Many employers today are launching worksite wellness programs. But are these efforts truly wellness programs? Read on to see why they may not be. Within worksite wellness, I too often think we view issues as being either/or, rather than being inclusive. Most worksite wellness programs today are not about wellness at all, but rather improving the health status of individual employees.
While our attention is focused on employee health status, this does not mean we can’t also start to deliver wellness type programming and interventions as well. So what is the difference? While there are a number of wellness definitions available to consider, I will use the definition and model put forth by the National Wellness Institute (NWI). NWI defines wellness as “an active process through which people become aware of and make choices toward a more successful existence.” The NWI model of wellness consists of six, interconnected dimensions:
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