8:00 am- Registration, continental breakfast and networking.

8:30 am – Meeting, featuring a presentation by Roy Zuidema, Director of Campus Wellness – Healthy Habits Programming, Calvin College

10:00 am – Program adjourn

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Program Details: 

“Building a Thriving Community (Workplace)”

Presentation Objectives 

As a wellness professional – or maybe someone desiring to implement wellness strategies in your workplace – what would you do if you had a) administrative support for your work, b) the flexibility and authority to control programming, c) a network of wellness ambassadors, d) outstanding facilities, and e) a community of workers with a similar set of values? Welcome to Calvin College! After 25 years providing corporate wellness services in West Michigan, Roy Zuidema took a position at his alma mater as director of “Healthy Habits,” the college’s employee wellness program. This presentation will highlight the successes and challenges of a comprehensive worksite wellness program at a faith-based, academic institution, with emphasis on building a thriving community in the workplace.

Participants will:

  1. Recognize the complexities of creating a successful worksite wellness program.
  2. Engage in a discussion of what it means to be a thriving workplace (a thriving organization with thriving employees).
  3. Be able to list some practical ways to help to create/maintain a thriving workplace.
  4. Learn how faith and calling relate to a thriving culture at Calvin College.

Speaker Biography

Roy A. Zuidema, MS, Director of Campus Wellness, Calvin College. Roy has worked in worksite health promotion (wellness) for more than thirty years. Roy has a Bachelors degree in Physical Education from Calvin College (1979), a Masters degree in Exercise Science from the University of Michigan (1981), and is a certified Exercise Specialist (American College of Sports Medicine) and a certified Wellness Culture Coach (Human Resources Institute). Prior to coming to Calvin, Roy worked as Manager of Wellness Operations for Priority Health and as Senior Operations Manager for The Wellness Center of West Michigan.

Roy is a knowledgeable and passionate practitioner of worksite health promotion. In one way or another, Roy has been involved in almost every aspect of the worksite health promotion field, including program design, program administration, program evaluation, health care cost analysis, research, education, biometric screening and executive physicals.

Outside of his professional career, his interests and hobbies include being physically active, travel, sports, church activities, community development and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandkids.

Roy has presented professional seminars and workshops locally, regionally and nationally on a variety of topics, including successful worksite health promotion, physical activity, nutrition, weight control, stress management, low back injury prevention, retiring well, wellness benefit plan design and generations in the workplace.

Professional publications include: “Carrots and Sticks: Impact of an Incentive/Disincentive Employee Flexible Credit Benefit Plan on Health Status and Medical Costs”, American Journal of Health Promotion, May/June, 1999.

Financial Incentives, Participation in Employer-Sponsored Health Promotion, and Changes in Employee Health and Productivity: HealthPlus Health Quotient Program”, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, December 2000.