NIOSH Total Worker Health(TM) leaders present in Copenhagen, Denmark, and invites further dialogue at its Symposium in October.
In 2014, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Office for Total Worker HealthTM Coordination and Research Support (TWH Office) has experienced great opportunity to engage the international community in the discussion around worker safety, health, and well-being. Building on this momentum, the TWH Office will host the 1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health this fall, which will provide a forum for continuing the dialogue as well as informing directions for future research. Director of the TWH TM Office, Dr L. Casey Chosewood, and Senior Science Advisor Dr Anita Schill were invited to provide one of the keynote presentations at the Third International Well-being at Work Conference, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 26-28. Their conversational, talk-show style presentation, entitled "Advancing Well-Being in the USA - The NIOSH Total Worker Health Program," drew between 350 and 400 attendees interested in learning about efforts in the United States to advance well-being. The conference as a whole provided representatives of the Total Worker Health program an opportunity to dialogue with thought-leaders from across Europe, and exchange ideas for creative and innovative ways to protect worker safety and health, promote health and wellness, and advance well-being in the workplace. The TWH Office plans to continue fostering global thinking and exchange of ideas surrounding workplace safety, health, and well-being, through its inaugural International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health in Bethesda, Maryland on the National Institutes of Health campus October 6-8, 2014. The Symposium will cover a range of issues including ergonomics, aging and younger workers, conceptualizing well-being, psychosocial working conditions in relation to obesity, workplace violence prevention, and industry-specific concerns. One very special opportunity available at the forthcoming Symposium will be a series of Town Hall-style meetings to review, discuss, and provide input on a National Research Agenda for Total Worker Health. In addition to the learning traditionally found at such symposia (i.e. through plenaries, workshops, concurrent sessions, and posters) participants will have multiple opportunities to experience activities that promote "total worker health"-massages, group exercise classes, and guided stretching have been planned to help demonstrate how well-being can be enhanced throughout the work day. The TWH Office warmly welcomes attendance of all professionals with interests in occupational safety, workplace health promotion, labour, human resources, or general worker well-being at the forthcoming Symposium.
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Dr Evelyn Kortum, Interventions for Healthy Environments, Department of Public Health and Environment and Social Determinants for Health. World Health Organization