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The Octagon: Health and Well-Being Presentation by Life University

March 15, 2012

Life University welcomes members of the Atlanta area business community, and in particular members of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, to attend an exciting and informative presentation on the interface of health and the workplace in 2012.

The Octagon, Life University’s center for dialogue and policy development in key areas affecting health and well-being, will be hosting a special session of its fourth annual conference on the Life University campus on Thursday, April 12, 2012 designed to inform and assist the business community better understand current thinking about healthcare and its costs and delivery.

The Octagon has assembled a faculty of national experts to address issues and concerns germane to business and the consumer alike. Presenters will include business, academic and legal authorities who will offer their thoughts on the future of healthcare and its interface with business in the next decade. Thursday, April 12 2012 presenters will include:

Dee W. Edington, Ph.D. Professor of Movement Science, University of Michigan and author of over 400 articles and books on the relationship between the workplace and health and well-being. The author of Zero Trends; Health as a Serious Economic Strategy, Dr. Edington has been the “Dean” of worksite related health strategies for over thirty years. He is specifically interested in how individual health promotion, worksite wellness activities and programs within organizations impact health care cost containment, productivity and human resource development.

Andrew Webber, president and chief executive officer of the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) representing over 7,000 employers who employ over 25 million workers and their dependents, is dedicated to improving health and transforming healthcare, community by community. Webber is responsible for overseeing all association activities including value based purchasing programs, government and external relations, educational programs, member communications and technical assistance, and research and evaluation.

Mr. Greg Etzel, Partner, Health Care Group, King & Spalding will address “mega-trends” in the government finance of healthcare programs and offer comments on the effects that may be seen over the next several years at the individual provider level, including such trends as financial accountability for outcomes, a focus on quality, rationalizing payment rates among providers, expanding coverage and reliance on the market for driving price and quality.

The details of the event are as follows:

Location: Sports Health Science Center, Life University, 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA
Date: April 12, 2012

Registration: noon to 1 p.m.

Program: 1 to 6 p.m.

Reception, Socrates Café: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $99

Special pricing for Cobb Chamber of Commerce members: $25
Online registration is available at:


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