Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM MDT
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Gering Civic Center 
1050 M Street
Gering, NE 69341

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Melissa Haas 
Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council 

2018 Panhandle Safety & Wellness Conference 

The Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council and Nebraska Safety Council invite you to join us for the 2018 Panhandle Safety & Wellness Conference. This innovative, educational event is the perfect opportunity to show that you are a safety and health advocate and a leader of change in Nebraska's Panhandle.

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Jeanne Sexson

She will be presenting the opening/closing keynotes along with an afternoon breakout session: 

Opening Keynote: Gain the Day - Control Pressure When Demands Exceed Resources (your life could depend on it) 

The effects of strain can affect our ability to think clearly, problem-solve effectively, and can literally destroy our health (up to 85% of doctor visits are stress related). By using the methodologies for taking away the power stress exerts, we can weaken it's impact on us. Interactive, upbeat, and very practical, this presentation will provide suggestions to make us more resilient and able to "go the distance." 

Closing Keynote: Lighten Up and Live (getting and keeping a balance) 

Combining a mixture of serious thoughts and fun, Lighten Up and Live explores the influences which help us find the up side to break the power of the past to get a better grip on present challenges. Laugh and learn as you gain a more realistic balance and perspective for a more gratifying quality of life. 

Breakout Session: Teams: Making Things Happen That Wouldn't Otherwise (unite employees around a common goal) 

  • The difference between functional and dysfunctional groups
  • Why teams fall apart
  • What successful teams have in common 
  • Expectations and achievement 
  • The role of freedom and empowerment 
  • Key principles for leading teams through change
  • Energizing your team to achieve (even through uncertainty)

Join us also for our safety and wellness tracks: 

Wellness Track: 

Wellness Plan Legal Update: Leslie Shaver & John Selzer, Simmons-Olsen Law Firm 

The landscape for wellness compliance is forever changing, are you up on the latest? Join us for this informative session as we explore incentive use with your wellness program. Employers sponsoring wellness plans may see changes to the regulations monitoring based on recent federal decisions and what is considered a voluntary wellness program. Updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Action (GINA) protect against disclosure of an employee's health and genetic-related information will be covered. This session will provide the latest update to employers helping monitor the issue and ensure future wellness plans comply with federal law. 

Supporting Workplace Mental Well-Being: Anna Haim, Counselor, Burke & Associates

Worksites are increasingly offering a number of wellness initiatives supporting the physical well-being but to keep a good balance, prioritizing mental well-being strategies is essential. Constant stress, depression, and anxiety coupled with the fact employees spend the largest part of their day at work makes the demand even greater. Together, we will discuss a path to your organization's balance of including mental well-being resources and support. 

Snap Session:

  • Three in 15: Making Changes Stick - Polices for Worksite Wellness, Walking Worksite Guide, and Nebraska Diabetes Worksite Toolkit 

Afternoon Wellness Breakouts

  • Stretches and Brain Boosting Activities to Bolster Efficiency: Holly Wade
  • Snack Smart on the Job - Regional West Health Services' Healthy Eating Team & Jessica Davies

Safety Track:

OSHA Update: Osha Representative 

Get the details on compliance assistance versus compliance enforcement in our state, along with where the adminsitration is at with pending and new regulations. Region VII OSHA focus areas will be reviewed with a specific focus on Nebraska injury statistics and frequently cited violations. You'll receive valuable information to inform your safety programs and goals. 

Leveraging New Research to Limit Your Liability: Mark Segerstrom, Nebraska Safety Council and Trooper Courtney A. Horak #234 Traffic Services Division, Scottsbluff

Did you know Nebraska was recently ranked #1 in the country for road rage? Learn of the startling research that shows a vast difference of how we view our driving versus the reality of our driving. You'll see how new research can be leveraged to mitigate your liability in developing a rock solid safe driver program. 

Snap Session:

  • Ergonomics Guide, Hidden Office Hazards, and OSHA Inspections

Afternoon Safety Breakouts: 

  • Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace
  • Defusing the Ticking Time Bomb...Practical Solutions for Bullying and Aggressive Behavior