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February 22, 2013

THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING WELL: Workplace Wellness Symposium empowers people to improve their health, work environment

JEFFERSONVILLE — Shirley Goble works as the employee health nurse at Morgan Foods in Austin, where health fairs, free blood sugar testing and blood pressure screenings are offered to all employees. 

On Tuesday, Goble attended the Jeffersonville Workplace Wellness Symposium, held at Kye’s, in order to gather more tips for a healthy workplace. 

“I’m learning about the mentor programs and the books that might interest the employees,” said Goble, who added that in the near future, the company may incorporate more fitness activities. 

During the Wellness Symposium, Chuck Gillespie, program director of the Wellness Council of Indiana, presented ideas and wellness tips that companies can instill to encourage a healthy workplace. Gillespie explained that the Wellness Council promotes anything it can do to boost quality of life. He added that Indiana has high rates of obesity and smoking, which hampers quality of life. The Wellness Council offers training and workshops for companies interested in adopting a wellness program. 

Mike Campbell, a member of Wellness Council of Indiana Board of Advisors and chief wellness officer at Neace Lukens, urged companies to be more proactive and serve as leaders in wellness. 

“The things I work on in my personal life are family members and people who are closest to me, the people I feel I have influence on,” he said. “In order to help them, I help me. How can we really encourage each other in this very, very small circle of influence? Everyone of us has that circle of influence.”

Campbell explained that today, poor diet choices trumps tobacco use and sedentary lifestyles as the culprit for obesity and preventable diseases.  

Attitude also is key, as having inspiration and a can-do attitude can make a difference in prevention and wrong choices. The Wellness Council helps companies with the right choices and obtain the right tools to inspire healthier choices.  

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