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The Pathways to Wellbeing Symposium and Excellence in Worksite Wellness Awards Luncheon offers the latest research and best practices in community and worksite wellness, benefits, health management and recognizes organizations that are making a difference in their employees' lives.  Our dynamic speakers will share concrete, tangible information that can immediately be utilized in workplace wellness, in a community model or personally. Take advantage of this opportunity to engage and connect with community members working in your field of interest!


There are several types of Continuing Education Credits offered for the Symposium! There are 5.0 credit hours in the professions of Nursing, Social Work, Education, Certified Health Education Specialist & MCHES (Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 3.0 contact hours).  Some sessions have been pre-approved for General HR credit from the HR Certification Institute and SHRM-CP credit from the SHRM Professional Development Certification, and this course was approved for 4-General CE hours for Licensed Insurance Producers, through the Nebraska Department of Insurance.


Click here to see approved courses for HR credit. 





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The Excellence in Worksite Wellness Awards Luncheon honors local businesses for embracing workplace wellness and making a difference in their employees’ lives.  Join us as we recognize organizations who are receiving the IHPM Corporate Health and Productivity Management Award, the Nebraska Governor's Wellness Award and the Trek Up the Tower Corporate Team Awards.







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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Edward Creagan

Dr. Creagan,  M.D., F.A.A.H.P.M., is a cancer specialist and expert in hospice and palliative care at the Mayo Clinic. He is a medical doctor who's been in clinical practice for over 37 years, who understands the importance of complementary and alternative medicine, the power of hope, prayer and meditation, the impact of music and touch, the healing power of pets, and MIRACLES!  Dr. Creagan is the author of over 400 scientific papers and has shared his knowledge, passion and expertise at over 1,000 presentations throughout the world. He is the author of "How Not to Be My Patient: A Physicians' Secrets for Staying Healthy and Surviving Any Diagnosis" and will be signing copies of this book at the Symposium, and will also be offering free book downloads!


Luncheon Speaker: Sean Sullivan, JD

Mr. Sullivan is president and CEO of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM), a global organization he co-founded in 1997.  During his luncheon keynote, Mr. Sullivan will introduce the concepts of advanced health management training, and inspire attendees to think beyond traditional wellness benefits and design wellness programs that focus on health management and productivity.





Luncheon Closing: Mary Maxwell

Mary is a speaker that brings a humorous twist on subjects such as handling stress in the workplace, coping with aging and relationships. 








Closing Speaker: Matt Davison
Matt played football for the University of Nebraska and is committed to youth and to community outreach.  Matt is currently the color analyst for both Husker football and men’s basketball on the Husker Sports Network. 
In 2008, Matt started the Creating Captains Foundation in order to continue his philanthropic efforts in Nebraska communities. Creating Captains uses the vehicle of sports to teach young people to be leaders in our nation's schools and communities both on and off the playing field.  They are challenged to be courageous in the face of peer pressure, to become agents of change and to develop into future leaders.  



Three tracks to build your own pathway to wellbeing!

7:30am-8:00am Registration, Continental Breakfast, Visit Exhibits
8:00am-8:10am Welcome
8:10am-9:10am Keynote: Edward Creagan, M.D., F.A.A.H.P.M., Mayo Clinic - Live Long Enough to Cash in Your 401(k)
9:10am-9:30am Break, Visit Exhibits

Track 1:
Workplace Wellness

Track 2:
Healthcare Providers &
Community Wellness

Track 3:
Human Resources/Benefits

9:30am-10:20am The Value Chain and the Health & Productivity Relationship Be Active at Work! Communication & Injury Management:
How to Lower Your Work Comp Costs
  Sean Sullivan, JD
Institute for Health and Productivity Management

Joe Leutzinger, Ph.D.
Health Improvement Solutions, Inc.
Angie Frederick, MS
YMCA of Greater Omaha

Molly Mieras, MS, ACSM-CPT
YMCA of Greater Omaha
Duana Freeman, CWCA
10:20am-10:30am Break, Visit Exhibits  Break, Visit Exhibits  Break, Visit Exhibits
10:30am-11:20am The Benefits of Addressing Sleep Issues-Better Health, Increased Productivity and Improved Safety Mindfulness & Work/Life Balance in a High Tech World Healthcare Reform and Wellness -
One Year Later
  Thomas Lee
Lesa Deeker, SPHR, Best Care Employee Assistance Program Mike Demman, JD 
11:20am-11:30am Break, Visit Exhibits
11:30am-1:00pm Awards Luncheon and Keynote:
Malorie Maddox, WOWT: Host
Sean Sullivan, JD, Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) Employee Health: The New Investment in Human Capital
Luncheon Closing Remarks: Mary Maxwell
1:00pm-1:30pm Break, Visit Exhibits & 
Optional 20 minute Tai Chi & Qigong Session
Brought to you by Chris Cady-Jones, Tai Chi for Balance

Track 1:
Workplace Wellness

Track 2:
Healthcare Providers &
Community Wellness

Track 3:
Human Resources/Benefits

1:30pm-2:20pm Emotional Fitness-How Organizations Can Make an Impact Brain Health: Impact of Activity and Nutrition Employer Strategies for Managing Specialty Drugs - Part 1
Gail Sutter, LMHP, CEAP, Continuum Employee Assistance Program
Rebecca Mohning MS, RD, CSSD, LD, Expert Nutrition Brenda Motheral, RPh, MBA, PhD, Artemetrx
2:20pm-2:30pm Break, Visit Exhibits  Break, Visit Exhibits  Break, Visit Exhibits
2:30pm-3:20pm State of Wellness in Nebraska -
A Public Health Perspective
Grief and Wellness:
Providing Support in the Workplace
Employer Strategies for Managing Specialty Drugs - Part 2
  Brian Coyle, MPH, Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services Catherine Fox, MSW
Ted E. Bear Hollow
Brenda Motheral, RPh, MBA, PhD, Artemetrx
3:20pm-3:30pm Break, Visit Exhibits
3:30pm-3:50pm Matt Davison, Creating Captains: Keys to a Successful Organization 
3:50pm-4:00pm Closing Comments & Prizes

A special THANK YOU to our Presenting Sponsors:



Your Hosts: 







This year the conference will be held at:

Embassy Suites

12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista, NE 68128


Traveling from out of town to attend this event
and looking for a place to stay?  


Please contact the Embassy Suites La Vista Hotel & Conference Center to book your room!
Click here for their website or call them at 402-331-7400