In like a lion and out like a lamb…

Isn’t that how March is supposed to go? This year at HERO, March was roaring all month long, so the April Fool’s joke is on us. Yes, this is our March Briefs being sent in April. Here is just a sampling of what you will find at HERO this coming month:

  • Members Only Summer Think registration is now open – join us June 25th in Kansas City!
  • Forum19 registration will be open soon. Please check the HERO website for updates.
  • Also coming soon are the Winter Think Tank Proceedings! Watch your inbox for that announcement.
  • In April, HERO is bringing you three webinars! HERO webinars in 2019 are breaking attendance records, and we are committed to continuing that trend this year by bringing you relevant content with expert speakers.

Please read on to learn of all the other great events and articles brought to you by HERO and HERO members.

Call for HERO Award Nominations – Deadline April 30th!

2019 HERO Workplace Health and Well-Being Awards

For the 10th consecutive year, the HERO Workplace Health & Well-Being Awards will recognize outstanding leadership and achievements as well as commitment to the field of workplace health and well-being (HWB). The nomination process opened February 1, 2019 and will close April 30, 2019.

Nominate your peers for the: Bill Whitmer Leadership Award, Mark Dundon Research Award, Jerry Noyce Executive Health Champion Award, and Heart of HERO Award.

Visit the HERO website to learn about the awards and access the appropriate forms. This is our industry’s premier individual awards program. Please nominate any colleagues or associates who you feel deserve recognition by 4/30/2019.

*Please note that there have been some changes to the nomination process, so please review all documents closely. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Wolfe.


Kansas City here we come!

HERO Summer Think Tank – Members Only!

Forging a Fresh Course for Worksite Health and Well-being: Tools and Methods that can Move Organizations from an “Is State” to a “Future State”

June 25, 2019 | Kansas City, Missouri

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

HERO Think Tanks are always designed with a grand purpose in mind. After all, bringing together the best minds in the country deserves a topic that will stretch us professionally and influence the direction of our field. What, then, could be more apt than coming together to chart a new course for our line of work? What’s more, HERO strives to be every bit as pragmatic as we are lofty, so in this think tank we will take a hands-on approach to examining strategic planning tools and demonstrate, together, how methods such as “Hoshin Planning” and “Blue Ocean” strategy can support your approach to your organization’s health and well-being strategic planning process.

Registration now open! Click here to register and for more information.


Thriving Organizations: Achieving Well-Being through Collaboration

September 10-12, 2019 | Portland, Oregon

HERO Forum19 Thriving Organizations Sept 10-12 2019

Our inalienable rights in America are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. How well has the workplace-based health and well-being movement in America helped us to achieve this inspired guarantee? HERO specializes in featuring exemplary companies and ground-breaking health promotion professionals who consider our shared mission to be nothing less than achieving well-being for all.

HEROForum19 will feature partnerships that have defied traditional boundaries. As always, we will feature leaders, organizations and experts who believe that healthy cultures are prerequisites to health for individuals. But this year we will focus on those who profoundly embrace the need for collaboration across disciplines and sectors to affect change.

Registration opens soon! For more information check the Forum website.


Resources and Readings

Promoting Physical Activity at the Workplace

Between open enrollment and the busy year-end holiday season, you may have missed the release of the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which identifies opportunities for every sector to create ways to promote movement anywhere that people live, work, learn, and play. The February 2019 issue of The Art of Health Promotion, with leadership by HERO Board member Laurie Whitsel and contributions by many HERO members, focuses on the many opportunities that employers have to promote movement as part of work environments and in collaboration with community and health-care delivery partners.

What does it look like to intentionally cultivate a culture of health?

The Culture of Health Study Committee has been developing case studies that demonstrate how employers intentionally foster a healthy culture in the workplace based on the study committee’s definition and elements of a culture of health. Check out the latest published case study featuring Shell Oil Company.

Untangling Truth, Facts, and Opinions: Why Simple Tenets of Science Have Become Uneasy

Paul Terry, PhD, Senior Fellow at HERO, argues that researchers who publish their scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals must also embrace the role of “guardians” against the growing assaults on science. In an era where the majority of Americans get their health information via social media, our challenge as scientists is to transcend our basic calling as truth seekers and truth tellers. Click here to read the editorial.

Tiatros CEO Kimberlie Cerrone: Why I founded a digital therapeutics startup

Experienced attorney, successful entrepreneur and HERO member Kimberlie Cerrone started a community-focused, employer-aligned, behavioral health support services company to help people access treatment for mental health issues. Read the article in Becker’s Hospital Review to find out what inspired her latest venture.

Thrive Summit

May 21-23, 2019 | Roosevelt New Orleans

Thrive Summit 2019 is a leading conference for HR, benefits, health & well-being professionals.The 2019 agenda includes two-and-half days of collaboration, innovation and problem-solving with some of the industry’s top leaders including 2019 Keynotes, Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Esther Dyson, Alison Levine, Dr. David Katz, Josh Bersin and more! Thrive attendees also qualify for SHRM, CHES and MCHES credits in 2019.

HERO Members receive $400 off when registering for Thrive Summit 2019 using code HERO19SPECIAL*

*Cannot be combined with any other offer and is not retroactive.

Action Collaborative on Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities

Healthy Business Coalition: Program Metrics & Case Study Webinar

April 4, 2019 | 12:00 pm EST

Healthy business is a management approach that seeks to create value and optimize performance by improving the health and well-being of employees, consumers, and communities. In this webinar, BSR will present the framework that helps businesses measure their varied impacts on population health and includes an inventory of priority health metrics informed by public health expertise and tailored for business adoption. An employer case study will serve as a real-world example of a company going through this transformation and highlight areas of collaboration. Join the webinar at:

Editors’ Picks: Papers of the Year for 2018 from the American Journal of Health Promotion

To honor some of health promotion’s best scientists and especially to recognize those who bring outstanding humanity to their field of inquiry and bigheartedness to their writing, we are pleased to announce the American Journal of Health Promotion’s “Papers of the Year” from 2018. HERO will feature some of these authors in 2019 webinars jointly sponsored between HERO and AJHP.

Global Healthy Workplace Awards – Deadline Extended

The application deadline has been extended to April 14th for the 7th Global Healthy Workplace Awards 2019. The Global Awards are hosted by the Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces (GCHW) with Monash University as Global Healthy Workplace Summit partner. The Global Healthy Workplace Awards enable employers to benchmark their programs to the global standard and, if successful, to celebrate their outstanding achievement in promoting a safe and healthy work environment complementary to the business performance of the organization. Applications are open to ALL employer organizations (for profit and not-for-profit, local and international) and are assessed by a panel of global experts. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large enterprises, and multi-national enterprises are invited to apply to become recognized as the world’s best employer for health and well-being. Application Deadline: April 14th, 2019 (announcement in May 2019). Click here for more information and to apply.


The HERO Learning Series

Promoting Physical Activity in the Workplace

April 11, 2019 | 12:00 pm Central

Click here to register.

The US Department of Health and Human Services released its second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in November 2018, highlighting the importance of moving more and sitting less. Physical inactivity continues to be a significant health and business issue with implications for mental health, mortality and morbidity associated with chronic conditions, health care costs, and workforce productivity. This webinar will focus on the actions employers can take to support the Physical Activity Guidelines with a special focus on the influence of employers to support consistent physical activity assessment, incorporation of physical activity into health care, leadership role modeling, worksite culture and policy.


Laurie Whitsel

Laurie Whitsel, PhD
Vice President of Policy Research and Translation, American Heart Association

Nico Pronk

Nico Pronk, PhD
President, HealthPartners Institute
Chief Science Officer, HealthPartners, Inc.

Russell R. Pate

Russel Pate, PhD
Professor, Department of Exercise Science
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina


A Masterclass on Engagement: Exploring What We Mean and How To Drive a Culture of Value

April 16, 2019 | 11:30 am Central

Members-Only Webinar – Click here to register.

Brad Shuck

Dr. Brad Shuck

Few ideas have generated more excitement with leaders than employee engagement. Everyone wants more of it, yet application, measurement, and practice — not to mention results — vary widely across our industry. What seems to be missing from the conversation is a fundamental understanding of the science behind the engagement phenomenon, as well as a deeper understanding around how the practice of engagement is deeply connected to outcomes that matter every day, including our personal and work lives. Using the latest decision-science, learn to focus on uncovering the psychology of employee engagement to build toward workplace conditions that promote happier, committed, and healthier employees at all levels. This evidence-based, yet informal and relaxed webinar is designed for professionals at all levels who hope to build a better place of work through sustainable, principle-based strategies — rather than prescribed, one-size-fits-all practices — that drive possibility and opportunity. This webinar is hosted by Dr. Brad Shuck, Associate Professor in the Human Resource and Organizational Development program at the University of Louisville.

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