Murray Harber-Executive Director-MS Business Group on Health discusses the benefits of workplace health initiatives.


The Rotary Club of Jackson

October 15, 2018



The Rotary Club of Jackson was pleased to welcome Murray Harber, Executive Director-Mississippi Business Group on Health.


President Neddie Winters, President of Mission Mississippi, called the meeting to order. David Raddin of Valic Financial Advisors, gave the opening prayer. Ted Jackson of Stephens Investment Banking led the pledge of allegiance and Neddie led the 4-way test. Mike Pepper-ED of MS Road Builders greeted and acknowledged the visiting Rotarians and guests.


Seated at the head table included Silas McCharen of Daniel, Coker, Horton and Bell; Deidra Bell of St. Dominic Health Services; Robert Sheely of Sheely and Associates and Alasdair Roe of Vigilant Health who introduced our speaker.


Leroy Walker, chairperson of the Salvation Army committee gave a brief update on the bell ringing campaign.


Jewell Hillery gave a brief update of the Piney Woods School and Investor’s Day on October 19th.


Tom Johnson acknowledged and thanked Mason Williams and Scott Day for their help and work with the Dictionary Project.


Murray Harber is a thought leader in human performance and employer health management. He writes for several business publications and speaks across the country on employer health, value-based benefit design and athletic development. His experience includes being a strength and conditioning coach to collegiate and Olympic athletes, managing corporate fitness centers, directing large employer wellness programs and focuses on improving community health.

The Mississippi Business Group on Health is creating change in Mississippi in how employers are treating health-related investments and the costs for which they produce. A focus on the total value which includes quality of care, satisfaction, improvement of health and moderating costs.

Mr. Harber and MBGH’s primary focus is on “Health in the Workplace” and creating an environment in the workplace where businesses embrace a culture of health. The goal is to connect day to day activities to health benefits. Mr. Harber gave statistics that show overall health is tied 50% to lifestyle, 20% to environment, 20% to genetics and only 10% to healthcare availability. The statistics show that while healthcare is needed for treatment of illness and disease, more productivity can be gleaned from keeping healthy people healthy and that starts with employers providing the means for overall health and well-being. Mr. Harber defined well-being as physical health, financial health, emotional health, social connectedness, purpose and sense of community.

Mississippi is nationally ranked towards the bottom of the scale in terms of health and well-being, but is beginning to move the numbers in the right directions. In order to continue to improve, employers must look at the options for their employees and embraces choices that improve overall well-being. Mr. Harber gave examples employers can so in their workplaces such as, mindful cafeterias, healthy vending, farmer’s markets in the workplace, cooking demonstrations, safe walking routes, ergonomics and wellness breaks. All of these suggestions promote healthy lifestyles and drive down the cost of healthcare and insurance premiums.

Mr. Harber wrapped up with a quote from Lou Holtz, "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."