Workplace Wellness

The definition of wellness is evolving. Today, individuals, organizations, and community stakeholders are looking beyond health care cost control as the sole objective, and are turning their attention to the broader impact of a healthy workforce. International Foundation education is designed to help you understand this evolving context, and implement the most effective and meaningful interventions for your role and your population.



Health Benefits Conference & Expo

​For ne​arly 30 years, the Health Benefits Conference & Expo (HBCE) has been a leading source for employee health benefits and wellness education. Our unique structure focuses heavily on employer case studies to provide attendees with proven solutions in all areas related to employee health benefits and wellness. At HBCE you can expect to hear from leading organizations and learn from expert practitioners about industry trends, critical issues and best practices that will assist you in re​ducing costs while improving employee engagement. ​

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Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference

​For 30 years, the Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference has been presenting the very best in health promotion. Attendees will hear from the top scientists and practitioners in the field and return home equipped with practical strategies and research backup to make your programs and your work more effective. Gain a renewed sense of commitment and passion knowing that others like you are working to make a difference. ​

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Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference

With issues such as the opioid addiction, growing concerns regarding mental health, how to handle medical cannabis, and rising prescription drug prices, the past couple of years stand out as some of the most volatile times for multiemployer and public employee benefit plans.
The Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference offers targeted and timely sessions on topics relevant to plan sponsors and participants. Explore new trends, share experiences and discover strategies to promote a complete culture of health. ​

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Trends in Health and Wellness

As we continue to be challenged by the global pandemic, what do Canadian plan sponsors and trustees need to do now to position their benefits plans for the future?
This two-day, highly interactive virtual conference will discuss key trends in health benefits, virtual care, mental health, and the pros and cons of vaccines. Come prepared with questions for our experts, and to exchange views and information with your peers in a collaborative learning environment.​

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The Outlook for Health Care: 2021 and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our day-to-day lives and has reshaped the structure of the health plans for the future. The evolving personal and professional needs of plan members prompted health plans to expand telehealth and mental health services, as well as implement other changes designed to address the unique challenges of this year. Now that we can see light at the end of this tunnel, it is time to thoughtfully ask ourselves—Where do we go from here? During this conference, we will seek to understand the long term impacts of this past year. What will happen with the echo pandemic of mental illness, and how should we handle the long-term costs of delayed care? We will discuss the important lessons learned and opportunities for improvement.​

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Online Workshops


Workforce Mental Health

​Providing a healthy and supportive environment continues to be at the forefront of employers' workplace strategy. Employers are increasingly recognizing that employee support doesn't stop at the office door and that a comprehensive program considers employees' family and home environment. While many employers and other health plan sponsors have taken steps to adjust or enhance their offerings, many are still unsure of what is most effective and appropriate for their population. Learn how to create, modify and sustain a program that is most effective for your workforce—whether it's made up of isolated workers, those on the front lines or a mix of both—leveraging tools and techniques that make a difference.​

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Employee Wellness Workshop

While most organizations have a wellness program in place, few are satisfied with the resultant engagement and outcomes. In this interactive, highly practical program, you'll learn how to take your current program (whether just starting or decades in the making!) and optimize the reality you and your team are facing today and into the future.

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​Workforce Wellness

A workforce wellness initiative is more than just a program. It refers to the systematic efforts of an organization to enhance the wellness of its members through education, behavioral change and cultural support. Many employers take an active role in supporting employee wellness because improved quality of life positively affects overall productivity, health and stability of the workforce. The key to long-term success is building a culture within the organization that encourages and supports health and healthy behaviors. This course provides a comprehensive overview of workforce wellness.

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Eating Like the World Depends on It: An Interview With Dr. David Katz

Join Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference Chair Dr. Sara Johnson for a conversation with Dr. David Katz as he shares his insights on the impact of our prevailing diets on the planet.

Live Event - July 13, 2021
12:00-12:30 p.m. ET

Activating Our Best Selves to Effect Meaningful Change—Beyond DEI: An Interview With Laura Morgan Roberts

Join Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference Chair Dr. Sara Johnson for a conversation with nationally renowned organizational psychologist and author Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts to discuss how leaders, managers, health promotion professionals and team members can use their power to activate meaningful change.

Live Event - July 27, 2021
12:00-12:30 p.m. ET

How Women Have Been Impacted by COVID-19

While the pandemic has impacted everyone, research shows that women have been particularly hard hit. With many women exiting the workforce (whether voluntarily or by necessity), increased mental health challenges and decreased financial wellness, it's becoming clear that women will be feeling the aftershocks of this pandemic for years to come. This webcast will discuss the challenges women are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how employers and plan sponsors can help.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 5/27/2021)

Sleep Challenges During the Pandemic

In this webcast, Dr. Eve Van Cauter will explore how sleep has changed during the pandemic and how it plays a large role in immune response. Topics will include how sleep affects the risk of infection and vaccination response, how the quality of sleep has changed during the pandemic and what you can do to improve it.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 4/20/2021)

COVID-19 Vaccines and Your Workforce—Follow-Up

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our lives in nearly every possible way. Now that vaccine distribution is well underway, what has changed since the initial rollout, and what can we expect moving forward?

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 4/15/2021)

Mental Health at Work: Today’s Lessons for Tomorrow’s Workforce

This webcast will outline the range of mental health concerns that are affecting our workforce today and what to expect in the coming weeks and months. From the pandemic to social unrest, many on your workforce will have experienced situations that have impacted their mental well-being.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 4/6/2021)

COVID-19 Vaccines: Implications for Canadian Employers

As the pandemic continues into 2021, vaccinations could play an important role in helping Canadians return to the workplace safely. Join us to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines available in Canada, the distribution timeline, and the potential impact on workplace policies and procedures.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 2/9/2021)

NIOSH WellBQ—An Innovative New Tool to Measure Worker Well-Being

Learn about a a soon-to-be-released groundbreaking instrument to assess worker well-being: the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Worker Well-Being Questionnaire (WellBQ). Developed over the past few years by researchers at NIOSH (a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) and RAND, this free tool asks workers about work-related policies and culture, health and quality of life. Organizations can use the questionnaire to understand the well-being of a workforce as well as identify strengths and opportunities in workplace programs and practices. Hear from NIOSH and learn how the NIOSH WellBQ may help you advance worker well-being in your population.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 2/17/2021)

The Biology and Chronic Disease Management of Obesity

“Eat less, move more” is the key to weight loss, right? Well, research is showing that it might not be that simple. Obesity can be the result of more than simple caloric surplus. Join this session to hear more about the biology of obesity, including the many factors that influence appetite regulation and metabolism. Learn about current guidelines related to the diagnosis and treatment of obesity as well as why, as a chronic illness, it deserves attention from your health benefits and wellness programs. Discuss how willpower is not the only key to a healthy weight—and how spreading this knowledge lessens the stigma of obesity.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 3/4/2021)

COVID-19 Vaccines and Your Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our lives in nearly every possible way. But hope for a safer future from this disease is here, with vaccines being administered daily to Americans. What has the process for vaccine distribution been like, and what can we expect moving forward? How are employers reacting to the vaccine rollout?

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 1/27/2021)

Reaching Employees With Suicide Prevention and Support Resources

The rate of suicide is now at its highest level since 1941, and suicide is the second leading cause of death of those between the ages of 10 and 34. However, with risk identification and the right resources and support, many suicides can be prevented. In this session, we will explore how across industries and roles, we have the ability to spot warning signs or someone in distress, and we have an opportunity to provide education about suicide prevention, connect individuals to appropriate interventions and improve our overall mental well-being.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 1/21/2021)

Supporting Employees’ Financial and Emotional Wellness During Challenging Times

Recent research shows that providing financial planning to plan members not only helps prepare them for retirement but also reduces stress and improves their overall health. However, the ongoing pandemic has added some extra financial pressures and challenges.

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Helping Employees Tap into the Link Between Nutrition and Mental Health

What we eat can have a profound effect on many aspects of mental health, including depression, anxiety and stress. In this webcast, we will address the motivation and knowledge needed to make healthy nutrition choices for optimal mood as well as how to manage and prevent common mood disorders with nutrition. We will also examine the need for dietitian support to help employees get on the right track

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 10/27/2020)

Supporting Employees through COVID-19 with Disability and Behavioral Health Benefits

The COVID-19 pandemic has created several deeply personal challenges for today’s workforce, as isolation, illness, financial uncertainty and the general ‘unknown’ force employees to deal with conditions few have experienced before. As employers seek to support their employees and help them address these challenges, it’s important to acknowledge that disability and absence benefits represent valuable tools for employees, providing them with the extra support they need—when these benefits are properly understood and utilized.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 9/25/2020)

Rising Substance Abuse: Supporting Employees in Changing Work Environments

The pandemic has created disruption of work routines as well as reduced access to primary care and peer support. These historic challenges have precipitated a spike in substance abuse across North America. Plan sponsors can send the right message to their employees by providing programs and policies that are commensurate with these uncertain, unparalleled times.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 9/3/2020)

Mental Health Parity: Guidance and Compliance for Plan Sponsors

The DOL released new guidance on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), including a 2020 Self-Compliance Tool, updated from the 2018 version. This session will serve to ensure your plan is in compliance with the provisions of the law and will discuss how plan sponsors can use the self-compliance tool to ensure members are getting the most from their benefit.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 7/25/2020)

Resilience in Crisis: Tools for Employers to Help

Resilience changes how we think and behave in the face of change, stress or adversity. Join us for this webcast where you’ll hear about how you can help your employees (and yourself!) build resilience, especially during the pandemic crisis.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 7/23/2020)

Supporting Employees with Social Isolation and Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI)

As your employees try to process recent world events, including COVID-19, what are the most appropriate workplace supports and treatments?

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 7/15/2020)

Strong Organizations: Your Role in Diversity and Inclusion

The world has changed. Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a dramatic shift in conversation—Organizational leaders are working to find how these discussions become part of our day-to-day work. Hear from three diversity and inclusiveness experts in a discussion led by the International Foundation’s President and Chair of the Board, Wendell Young, as they explore how the events of the past several weeks have changed the conversation and how organizations can more fully engage in diversity and inclusiveness to become stronger.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 6/17/2020)

Newfound Angst: Combating COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced tremendous uncertainty, change, social distancing and adversity into the lives of millions of people worldwide. This increases the stress, loneliness, worry and anxiety felt from family health, finances and work/home conditions. ​

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 4/6/2020)

Coronavirus and On-Site Clinics: What Plan Sponsors Need to Know

On-site and near-site clinics are a staple part of the benefits package for many funds and employers. In this webcast, we will learn about the value of on-site and near-site clinics, as well as how they are responding to the coronavirus pandemic, and what plan sponsors can do to ensure their clinic is taking the appropriate steps and precautions to serve members.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 4/9/2020)

Mindfulness as an Essential Human Resource

Developing and encouraging a culture that embodies mindfulness offers a wise response to the kinds of maladies found in our modern workplaces—the pressure to do more with less, being always "on," constant distractions—and the stress, anxiety and depression many experience.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 3/19/2020)

Suicide Prevention: What About the Workplace?

Learn key factors and statistics about suicide in the U.S. and Canada, the influencing risk factors, and how employers can implement workplace strategies to reduce the risk of suicide and play a leadership role in suicide prevention.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 10/10/2019)

The Results Are In: 2019 Workplace Wellness Trends

Join us on October 31 to hear exclusive findings from the new International Foundation survey on workplace wellness trends. Learn how organizations in the United States and Canada are evolving their programs to ensure the overall well-being of their workers.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 10/31/2019)

Bridging Safety and Health: How to Create a Comprehensive Worksite Wellness Initiative

Your organization has a wellness program and a risk-management program to address employee safety, but are these programs integrated? Lifestyle choices such as sleep, stress, physical activity and nutrition all play a role in safety and overall health. It’s important that your employees connect well-being to safety. In this webinar, Wellness Workdays CEO Debra Wein explains why a holistic approach to well-being that includes workplace interventions to protect safety combined with initiatives that advance employee well-being is the gold standard. No matter what industry your organization is in—financial, technology, life sciences, education, health care or another sector—you’ll learn what steps you need to take to integrate your programs and keep your employees safe and healthy.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 9/26/2019)

Improving Employee Financial Wellness Strategies

Many employers are concerned about employee financial wellness. Some want to start up a financial wellness program and need ideas. Others already have a financial wellness program in place but are looking for new ideas to boost employee engagement and business ROI. This session addresses the interplay between early financial wellness, personal finance skills and retirement readiness to see how employers can make a bigger impact. ​

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 10/3/2019)

Mental Health Benefits—Parity Compliance Considerations and Federal Enforcement of MHPAEA

Mental health and substance use disorders among the workforce take a large toll on employees and employers. To address this, many plans offer mental health and substance use disorder benefits along with their traditional medical and surgical benefits. Plan sponsors need to make sure these benefits comply with federal parity rules. This session focuses on complying with federal mental health parity rules such as the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The presentation addresses final guidance issued by the DOL in September 2019 as well as federal enforcement of MHPAEA.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 9/19/2019)

Wellness Benefits: Trends and Best Practices

Over the last ten years, workplace wellness initiatives have evolved beyond health risk assessments, physical fitness and nutrition programs. Successful wellness programs now include resources supporting mental health, financial wellness, substance abuse issues and more. Effective wellness program directors use both health and wellness data points and best practices, while keeping an eye on developing trends. This session focuses on how wellness initiatives can evolve to positively impact organizations.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 8/1/2019)

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