The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is in Indiana this week as part of a nationwide effort to encourage a healthier work force. Health and Wellness Program Director Jeff Lundy says Friday’s "Health Means Business" forum will focus on how Indiana can build on its strong business rankings by addressing health risks, including smoking and obesity. Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) Chief Executive Officer Carl Chapman will keynote the event.

The event is set for Friday, February 5 from 7:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Westin Indianapolis. Indianapolis is one of several cities hosting a forum. Others include Los Angeles, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Fort Worth, Memphis and Cleveland.

Lundy says Indiana makes a good "test case" for the health strategies that will be discussed at the forum, since the state has high business climate rankings, but struggles in many health categories. He says companies can invest time and money in programs ranging from health education to employee health competition.

In addition to Lundy and Chapman, speakers at Friday’s forum include:

Indiana Economic Development Corp. President Jim Schellinger
Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams
Ball State University Economist Michael Hicks
Indiana Pacers Community Relations Manager Richard Smith

You can see a full list of speakers and the forum’s agenda by clicking here.

Lundy says Indiana makes for an interesting “test case” for the strategies that will be presented at the forum.