SOURCE: World Congress

January 29, 2008 08:30 ET

Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, Ford Motor Company, Dow Chemical Lead 500 Executives at 3rd Annual Employer Health & Human Capital Congress, January 30 - Februay 1, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

WOBURN, MA--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, M.D. will join the speaker faculty at the 3rd Annual Employer Health & Human Capital Congress, Wednesday, January 30 - Friday, February 1, in Washington, D.C. Elders, who served as the nation's physician from 1993-1994 under President Bill Clinton, will deliver a keynote address the morning of Friday, February 1 as part of the three-day Congress.

Gathering more than 500 senior-level human resources and employer benefits executives from top U.S. companies, the Congress will feature over 80 presentations from executives from organizations such as Ford, Black & Decker, Deere & Company, Nestlé Business Services, Quintiles, Union Pacific, IBM and Goodyear.

Specific presentations include the latest on value-based benefits design from Caterpillar, retiree benefits at Ford Motor Company and live, onsite surveys from Jenny Craig and Buck Consultants on how major employers are participating in corporate wellness programs such as weight management.

The Congress will also feature a one-day Small to Midsize Employer Forum and one-day Consumer-Directed Healthcare Summit.

WHAT:  3rd Annual Employer Health & Human Capital Congress
WHERE: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, D.C.
WHEN:  January 30 - February 1, 2008

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Program highlights:

Ford Motors Company/Deere on Retiree Health Benefits

Wednesday, January 30 at 2:30 pm

Diane Marriott from Ford Motor Company will present on the use of alternative retiree health approaches such as Health Reimbursement Arrangements. Steve Clark from Deere & Co. presents on the use of Health Savings Accounts in retiree benefits.

Jenny Craig, Nestlé and Aetna to present the use of corporate weight loss programs

Thursday, January 31, 7:30 am

An increasing number of companies are recognizing the value of corporate-sponsored weight loss programs on improving employee health, increasing productivity and cutting health care costs. Barbara Fulmer of Jenny Craig, KD Shaughnessy of Nestlé Business Services, and Richard Atkinson, Editor of the International Journal of Obesity, will discuss how weight loss programs are affecting the workplace and changing the scope of health benefits.

The business case for smoking cessation programs

Wednesday, January 30, 4:50 - 5:50 pm

John Clymer, President of Partnership for Prevention, will lead a panel discussion with Quest Diagnostics, the University of Texas School Public Health and University of Michigan Health System's Occupational Health & Health Promotion Services about the effectiveness and cost-saving value of employer-sponsored workplace smoking cessation programs.

Advanced Care Management through smoking cessation

Thursday, January 31, 1:30 pm - 3:35 pm

HR and employee wellness leaders from Quest Diagnostics, Quintiles Transitional Corp., Union Pacific and University of Michigan Health System will present detailed information on the use of comprehensive smoking cessation benefits, how to communicate smoking cessation benefits to workers and providing incentives for them to participate.

About the 3rd Annual Health & Human Capital Congress

Presented by World Congress, the leading global producer of health care conferences, the 3rd Annual Employer Health & Human Capital Congress helps senior-level executives of large employers to maximize bottom-line corporate performance, improve overall employee health and productivity and achieve cost containment targets. Topics addressed by the Congress encourage the executive delegation to make strategic and specific actions to improve the management of employee benefits, health and wellness programs and the delivery of effective economic incentives for better employee health.

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