Stevens Point, WI: The National Wellness Institute (NWI), during its annual National Wellness Conference in Orlando, Florida on June 27-29, recognized eight exceptional individuals and one organization for their significant contributions to the wellness community. The 2022 NWI award recipients include:

NWI Halbert L. Dunn Wellness Award: Dr. Jerome Adams

Named after the author of High-Level Wellness and the “father of the wellness movement,” this most prestigious annual NWI award is regarded as one of the highest honors in the health promotion and wellness fields. Recipients of the award have shown a dedication to wellness over the course of their lifetime, making many significant contributions, and offering leadership that has furthered the field of wellness. This year’s honoree, Dr. Adams, has been a leader and advocate for high-level wellness for years, as an Anesthesiologist for a Federally Qualified Health Center, to his work as Commissioner for the Indiana Health Department, to being named the 20th United States Surgeon General, and now his work as Executive Director of Health Equity for Purdue University.  A true leader with a strong vision, Dr. Adam’s call to action on Community Health for Economic Prosperity during his tenure as Surgeon General remains one of the most important actions our society must embrace.

The William B. Baun Lifetime Achievement Award: Joel Bennett, PhD, CWP

The William B. Baun Lifetime Achievement Award is named after the late Bill Baun, one of the most dedicated industry champions and volunteer leaders of NWI. This year’s award recipient, Joel Bennett, is an NWI-Certified Wellness Practitioner who has been deeply involved with NWI for many years as a speaker, promoter, leader, board member, and educator.  He is the founder of Organizational Wellness and Learning Systems and is a highly sought out trainer and speaker.  Dr. Bennett is a model for what this prestigious award symbolizes.

Circle of Leadership Inductees:

NWI’s Circle of Leadership award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of wellness and efforts that support the mission of NWI. The 2022 inductees of the Circle of Leadership are:

Amy Allison, MS, CWP:  Assistant Director Health Promotion at Texas Woman’s University
Ellen Kocher, MA, PCC, NBC-HWC: Founder and Consultant – Whealthness: Geneva, Switzerland
Michele Mariscal, PhD, CPTD:  Grief Recovery Specialist – EnergyM
Eddie Moore Jr., PhD: Founder and Program Director – TPI
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Emerging Wellness Professional Award: Kimberly Albertson

NWI recognizes professionals in the industry who are emerging as leaders of the profession.  The 2022 Emerging Professional Award recipient is Kimberly Albertson, who is a Sr. Analyst and Health Coach for Aetna. Ms. Albertson was selected for demonstrating leadership in the industry and commitment to innovation. She specializes in social marketing, health coaching, and project management at Aetna.

NWI Multicultural Competency Award: Mark Campbell, PhD, CWP

Dr. Campbell is nationally known for his work in the field of performance psychology, specifically with managing different types of adversity. He has a passion for using his experience and expertise to help improve performance in all areas of life. Mark was the Master Trainer and Lead for the U.S. Army’s performance psychology program, focusing his efforts on Army Medicine and Wounded Warrior care. He also served as a Senior Subject Matter Expert helping Senior Government/Military officials from 14 allied nations create wellness and performance-based programs for their wounded warrior populations.

About the National Wellness Institute (NWI)

The National Wellness Institute (NWI) serves as the worldwide voice of the wellness community by providing professional development and engagement opportunities that drive multidimensional, multicultural, high-level wellness strategies. Our Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) designation is the industry standard for global wellness leaders and is derived from the evidence-based Wellness Promotion Competency domains and rooted in the Six Dimensions of Wellness.