Wellness programs have become increasingly common incentives offered from big corporations to their employees. These programs give employees incentives to keep track and take responsibility for their health. They encourage employees to exercise, quit smoking, get regular check ups, and seek stress management help as needed, to mention just a few. For employers, this is a good investment into their employees, as it ensures their good health and less time off of work.
Unfortunately, these programs are mostly available only to those who are working for large corporations. If you are one of the many American’s who do not have access to these wonderful, motivating programs, how about taking matters in your own hands? Yes, I’m suggesting you create your own wellness program!
Here are some suggestions to get your started on your very own Wellness Program. Use one of these tips, or a couple, and be on your way to better health today.
Step #1: Create a group:
- Get your community, local church, or your neighbors together and create a small Wellness group.
- Create a online blog or site on Wellness and ask your friends and family to join.
- If a community or a online group is not your thing, simply create a Wellness group in your own home. Your spouse and children are all the members you need.
Step #2: Designate a group Leader:
- This person will keep track of policies and procedures.
- Take notes and keep track of important health information.
- The leader can also schedule meetings and check up on people.
- You can have just one leader or designate duties depending on the size of your group.
Step #3: Create a health assessment:
- Have everyone in your group take a health assessment so assess where everyone stands.
- Use this to find out what the group’s primary goals are. For example, you might have several people who want to lose weight, or that need to quit smoking.
- Use this assessment as a guide to learn more about the goals in your group.
- Create your own or use a online health assessment form.
Step #4: Create a wellness library:
- Find books and articles on weight loss, stress management, breaking bad habits, etc. Keep them handy for quick reference when creating healthy living campaigns for your group.
- Use your local library or ask everyone to donate a book to the group.
Step #5: Create Healthy living policies and procedures:
- Use your books or any experts in your group to create some polices that everyone can start following to create a healthy, happy life.
- Include things from everyone’s health assessments.
- Involve every member in the group in creating this policies.
Step #6: Create fun campaigns:
- Use your policies and goals from everyone’s health assessments to create a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly fitness campaign. Get together to do fun fitness group activities.
- Create a healthy lunch campaign. Get together as often as your group can for a healthy lunch to discuss what everyone has been eating and what changes can be made.
- Create small “vent out” sessions for your group to get together and discuss stressful events from their days, weeks, or lives that they can be experiencing. offer advice and guidance on how to effectively manage these everyday stresses.
- Provide a safe, comfortable place for people from all walks of life.
- Be understanding and compassionate about everyone’s needs and goals.
- Understand that everyone works a little differently and some people might need more help and encouragement than others.
- Stay connected and follow up with everyone in the group for the best results.
- If possible have everyone start pooling a few bucks each meeting to save up for fun trips, equipment, or services for your group.
What do you think? Would this sort of a wellness program be helpful for your neighborhood or community? Do you have other suggestions to add to this list?
The Universe Guru