2016 Milwaukee Fit-Friendly Symposium

  • Updated:Jan 8,2016


100 Manpower Place
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53212
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Starts:Tue, 23 Feb 2016 7:30:00 AM
Ends:Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:00:00 PM
Registration Fee:Free event.

Fit-Friendly Symposium

Register today! Participants will receive a copy of Laura Putnam's book while supplies last! Awards will be given to Gold and Platinum worksites that applied in April and November!

Free parking in the Manpower structure and metered parking along the river near Water Street.   This is a Free event.

7:30-8:00am                Registration/breakfast/Heart Fair
8:00-8:10am                Opening Remarks
8:10-8:40am                Awards
8:40-8:50am                Stretch and Exercise
8:50-9:50am                Keynote – Laura Putnam
9:50-10:15am              Heart Fair
10:15-11:15am            Engagement Session (5 Elements of Engagement) – Breakouts
11:20 - Noon                Follow up and closing - Laura Putnam
Noon                             Book signing outside keynote room

Wear Red to support Heart Month!

Two Fitbits will be given away at the end of the event – Donated by iCare

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Keynote: Workplace Wellness That Works: Start a Movement, Build a Movement & Make It Last

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Join Laura Putnam, CEO of Motion Infusion, author of Workplace Wellness That Works, and Chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater Bay Area 2020 Task Force, to learn about a fresh approach to workplace wellness. Packed with the latest research and brimming with ideas based on real-world case studies and stories, learn how you can shift the conversation from implementing yet another program to starting a movement. In 10 steps, Laura outlines tangible ways that you can make a difference in your employees’ health and happiness, and how you can promote an overall culture of well-being throughout your organization.

This keynote session will touch on industry hot topics, such as effective ways to inspire behavior change, the truth behind motivation, and how to shift the culture. We’ll also dive into creative tactics that aren’t being talked about, such as “going stealth” – a strategy that calls for “sneaking” wellness into non-wellness initiatives. Wear Red to support American Heart Association Heart Month.     
Follow-Up Session: The Engagement Imperative
In this interactive session, participants will have the chance to do a “deep dive” into the topic of engagement, beginning with exploring the difference between participation versus authentic engagement. We’ll discuss why we can never “get” people motivated, but we can create the conditions in which people are more likely to motivate themselves. Participants will have a chance to look at the theoretical underpinnings of extrinsic motivation (incentives and penalties) versus intrinsic motivation (when the activity itself is meaningful) - and why we must stop relying so much on incentives to induce change. We’ll take a look at the key factors for promoting intrinsically-based engagement: competency, autonomy, relatedness, purpose and play. All along the way, participants will have the opportunity to apply what they learn toward their own practices.
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Laura Putnam, author of Workplace Wellness That Works, is founder and CEO of Motion Infusion, a well-being consulting firm that provides creative solutions in the areas of engagement, behavior change and human performance improvement. She has worked with a range of organizations from Fortune 500s to government agencies to academic institutes and nonprofits. Recently awarded an American Heart Association 2020 Impact Award, she also serves as the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater Bay Area 2020 Task Force.

With a diverse background in workplace wellness, education and educational reform, organizational learning and development, public policy, nationally competitive gymnastics, and professional dance, she brings a uniquely interdisciplinary voice to the field of workplace wellness. A graduate of Brown University School of Education and Stanford University in International Relations, she lives in San Francisco with her fiancé.

See her interview on MSNBC here:

Locally sponsored by: 

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For more information contact:
Megan Wurz

Promoting a wellness culture by providing support to employees and implementing numerous healthy cultural changes is a Win/Win for everyone.
  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Lower turnover, improve employee satisfaction
  • Reduce healthcare costs

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Nutrition Programs at heart.org/nutrition
  • Healthy diet goals
  • Healthy cooking
  • Dining Out tips
  • Recipes
  • Food Certifcation Heart-Check mark
  • Grocery List Builder
  • National Eating Healthy Day (1st Wed in Nov)
Physical Activity
  • Walking Clubs
  • Google map-based Walking Paths
  • National Walking Day (1st Wed in April)
  • Physical Activity Tracker
Workplace Wellness Resources at heart.org/workplacewellness

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  • Quarterly "Heart at Work" provides healthy messages for your newsletters