Healthy County Boot Camp

February 8 - 10, 2023

Embassy Suites Denton Convention Center Hotel
3100 Town Center Trail
Denton, TX 76201

Registration is closed.

(In-person or online)

For more information, contact your Wellness Consultant, Rachel Kucera or Megan West at (800) 456-5974.

Join us Feb. 8-10 for Healthy County Boot Camp where wellness industry experts and your peers will share powerful tips, strategies and resources you can use to help county officials and employees lead healthier lives.

Great at-work wellness programs are built with workplace culture in mind. They raise employees up, helping them meet their individual potential and increase the capabilities of the whole organization. Counties that embrace wellness see increased employee productivity, improved morale and stronger workplace loyalty. A healthier lifestyle translates into lower absenteeism, lower health care costs and fewer workers’ compensation claims.

What is a hybrid event?
A hybrid event is a conference that combines an in-person event with a virtual component. That means you can join us at the Embassy Suites in Denton, or you can join from the comfort of your office through a virtual conference platform.

Registration
This conference is provided complimentary for members of TAC's Health and Employee Benefits Pool but is open to all who wish to attend.

Members of TAC HEBP Free
Non-pool member county $100

NOTE: All participants (online and in-person) must register by January 10 to receive conference giveaway.

Virtual attendees who join at least 80% or more of sessions will receive a boot camp jacket. Jackets will be mailed following the conference.

TAC HEBP will reimburse the following expenses for attendance of two people per county:

  • Two-night stay at the Embassy Suites hotel, up to $149 per night for single/double occupancy; and
  • Travel expenses (airline, mileage, cab fare or car rental at airport), up to $300. Mileage will be calculated from the county seat to the conference hotel.

Note: There is no reimbursement for meals. Most meals will be provided during the training. Valet parking is not reimbursable.

Receipts for lodging and airfare are required.
Only members of TAC’s Health & Employee Benefits Pool are eligible for reimbursement.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center Hotel
3100 Town Center Trail
Denton, TX 76201

Call the hotel at (940) 243-3799 to reserve your room or book online here.

Single/Double rate:  $149
*Rates do not include tax

Self-parking is complimentary.

Conference rate is offered, based on the hotel's availability, through Jan. 19.  Reservations made after this date are subject to the hotel's prevailing rate.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
3-5 p.m. Registration Open
5-6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Thursday, Feb. 9
6:30-7 a.m.

Fitness Activities:

Outdoor Activity: Run/Walk

Indoor Activity: Resistance Band Training

7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration Open
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast (provided)
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:45-10 a.m.

Opening Keynote General Session: A Great Team L.E.A.D.S. with Courage, Connection, and Compassion
Speaker: Dr. Joelle Hood, Thriving YOUniversity

Pulling weeds does not grow gardens. If we want our employees and organizations to flourish, we need to cultivate the environment in ways that cause people to bloom. Using research-based principles and strategies from the fields of Positive Psychology, Social Psychology, Leadership, and Emotional Intelligence, in this highly active and engaging session, participants will learn the fundamentals of leading with courage, connection, and compassion and how to use those superpowers to create a culture in which both individuals and the organization can thrive.

Framework: A Great Leader L.E.A.D.S.

  • Leans in to build belonging and trust
  • Engages employees’ purpose
  • Appreciates and acknowledges all stakeholders
  • Demonstrates empathy and compassion
  • Shows up with intentional presence
10-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:15 a.m.

The Data Driven Way to Navigate Improved Health & Fitness
Speakers: Stacey Bruington, Wellness Consultant, Texas Association of Counties (TAC)
Carrye Chen, Wellness Program Administrator, TAC

Attendees will learn how to improve overall health and enhance physical fitness levels. Coordinators and Sponsors will gain access to data to:

  • Support wellness initiatives
  • Improve program engagement
  • Leverage leadership buy-in
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)
Noon-12:30 p.m. Awards Presentation
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Territory Breakout Sessions

Need to Know: Coordinator Orientation
Speakers: Ms. Stacey Bruington, Wellness Consultant, TAC
Ms. Shameria Davis, Wellness Consultant, TAC
Ms. Biral Patel, Wellness Consultant, TAC
Ms. Ashley Whitfield, Wellness Consultant, TAC
Mr. Mark Zollitsch, Wellness Consultant, TAC

During this session, wellness coordinators and sponsors will learn their roles and responsibilities, share ideas, and interact with fellow coordinators in their territory, and discuss the wellness consulting services available to TAC Healthy County members.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about the role and responsibility of a Healthy County Wellness Coordinator.
  • Learn about the 2023 Healthy County program.
  • Identify the new programs, services, and benefits provided by TAC HEBP.
1:30-2 p.m. Walk and Talk Movement Break
2-3 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

You're Not Crazy! Can We Tell You How We Know?
Speakers: Jonathan Collander, Employee Benefits Consultant, TAC
Shameria Davis, Wellness Consultant, TAC

We need to eliminate the continued usage of the word “crazy” in relationship to mental illnesses. Attendees will learn how mental illnesses are affecting the Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool (TAC HEBP) and will be presented with compelling data on the positive progress of treatment options to:

  • Appreciate the historical evolution of mental illnesses and treatment.
  • Differentiate mental health practitioner options.
  • Identify care options covered by TAC HEBP in local communities.

Healthy Workplace, Healthy Life: How to Create a Culture of Wellness at Work
Speakers: Halie Bever, HR Consultant, TAC
Biral Patel, Wellness Consultant, TAC

Wellness is a lifelong journey that encompasses one’s personal and professional life. Workplace leaders can establish a culture of wellness to support employees’ mental and physical health. Health policies and programs can help increase employee productivity, boost morale, and decrease healthcare costs.

Attendees in this session will:

  • Learn the importance of workplace wellness culture.
  • Discuss best practices that can promote a culture of wellness.
  • Learn how to implement policies and procedures that support a healthy lifestyle.

Show those Pearly Whites: Discover the Surprising Connection between Dental and Physical Health
Speaker: Mark Zollitsch, Wellness Consultant, TAC

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the primary connection between dental and physical health.
  • Identify at least three diseases that can be caused or exacerbated by poor dental health.
  • Identify at least two strategies people can use to significantly improve their dental health.
3-3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:15-4:15 p.m.

A Great Team L.E.A.D.S.: A Deeper Dive
Speaker: Dr. Joelle Hood, Thriving YOUniversity

In this highly engaging session, participants will walk away with more insights about how an intentional focus on belonging, purpose, appreciation, and empathy can boost staff engagement, productivity, and well-being. Participants will learn research-based strategies they can implement immediately to help themselves and their teams feel more connected, engaged, and empowered to do the meaningful work that is so needed at this time.

4:30-5 p.m. Indoor Fitness Activity: Hula Hoop Activity
6-9 p.m. Evening Event at Andy B's (dinner is provided)
Friday, Feb 10
6:30-7 a.m.

Fitness Activities:

Outdoor Activity: Run/Walk

Indoor Activity: Yoga & Meditation

7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Registration Open
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast (provided)
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

You're Not Crazy! Can We Tell You How We Know?
Speakers: Jonathan Collander, Employee Benefits Consultant, TAC
Shameria Davis, Wellness Consultant, TAC

We need to eliminate the continued usage of the word "crazy" in relationship to mental illnesses. Attendees will learn how mental illnesses are affecting TAC HEBP and will be presented with compelling data on the positive progress of treatment options to:

  • Appreciate the historical evolution of mental illnesses and treatment.
  • Differentiate mental health practitioner options.
  • Identify care options covered by TAC HEBP in local communities. 

Healthy Workplace, Healthy Life: How to Create a Culture of Wellness at Work
Speakers: Halie Bever, HR Consultant, TAC
Biral Patel, Wellness Consultant, TAC

Wellness is a lifelong journey that encompasses one’s personal and professional life. Workplace leaders can establish a culture of wellness to support employees’ mental and physical health. Health policies and programs can help increase employee productivity, boost morale, and decrease healthcare costs.

Attendees in this session will:

  • Learn the importance of workplace wellness culture.
  • Discuss best practices that can promote a culture of wellness.
  • Learn how to implement policies and procedures that support a healthy lifestyle.

Show those Pearly Whites: Discover the Surprising Connection between Dental and Physical Health
Speaker: Mark Zollitsch, Wellness Consultant, TAC

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the primary connection between dental and physical health.
  • Identify at least three diseases that can be caused or exacerbated by poor dental health.
  • Identify at least two strategies people can use to significantly improve their dental health.
9:30-10 a.m. Break
10-11:15 a.m.

Closing Keynote Session: Suffer from Burnout? Give 'em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!
Speaker: Mark Yarbrough

Burnout affects millions of Americans each year and has been called "the disease of our civilization." The unhappiness and detachment burnout causes can threaten your job, relationships and health. But there’s good news – burnout can be healed. Participants will learn the definition of burnout and the symptoms thereof. But more importantly, attendees will be laughing and at the same time learning how to apply Mark’s F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy to help themselves or their co-workers avoid and/or recover from burnout.

Attendees will:

  • Learn the definition of burnout.
  • Identify the symptoms of burnout.
  • Apply the F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy to help avoid and/or recover from burnout.
11:15-11:45 a.m. Closing Remarks and Adjourn
11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Box Lunch Served

*Agenda subject to change

Application has been made for continuing education hours. Please check back for approval updates.

Continuing Education Type In-Person Hours Virtual Hours
Attorneys (MCLE) Not Approved by State Bar of Texas MCLE Division Not Approved by State Bar of Texas MCLE Division
CPA/Auditors 7.5 7.5
Commissioners 7.5 7.5
County and District Clerks 11.25 11.25
County Judges Not Approved by Texas Judicial Academy Not Approved by Texas Judicial Academy
Justice of the Peace Not Approved by Texas Justice Courts Training Center Not Approved by Texas Justice Courts Training Center
Sheriffs & Constables 9.75 Not Approved by TCOLE
Tax Assessor-Collectors 7.50 7.50
Treasurers Not Approved by Treasurers Association Not Approved by Treasurers Association
PHRs & SPHRs 7.50 7.50
Purchasing Agents 7.50 7.50

All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing 72 hours prior to training. Please contact Megan West to cancel your registration.

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