2012 Wellness@Work Conference

“You are the only person who can make you healthy.”

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So said Dr. Bruce Panasuk in his gut-checking keynote speech during the 2012 DSCC Wellness@Work Conference, last Wednesday, April 18 at the Medical Society of Delaware.

Panasuk, the Executive Director of Wellness for Kelly Benefit Strategies, and Chief of Surgery at the Veterans Hospital in Wilmington, presented “Taking Responsibility for Your Health,” in which he urged the audience to destroy the “Do What Tastes Right” culture in America and replace it with “Do what is right.”

“America has a culture of ease and comfort,” he said. “We want the easiest, quickest solutions possible. We are programmed to think unhealthy, and we take the bait.”

Instead, he said, we should take an active role in preventing preventable diseases, which make up around 75 percent of our country’s health costs. He likened the current model for health care in America to water rescue. “We’re great at pulling people out of the water,” he said, “but we don’t help people from falling into the water in the first place.”

He closed with a passage from the motivational oratorical piece “I Will Persist Until I Succeed.”

It was just the first half of a health-geared program that stressed fundamental shift in the way we approach our health. Simple but meaningful changes to our lifestyles, our diets, our exercise habits—these are the mechanisms of change.

And that was the message echoed by second speaker, Jason Danner, vice president and lead consultant of Kelly Benefit Strategies.

After opening with a prophetic movie clip from “WALL-E,” Danner spoke passionately about how wellness programs in the workplace is the best solution for capping the escalating price of health insurance.

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“We’re taking the fight to health costs. And we do that by getting healthy,” he said.

Danner yielded the floor momentarily to Rick Sutton, co-founder and CEO of the Plus 3 Network, the innovative platform that allowed the DSCC to implement a wellness program (and competition) in its office. Read all about that here.

Embracing a healthier lifestyle helped alter the thinking of our own office, and we hope the 2012 Wellness@Work Conference inspired a few of our guests to do the same.

We are thankful for our sponsors, including Delmarva Power (Platinum level); AstraZeneca and Christiana Care (Gold level); BlueCross BlueShield of Delaware and George & Lynch (Silver level); Blood Bank of Delmarva, Gore, and ATI Therapy (Bronze level); Delmarva Broadcasting Company, the News Journal, Delaware Today/Today Media (Promotional Sponsors); Cardio Kinetics, Hockessin Athletic Club, Piccolina Toscana, Plexus, Plus 3 Network (Partnering sponsors). And of course that extends to the picturesque Medical Society of Delaware for hosting us.

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