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Posted on: May 12, 2017


With the continued increase in health care costs for businesses, corporate wellness programs have become a popular way businesses can help employees improve their overall health. The City of Temple Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness recognizes the importance of wellness programs and is inviting Human Resource Directors, Business Owners, and other Employee Benefit Managers to attend a free luncheon and wellness expo sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Health. The event will take place on Thursday, May 25th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center.

This year’s discussion is Emotional Health – The KEY to Employee Wellness. According to a recent Bell County Needs Assessment conducted by Baylor Scott & White, Mental Health is the #1 issue that needs increased focus.

“According to recent research conducted by the CDC & Mental Health America, 1 in 5 adults have a mental health condition,” said Derek Newman, Wellness Coordinator for the City of Temple. “This has a direct cost impact to each and every employer at minimum through employee absenteeism & presenteeism. On a community and future workplace outlook, youth mental health is worsening. Rates of youth depression increased from 8.5% in 2011 to 11.1% in 2014.”


Topics discussed at the luncheon will include:

  • Emotional Wellness in America: What Does the Data Tell Us?
  • How to encourage employees to utilize an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • Mental illness prevention services, early identification & intervention for those at risk.
  • Mental Illness: Who Gets Better? How Do They Get Better?

Luncheon panelists include Dr. Patricia J. Sulak, MD, Dr. Victor Pendleton, PhD, Maxine Trent – System Director of Staff Support at BSWH and Dr. Ray Helmcamp PhD – Executive Director, Central Counties Services.

The event will also include a health and wellness expo taking place before and after the lunch where attendees can meet mental health service providers that can assist them with improving their wellness program.

For more information or to register for the luncheon, please contact Derek Newman at 254-298-5419 or email You may also RSVP by clicking here. This is a no cost luncheon underwritten by Baylor Scott & White Health.

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