Symposium to offer information on workplace wellness

Amy Weitzel
Amy Weitzel
Rebecca Weitzel
Rebecca Weitzel

Registration is underway for an event that will offer information about how employers can promote workplace wellness — and the benefits they can expect from doing so.

“Organizations that invest in well-being reap many benefits,” said Rebecca Weitzel, president of Good Life Wellness Solutions. “Well-designed programs can improve retention, reduce absenteeism, increase engagement and power productivity. And that’s good for the health of our teams and the bottom line.”

Good Life Wellness Solutions and the Triad Employee Assistance Program, both based in Grand Junction, will present what’s billed as WellTalks, a symposium featuring speakers addressing a range of wellness-related topics.

The symposium is set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 8 at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road in Grand Junction. Tickets sell for $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include breakfast. Tickets are available at www.welltalks.org.

The event is geared to business owners and managers, human resource professionals and others involved in workplace wellness.

Formerly the manager of an award-winning wellness program at Hilltop Community Resources, Weitzel now runs a consulting firm that offers resources to small businesses to implement wellness efforts.

Amy Weitzel, senior account manager at Triad EAP, said mental health constitutes another important component of wellness. “Mental health is often the missing piece of wellness, but can have tremendous impacts on an organization,” she said. “When employees are facing stress, relationship issues, depression or anxiety, they are often absent from work or they are there physically, but their brains are somewhere else — known as presenteeism.”

By some estimates, 60 percent to 80 percent of visits to doctors include a stress-related component, she said.

Triad EAP offers mental health, legal and financial counseling to employees of businesses that hire the firm.

WellTalks will feature a series of short, TED Talks-style presentations addressing everything from gaining support from leadership for wellness initiatives to fostering a culture of wellness to mindfulness exercises that promote calm and focus. The event also will include panel discussions with the speakers and a chance to meet with vendors offering wellness services.