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GlobalFit's next Innovations in Wellness Summit is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. Please join us for a full day of discussions and insights from industry thought leaders followed by a networking reception at Hyatt at The Bellevue.  


Dee Edington, Ph.D.

Dee Edington, Ph.D., is the Founder and Professor of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center. Dr. Edington's research focuses on how individual health management, worksite wellness activities, and programs within organizations impact healthcare cost containment, productivity, and human resource development. He is the author or co-author of over 800 articles, presentations, and several books, including Zero Trends: Health as a Serious Economic Strategy. With nearly 40 years of expertise, Dr. Edington is also the Founder and Chairman of Edington Associates, which provides a creative learning environment to help organizations move towards achieving a Champion Company Status.

Transforming Wellness into the Economics of Organizational Health
Organizational or population health is now recognized as a significant risk-management threat. But for too many organizations, wellness activities have overpromised and under-delivered. The fundamental issue is a misalignment of health strategies with business strategies. After decades of research at the University of Michigan, Dr. Edington and his team at Edington Associates have devised the solutions. To encourage a thriving and sustainable organization, Dr. Edington's presentation will focus on an organizational initiative including systematic, systemic, and sustainable procedures and tools necessary to align a health-management strategy with the business strategy.

Dr. Jack Groppel

Dr. Jack Groppel is an internationally recognized pioneer in the science of human performance and an expert in fitness and nutrition. He authored The Corporate Athlete and co-authored The Corporate Athlete Advantage, both based on his Corporate Athlete® concept to increase performance levels in both business executives and athletes. He co-founded the Human Performance Institute in 1992. Now an Adjunct Professor of Management at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Dr. Groppel has written more than 400 articles about stress, fitness, and nutrition. His corporate clients include: The Estée Lauder Companies, Smith Barney, Citigroup, GlaxoSmithKline, Pepsico, and Procter & Gamble.

The Biology of Business Performance
We have been witnessing a global decline in employee engagement. With routines of non-stop meetings, endless conference calls, and energy-zapping operational modes, the 'old think' has lost sight of our employees, teams, and leaders as biological beings. In this session, we will discuss the paradigm shift from productivity to performance and share new data. By learning how to effectively manage one's energy in four dimensions (physical, emotional, mental, and aligned to one's mission or purpose), people can better meet life's ever-increasing demands, improve their personal and professional performance, and enhance their health and happiness. A new way of 'doing business' will be proposed, with data to support how it could improve our health and overall organizational performance.

Aryanna Abouzari, Esq.

Abouzari serves as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Outreach Specialist for the Department of Health & Human Services, Region III, where she advises the HHS Regional Director on the ACA and provides outreach to stakeholders on issues related to ACA implementation.  Her previous positions include Assistant Counsel in the Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel for the Department of Public Welfare, where she worked on litigation related to the Medicaid administration.  Ms. Abouzari is a cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she was Articles Editor for the Connecticut Journal of International Law.  She is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

What does the Affordable Care Act really mean for your business?
Implementation of the healthcare reform law is underway, and it has already had an impact on patients, providers, insurance companies, businesses, the uninsured, and states.  What provisions of the law have already taken effect?  What is in store for 2014? How does the law affect employers?  What will it mean for you?  Please join Abouzari, an ACA Outreach Specialist, for a comprehensive look at the healthcare reform law from the perspective of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one of the key federal agencies involved in the implementation of the law.

Andy Rosa & Lauren Gemberling

Andy Rosa is the Senior Director of Health and Welfare Benefits for Comcast, Andy Rosa is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the healthcare, health engagement programs, and work/life benefits for over 100,000 employees (200,00 covered lives nationwide) including the NBCUniversal joint venture. In addition to his numerous speaking engagements, he is a board member of the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions and a member of both the Northeast Pharmacy Purchasing Coalition's Steering Committee and the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health. Previously, Andy worked for Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia. He earned his bachelor's in Business Administration in Human Resources Management at Ohio University.

Lauren Gemberling is the Wellness Coordinator for Comcast. She is responsible for the development, management, and promotion of wellness for all employees and dependents enrolled in the Comcast Benefit Plans, with a focus on developing an organization-wide culture of wellness. Lauren has over 12 years of experience in corporate health. Prior roles include Program Manager for the Health Promotion Council's tobacco control programs and Corporate Health Manager for Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Lafayette College and her master's in Health Promotion Management from American University.

Sick of Wellness? Comcast's Strategy for Keeping Employees Engaged through Health, Wealth and the Pursuit of Happiness
Are your employees sick of the word "wellness"? During this presentation, Andy Rosa and Lauren Gemberling from Comcast will discuss their strategies for engaging their employees in their wellness programs, while making it easy, practical and even having a little fun along the way. Comcast focuses on building trust among their employees by implementing programs that not only reach the masses, but also the sickest employees who need wellness the most. Programs and strategies are in place to support employees when they need it.   Comcast will discuss the successes of the program and also the obstacles, challenges and barriers they've faced along the way.