Designing a Health Promotion Program

Five reasons to have a wellness program

1   The U.S. spends more dollars on healthcare than any other nation yet we are not the world’s healthiest

o  Largely sedentary

o  Use of tobacco is still popular

o  Stress is at epidemic levels (WHO)

o  Alcohol continues to take its toll on Americans

2   Much of the illness in the United States is preventable

o  Tobacco and alcohol are leading causes of death

o  As much as 70 percent of the cost of health care is driven by avoidable illness

3   Health Care costs continue to rise

o  Healthcare premiums continue to rise and to be passed on to the employee

o  Health Care cost are usually the number one benefit cost to most companys

4   The workplace is an ideal establishing to address health and well being

o  Most American Citizens work

o  Poor health habits take a toll on American business

o  Corporations have a vested interest in health related issues.

5   Research validates that health promotion programs can improve health, save money, and even produce a Return On Investment (ROI).

o  Aldana,S.G. (1998). Financial impact of corporate health promotion and methodological quality of the evidence.  The Art of Wellness. Vol 2, Number 1.

o  Wilson, M.G. (1996). A extensive review of the effects of employee wellness on health related outcomes –  an update.  The American Journal of wellness. Vol 10, Number 6.

o  Wilson, M.G. (1996). A comprehensive review of the effects of corporate health promotion on health related outcomes –  an update.  The American Journal of wellness. Vol 11, Number 2.

o  Chapman, L.S. Proof Positive –  an analysis of the cost-effectiveness of corporate health promotion. 3rd ed. Seattle –  Summex Company, 1996.

o  Pelletier, K.R. A review of the health and cost-effective outcomes studies of comprehensive wellness and illness avoidance programs at the worksite –  1993-1995 Update.  The American Journal of Health and Promotion. Vol. 10, Number 5.

Key Components of a Wellness Program

Physical Wellness – Focuses on the development, maintenance, or betterment of one’s fitness

Sample Physical Wellness Programs / Workshops

o  Annual medical screening

o  Regular physical activity

o  Good safety habits

Emotional Wellness – Focuses on all aspects of mental fitness

Sample Emotional Health Promotion Programs / Seminars

o  Stress management workshops

o  Dealing with aging

o  Addictive behaviors

o  Parenting

Financial Wellness – Focuses on improving the quality of life of staff by assisting families and individuals in becoming financially stable

Sample Financial Health Promotion Programs / Workshops

o  Financial management

o  Savings and Investing

o  Credit and Purchasing

o  Insurance and Estate Planning

Spiritual Wellness – Focuses on promoting a healthy inner self

Sample Spiritual Health Promotion Programs / Seminars

o  Be certain to encourage daily devotional readings

o  Give regular service opportunities

o  Give a daily/weekly/monthly chapel (meditation) time during work hours

Nutritional Wellness – Will meet the needs of the personnel through group and individual nutritional services

Sample Nutritional Health Promotion Programs / Seminars

o  Individual nutritional Assessment

o  Individual and group counseling

o  Educational classes

o  Weight loss health promotion programs


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