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2015 May – Meeting Notes “Beginning & Rejuvenating Worksite Wellness Programs”

May 19th, 2015
Beginning & Rejuvenating Worksite Wellness Programs
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hosted by the Knox County Health Department

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  • ETWR Business
  • KCHD Worksite Wellness & Mini-Grants
    • Khrysta Baig, MSPH, RD, LDN, CHES, Worksite Wellness Dietitian, Knox County Health Department
  • Beginning & Rejuvenating Worksite Wellness Programs
    • Morning Star Child Development Center
    • Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, Inc.
    • Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation
    • City of Knoxville’s Public Service Department
    • Mental Health Association of East Tennessee
    • Lisa Ross Birth and Women’s Center
    • City of Knoxville
    • Knoxville Convention Center
  • Networking & Questions

Upcoming Meetings
July – Employee Engagement
September – Getting Active
November – A Well Mind

Benefits Concept

2015 March – Meeting Notes “Wellness Benefits”

March 25th, 2015
Wellness Benefits
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hosted by YMCA of East Tennessee

Save The Date! Upcoming Meetings
April 8th at Bush Brothers – Business Social from 12:00-1:00 pm
May 19th at the Knox County Health Department – Beginning & Rejuvenating Worksite Wellness Programs

18th Annual Health & Productivity Forum on May 5, 2015

ForumWe encourage our members to attend the 18th Annual Health & Productivity Forum on May 5, 2015 at the Knoxville Convention Center. ETWR members can register for free as a guest of HealthCare 21.

The Annual Forum is the largest health benefits conference in the area with over 300 human resource managers, benefit managers, health plan representatives and health care professionals attending from the region’s leading businesses.  Some of this year’s topics include consumer engagement, value-based benefit design, consumer-directed health plans, trends to cut costs and improve quality, private and public health exchanges, specialty pharmacy, depression in the workplace, and pain management through workers’ comp.

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UT Health & Wellness Coordinator Position

Health & Wellness Coordinator, Center for Health Education and Wellness  15000000AN

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Employee Wellness Coordinator, Center for Health Education & Wellness

Pay Grade 40


The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee invites applications and nominations for an Employee Wellness Coordinator, in Center for Health Education & Wellness. Reporting to the director of the Center, the purpose of the position is to serve as a leader in wellness support for employees at the University of Tennessee.

The position is responsible for establishing programming in the areas of prevention and health related decision making.  The position will coordinate and implement the statewide “Healthier Tennessee” initiative which addresses increasing physical activities, nutrition and tobacco cessation.  In collaboration with campus partners and guidance from the Employee Wellness Advisory Committee, the position will coordinate all activities and health promotion for UT employees. In addition, the Wellness Coordinator will assist with the planning, implementation, and assessment of the various programs of the Center for Health Education & Wellness as deemed appropriate.


  • Coordinate all areas of the “Healthier Tennessee” campaign including promotion, assessment, and programming
  • Spearhead coordination efforts to educate employees regarding health and wellness, lifestyle choices and promote positive behavior change
  • Develop operational plans to address employee concerns and needs through programming, outreach and prevention related services.
  • Administration of the Wellness Incentive program, including management of incentive submissions, payments and budgetary oversight
  • Support the Wellness Advisory Committee; recruit and engage members from the many different employee groups to make sure the Wellness Program is responsive to the needs and interests of a wide variety of staff
  • Support the development and implementation of grants in order to provide additional support for the health and wellness programming
  • Identify and implement departmental assessment initiatives specifically for the Employee Wellness Program
  • Serve as health and wellness information resource and advocate for the campus community
  • Oversee the content and design of the Employee Wellness website and other social media outlets as it relates to employee wellness
  • Demonstrate research and best practices across the field of health education




  • Master’s degree in public health, nutrition, kinesiology or a closely related field.
  • Experience with community level health initiatives or closely related field.
  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to develop and implement assessment strategies and reports.


  • Four years of experience in public or private sector with employee health initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and coordinate large scale events and programs.

 SALARY: Commensurate with experience and other qualifications.


Review of Applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Applications should include a letter of interest, resume, names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references.

Non-Solicitation Policy

ETWR Non-Solicitation Policy

To preserve the integrity of its meetings, the East Tennessee Wellness Roundtable encourages networking and relationship-building, but it does not condone overt solicitation. When networking, members are encouraged to inquire about services, discounts, or partnership opportunities with other organizations, but without this direct inquiry by another member, active solicitation is prohibited during meetings. The direction of interest should be member-pull, not vendor-push.

Presenters are selected because they are professionals in their field, and the primary purpose of their presentation is to provide evidence-based wellness information. They are asked to exercise good judgment regarding information-sharing without soliciting members. Presenters are invited to provide business cards at the registration table and educational materials pertinent to their presentation topic or field. Strictly promotional materials may not be distributed.

The promotion of wellness related events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Directors.

January 2015 Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes

  • Fittest Company Challenge
    • Jason Altman, Race Director, Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
    • Jason presented on the different types of races available through the Knoxville Marathon and discussed the Fittest Company Challenge. Organizations can register with Jason and compete against similar sized companies to obtain the most points across their employees. For more information, click here.
  • Corporate Wellness Initiatives
    • Dave Parmly, Pilot Flying J, and Dr. Randy Pardue, Trinity Medical
    • Dave and Dr. Pardue discussed Pilot Flying J wellness initiatives including promoting exercise and maintaining weight loss. They emphasized the importance of helping employees make lifestyle changes that can improve their overall health and manage chronic disease symptoms.
  • Wellness on a Budget & Health Coaches
    • Maureen Carlomagno, MPH, CHES, CIC, Your Wellness Coach
    • Maureen lead a group brainstorming activity on budgeting for wellness programing, identifying health needs, identifying community partners and resources, and utilizing incentives to increase participation in wellness initiatives.
    • Handouts:
      • Providing Wellness Programing on a Budget
      • Worksite Wellness Worksheet
      • Budget Friendly Worksite Wellness Tips and Ideas
  • Practical Chronic Disease Management
  • Pat Collins, DPh, MedAdvocate
  • Pat talked about exercise, one method of promoting wellness, on a budget. She discussed the importance of appropriate footwear, diet, and hydration in supporting exercise. She emphasized the importance of having employees keep moving.
  • Handout:
    • Working Out on a Small Budget
  • Low-cost Worksite Nutrition Initiatives
    • Khrysta Baig, MSPH, RD, LDN, CHES, Knox County Health Department
    • Presentation will be delayed until a later date.
  • Small Starts @ Work
    • Russell Cliche, Director of Program Implementation, The Governor’s Foundation for Health & Wellness
    • Russell discussed the importance of goal setting in behavior change. He talked about the Small Starts @ Work website , where worksites can commit to making wellness goals together. Individuals can use the Streaks for Small Starts  app on the App Store to make wellness goals and track their progress.


Save The Date! Upcoming Meetings

March TBA – Membership and Networking Meeting

March 25th at YMCA – Free Wellness Lunch and Learns & Insurance and EAP Wellness Resources

May 19th at the Knox County Health Department – Beginning a Worksite Wellness Program

November 2014 Meeting Notes

Nov 18th, 2014 ETWR Meeting at Y-12 National Security Complex

 Y-12 Worksite Wellness – LiveWise

    • Karen Lacey, MS, RD, LDN, Acting Wellness Coordinator, spoke regarding the Y-12 LiveWise program. She reported on how their program was initiated and the need for wellness programs to “make the healthier choice the easier choice.” Their program has three onsite fitness centers, one personal trainer, several athletic trainers, and a registered dietitian. They are able to provide physical therapy onsite which provides a huge cost savings. They are also able to provide weight management classes, diabetes education and mentoring, and other wellness programing.

 Prescription Drug Abuse Panel

    • Moderator: Shannon Reynolds, MPH, Corporate Wellness Manager, UTMC
    • James Choo, MD, Pain Consultants of East Tennessee
    • Doug Wenrich, LMFT, CEAP, Q-SAP, Manager at Humana Wellness/EAP and Work-Life Services
    • Karen Pershing, MPH, CPS II, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Drug Commission
    • Christine Fitzgerald, Benefits Manager, City of Knoxville
    • Bill Lee, BGS, Interventionist and Assistant Program Director for Young Adult and Relapse Recovery Programs, Cornerstone of Recovery
    • Panelists discussed their backgrounds and services provided by their places of work. They discussed the need for better provider education on chronic pain management and better control at the dispensary level. Panelists addressed the need to treat chronic pain using a variety of methods and addressing any coinciding mental health conditions. Employers can partner with their prescription drug provider and EAP to better address the needs of employees prescribed potentially addictive medications. Proper disposal of prescriptions no longer being taken was also discussed.

 Tour of Y-12 Facilities

  • Members were given a guided tour of the Y-12 Complex by Ray Smith, Y-12 Historian.