Workplace wellness to be focus of symposium

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WALLA WALLA - A symposium on work site wellness programs is planned for March 13 at Whitman College.

Blue Mountain Human Resources Management Association and Walla Walla County Health Department will present Michael Perko, a national leader in the field of work site wellness based at the University of North Carolina.

The event, noon-1 p.m. at Reid Campus Center in Room GO2, is free and open to anyone interested in wellness promotion in the workplace.

Perko and other speakers will discuss the benefits of moving toward a comprehensive work site wellness program, give examples of local and national organizations already achieving results and provide more information about resources available for improving a wellness program, whether it is just getting started or looking to maximize return on investment.

As well, a number of community organizations that provide wellness related services will share information about local services such as nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, health monitoring and more.

Employers will have a chance to speak with representatives before and after the presentation.

Companies all over the country are recognizing the critical need for employer-based wellness programs for their employees, noted the county health department in a press release. "With health-care costs rising exponentially, there has never been a more important time to establish a thoughtful wellness program. And with a number of rigorously evaluated examples to follow, it has also never been a more feasible pursuit."

For more information or to make reservations, contact Ben Paly at BPaly@co.walla-walla.wa.us.

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