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Freeman Sponsors Work@HealthTM Training in Southwest Missouri

January 06, 2020

Workshop on Workplace Wellness Benefits Employers and Employees

Joplin, Mo – New Year resolutions often bring goals of getting fit. For companies encouraging wellness is simply good business.  The effect of healthier employees can mean lower insurance premiums, fewer workers’ compensation claims, and less missed worktime because of illness.

Freeman Health System will offer Work@HealthTM training in February. The Work@HealthTM workshop which will educate employers about strategies and tools to successfully plan, implement, and evaluate workplace wellness programs. The training is a program that is sponsored by the Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) Worksite Wellness Workgroup.

“Often, there is a core group of employees who are passionate about wellness,” says Kris Drake RN, CHPD, Wellness Coordinator for Freeman Health System, “but they may not know how to make the business case for an organized company-wide effort.  Work@HealthTM gives participants the skills to initiate or improve employee wellness programs.” The Freeman Workgroup created a WorkWell Toolkit for those training to use. In July, Freeman had seven businesses it trained get recognition for workplace wellness programs at a WorkWell Missouri Award Celebration. The training agrees with programs in place with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Work@HealthTM, a program designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, includes modules addressing everything from program planning and worksite assessment to communication and sustainability. The discussion-based workshop engages representatives from businesses with well-established and newly-conceived programs.  When the participants return to their workplace, they have a wealth of knowledge their fingertips and a network of worksite wellness professionals with whom they continue to share ideas.


Dates:              Thursday, February 20, 2020; from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM & Friday, February 21, 2020; 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:          Freeman Business Center      

                        3220 McClelland Blvd; Joplin, MO 64804

Fee:                 $25 (Includes lunch Thursday and breakfast Friday)


                        Space is Limited.

For more information, contact Kris Drake RN, CHPD Freeman Health System Wellness Coordinator at


About Freeman Health System

Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2019, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2019. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit