Workplace health and wellness efforts fall into two categories – primary prevention and secondary prevention. If you stick primarily with primary prevention efforts, your wellness program will cost less and be more fun than if you focus on secondary prevention. The problem is many organizations are doing just the opposite, and drifting into the practice of medicine.
“Ideally, I’d like to see 80% of all wellness activity on the primary prevention area,” explains Shawn M. Connors in his new, free eBook, “Six Questions that Make Creativity More Valuable Than $$$ When Planning Your Wellness Program.”
Check out Connors’ video explaining the primary vs. secondary prevention concepts using a powerful, yet easy-to-understand locker-room infographic.
Primary Prevention focuses on:
- Keeping healthy people healthy
- Preventing disease
- Opportunities for social engagement
As a result, this approach is no or low cost, doesn’t involve confidentiality issues or privacy laws, uses volunteers to execute programs, and is fun to participate in and engage.
Secondary Prevention focuses on:
- People as “patients”
- Treating disease
- Activities in isolation – think biometric screenings
As a result, this approach is high in cost, requires compliance with various federal privacy laws, relies on high level professionals to run, and is not fun. After all, who really enjoys being poked and prodded, and then given some gloom-and-doom health status report? It isn’t that a workplace wellness program shouldn’t include secondary prevention programming; it’s that the stronger focus needs to be on primary prevention.
“The key is to try to keep as many people as possible in the primary prevention area,” Connors explains.
To learn more about creating an effective and affordable wellness program that focuses on primary prevention, download the free eBook, “Six Questions that Make Creativity More Valuable Than $$$ When Planning Your Wellness Program.”
Be sure to check out this brief video that explains primary prevention and secondary prevention using Connors’ unique locker-room infographic.