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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
12:00 pm1:00 pm

"Designing Wellness Incentive Programs: What's Intrinsic Motivation Got to Do With It?"

Incentives are an integral part of most worksite health promotion programs. There is extensive research that demonstrates that incentives increase participation in short-term behavior. But do incentives drive long-term behavior change, the type of change needed to sustain healthy lifestyles? This session will focus on the elements of incentive programs, what the research says on how incentives works, how intrinsic and extrinsic motivation interact, and trends in worksite health promotion incentive design.
Learning Objectives: (Participants will be able to:)
• Identify types of incentives
• Understand the impact incentives have on motivation
• Understand trends in worksite health promotion incentive design.

Mari Ryan, CEO and founder of AdvancingWellness, is an expert in worksite well-being. She leverages over 30 years of business experience in various marketing, consulting and executive roles across a variety of different industries. For the past decade, Ms. Ryan has been creating healthier businesses and impacting the lives of employees, through her consulting work and speaking on worksite well-being. Mari earned a Bachelor Degree from Lesley University, an MBA from Boston University, a Master’s degree in Health Promotion from Nebraska Methodist College, and is a certified Worksite Wellness Consultant. She is the founder and former Board Chair of the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Health Promotion Advocates. She serves on the Advisory Board for Global Women 4 Wellbeing. Mari is an active member of the National Speakers Association. Mari is the author of The Thriving Hive: How People-Centric Organizations Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results.
Learn more about Mari and AdvancingWellness at

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