Breaking the Myth that Stress Builds Productivity in the Workplace: HeartMath to Present Research Findings at the 35th Annual National Wellness Conference

Boulder Creek, California — July 19, 2010 – The myth prevails that stress is what makes people work hard, that if you reduce stress you will reduce productivity: that managing emotions is a soft lower priority compared to improving other biometrics and performance indicators. According to HeartMath experts, the facts are quite opposite. Stress and depression cost more than poor exercise, diet or smoking. Stress is the most significant risk in driving absenteeism and workers compensation claims. Bruce Cryer, CEO and President of HeartMath LLC, will be presenting at the 35TH Annual National Wellness Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, on July 17-22, 2010. Cryer will explain the physiology of the stress and reveal important data demonstrating the impact that stress has on health and performance.

On Wednesday, July 21, join Bruce Cryer from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, for a compelling presentation titled, Managing Stress to Facilitate Performance and Decrease Health Care Costs followed by an interactive discussion with attendees. The presentation will cover the science of stress and its effect on performance and health costs. Cryer will explain the physiology of the stress response, how stress and different emotional states affect the autonomic nervous system, the hormonal and immune systems, the heart and brain, and how this impacts health and performance and can cascade into disease.

Two impressive case studies showing significant improvements in health, well-being and health cost trends will also be part of this presentation. Attendees will learn about how innovative stress technology combined with tools that build care and collaboration are producing significant cost saving results.

Bruce Cryer will be joined by Woody Bedell, the Former Director of Benefits for The Reformed Church in America (RCA). RCA employed HeartMath when they observed a significant deterioration in clergy health and subsequent increase in health claims. The clergy group went from being one of the healthiest groups in the RCA organization to one of the least healthy in thirty years. The alarming increases in heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and depression all pointed to stress as a major factor in this groups decline.

Cryer and Bedell will share the impressive actuarial analysis results which show significant improvements in the clergy health as well as the dramatic cost savings that the RCA organization is now benefitting from. The analysis findings project that benefits will continue to trend lower for program participants, generating significant savings to accrue year after year.

HeartMath ROI-driven programs are based on 18 years of published research that demonstrate a critical link between emotions, heart function and cognitive performance. Their programs are providing benefits to individuals as well as employers, and building resilience on both personal and organizational levels. Employers have reported a significant drop in turnover rates, higher employee satisfaction and more productivity from HeartMath-trained workers as well as a considerable increase in the company bottom line due to lower health care costs, less absenteeism and greater presenteeism (being present and productive on the job).

The 35th Annual National Wellness Conference “Wellness Solutions that Work NOW: Best Outcomes Through Innovation, Caring, and Collaboration” happens July 17-22, 2010 and is open to all wellness professionals to learn about and participate in “best practices” learning opportunities and intensive skill-building programs.

Conference attendees can also learn more about HeartMath by visiting booth #3 where HeartMath representatives will be available to answer questions. For additional information about HeartMath visit their website at

About HeartMath®: HeartMath LLC ( is a cutting-edge performance company providing a range of unique services and programs, products, and technology to improve health and well-being, while dramatically reducing stress and boosting performance and productivity. HeartMath clinical studies have demonstrated the critical link between emotions, heart function, and cognitive performance. HeartMath studies have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Stress Medicine, Preventive Cardiology ,the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Selected organizational clients include Stanford Business School, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, Duke Medical Center, NASA, the Veterans Administration, as well as numerous hospital systems and thousands of health professionals around the world.

About National Wellness Institute (NWI): NWI ( was formed in 1977 to realize the mission of providing health promotion and wellness professionals unparalleled resources and services that fuel professional and personal growth — the Conference is a “wellness immersion” built upon the premise that professional development and personal growth are interdependent and should be enhanced equally. It is a place where messages for hope, peace, and optimal living are shared with a unique blend of people from all walks of life. Inspiring and rewarding, participants leave with the tools for change. For information about conference registration email Mandy at mandi(at)


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