HealthFitness' Dennis Richling, MD, leads panel discussion of new employee health behavior change model at NBGH national

  HealthFitness' Dennis Richling, MD, leads panel discussion of new employee
           health behavior change model at NBGH national conference

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MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 19, 2013

"Critical moments and common occasions" will be presented Sept. 25 in

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Employers are investing more than
ever in incentives and programs to improve employee health. Sophisticated
programs aim not only to gain participation in programs, but also to engage
individuals long-term for healthy lifestyle change. A new model that
harnesses the power of behavioral economics in tandem with proven behavior
change models is the topic that Dennis Richling, MD, HealthFitness' chief
medical and wellness officer will explore at the National Business Group on
Health's Conference on Health, Productivity and Human Capital, Sept. 25, 2013
in Washington, DC.

Richling will moderate a panel featuring Sigrid S. Glenn, Ph.D., an expert in
behavior theory and cultural processes and Regents Professor Emeritus at the
University of North Texas. He will also be joined by K. Lynn Hipp, Global
Integrated Health & Wellness Manager, Eastman Chemical Company, a 2011 C.
Everett Koop National Health Award winner.

The session, "Critical moments and common occasions: Seizing motivation for
lasting lifestyle change," will take place on the first day of the conference,
Sept. 25 at 1:15 p.m.

"Some employees are highly motivated to change poor health behaviors, but
others aren't engaged and don't participate in programs," Richling said. "The
goal is to meet needs across the spectrum—from coaching those ready to change
to leveraging the psychological processes necessary to increase motivation."

Understanding how to use small steps and reinforcements can nudge employees
along a path to higher motivation, Richling said. "This panel breaks down the
nuances of behavior change—the difference between adding a new healthy
behavior and eliminating an unhealthy behavior, for example—and how to take
health management coaching and programs to the next level."

For details on the 27th National Conference on Health, Productivity and Human
Capital, or to register, visit

About HealthFitness
HealthFitness, a subsidiary of The Trustmark Companies, is an award-winning,
URAC and NCQA-accredited provider of health management, corporate fitness
management and condition management solutions. With 35-plus years of
experience, HealthFitness is a proven leader and partner for infusing a
culture of health. We maximize client results through personalized interaction
and a science-based approach to on-site program management, engagement and
prevention. HealthFitness provides a portfolio of solutions, including
best-in-class integration, INSIGHT® Health Risk Assessments, screenings and
EMPOWERED Coaching™. For more information on HealthFitness, visit

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