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Graziadio School Hosts Fourth Annual Health Care Forum

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An increasing number of employers are embracing the idea of at-work wellness programs to encourage healthier behaviors among employees. On May 30 an expert panel comprising professionals from Kaiser Permanente, the Coca-Cola Company, Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, and the RAND Corporation analyzed corporate wellness programs and contemporary health care issues at the Pepperdine University Health Care Forum in Santa Monica, California.

“By hosting what is now the fourth annual Health Care Forum, the Graziadio Alumni Network is not only reflecting the needs of our students, but also addressing a very critical area that’s in the national discourse,” says Gary Mangiofico, associate dean, fully employed and executive programs and practitioner faculty of organizational theory and management at the Graziadio School, who also served as moderator.

Presented by the Graziadio School of Business and Management, in partnership with the RAND Corporation, the panel discussed how organizations are choosing to support healthy behavior in the workplace and invest in education and outreach to promote healthy living in their communities. The panel also addressed such social epidemic issues as obesity and heart disease, and whether such wellness programs deliver on their promised value of improving employee health outcomes and reducing employer health care costs.

“Whatever we can do to highlight the multiple dimensions of the field of health care and advance that dialogue is a significant contribution,” Mangiofico continues. “That the event has grown to become an annual event shows our alumni’s dedication and commitment to the health care industry.”