Health & Wellbeing: A resource to recharge your soul

Check out this fantastic little book, “Stuff You Already Know… And Everybody Should,” by my friend, former co-worker, and all-around great person, Gina DeLapa.

I’ve been handing out the book like ripe zucchinis. It’s funny, like tip #371: “Even if you live to be ninety, try not to use the word ‘ointment.’” And solid ones like tip #55: “Don’t let anyone fall in love with your potential. The right person will love you for you.”

Organizational Health and Wellbeing: 50 books & 15 blog sites that are changing everything

Every once in a while, people from the real world contact me to talk over something they read in one of my blogs. Basically they want to know, “How do you come up with this stuff?” and “Where can I learn more?” As you may know by now, I disagree with about 90% of everything workplace wellness currently stands for. Just can’t stand it. Drives me nuts.

Some days, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. If you’re giving a graduation speech (speaker requirements are beyond my grade level), may I suggest you share this insight: When life seems so absurd and insane you don’t know whether to laugh or cry – choose to laugh!

Workplace Wellness Full Participation: The Breakthrough Idea Tonight!

I woke up the other night with an epiphany (get your mind out of the gutter – an idea). Have you ever had an epiphany? OK, let’s stop that. The truth: I woke up to go to the bathroom and at some point during that nightly ritual a lightning bolt of an idea hit me.

There it was. Clear as day. A stupendously simple way to get everyone, and I mean every-single-person on the planet, eating better and exercising regularly. The whole planet a blue zone.

It was soooo simple. Astonishing, really.  It was right there in front of us the whole time. It didn’t cost anything. Anybody and everybody could easily do it. And most importantly, it was fun.

I knew right then, in the dark of night what that long ago cave girl thought when she discovered the concept of the wheel. “The men are going to totally screw this thing up.”

Why Couldn’t I See This Simple Solution Until Now?

The Most Common Workplace Wellness Intervention is a Farce

Don’t miss Dr. Jon Robison’s Webinar – “Health for Every Body: Making Peace With Our Bodies and Our Food” — put on by the National Wellness Institute on Thursday, March 20 at noon CDT.

Here’s why I recommend this Webinar:

It’s jaw dropping how so much time, money, and national treasure is being wasted on irrational and ineffective workplace wellness programs when infinitely superior strategies and tactics are available. The “Health for Every Body” approach is a breath of fresh air because it makes sense and is based on science.

5-Year Workplace Wellness Trends

I don’t think workplace wellness as it’s practiced today has much of a future. If you’re studying workplace wellness or plan to make a living trying to get people well at a workplace, I’d strongly suggest a plan B (suggestion below). Plan B is going to be much better.

The term and the practice of “workplace wellness” will go away completely. If you use that term five years from now, nobody will know what you’re talking about. Give or take a couple years, either way.

Wellbeing is a better term, but I think we’re all getting a bit “welled” out. Wellness might come to mean taking certain prescription drugs or vitamins, eating certain foods, or getting screened for disease at drug stores and other provider locations. The commercial product marketers are muddling the meaning of wellness. I think it will disappear from workplaces as a program element.

For Workplace Wellness Newsletters How To Write Winning Headlines

I am a big believer in the power of headlines. Good ones immediately win the attention of readers, heighten the interest in the subject about to be presented, and take a perspective (spin) at a common issue in a new way.

I’ve often joked that I have a background in direct marketing, which is now totally useless. But that’s not entirely true. The classic book “Scientific Advertising,” by Claude Hopkins, was the first to put forth the concept of testing headlines to see which ones are most effective. “Scientific Advertising” was first published in 1918, and is now just $1.99 in Kindle format. Talk about ROI?

Test Your Headlines for Response

You should test headlines, too. Before you announce the upcoming event, put up a poster or flyer, write a blog article, or type a subject line into your next eMail – test the headline.

Write down four good headlines. Think, “How to…,” “These 5 Ways…,” “New…,” “Limited…,” etc.  Then, put the headlines on one sheet of paper with check boxes next to them. Make 20 copies, and ask 20 people to put a check mark by their favorite. The exercise never ceases to amaze.

Al Lewis and Vik Khanna criticized me in their new book, Surviving Workplace Wellness. And now my life is over.

Surviving Workplace Wellness With Your Dignity, Finances and (Major) Organs Intact is the new book by Lewis and Khanna which nukes the current workplace wellness landscape. It has me cheering, jumping up and down, and throwing a fist in the air. Now I know how people felt in 1776 when they read Thomas Paine’s, Common…

The Workplace Wellness Emperors Have No Clothes

In the last couple years, several compelling books have focused on over-diagnosing and over treating people in the U.S. healthcare system. Workplace wellness shares in that situation, according to the books’ authors, because wellness programs feed employees right into that “meat grinder.” The authors effectively argue that onsite screenings and their incentives push employees into…