Could Wellness Programs Work Better As Part of a Financial Literacy Program?

If a foundation gave me a grant to take a first grade class, follow them through high school, and either teach them. . .

1. Money management
2. How to live a healthful life

I’d pick money management.

Health statisticians and social justice groups seem to agree that the wealthier people are, the healthier they are. Then they go onto explain why − which usually includes that the wealthier have better access to quality health care, they’re able to afford more nutritious foods, and have more available time to dedicate to maintaining a positive lifestyle. All true.

Turn Serious Health Communication Topics Seriously Funny to Make Them More Effective

A little humor can be the spoon full of sugar to help a health topic go down easier for your wellness program audience. Consider adding funny elements to your wellness newsletter, calendar, posters, and other health communications.

Humor in health communications can:

  • Get readers’ attentions
  • Increase interest in topics
  • Ease anxiety
  • Emphasize key points or messages
  • Distract people from thinking about counter arguments
  • Make messages more memorable

The Head Wellness Coach’s Winning Strategy For A Championship Program, Step I of 2

Athletic metaphors about business and life seem ingrained in our collective psyche. “Three yards and a cloud of dust. . . win one for the Gipper. . . just do it!” Stuff like that. So it was with little surprise that the term “Coach” found its way into wellness nomenclature.

Taking on the temporary role of Head Wellness
Coach, I’d like to share a simple but powerful strategy that may change the way you think about the game of wellness.

Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the term “wellness” was just starting to be used. There was a lot of talk about “Superior Wellness and Superior Health.” Meaning health and wellness should not just be the absence of disease but a life in full motion.

 Back in the early 1980s the vision for wellness
could be summed up by these 3 goals:

#1. For individuals to achieve the full realization of mind, body, and spirit potential.
#2  To stop the progression of disease and instead make health a norm for life.
#3. For employers, wellness was to be a promise of great workplace cultures, high productivity, competitive advantage, and full engagement.

That’s the Wellness Game Plan I signed up for, back in the day.

My mentor and Coach was Louis C. Robbins, MD. See 5 Lessons From One of America’s Greatest Pioneers of Wellness and Health Promotion. He was always conscious about the difference between Primary Prevention (offense) and Secondary Prevention (defense).

He wanted health educators to strategically and consciously manage educational content and programs with a balanced attack. He knew the nation could easily get caught playing defense against diseases. And that playing defense all the time uses up too much time, energy, and resources.

The Wellness Team Locker Room

Think of the blue and green area of the infographic as your “offensive unit.” And the yellow and red areas as your “defensive unit.” A big weakness in many Workplace Wellness Game Plans are that they’re too heavily weighted in secondary prevention. We’re playing too much defense. We’ve got to get back on offense.

We’ve morphed workplaces into rehabilitation clinics for the members of our team on the injured reserve list. We’re stuck in a rut with injured players and absent offensive units. Can you imagine any team without an offense? I’ve seen a lot of workplaces that have “wellness” programs that do not have one aspect of primary prevention (lifestyle improvement) in their arsenal. All defense, and not one offensive tactic, in the play book. That’s a recipe for a losing season.

The Head Wellness Coach’s Winning Strategy For A Championship Program, Step 2 of 2

OK team, listen up! Here’s Step II of a two-step game plan for building your free Workplace Wellness program.

In Step I, we covered the importance of fighting disease with a good Secondary Prevention Defense. And we covered how to put some positive lifestyle points on the board, with a powerful Primary Prevention Offense.

Then we showed you how to access the full talent in your locker room, and how to add that new horsepower to your game.

In Step II, we’ll cover the importance of using the entire field of play. The more you utilize all the assets available to you, the more you expand and elevate your game.