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HARC’s 3rd Annual Workplace Wellness Awards

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The Workplace Wellness Awards recognize exemplary workplaces that prioritize employee health and wellness and encourage others to do the same.The awards are open to organizations of all types—businesses, nonprofits, schools, and governmental agencies. HARC will present awards to four small organizations (1 – 100 employees) and four large organizations (101+ employees) in the following categories:
DOHC 2017 Grand Prize Winner

    1. Nutrition/Fitness/Health: e.g., walking clubs at work, healthy food options in vending machines, weight loss support groups, free health screenings, etc.
    2. Safety/Environment: e.g., safety training, safety equipment, reducing exposure to toxins, etc.
    3. Wellness/Mental-Health: e.g., flex-time policies, enhanced employee recognition, supportive supervisors, team-building, etc.
    4. Grand Prize Winner: exemplifies all three areas listed above.

As stated in HARC’s January 18th Press Release, “A healthy work-life balance reaps benefits for both the employer and the employee.” Annual Review of Public Health studies show workplace wellness benefits include increased productivity, decreased absenteeism, improved morale, decreased healthcare costs and decreased legal costs.

Awards Luncheon:

Classic Club
  • Date: June 7th, 2018
  • Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Place: Classic Club, 75200 Classic Club Blvd., Palm Desert, CA 92211 (Map & Directions)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark D. Agars

Dr. Mark d. Agars

Mark D. Agars, PhD

Dr. Agars is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for Child Development and Family Relations (ICDFR) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). He joined CSUSB in 1999 after earning his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology from Penn State University.

Dr. Agars is one of five core faculty in the M.S. I/O program at CSUSB. The program was recently ranked in the top 10% nationwide by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Currently, his primary research area is the work family interface. Dr. Agars directs the Work. Family. Life research lab, which conducts applied research on work and family issues with a specific focus on the factors that hinder or facilitate our ability to meet responsibilities in both family and work domains, as well as the impact that our efforts to meet these demands has on individual and family health. In addition, his work also examines work and family challenges among the population of workers living in poverty. His other research is in the area of gender and diversity in the workplace, with an emphasis on social-cognitive predictors of sexism and other experiences related to diversity. Dr. Agars has published over 25 articles and book chapters, given more than 70 presentations at national conferences, and numerous talks in industry and the community on work and family, diversity, and leadership.

Event features include:

Janet Zappala

Master of Ceremonies: Janet Zappala, KMIR-KPSE

Emmy award winning journalist, and co-anchor of the 5, 6 and 6:30 weeknight KMIR Newscasts.
Also a Certified Nutritional Consultant, Janet is the Your Health Matters producer/reporter, offering health and wellness reports three nights a week on KMIR and KPSE.

  • A resource fair with vendor booths before and after the luncheon.
  • A three course luncheon:
    1. House salad with field greens, raspberries, candied walnuts, goat cheese and champagne vinaigrette (served with assorted rolls and butter).
    2. Pan seared chicken breast with mozzarella, tomato and avocado; Gratin potatoes and seasonal vegetables (Vegetarian option: Garden Quiche – Spinach, mushrooms and caramelized onions served with a Bellatrix salad).
    3. Meyer lemon layer cake with raspberry coulis for dessert.
  • Take-home materials featuring recommendations and resources for improving health and wellness in the workplace.

At the luncheon on June 7th you will meet some of the best workplaces in the Coachella Valley.

This year’s nominees are:

  • ACE Hotel & Swim Club
  • Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
  • Communities for a New California Education Fund – Coachella Valley
  • Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG)
  • Coachella Valley Water District
  • Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.)
  • Desert Best Friend’s Closet
  • Desert Cancer Foundation
  • Desert Medical Imaging
  • El Sol
  • Emergency Management Department, County of Riverside
  • Friends of the Desert Mountains
  • Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
  • JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
  • MSA Consulting, Inc.
  • Renova Energy
  • Shelter From The Storm, Inc.
  • The City of Indian Wells

Platinum Sponsor:

Desert Oasis Healthcare

Gold Sponsor:

The Desert Sun Media Group

Silver Sponsors:

Alpha Care Medical Group

College of the Desert 60 years

Bronze Sponsor:

Desert Health

RAP Foundation


  • Aetna
  • AVID Physical Therapy
  • CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
  • MSA Consulting, Inc.
  • UCR School of Medicine