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 New Worksite Wellness Certification to Premier at 36th Annual National Wellness Conference 
by National Wellness Institute - 5/9/2011
Recognizing the growing importance of certification for corporate wellness professionals, the National Wellness Institute (NWI) will debut a new worksite wellness training program and certification as a Pre-Conference session, July 16-17, 2011, at its 36th Annual National Wellness Conference (NWC), in Stevens Point, Wis. The Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) program relies on the most current information and research in the field to deliver the tools required to carry out a successful worksite wellness program. The course differentiates itself from other certifications in that it focuses on the importance of changing the organizational culture to ensure long-term results. An individual completing the two-day training and passing the exam (the morning of July 18, 2011), receives the CWWS designation.

During the training, CWWS program participants will learn the fundamentals necessary for building sustainable cultures of health; gain a clear understanding of the Total Value Leadership Model and key factors to its successful application; and become confident in their knowledge and ability to implement self-care programs, design and manage program calendars, integrate chronic disease management programs, and evaluate and provide reports to program stakeholders. Individuals must complete 10 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain certification.

Leading experts collaborating on the CWWS certification program include George Pfeiffer, MSE, FAWHP, president of the Charlottesville, Virginia-based WorkCare Group, Inc. (WCG) since 1991, where he provides consulting, program development, and award-winning communication services to employer groups; William B. Baun, EPD, FAWHP, CWP, who brings more than 32 years’ experience in worksite wellness management/programming and directs the Employee Wellness program at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas; and Judd Allen, PhD, CWP, president of the Human Resources Institute, LLC, a research, publishing and consulting firm focused on the creation of supportive cultural environments.

"We are thrilled to bring such an important force in worksite wellness to the National Wellness Institute's training and certification curriculum," says Brandan DuChateau, National Wellness Institute Operations Director. "It is the NWI mission to provide unparalleled training in the field of wellness and this group of individuals enables us to set the worksite training certification bar higher than ever before."

While the National Wellness Institute's CWWS program premiers at this year’s NWC, worksite wellness is not new to the Conference. For several years, Larry Chapman, MPH, CWP, has presented his WellCert Worksite Wellness Professional Certification during the NWC and this year will offer Levels II through IV. Chapman has designated the National Wellness Institute’s CWWS program as an approved prerequisite for his Level II WellCert training. Additionally, a highlight of the Main Conference (July 18-21, 2011) is the Worksite Wellness Academy, providing training and networking for corporate wellness coordinators.

Worksite wellness is just one facet of wellness attracting hundreds of wellness and health promotion professionals and students to the highly respected National Wellness Conference each summer. Numerous continuing education opportunities also makes this event a perennial favorite for nurses, health educators, coaches, counselors, community wellness coordinators, social workers, athletic trainers, and other health and wellness professionals. The 2011 NWC is a wellness immersion including professional development and personal enhancement programs and featuring more than 70 breakout session choices, internationally recognized keynote speakers, wellness activities, entertainment, and more. In addition to the Worksite Wellness Academy, the NWC highlights Academies in Coaching and Community Wellness. Attendees receive additional training when they participate in one-and two-day Pre-Conference Intensives, beginning July 16, which focus on topics such as motivational interviewing, wellness coaching, fitness, Qigong, stress management, and more.

Through its conference and certification programs, the National Wellness Institute epitomizes the 2011 NWC theme—“Growing Wellness”—as it continues to provide wellness and health promotion professionals with the tools and resources needed to grow wellness in their workplaces and communities and in their own lives. For more information about NWI’s Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist certification program, the National Wellness Conference, or the National Wellness Institute, visit or contact the National Wellness Institute at 715.342.2969 or

Provided by National Wellness Institute on 5/9/2011
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