Wellness: What you need to know

In this age of skyrocketing healthcare costs, it isn't surprising that wellness is a topic of discussion at home, in our schools, at all levels of government, and in the workplace. There is evidence that an effective workplace wellness program will result in a healthy return--both in terms of employee productivity and reduced healthcare costs. However, in order to realize this return, employers must make sure wellness programs are well-focused and well-executed. In other words, wellness programs must target the health concerns of employees and their families. In addition, the company must communicate with employees about the program and its benefits to make sure it is being used effectively.

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Workplace wellness program offerings may vary, from simple things such as discounts in membership fees at health clubs and in weight loss programs to specific help with managing chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. As with any workplace program, employers must consider federal and state laws when setting up a workplace wellness program.

The National Wellness Institute defines "wellness" as "an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence." Wellness is intentional—it is a choice people make when they decide to be well. Therefore, workplace wellness programs exist to encourage and assist employees in taking steps to be well.

Wellness Encompasses All Aspects of Life

The concept of wellness encompasses every aspect of our lives. In 1979, Dr. Bill Hettler, cofounder of the National Wellness Institute (http://www.nationalwellness.org), developed a model called The Six Dimensions of Wellness, which is generally accepted by the wellness ...

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