Higher Health Symposium draws attendees, media coverage

Rob Karwath | April 23, 2016

Northwestern's Higher Health Symposium drew hundreds of participants as well as coverage from Twin Cities TV stations for coach Jerry Kill's speech.

The first Higher Health Symposium at Northwestern Health Sciences University drew hundreds of attendees as well as coverage from two Twin Cities TV stations.

All came to the daylong event on the Bloomington campus to hear health professionals share research findings and best practices for improving workplace health, as well as the keynote speech from former University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill.

Kill shared details of his personal health struggle, most notably his public battle with epilepsy that prompted his decision to leave the high-pressure world of college football coaching last year. He now spends time working with individuals and groups talking about the importance of protecting and maintaining good health. He continues to consult for college football programs.

His messasge at the symposium included advocacy for employers to do more in partnership with their employees to ensure good health. Such efforts benefit employees but also can help a company's overall health-care spending by focusing on lower-cost and more effective preventative measures.

See coverage of the Higher Health Symposium and coach Kill's speech by clicking here.

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