Workplace wellness started as a fitness movement 30 years ago (Association for Fitness in Business). But empty workplace fitness centers and low numbers of employees exercising indicated a need to become more comprehensive in approach. By the mid-1990s HRAs started becoming the foundation of workplace wellness programs. And because comprehensive wellness programs claimed to be able to reduce healthcare costs, tremendous pressure remains to make sure that is actually happening.
It feels like the wellness profession is where the medical profession was in the 19th century ̶ before it was aware germs existed. It’s like we’re learning, but still missing something important that will soon be obvious.