Due to the ongoing increase in health care costs for businesses of all sizes, corporate wellness programs have become a very popular way to help employees improve their overall health. The City of Temple Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness recognizes the importance of wellness programs and is inviting human resource directors, business owners, managers and other employee benefit managers to attend a free luncheon and wellness expo sponsored by Scott & White Healthcare. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 27th at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center (3303 N. 3rd Street) in Temple. “Since employee health affects medical costs as well as productivity, corporate wellness programs are a great way to improve the bottom line,” says Ian Goodman, member of the Mayor’s Fitness Council. “A healthy workforce is more productive. On top of that, most experts agree that between 70 to 90 percent of health care spending is caused by preventable, modifiable health risks. What all of this means is that promoting healthier behaviors can really pay off…the reason that workplace wellness is such a hot topic right now.”Wellness programs can be found in factories, corporate offices, and large and small businesses alike. These programs include everything from offering on-site exercise equipment, to heart healthy choices in the cafeteria, and free educational sessions on topics such as weight loss, cooking, and exercise. “The great thing about corporate wellness programs is that they can be molded to fit the needs of all businesses, large and small,” said Chuck Ramm, Assistant Director for the City of Temple Parks & Recreation Department. The main topic to be discussed during the luncheon includes Building a Culture of Health on a Budget, which gives attendees tips and advice on how to have a low cost, high impact wellness program. Wellness programs are not just about companies saving money on its healthcare costs, they are also about providing employees the opportunity to live a healthy and happy life. The luncheon panelist includes Baker Harrell, Phd, CEO of It’s Time Texas, Ben Clutter Director of Employee Relations for It’s Time Texas and other local business owners who have successful wellness programs. The event will include an expo before and after lunch where attendees can meet outside service providers who can assist them with their program.Schedule of Events:11:00 a.m: Corporate Wellness Expo11:30 a.m: Lunch12:00 - 1:00 p.m: Panel Q&A1:00 - 2:00 p.m: Expo Re-OpensFor more information or to register for the luncheon, please contact Chuck Ramm (254) 298-5544 or email email@example.com.