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Please join us for the 8th WLCME Symposium. Our focus on helping organizations to achieve true well-being from employees to culture, we are hosting, the Maine Well-Being Symposium.

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2016 sjc award winners

L-R: Danielle Reardon, Carrie Lemos, and Kevan Shave (Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse Non-profit awardee), Tom Downing (Lifeline Center for Workplace Wellness- Individual awardee), Christopher Lobley (Bangor Savings Bank-part of Regional Award), Brittany Layman (RSU 22 -Group Award recipient), Bonnie Irwin (City of Bangor, Regional awardee-missing from picture for the regional award is Employee Health Solutions) and Tricia O’Connor (athenahealth- For-profit award winner).

A huge thank you to our sponsors for the event: Aetna, Saint Joseph’s College, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Maine, Mercer, Cigna, Mainebiz, Maine Veteran’s Homes and Cross Insurance.

We had wonderful help from WLCME volunteers: Jenna Chase, Mariah Hebert, Jill Keimach, and Emma Davis (Saint Joseph’s College), Alice Dyer (Cross Insurance), Bonnie Irwin (City of Bangor), our fabulous photographer-Elizabeth Clayton (EMHS), Lori Schaefer (In the Equation), Penny Townsend (Cianbro), Joanna Aronica (Maine Veteran’s Homes), Glenn Mower (Bangor Letter Shop).

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Thank you to George Watts and Mercer for sharing the HERO Scorecard data with our attendees. Learning how others are providing wellness, current trends, and the special attention to New England statistics is valuable in planning for 2017 wellness strategies.

Our keynote, the City of Portland, sponsored by Aetna, shared details on the evolution of their program with honest assessment of what they’ve learned along the way. Thank you to Janice Kimball, Clarkson Woodward, and Lori Schools for the inspiring presentation.

We enjoyed a lesson on mindfulness, courtesy of Rebecca Wing and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, including a body scan. Mindfulness strategies reduce stress levels, increase focus and productivity in any workplace.

We Thanked our 2016 Annual Partners!

Join us October 5 for a celebration of employee well-bieng at its best!

Work/life balance was a concept developed in an era in which work and life really could be balanced because they could actually be separated. In the past, it was much harder for work to follow you home or home life to follow you to work. But then technology came along and blurred the boundaries. Now, with our phones, tablets, laptops and other devices, many of us carry our whole life around with us 24/7. The result of being constantly reachable in this way from all fronts is a heightened sense of agitation and stimulation stemming from life never turning off, which leads to feeling overloaded and overwhelmed. But while technology has made balancing work and life in the old sense outmoded, that is not to say that we shouldn’t be striving for balance. It’s just not between work and life, per se. Rather, what needs to be balanced in this day and age, according to sociology thinkers of today, is our interior/exterior world – a shift in concept rooted in the growing understanding that our major tools for balancing all that comes at us from the outside relate to the tinkering we need to do on the inside in order to feel calm, balanced and together. The next several monthly wellness tips will be a progression of specific actions we can take to help create the inner environment and inner reserve that better enables us to meet what is coming at us from the outside with greater sense of equanimity and ease.

Work/life balance was a concept developed in an era in which work and life really could be balanced because they could actually be separated. In the past, it was much harder for work to follow you home or home life to follow you to work. But then technology came along and blurred the boundaries. Now, with our phones, tablets, laptops and other devices, many of us carry our whole life around with us 24/7. The result of being constantly reachable in this way from all fronts is a heightened sense of agitation and stimulation stemming from life never turning off, which leads to feeling overloaded and overwhelmed. But while technology has made balancing work and life in the old sense outmoded, that is not to say that we shouldn’t be striving for balance. It’s just not between work and life, per se. Rather, what needs to be balanced in this day and age, according to sociology thinkers of today, is our interior/exterior world – a shift in concept rooted in the growing understanding that our major tools for balancing all that comes at us from the outside relate to the tinkering we need to do on the inside in order to feel calm, balanced and together. The next several monthly wellness tips will be a progression of specific actions we can take to help create the inner environment and inner reserve that better enables us to meet what is coming at us from the outside with greater sense of equanimity and ease.

  • We had over 130 registered almost breaking last year’s record...
  • Our keynote speaker, Tony Buettner, was a “inspiring”
  • We had tremendous support from our sponsors, presenters, exhibitors, and volunteers!

Please join us for the 7th WLCME Symposium. Our focus on helping organizations to achieve true well-being from employees to culture, we are hosting, the Maine Well-Being Symposium. We have a national well-being leader as our keynote! Tony Buettner from Blue Zones. This is their first presentation in Maine!

Click here for more information or to register for the event.

1. Get enough sleep: sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on your state of mind and your physical well-being. It can also lower your immune system

2. Get your healthy dose of fruits and veggies, this keeps your energy level up and boosts your immune system (the old flu shot is a good idea too)

Elizabeth Clayton, Total Health Wellness Specialist, Eastern Maine Healthcare System
Blog for Wellness Council of Maine

Shawn Achor is a big happiness guy. As a corporate trainer, author, and speaker, he spreads the positive psychology good word. This is an important message to share because we all think and behave much differently from a position of feeling positive, open. and engaged compared to how we think and behave from a position of feeling negative, defensive and closed down. During a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk he gave on this subject, he told a story about how his younger, 5-year-old sister, Amy, somehow got “displaced” from the top bunk upon which they were playing” war” with her My Little Ponies on the one side and Shawn’s Calvary men on the other. (Shawn was 7 at the time.) Amy somehow managed to land on the floor on hands and knees. Shawn quickly capitalized on this fact, motivated by a strong desire not to get their parents involved. Quickly, before the wailing began, Shawn said, “Oh my gosh, Amy, you landed on all fours; Humans aren’t able to do this! You know what this means? Amy, this means you are a unicorn!”