Receive exceptional wellness training during the Wellness International Conference — Offered Virtually in 2021!
The term wellness is evolving rapidly, thanks in part to how society has dealt with the global health pandemic. The Wellness International Conference, hosted by the National Wellness Institute, provides a forum to connect and collaborate strategically worldwide, as we look to shift our societal preferences toward healthier people and healthier places. The Wellness International Conference expands our collective voice and allows us to learn from each other strategies, programs, and research that we can take and utilize with our own audiences.
Following this program, participants will be able to:
- Gain a global perspective about lessons learned on the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Understand through the lens of wellness leaders in different countries how they are tackling high-level wellness issues like emotional wellness, occupational wellness, and physical wellness.
- Increase knowledge and understanding about how communities, organizations, and wellness champions are utilizing technology and the digital wellness outcomes they are seeing.
- Understand the correlation of behavioral change with culturally sensitive approaches to leading the change.
Agenda – Wednesday, May 19
(All times in Central European Time)
9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
9:10 - 9:55 a.m.
Wellness and COVID-19 – Lessons Learned So Far
Dr. Tyler Amell
This session will focus on the lessons learned from the research and practice associated with the global response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease pandemic. How these learnings relate to workplace wellbeing and the future of work and benefit programs will be discussed. Dr. Amell will review the relevant research and data to help you understand the impact on workplace health programming, and how best to adapt your workplace solutions as we move into the post-pandemic world.
9:55 - 10:10 a.m.
10:10 – 10:55 a.m.
A Global Lens on Wellness. Country Trends
Ellen Kocher, MA, PCC, NBC-HWC + Garrett Browne
In this discussion Ellen Kocher and Garrett Browne will explore the past and current state of Wellness Promotion in Switzerland and Spain. Switzerland boasts one of the healthiest, oldest living, and happiest populations in the world, all while eating more chocolate than any other! The challenges of this small, unique 4-Language country in the middle of Europe will be explored through the lens of a Swiss American Bi-National accredited and working for the Government mandated Swiss Health Promotion Foundation. Garrett will explore Spain’s approach to health promotion in comparison to Switzerland’s.
10:55 - 11:10 a.m.
11:10 – 11:30 a.m.
Small Group Discussion
What is Happening in Your Country on the Wellness Front?
“Talk amongst yourselves”
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Digital Wellness Outcomes, the Future of Wellness?
Dr. Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez, MD, MSCIH, MSC, DTMPH, FRSA, FRSPH
Digital platforms give us access to facilities and services that can better our wellbeing from the ability to relax and be entertained wherever we want to more actively beneficial things such as health monitoring, fitness tracking, and mindfulness apps. Dr. Rodriguez-Fernandez will present a few case studies on large multinational organizations that have ventured into the digital well-being space. These organizations run from high-end fashion retail to remote mines in jungles and cover over 100 countries around the world. We will hear about success stories and more importantly lessons learned from failures.
12:45 - 1:00 p.m.
Moving the Needle, Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Assessment and Behavior Change Programming
Should we address healthy behavior in our wellbeing programs or is that a no-go area? Many wellbeing enthusiasts understand the role that healthy behaviors play in creating beneficial health outcomes, but few understand how to help people practice the desired behaviors – or indeed why their efforts so often fail to attract the engagement they would like or expect. In this session, we will explore the science of behavior change and explain how its integrated relationship with the culture of companies creates a framework for the success or failure of wellbeing programs. We will also talk a little about the behaviors that matter and how to measure the impact of programs that you launch.