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GMVHRA - 2016-03-09 - "2016 Wellness Event- What’s your Wellness Strategy?"

  • 09 Mar 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • NECC Riverwalk - 360 Merrimack St., Bldg 9, Lawrence, MA - ENTRANCE: K - 3rd Floor


  • Guest - 1st time attending

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016:


TOPIC: "2016  WELLNESS EVENT -–   What’s your Wellness Strategy?"

Approved for 2.75 general SHRM & HRCI credits.

Please note that this is an extended program running until 12:00 PM

TOPIC :  Mindfulness – It’s Just a Matter of TIME


Are you finding yourself working longer hours but feeling less productive?

Does that thought of “unplugging” for a day cause you to break out in hives? 

Has your ability to pay attention been eroded due to constant distractions? 

Do you, or your employees, end up feeling depleted, diminished, demoralized, and disengaged?

Join us to learn how a mindful approach to work and to life can lead to higher performance and a healthier lifestyle.


Our Speaker:   Jody Daniels, MBA

Jody is an instructor, coach, and guide in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.  She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Mass. Lowell, teaching courses in Leadership and Organizational Development in the graduate Healthcare Management and Healthcare Informatics program.


Formerly a Senior V.P. with over 20 years of experience in human resources and marketing communications with a mid-size healthcare  organization, Jody also has over eight years clinical experience as a psychiatric social worker at various academic medical centers.


Jody earned her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management from Boston University. She has trained at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA, completing   programs in MBSR, Practicum for MBSR,  the Teacher Development Intensive, and Mind Body Medicine.



TOPIC:  What you eat matters - Practical tips to make healthy eating happen


Want to turn healthy eating into a simple, delicious and sustainable daily practice? Interested in helping your employees eat well and feel better?  


Join us for this workshop to:

  • Learn what the experts have to say about eating to feel better, lose harmful belly fat, reduce sugar and inflammation, improve digestion, and prevent and manage disease
  • Pick up three easy shifts you can make to move beyond a diet, turn eating well for you into a sustainable daily practice
  • Learn about how an online program can change employee behavior and impact their health  

Our Speaker:  Sue Levy

Sue Levy is the CEO and founder of Savory Living. She created their proven 10-week online healthy eating behavior change that includes the info, food skills and accountability to help people turn healthy eating into a delicious and sustainable lifestyle. Companies and Organizations offer the program as a free wellness perk for their employees.  Sue's personal challenges with illness sparked her interest in the connection between diet and health.  She experiences the rewards of eating well daily, and is well on her way to achieving her goal of making 1 million lives better by teaching people how to eat well for them.  She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and the Natural Gourmet Institute.


TOPIC:  Physical Ergonomics in the Workplace -The Science Behind Creating Health-Positive Spaces


The way we work is rapidly changing, yet the spaces in which we work are far behind. The consequences of this disconnect are devastating to both individuals and organizations: pain, injuries, worker’s compensation costs, increasing healthcare premiums, lost productivity, low morale, high turnover and more.


Join us for a deep dive into physical ergonomics to attain a basic understanding of anatomy, and the implications poor posture has on our bodies. Discuss the most common areas of pain and how to mitigate the causes. Practice applying this knowledge to real workplace examples, and learn all you need to know about sitting and mortality.


When you feel better, you work better. A deeper understanding of ergonomics helps us create human-centered spaces that reinvigorate the workplace.


Our Speaker:  Diana Glattly, AEP

Diana Glattly works with organizations to share knowledge on ergonomics and help them achieve human-centered design solutions. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors and Ergonomics from Cornell University through Dr. Alan Hedge’s Design and Environmental Analysis program. Diana believes that ergonomics is a creative problem-solving process that can be applied to anything, physical or conceptual, in the human context. She is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and a certified Associate Ergonomics Professional.




TOPIC:  Shoulders aching?  Knee pain nagging you?


Our shoulders and knees are amazing, dynamic structures!  When our joints are working properly we are able to easily participate in our favorite activities and complete our daily chores.   Unfortunately, complaints of knee and shoulder pain are among the most common reasons people seek medical care.   Improving posture, strength and flexibility are the top three ways to proactively protect these joints.  Join us to learn what actions you can take to help protect your shoulders and knees for a lifetime


Our speaker:  Melissa Brodeur, MSN, RN

Melissa has over 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and believes that nurses are in a unique position to promote wellness and disease prevention activities that can optimize an individual’s health.   As a Health Coach, Melissa develops individualized health behavior modification programs that focus on intrinsic motivation and sustainable results.  A self-described “reluctant runner”, Melissa has completed over 10 half marathons and a variety of adventure races.  Never finishing first, but always finishing.  She believes in building active communities and is the assistant coach to an elementary school cross-country team with over 100 runners.


Prior to joining Sargent & Associates, Melissa held a variety of positions including that of Clinical Education Specialist at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD and Clinical Manager of the Coronary Care Unit at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.  With a career-long passion for writing, training and education initiatives, she has authored and contributed to a number articles and patient education materials on topics including diabetes, heart disease, smoking cessation and medication therapy.  She has created and facilitated courses for healthcare providers on topics including stress management, dietary supplements, nutrition and leadership.


Melissa has a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and an Advanced Certificate in Health and Public Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire.  Melissa is certified in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association.  She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the NH Nurses Association and Well Coaches of America (WELCOA). 



Raffles, Resources, and Networking throughout the event.


Our Sponsor:

CGI Business Solutions is a strategic business partner offering a broad array of services.  We began in Hooksett, New Hampshire in 1997 with our corporate office still located there today.  We have grown to offices in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts.  Our national partnership with NFP Partners ( provides us with the resources for employers of all sizes and locations.  


Our approach is to provide a full spectrum of employee benefit planning, design and administration along with investment and wealth management, customized business insurance solutions, retiree benefits, technological resources including a private benefits exchange, Federal and State Compliance support ~ including ACA education as well as Human Resources support.  CGI Business Solutions supports companies in a way that allows them to focus on what they do best - their core business.



8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Sponsor
9:10 AM -12:00 PM Program

LOCATION: NECC Riverwalk , 360 Merrimack St. Bldg 9, Lawrence, MA ENTRANCE K - 3rd Floor

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For more information:

Contact: Lisa Lemieux
Phone: 978-204-3207


183 Rockingham Rd., Ste 2 East

c/o Landmark Benefits

Windham, NH 03087



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