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Summit West can help create a healthier workplace

April 24, 2015 Denise Pinkney

Register today for the first annual North Dakota Worksite Wellness Summit West.

The average person spends one-third of his or her day at work. No doubt, creating a healthy workplace can help employees to be strong and help employers to combat rapidly rising health care costs.

Upon request, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) and the North Dakota Department of Health will co-sponsor the first ever North Dakota Worksite Wellness Summit West to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 13, at the National Energy Center (NECE) on the Bismarck State College campus.

You don't have to be a business owner or HR professional to attend Summit West. Anyone who is interested in worksite wellness is welcome to attend.

About the speakers

L. Casey Chosewood, MD MPH

Now more than ever, evidence shows the intimate relationship between work environment, employee health and company profitability. Smart organizations focus on creating workplaces that are safe, health-focused and positive. Dr. L. Casey Chosewood from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will share a proven workplace strategy to create that environment. During his presentation you'll:

  • hear real-life examples of integrated worker protection and health promotion programs
  • explore best practices for engaging employees toward higher levels of health
  • learn the best policy and strategy approaches for creating environments where better worker health can thrive


Terry Ferebee Eckmann, PhD

Award-winning author, professor and television host Terry Ferebee Eckmann of Minot State University will help explain the connection between brain health and workplace productivity. She'll introduce you to the six critical domains of brain health and reveal cutting-edge research on the effects of exercise on the brain throughout one's entire life. You'll even get to participate in some easy-to-use brain boosters that affect the physiology of the brain. You'll also get some ideas for incorporating brain exercise at home or in the workplace.





Justin Welk

You will also learn the art of turning focus into fun from Justin Welk, who is the talent coordinator at Sundog Interactive in Fargo. In recent years, culture has become a buzzword in organizations around the world. It's difficult to define because it means something different to every organization.

During this presentation, Welk will discuss the components of culture and how they can have an effect on the overall well-being of both the organization and its team members. You'll learn about several topics, including trust, employee engagement, emotional intelligence and work-life integration.

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register right away.