September 20th “Case Study: Transforming Lives at Dart Container”

By: Michigan Wellness Council

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Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017


8:00 am –  Registration, continental breakfast and networking.

8:30 am – Meeting, featuring a case study “Transforming Lives at Dart” by Pam Harb, Corporate Wellness Manager, Dart Container

10:00 am – Program adjourn


Presentation Objectives:

Thermoforming, an engineering process used at Dart to produce cups, begins with simple plastic beads. Energy is then used to heat that plastic in order to transform those beads into our great products —- not unlike our wellness program!

Dart Container’s wellness program has transformed unhealthy individuals into happier, healthier employees who look forward to coming to work each day. They started out simply, by offering a walking path, and have transformed the environment by adding a fitness center, gymnasium, indoor and outdoor volleyball courts, play areas, and a Café for healthy eating.  This presentation will outline the DART model used to empower our employees to take charge of their lives by Defining guidelines, encouraging Action, Rewarding continual improvement and Transforming together.


Participants will:

Define Guidelines:

  • Reduce absenteeism by reducing health risk factors–Keep healthy people healthy; Preventive Care; Manage chronic conditions; Minimize and/or prevent future episodes-Get in front of future claims

Encourage Action:

  • Change the environment; Increase production; Exercise/Physical Activity/Standing Desks; Manage the total population-tailor to the employee’s needs

Reward Continual Improvement:

  • Incentives for healthy behavior; Be proactive, not reactive

Transform Together:

  • “Cup-tivating” Health- online educational program; Communication


Location: BCBS Lyon Meadows, Conference Center: Aqua – Conference Room A, 53200 Grand River Ave, New Hudson, MI 48165


Registration (link):

$30 advance registration (members); $40 (non-members) – become a member

$35 registration on the day of the event (members); $45 (non-members)

Michigan Wellness Council (MWC) is a nonprofit whose vision is the health and wellbeing of Michigan employers will be the best in the nation and mission is to inspire implementation of leading workplace wellness strategies through thought-leadership and education.

Contact: Rita Patel