Do you want to reach as many people with your wellness program efforts as possible? If so, you should keep in mind that health is multi-dimensional, and your wellness program needs to include all wellness areas to be as effective as possible. After all, what topics interest one wellness program participant may be entirely different compared to someone else – and it could change tomorrow.
A well-rounded wellness program touches these 4 main areas:
- Self-care for one’s physical and mental health – Think primary and secondary preventive efforts to keep a body and mind as healthy as possible. Physical health topics might include colds, flu, seasonal allergies, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, joints, eyes, ears, teeth, and skin. Mental health focus areas might include stress, work-life balance, depression, and relationships/interactions with others.
- Nutrition – Focus on how to buy, prepare, and eat nutritious and delicious foods. Include information for people with particular food issues such as those with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, gluten allergies, or lactose intolerance, or those who have chosen a vegetarian lifestyle.
- Movement – This area is traditionally what has been labeled “exercise,” “fitness,” or “physical activity.” You may want to shy away from referring to this area by those terms, though, because the words may intimidate more sedentary individuals. When it comes to movement, come up with easy ideas that people can incorporate into their everyday, extremely busy lives. Think of how individuals can squeeze extra activity into a few minutes here and there.
- Finance – Although it may not be a focus area that you would expect to cover in a wellness program, it should be. People’s health often affects their finances and vice versa. Hit on topics such as budgeting, debt reduction, investments, retirement planning, how to make smart purchases, and how to prevent becoming a victim of financial scams.