Wellness is vital to the heart of any organization and it is important to LSHRM that we support you in your journey! Please check back here periodically for Wellness updates and events coming up throughout the year. If you have a fun event coming up or an idea for Wellness in the Workplace that you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please email the LSHRM Wellness Team - Annetta Hunter, Director of Wellness;  Leslie Scott, Leah Jaynes, Chad Barnes, Keith Bailey or Bonnie Bowles at wellness@lshrm.org.

April Wellness Update

Recent Updates:   April Wellness

Health & Wellness Article

DNA Wellness@Work in April!

By Deniece Krebs, CHC; Your DNA Detective with The Code Of YOU!

Americans spend the majority of their waking hours at work.

Employers spend the largest amount of expenses on their Labor force, to the tune of 70%. Of that 70%, 38% goes to benefits; and of that 38%, 8% is health insurance, which is the largest investment in labor outside of wages.(2) Every employer is seeking ways to improve the health of their employees, not only so they are more productive during their work day, but also to help reduce that highest expenditure – the healthcare costs of their workforce.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin reminded Philadelphians in 1735 as he was providing guidance to avoid fires.(3) This wisdom from our forefather also brings insight into today’s world of healthcare. Preventing chronic disease could swing our national debt!  According to the CDC, 90% of the $3.8 TRILLION annual healthcare expenditures are from chronic disease and depression.(4)

April 25 is National DNA Day!  It is this celebration of the completion of the mapping of the entire human genome…the code of YOU!  Several fascinating aspects about this project that I appreciate are:

  • 1.    It was an international project bringing together over 2800 scientists and researchers from six countries.
  • 2.    The wealth of information we now have access to for our health and wellness is incredible!
  • 3.    Better than providing ancestry connections, it offers empowerment for bettering our health!

While the first point is more than impressive…that thousands of individuals from six countries can work together on a single focus; the last two on my list above are the things that I believe have the potential to really impact health and wellness for companies and employees centered around precision and personalized health.  Let us return to Mr. Franklin’s position of prevention for Philadelphia fires and take a peek through his bifocals and delve deeper into your DNA!

While one of the Human Genome Project’s primary goals was for improved understanding and treatment of diseases; I passionately believe that understanding your own unique code is far more valuable!  Chronic disease takes years or potentially even decades to show up as symptoms or a diagnosis.  It is for this reason, we have our annual check-ups…but what if those check-ups were genetic in foundation?  

If you were a car-maker and knew that your supplier for rubber was hard hit by a hurricane impacting your rubber shipment, would you not make adjustments to find another source so that your factory could continue rolling out your vehicles?  Of course you would! Then, why would you not do the same for your own body and provide that level of insight to your employees?  What if you could know that your instruction manual held a typo in those instructions (your DNA?) If you knew about that “typo,” would that knowledge then empower you to adjust and learn how to work around that typo?  Absolutely!

If you learned that your Vitamin D receptor gene (VDR) could not effectively absorb, transport, and utilize Vitamin D from the sun, would you not intervene to offer additional Vitamin D supplementation so that your cells had plenty of raw ingredients to do the 400+ processes at the cellular level?  Certainly!

If you knew your “typo” didn’t effectively convert Folate / B9 to the form that your cells needed and without adequate B9, your body may have difficulty with:

  • ·         proper growth and development
  • ·         optimal nerve and brain function (very beneficial for your workforce, right?)
  • ·         may help reduce blood-levels of the amino acid homocysteine (elevated homocysteine levels have been implicated in increased risk of heart disease and stroke,)
  • ·         cancer protection
  • ·         may even help slow memory decline associated with aging (also, would this not be beneficial to employees?)

Who would not want to know how their conversion processes functioned?!  Said no one.

These are examples of ONLY 2 of the more than 20,000 genes that provide you with a  wealth of information that could fill over one hundred volumes of encyclopedias. This same, insights that you too can glean about your unique instruction manual. Allow me to transition now to how National DNA Day can benefit LSHRM while once again looking to Mr. Franklin’s perspective of prevention.

Only five short years ago a company began to think outside the corporate wellness box and did a pilot with a DNA test for their employees. Since then The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) reported in 2018 that 18% of organizations offered genetic testing; a 6% increase from 2016.(5) Today as we celebrate National DNA Day, I encourage you to expand your understanding of genetics in your workplace wellness program to not one of disease, but of wellness and empowerment for your employees.  What would it look like if you followed suit with Aetna?  In 2016 Aetna saved $122/month per employee totaling $600,000! Not too shabby in bottom line savings and profit to Aetna.(6)  Although this is just a small chip at the $2.2 TRILLION annual loss, imagine what it could be should more companies peer through a different set of lenses just as Benjamin Franklin did as he viewed the Philadelphia fires of 1735, not from the fire’s perspective, but from the view of the dirty chimney...a fire waiting to ignite.

My position is not one to threaten GINA law, but to educate and empower you and your employees to own their own health.  Please hear me.  I am not a Pollyanna who expects the majority of your workforce to be standing in line to take advantage of this wellness opportunity because it’s not a quick fix. Empowerment takes desire, it takes time, it requires change in choices, and education is required. The truth is - people want results.  More people want wellness.  Increasing numbers of individuals are seeking solutions, often from a non-traditional frame. You, as the HR professional have the opportunity for a win-win-win – the benefit of offering your employees the opportunity to learn about themselves while having a healthier workforce in turn impacts your bottom line!

So, are you an outlier? 

“Outliers are those who have been given opportunities—and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.”

― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success. 

Today, I am offering you a new set of glasses…an opportunity to impact not only the life of your employee, but also the bottom line of your business’ P&L.  It is up to you if you will seize it.

DISCLAIMER: Deniece Krebs, CHC is a Certified Epigenetic Performance Coach, not a healthcare provider. No part of this has been evaluated by the FDA, neither Deniece nor this any part of this article is intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, heal, or cure disease. It is for educational purposes only. Please consult your healthcare provider.




Best Buddies Walk


This year's Best Buddies KY Friendship Walk will be held on Saturday, April 24th. Our Team is headed up by Tiffany Cardwell.  The Team Name is LSHRM 2021.  Our goal is to raise at least $500 total.

I would love for us to at least have 10 participants or more as well as to raise $1,000 or more for this year.

Here’s the link to our Team Page -  https://www.bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org/kentucky/myhq/#login&hq/team.

Sign and up to participate today!


Saturday, April 24, 2021


Virtual Option
9:15 AM: Live Stream via 
Facebook Live
9:30 AM: Walk with your family or team in your neighborhood; take lots of photos and tag us on Instagram or Facebook @BestBuddiesKY

In-Person Option
Official Celebratory Drive-Thru Parade at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, 3000 Freys Hill Rd, Louisville, KY 40241

9:15 AM: Opening Ceremonies via Facebook Live
9:30 AM: Drive-thru event begins! Participants will sign up for a time slot to ensure a smooth event, which will be emailed to registered participants 2 weeks before the event

After you attend the drive-thru, walk with your family or team in your neighborhood; take lots of photos and tag us on Instagram or Facebook @BestBuddiesKY


Safety.com Article

Coronavirus Workplace Safety

The current COVID-19 pandemic is uncharted territory for all of us. Currently, many employees are working from home but many others are beginning to return to their workplace at the request of their employers. This can be a stressful situation for all involved.

Safety.com has published a comprehensive article that can help workers navigate a safe return to the workplace and provides employers with helpful considerations for their employees.

You can view the guide here:

The topics covered include:

  • Important steps companies are implementing to ensure Safety
  • How companies can assist employees with physical limitations or are immunocompromised
  • Steps that employees can take to protect themselves


News Flash!!

If you’re a current LSHRM Member, please make sure your profile contact information is current so you don’t miss out on any of our upcoming events. If you’re not currently an LSHRM Member, I would highly encourage you to become one at https://lnkd.in/eR6rgES. It’s well worth the annual fee.

LSHRM is also looking for more sponsors for our upcoming events and meetings. Please reach out to our 2021 President Lisa Johnson if you’re interested.

Wellness Committee 2021 Planning Meeting:

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 7pm

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Meeting ID: 832 3914 4586
Passcode: 564609


Annetta L. Hunter, Commitee Chair

Tiffany Caldwell, Co-Chair

Leslie Scott, Co-Chair

Chad W. Barnes, Co-Chair

Bonnie Bowles, Co-Chair

Leah Jaynes, Co-Chair

Deniece Krebs, Co-Chair

Jon'a Joiner, Co-Chair



The LSHRM Wellness Committee would like to thank our sponsors and everyone who participates in our current events and we look forward to you joining us at all of our Wellness events in 2021

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