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Wellness at Work

Amber Long, M.Ed.

Fitness Coordinator, KU Student Recreation Fitness Center

Hollie Swindler, B.S.

Graduate Assistant, Fitness, KU Student Recreation Fitness Center

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Health vs. Wellness



Condition of being of sound body with emphasis on freedom from pain and disease.

A multidimensional state of well-being, a holistic approach to life that encompasses bodily, mental, emotional, environmental, spiritual and community health.

ACE Fitness Matters Jan/Feb 2009

7 Dimensions of Wellness

3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Emotional Environmental Intellectual Occupational Physical Spiritual Social

http://www.undstudenthealth.com /PDFs/recommendations.pdf

Emotional Wellness

Having the ability to feel and express emotions, like happiness, sadness, and anger.

Manage stress, possess self-esteem and self-acceptance, and appropriately sharing your feelings with others.

skills include: seeking and providing support, learning time management skills, practicing stress management skills, and accepting and forgiving yourself.

http://www.undstudenthealth.com /PDFs/recommendations.pdf

Environmental Wellness

Includes protecting the earth and its resources and modifying your surroundings to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. Ideas:

Modifying your environment to remove or minimize barriers.

conserve water and other natural resources reduce, reuse, recycle minimize your exposure to chemicals renew your relationship with the earth

Example: rearranging your work area to allow you to be more productive.

http://www.undstudenthealth.com /PDFs/recommendations.pdf

Intellectual Wellness

Striving to improve your intellect and your creative spark.

Making health decisions based on solid scientific evidence obtained from reliable sources.
http://www.undstudenthealth.com /PDFs/recommendations.pdf

Examples include: taking a course or workshop learning a foreign language reading for personal enjoyment seeking out persons who challenge you intellectually taking up a hobby.

Occupational Wellness

Preparing and making use of your skills and talents.

Finding a career that is meaningful, enjoyable and rewarding is vital to job satisfaction.

Ideas include:

exploring career options creating a vision of your future being open to learning new skills

http://www.undstudenthealth.com /PDFs/recommendations.pdf

Physical Wellness

Encompasses a variety of healthy behaviors including:

adequate exercise proper nutrition abstaining from harmful behaviors like drug use and alcohol abuse

http://www.undstudenthealth.com /PDFs/recommendations.pdf

Spiritual Wellness

Set of beliefs, principles, or values that guide your life. (Not strictly religion)

Increase your spiritual well-being by:

exploring your spiritual core being inquisitive and curious listen to your heart and following your principles allow yourself and others around you the freedom to be who they are

http://www.undstudenthealth.com /PDFs/recommendations.pdf

Social Wellness

Receiving and giving support to family and friends, enhancing diversity and becoming active in issues that you care about.

Ideas include: interacting with people of other cultures, backgrounds & beliefs. cultivating healthy relationships sharing your talents and skills contributing to your community communicating your thoughts, ideas and feelings.
http://www.undstudenthealth.com /PDFs/recommendations.pdf

Employee Wellness

Relatively new concept Unhealthy lifestyle leads to chronic disease:

Smoking, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and alcohol account for 800,000 deaths annually. 108 million people in U.S. have a chronic condition 50% of premature deaths in U.S. are related to modifiable lifestyle factors. Chronic disease accounts for 70% of nations medical costs.

Increasing Costs and Concern


A bunch of beans..

Starbucks spends more on health insurance for employees per year than on raw coffee.

American Heart Association

Determinants of Health

Health Behaviors 50% Environment 20%

Healthy or unhealthy behaviors impact an individuals health more than anything else.

Genetics 20%

Access to Care 10%

Physical Activity Nutrition Tobacco/Alcohol/ Drugs Stress Management

Physical (In)activity

ACSM recommends 30 min of activity everyday.

Most (75%) of Americans do not meet this goal.

Exercise 30-40 minutes/day most days per week can delay onset of disability by 10-12 years. Sedentary living costs the nation an estimated $150 billion per year in health care costs. It is estimated that an employer can attribute 15% of all healthcare costs to sedentary related disease.


Reality Bites (nutrition)

About 67% of American population is obese. 12% of an employers health care costs attributed to disease related to obesity.

McDonalds corporate mission: 4.5 minutes from nearest outlet at all times!

Americans spend more on fast food than on higher education, computers or new cars!


Blowing Smoke(tobacco)

23% of population uses tobacco Tobacco associated disease

Female age 23- $106,000 Male age 23 - $220,000


Ahhh! (stress management)

Depression is predicted to be the leading occupational disease of the 21st century

$300 billion, or $7,500 per employee, is spent annually in the U.S. on stress

responsible for more days lost than any other single factor

Americans work 164 hrs/yr. more than they did 20 yrs ago!

Compensation claims, lost productivity, health insurance claims, medical expenses.

Stress Directions, Inc.

Corporate Response: Workplace Wellness

Trends in corporate response to the rising cost of healthcare:
Consumer Driven Health Plans High-deductible medical plan coupled with an employer-funded reimbursement account for each employee Intended to encourage more cost-conscious personal healthcare decisions Account for about 2% of all healthcare coverage in the U.S.

Cost - Shifting Employees pay higher deductibles, premiums and co-payment fees 62% of large employers said they would keep costs down by shifting increases to employees Doesnt contain costs and alienates employees and unions

Public Policy Lobby lawmakers to impact legislation to control healthcare costs

Wellness Programs
33% of companies said that they are placing a greater emphasis on improving employee health through wellness programs and 33% are considering it. Incentives Onsite Screenings

Employee Assistance Programs

Online, interactive tools Communications i.e. newsletter Healthy vending machine choices

American Heart Association

Benefits of Employees Wellness Programming

Employer & Employee Benefits

Employers can save $2.30 to $10.10 in medical expenses per dollar spent. Helps prevent obesity, cancer, heart disease, hypertension other chronic issues. Less absenteeism, more productivity. Improves worker leadership and morale. Better working environment.


Your Wellness at Work

University of Kansas Employee Wellness Services


Lifeline Employee Assistance

Screenings, incentives, assessments, chronic condition care, tobacco, weight stress mgmt programs. Psychological services, life coaching Open recreation, fitness programs, outreach programs Open Recreation and swimming

KU Recreation Center

Robinson Center

Weight Watchers Wellness Resource Center

Environmental Services Others?

Hawk Health

The next step in employee wellness programming: What now?

Step 1: Collect data Step 2: Form Wellness Committee Step 3: Establish goals, objectives & strategic plan Step 4: Design programs based on feedback Step 5: Implement programs Step 6: Evaluation

Your Ideas?

What are you interested in?

Seven dimensions of wellness specific types of programs or specific areas of concern?

What would you participate in? Incentives? Ideas from other organizations?


Amber Long

Fitness Coordinator, KU Student Recreation Fitness Center Ajlong@ku.edu

Hollie Swindler

Graduate Assistant, Fitness, KU Student Recreation Fitness Center Hcs@ku.edu

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.