Why Blue Zones Offers a Better Solution to Poor Employee Health Than Workplace Wellness

“What can you expect in a Blue Zone community? Better health, greater civic engagement, lower healthcare costs, happier citizens.” That’s a claim from Blue Zones’ Website, which rings true, unlike similar claims from clinically oriented workplace wellness programs. (Blue Zones is a movement to help people live longer, better lives.) If you’re getting that uneasy,…

Wellness Programs of the Future Will NOT Include These 3 Common Practices

The following three items have been the “tripod” of wellness programs for years. They’re not working. Extrinsic Incentives (employees as Pavlov’s dog) Biometric Screenings (practicing bad medicine at work) Health Risk Appraisals (often inaccurate, always irrelevant) These following two goals have been the justification of workplace wellness programs for almost 30 years. They’re not being…

Do Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs Work? A Whale of a Tale

Just a couple weeks ago I posted this epic guidance: “8 Ways to Debunk Wellness and Health Promotion Research Papers.” It obviously rocked the world of the scientific health-publishing community. Since then, editorial review boards of respected research journals in the population and workplace-health fields have called emergency meetings. The boards admitted a need for more…

CPR for Dysfunctional Workplace Cultures — and Why You Should Never Name a Restaurant “Heimlich’s”

Many years ago my wife and I were attending a small wedding rehearsal dinner at a popular local restaurant. The groom suddenly stopped eating, looked wide-eyed, and displayed all the symptoms of having his windpipe plugged. He couldn’t even breathe in to make a noise. A couple nearby people tried to assist him but with…