judith A. Shinogle, Ph.D., research scientist, University of Maryland Baltimore County
• Jacqueline Agnew, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Health Services, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
• Dr. Richard S. Safeer, director, Prevention and Disease Management, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
• Timothy K. Michels, Esq., executive vice president, Claims, IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance
• Donald J. Walsh, Esq., principal, Offitt Kurman
• Dr. Roger C. Merrill, chief medical officer, Perdue Farms, Inc.
• Dr. Craig D. Thorne, vice president and national medical director, Employee Health and Wellness, Erickson Retirement Communities

Topics include:
• Overview of the healthcare crisis in America
• Importance of a healthy workforce to Maryland’s economic vitality
• Overview of new healthcare reform legislation’s impact on employers
• How to create a workplace wellness program and measure return on investment
• The legal environment and workplace wellness programs
• Health issues adversely affecting workers’ compensation injury/illness claims
• The landscape of health and wellness programs in Maryland
• Best practices for implementing a successful workplace health and wellness program

This event is presented by IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Event sponsors are: Maryland DHMH, Office of Chronic Disease Prevention; CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; Chesapeake Region Safety Council; and Business Health Services.

Although the event is free, reservations are required and can be made by emailing or calling the Chesapeake Region Safety Council at 1-800-875-4770.

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