Live From Chapel Hill – It’s Winter Think Tank!

It feels a little surreal that we’re in person for another HERO Think Tank meeting. I mean, didn’t we just see each other in September 2022? The past three years have certainly provided much-needed perspective on life (and work) priorities. Connecting – with each other at HERO’s convenings, with our individual purpose, with HERO’s purpose “connecting science and practice.” If you weren’t able to make it to this Think Tank, you can still take advantage of the learnings, and HERO members will be able to access the recorded presentations in the HERO Hub.

Also, I want to call your attention to a new report from the Foundation for Social Connection that I co-led with Dr. Jessica Grossmeier, highlighting guidance specific to employers and their unique opportunity positively impact social connection at work. I’d love to hear what you think!

As a 100% remote team, the HERO staff value the times that we’re able to connect, especially in person. And we do not take for granted any of you who are connecting with us and our shared purpose, whether that be at HERO Think Tanks, on our committees, through our webinars, or through this monthly newsletter.

With gratitude,



HERO and the Physical Activity Alliance jointly announce the appointment of Karen Moseley, HERO President & CEO, and Dr. Jack Groppel, as National Co-chairs for the CEO pledge for Physical Activity. The CEO Pledge for Physical Activity is a social movement led by the Physical Activity Alliance and aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Active People, Healthy Nation initiative, to make physical activity and healthy movement a cultural norm in workplace environments. Read the full Press Release

HERO Hub Contest Winner Announced

The HERO Hub is officially launched and running. Thank you to those who provided feedback during our soft launch period. Congratulations to our contest winner Karen Schmidt! Karen has won two free nights at the HEROForum23 hotel, the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek.

If you have not yet created a login ID for yourself, it is always open. Simply click the HERO Hub Login button from the HERO home page and select “Create an Account”. Enter your name and email address as they appear in the HERO system. If you don’t remember, no worries, just send an email to requesting an invitation to the HERO Hub.

New in the Hub this month: All of 2021 webinar recordings, Think Tank meetings and HERO Forum slides and Proceedings are now available.


  • From our Partners at the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) – The SB 2023 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions will take place in Phoenix, AZ, April 26-29, 2023. Find more information and register here.
  • From our Partners at the Midwest Business Group on Health – The 43rd Annual Conference Reshaping Today’s Health Benefits: Strategies for Employers & Other Stakeholders, will take place in Chicago, IL, May 9 & 10, 2023. Learn more and register here.

The HEROForum23 submission portal is open to accept all abstracts for our call for presenters. We invite you to submit an abstract and to share this information with others to help us spread the word and provide Forum23 participants with a variety of speakers from all over the world! See the links above for more information on submission guidelines and the theme of HEROForum23. Abstracts are due Friday, March 31, 2023.

Questions on Forum sponsorship? Email


2023 HERO Workplace Health & Well-Being Awards

Nominations for the 2023 HERO Awards are now open! Information on the nomination process, award categories, and submission guidelines can be found here. Learn more about the 2022 Award Recipients.


HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer©

2022 Progress Report

The HERO Health & Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer© (HERO Scorecard) 2022 Progress Report is now available! The 2022 progress report compiles abstracts of all the commentaries from the last two years, including new commentaries that compare the new mental health and well-being, social determinants of health, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, best practice scores by organization size, industry type, and US geographic region.

Read it now!


HERO Video Case Studies Available

The videos will be available to the public for one month before becoming exclusive to HERO members.

February 7th – March 7th

HERO’s Employee Experience (EEx) and Workplace Mental Health and Well-being (WMHW) Committees are pleased to share new video interviews with employers making great strides in advancing EEx and WMHW for their workplaces. Video interviews are available for public viewing February 7 – March 7, and will then be added to HERO’s Member Only General Library. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from these exemplary employers!


The Learning Series

Priorities for Workplace Health as the Pandemic Recedes: Urgent Needs, Innovative Solutions

March 15, 2023 | 12 p.m. CT | Register

How ESG’s (Environmental, Social and Governance accountabilities) can be better integrated with company wellness programs is a featured part of HERO’s learning agenda in 2023. Derek Yach, DSc, MBChB, MPH, Global Health Advocate, has worked at the highest levels in both public and private sector organizations and companies and has been deeply engaged in public/private partnerships throughout his career. Yach is the author of “Project Unthinkable: A Doctor’s Gamble to Save Millions of Lives” as well as lead author of many scientific papers and international policy reports. In this webinar, we discuss the opportunities and challenges of ESG’s as well as the potentialities and foibles of public/private partnerships. Learn More.


Resources and Readings

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