Does your workplace have bicycle racks? What about a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program? Does your employer celebrate with doughnuts, pizza and cake OR bagels, sandwiches and fruit?
These are just a few of the culture and policy changes that will be discussed during the third annual WorkWell Lawrence symposium. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.
Keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Ablah, an associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine — Wichita. Her research interests include physical activity, healthy foods, the built environment, health impact assessments, community participation and workplace wellness.
She recently provided an in-depth training session on workplace wellness for about 20 Lawrence employees at K-State Research and Extension — Douglas County as part of the WorkWell KS program. Chris Tilden, Community Health director at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, was one of the participants. “She is an incredibly dynamic speaker with unique insights on how employers can really change systems and environments in ways that contribute to their employees’ health and well-being,” he said.
Linda Sheppard, director of the Kansas Insurance Department, will give opening remarks at the symposium. Lawrence Parks and Recreation will provide an exercise break that will be followed by breakout sessions about how to create a culture of health in workplaces.
Cost is $40 until Sept. 4 and then it’s $50. To register, visit workwelllawrence.org.
Last year, about 80 people attended the symposium.