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ENTRY FROM: The Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals

Nominee: Wendy Weaver

Helping Others Help Themselves

Wendy Weaver was born and raised in upstate New York. Through her career she has traveled all over the world. Her wellness career started with the Military as a contracted Exercise Specialist and now currently works as a Wellness Consultant/CEC for Humana Inc.
Wendy is well known for her dedication and success in leading teams and individuals to meet aggressive wellness goals. In her roles she manages and advises large commercial accounts (80k strong) on wellness programming and implementation. She works with Disease Management and Clinical Programs to reduce claims and skillfully communicated with Board of Directors, wellness center managers, corporate benefit managers and Humana executives on wellness initiatives and results driven wellness programs. Wendy’s 22 years’ of experience in fitness, nutrition, stress management, exercise and holistic health will be well utilized towards our aggressive engagement goals.

PROFFESIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Wendy received her Bachelors of Science in Health Management from California College for Health Sciences. She has many certifications in wellness. Certificates include: NWI, CWWS, CWWPM, ACSM, ACE, Holistic C.H.E.K, WELCOA certified, and WELCOA faculty status.  Currently Wendy is on the steering committee for the Wellness Council of Tampa Bay and a member of Culture Advisory Board.  The certification that is most valuable to me is WELCOA.

She has many certifications that are very specific and detailed in each area of wellness but WELCOA webinars and certifications tie them all together in a practical way.  

 

DEMONSTRATED SUCCESS

When managing large accounts (80,000 employees) on wellness programming and implementation.  She worked with Disease Management and Clinical Programs to reduce claims.  Through organizing and running health screenings, walking programs and other wellness and health related topics, such as onsite educational programs she was able to use the 7 Benchmarks from WELCOA for tremendous success.  Keys were:

•             Build relationships, creating cohesive wellness teams and capturing leadership support with CEOs, Executives, hospitals administration, doctors, and other vendors and corporations.

•             Choosing Appropriate Interventions and developing new strategies to secure vendors into first time provider status.

•             Collecting data and carefully evaluating and auditing company claims, suggest steps towards wellness, and give presentations with proven results.

•             Developed and grew company wellness program from zero to ten.

•             Secured market one jumbo account with $500,000 for wellness budget.

•             Manager of research wellness project with proven results of $7 return on investment of $1 spent.

•             Drive down costs for both clients and carrier though wellness consulting and programming.

 

LEADERSHIP

 “Wendy's passion for wellness is contagious! When you are around her you experience her excitement. Wendy truly enjoys helping others, whether it is with exercise or eating healthier.  “Wendy is Wellness by living and breathing and applying to herself what she preaches.”

“Wendy is motivating, dedicated, the highly knowledge in the corporate wellness field, she has great values, trustworthy, has a tremendous passion for helping others, very organized, anything she touches becomes successful, attention to detail, big thinker, planner, visionary, strong role model, practices what she preaches, available and always willing to help, humble, very open, makes you feel comfortable with sharing, and excellent at follow up and follow through.”

What have been most valuable to her career are the opportunities she has had with working with such a diversified population along with the number of different companies from private to public sector. 

The best advice is to get out and do it.   Don’t be afraid not to try.  Start with pilot programs and test groups.  Listen, study, learn and be around successful people/companies.    

 

INNOVATION

When running hospital based wellness center from initial opening which included hiring and managing a team of 68 employees she had the pleasure of doing things differently and from scratch.  The success started with hosting hospital base research project while generating improvement strategies for the new wellness center.   She was the Director of Younger Trimmer Fitter project which was aired on the Today Show 12/31/05.

 

COMPELLING VISION

The biggest opportunities we have in the health promotion industry:

Keeping it simple and not stressful
We need to have a Resilient Workforce
Healthcare costs and increasing labor costs
Employee Productivity
Poor customer service from employee because of personal mental and physical stress

In the next 5 years, Wendy would like to pursue and advance in the industry through helping other wellness professional.  She was one of the first wellness consultants in the insurance industry and has learned a lot through her years.   We together can help fight the battles of our dis-ease world. 

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Wendy is truly a very dedicated wellness professional. She is like the energizer bunny that keeps going when others have left for the coffee shop! She cares about others and constantly seeks mays to make it work! I do hope she wins this competition!

Jody L. on 10/29/2014

Wendy excels in many areas. To name just a few that she truly is a leader and mentor in: Her organizational skills and ability to deliver outstanding customer service wins hands down. With Wendy you always know she will make time for you, answer your calls, return emails promptly, and take ownership to solve any issues. Unfortunately this isn't the case as the norm in our society anymore. Wendy though will always follow- up and make sure the outcome of any situation was acceptable. I'm in awe at her ability to consult and coordinate with the largest jumbo accounts in the Tampa Bay Area. She will go out of her way to reschedule and fit you in when possible. With Wendy's experience you can tell she has learned how to prioritize projects and accounts with ease. She also has many successful strategies for companies to consider for well being of their employees. What I really appreciate is her "out of the box thinking" and fresh up to date knowledge. You can tell she stays on top of her education with WELCOA. Wendy has presented us with some highly successful strategies and solutions we have implemented. Last but not least is her personality. I love how she is authentic. It is refreshing and comforting to work with someone like that. You feel trust and commitment along with her passion for wellness when you work with Wendy. We all are blessed having her on our accounts.

Nikita F. on 10/26/2014

Wendy and I met at a gym in Biloxi, MS 13 years ago. I used to call her the "Cardio Queen"...it seems we always ended up beside each other on a stepper or elliptical. I was in the middle of a transformation contest and we became close friends. Wendy always inspired me to reach past the very goals I had set for myself and has been an inspiration for myself as well as hundreds of others with her infectious smile, amazing attitude and selfless dedication. Thank you Wendy for being you.

Shayne B. on 10/25/2014

Wendy is true. She is pure wellness, happiness and balance. She has so much wellness knowledge and insight and would LOVE to share it ALL with who she is coaching at the time, but instead she listens and figures out what information she should share in that moment with them that will help them take the steps to getting healthier. Then, they come back and get more and more insight from her over time. I have witnessed this over the past 10 yrs I have known her and I have done it myself with her. She is a amazing! Wendy is Wellness through and through!

tracie h. on 10/25/2014

I have been working with Wendy in the workplace wellness field for about 9 years now. She is consistently passionate about her work and is always an inspiration. Wendy literally eats, sleeps and breathes wellness and it shows! Wendy is a true leader. Jennifer Oppelt, President/Founder - Enliven Wellness Works, Inc.

Jennifer O. on 10/24/2014

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