Pepperdine University Will Host Healthcare Forum on Wellness Programs at RAND, May 30

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Pepperdine University Will Host Healthcare Forum on Wellness Programs at RAND, May 30

An increasing number of employers are embracing the idea of at-work wellness programs to encourage healthier behaviors among employees. Successful programs are proving a benefit to both employees and employers. Kaiser Permanente, The Coca-Cola Company, Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute and the RAND Corporation will analyze wellness programs at the 4th Annual Pepperdine University Healthcare Forum on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6 – 9 p.m. at RAND Corporation, 1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, California.

General admission is $55 and pre-registration is required. Admission at the door will not be permitted. To register, please visit

Presented by Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, in partnership with the RAND Corporation, an expert panel will discuss how organizations are choosing to support healthy behavior in the workplace, invest in education and outreach to promote healthy living in their communities, address 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 healthcare costs.

Joining the discussion will be Roger Benton, Program Manager, Healthy Workforce at Kaiser Permanente; Todd Cunningham, Human Resources Director, West Region, The Coca-Cola Company; C. Terry Lewis, Chairman of the Board, Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute; and Karen Chan Osilla, Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation. Pepperdine’s Dr. Gary Mangiofico, Associate Dean, Fully Employed and Executive Programs and Practitioner Faculty of Organizational Theory and Management at the business school, will serve as moderator.

Recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente currently serves more than 3.6 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health - mind, body, and spirit - and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Expert medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.

For more than 127 years Coca-Cola has been committed to refreshing people around the world. Through their Coming Together platform, Coca-Cola seeks to play an active role in the health and happiness of the communities they serve. Most recently, Coca-Cola announced four global business commitments to: offer low- or no-calorie beverage options in every market; provide transparent nutrition information, featuring calories on the front of all of their packages; help get people moving by supporting physical activity programs in every country where they do business; and market responsibly, including no advertising to children under 12 anywhere in the world. Coca-Cola USA has a long tradition of supporting physical activity programs in the United States. In 2012, Coca-Cola and its Foundation gave more than $13 million to support active, healthy communities. They are continuing this support in 2013.

The Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, Inc., explores and shares the benefits of creative musical expression as an effective wellness strategy. Based upon a solid foundation of published scientific studies, YMWI is committed to reestablishing active music participation as a healthy lifestyle strategy. With a focus on research and education, YMWI is the only organization in the world specifically dedicated to developing and evaluating novel Recreational Music Making strategies.

RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation, is the nation's largest independent health policy research program, with a broad research portfolio that focuses on health care costs, quality and public health preparedness, among other topics. The RAND Corporation recently announced it is helping the City of Santa Monica, Calif., become the first U.S. city to use a measurement of overall well-being to drive public policy.

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About Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management

Founded on the core values of integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion, Pepperdine University’s Graziadio (GRAT-ZEE-ah-DEE-oh) School of Business and Management has been developing values-centered leaders and advancing responsible business practice since 1969. Student-focused, experience-driven, and globally-oriented, the Graziadio School offers fully accredited MBA, Masters of Science, and bachelor’s completion business programs. More information found at

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management
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