How DO you create a healthier, more productive workforce? You do it by systematically creating a culture where people feel inspired and empowered to take better care of themselves and to care for each other. This is what led to shaping our 11 Keys to Creating a Culture of Wellness. (Click on the puzzle graphic on the left to see more detail)
The 11 keys are based on these first two universal principles:
You can’t get anywhere without a plan.
Can you imagine building a new home by first randomly installing a bathroom? A successful wellness program must begin with a well-designed plan that takes into account the unique needs of your organization. Just as you would pour the foundation for a home before framing the structure, your wellness strategy will ensure that your wellness programming methodically moves your organization toward health and wellbeing.
The first five keys are all about creating a plan for your organization. You need: (1) Leadership, (2) Policies, (3) Programs, (4) Tools and (5) A supportive environment. All of these are linked together by solid communication. (the outside circle around the puzzle graphic on the left)
“Life is one indivisible whole.” Gandhi
One area of a person’s life affects every other area. If things are difficult at home, it will affect an individual’s work, food choices, desire to exercise, etc. Your plan needs to touch on emotional wellbeing, financial health, preventive care, etc., in addition to nutrition and exercise.
The next six keys are all about what creates wellbeing for an individual. It involves: (1) Nutrition, (2) Fitness, (3) Emotional health, (4) Financial health, (5) Preventive care, and (6) Mindset and behavior change at the heart of everything. (the inside circle in the graphic on the left)
We are what we eat.
“Eat less and exercise more” is a recipe for frustration and failure. Most nutrition programs simply focus on calories, but if that were all that mattered, we could get all our calories from potato chips and be healthy. Health is created from food — REAL food. Therefore, to achieve true and lasting wellness, you need to take a holistic approach to food. Your plan needs to help people re-learn how to eat, and learn to distinguish food from processed items that are not food.
Humans are wired to stay the same.
People have a hard time changing, not because they don’t want to, but because they are run by rote most of the time. Old habits die hard. Changing those patterns requires an understanding of why folks get stuck and then offering effective programs and tools to get them moving. Your plan needs to help them get unstuck.
All 4 principles shape our unique approach to health and wellbeing, where all aspects of life are interconnected, food should always be delicious and taking care of ourselves should be fun!
We help you create a strategy by starting with knowing what your people truly need and creating a plan to meet those needs. Your plan will integrate all of the elements to help you and your employees succeed at achieving lasting lifestyle and culture changes. Willpower alone isn’t enough. After all, when was the last time you knew someone who kept a New Year’s resolution?
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To be sure your plan is touching on all the principles, download our complimentary report on The 11 Keys to Creating a Culture of Wellness.