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R. Anne Abbott, PhD. FAACVPR, CWWPM Professor Emeritus of Health Promotion, UWSP NWI Board of Directors Principal of Abbott Solutions, Inc. http://abbottsolutionsinc.com/

R. Anne Abbott, PhD. FAACVPR, CWWPM Professor Emeritus of Health Promotion, UWSP NWI Board of Directors Principal of Abbott Solutions, Inc. http://abbottsolutionsinc.com/

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So tonight –we are seeing: 7 different views of - What is the legacy of wellness? For me Legacy means – something transmitted by or received from a past ancestor

So tonight –we are seeing: 7 different views of - What is the legacy of wellness? For me Legacy means – something transmitted by or received from a past ancestor

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My "legacy of an ancient philosopher" came from a strong country woman !

My grandma –
[Annie Gentry-Stone]


She certainly influenced my early life. I learned:

1. How to Dip snuff, take advantage of any new adventure-My first taxi ride where we smoked my first cigarette
2. I learned from her that “You are ok, just the way you are”! That dressing-up meant putting on a clean apron.
3. And the most important, was to be proud of my Appalachian roots and values
 

I'm a woman from the Appalachian Mountains, who struggled to get an education. I learned to take risk, fall down and get up again,
I believed John F. Kennedy when he said "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." 
The Kennedys deaths certainly told me there was no Camelot.


And - Like any young person, I set off to disprove everything my Grandma had ever taught me

My "legacy of an ancient philosopher" came from a strong country woman !

My grandma –
[Annie Gentry-Stone]


She certainly influenced my early life. I learned:

1. How to Dip snuff, take advantage of any new adventure-My first taxi ride where we smoked my first cigarette
2. I learned from her that “You are ok, just the way you are”! That dressing-up meant putting on a clean apron.
3. And the most important, was to be proud of my Appalachian roots and values
 

I'm a woman from the Appalachian Mountains, who struggled to get an education. I learned to take risk, fall down and get up again,
I believed John F. Kennedy when he said "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." 
The Kennedys deaths certainly told me there was no Camelot.


And - Like any young person, I set off to disprove everything my Grandma had ever taught me

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My Legacy journey was both personal and professional

My Appalachian roots in story telling and being touched early by the impact of death brought me indirectly to the questions WHY? and How? And a big dose of curiosity that moved me toward my own vision/dream

My Legacy journey was both personal and professional

My Appalachian roots in story telling and being touched early by the impact of death brought me indirectly to the questions WHY? and How? And a big dose of curiosity that moved me toward my own vision/dream

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It was the late 60’s and I left the conservative and simple life of Appalachian Mountains of East TN, just wanting to be a find the answers to why and how of exercise science.

I moved to Florida State University to do a masters degree so I could teach at the university level.

It was in the mountains and south that I experienced the injustice of lack of equal rights of women and minorities.
As a young woman coach of a predominantly black-women’s volleyball team, I learned the importance of Title IX,

and at age 23.....

I found Death to be my teacher, at Marshall University, in Huntington, West-by-God-Va.

In the 1970 plane crash, that took the lives of 36 players on the Marshall University football team. crash of Southern Airways flight 932 on November 14, 1970. A total of 75 people died in the crash.

Turning Point 1

It was here, that lead me to my first turning point that drove my work in wellness!

With half of my senior class missing after the plane crash, I started my own hero’s journey toward my own vision/dream, {Do you have to have a dream/vision?}

I found, I wanted to teach about life and find ways to help others. but at 23, I became a seeker of the meaning of life because I didn't know enough to teach others.

In 1972, and with an empty promise of a job in Atlanta, and a lover in NYC, I left teaching-

started out again, with a hunting dog and moved to Brooklyn, overlooking Bed-Stuy.

Being Very linear and logical at the time, I didn’t know it was only, the beginning of my hero’s journey!

 

It was the late 60’s and I left the conservative and simple life of Appalachian Mountains of East TN, just wanting to be a find the answers to why and how of exercise science.

I moved to Florida State University to do a masters degree so I could teach at the university level.

It was in the mountains and south that I experienced the injustice of lack of equal rights of women and minorities.
As a young woman coach of a predominantly black-women’s volleyball team, I learned the importance of Title IX,

and at age 23.....

I found Death to be my teacher, at Marshall University, in Huntington, West-by-God-Va.

In the 1970 plane crash, that took the lives of 36 players on the Marshall University football team. crash of Southern Airways flight 932 on November 14, 1970. A total of 75 people died in the crash.

Turning Point 1

It was here, that lead me to my first turning point that drove my work in wellness!

With half of my senior class missing after the plane crash, I started my own hero’s journey toward my own vision/dream, {Do you have to have a dream/vision?}

I found, I wanted to teach about life and find ways to help others. but at 23, I became a seeker of the meaning of life because I didn't know enough to teach others.

In 1972, and with an empty promise of a job in Atlanta, and a lover in NYC, I left teaching-

started out again, with a hunting dog and moved to Brooklyn, overlooking Bed-Stuy.

Being Very linear and logical at the time, I didn’t know it was only, the beginning of my hero’s journey!

 

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After 6 months and my last $5, I found a woman in the NYC phone directory named Dr. Lenore R. Zohman, and a pioneer in Cardiac Rehab. I talked her into giving me a job.

Having an Appalachian accent and changing trains in Harlem everyday to get to the Bronx, I learned that prejudice was not just a southern thing -

  After working 3 years, for Dr. Zohman, I had an opportunity to become the first woman, ACSM Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Director (and was grandfathered in with 34 male leaders in exercise physiology and medicine).

Turning Point 2

I became quite active in the ACSM and at age 32, helped establish national guidelines and certification for cardiac rehabilitation and clinical exercise physiologists.

My experience with Dr. Zohman, and being ACSM certified, became my ticket to graduate school (PHD) –

(I was honored, to be an editor for the 1975 edition of the ACSM Guidelines. However, I told them I couldn’t type (my way of creating equity), but I did, become their only dance partner – at age 32, I gained some wonderful mentors and helped with the creation of first American College of Sports Medicine, certification program in cardiac rehabilitation.)

Turning Point 3
After becoming a DIRECTOR OF CARDIOPULMONARY REHAB AT LARGE URBAN HOSPITAL I became a Founding Fellow in the AACVPR . And contributed to developing standardized programming and best practices for in-hospital and outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

  Much like some of you at age 40, I hit an obstacle in the path bigger than me, (my ego). And like a old country song, my lover left me, my dad a-n-d my dog died. I had post partum depression from birthing a PhD on women and heart disease (1981). In the mean time my weight dropped to 125lbs. I became a runner, and looked great. Little did anyone know I had lost my ability to concentrate and was running so I wouldn’t cry! Does any of this sound familiar to your journey?

After 6 months and my last $5, I found a woman in the NYC phone directory named Dr. Lenore R. Zohman, and a pioneer in Cardiac Rehab. I talked her into giving me a job.

Having an Appalachian accent and changing trains in Harlem everyday to get to the Bronx, I learned that prejudice was not just a southern thing -

  After working 3 years, for Dr. Zohman, I had an opportunity to become the first woman, ACSM Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Director (and was grandfathered in with 34 male leaders in exercise physiology and medicine).

Turning Point 2

I became quite active in the ACSM and at age 32, helped establish national guidelines and certification for cardiac rehabilitation and clinical exercise physiologists.

My experience with Dr. Zohman, and being ACSM certified, became my ticket to graduate school (PHD) –

(I was honored, to be an editor for the 1975 edition of the ACSM Guidelines. However, I told them I couldn’t type (my way of creating equity), but I did, become their only dance partner – at age 32, I gained some wonderful mentors and helped with the creation of first American College of Sports Medicine, certification program in cardiac rehabilitation.)

Turning Point 3
After becoming a DIRECTOR OF CARDIOPULMONARY REHAB AT LARGE URBAN HOSPITAL I became a Founding Fellow in the AACVPR . And contributed to developing standardized programming and best practices for in-hospital and outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

  Much like some of you at age 40, I hit an obstacle in the path bigger than me, (my ego). And like a old country song, my lover left me, my dad a-n-d my dog died. I had post partum depression from birthing a PhD on women and heart disease (1981). In the mean time my weight dropped to 125lbs. I became a runner, and looked great. Little did anyone know I had lost my ability to concentrate and was running so I wouldn’t cry! Does any of this sound familiar to your journey?

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Turning Point 4
The short story is I crashed, I Experience, first hand the Transformation following burn out at 39, asking "Is this all there is?" 

  I met Jack and Elaine at a workshop in Ohio. Elaine Sullivan re-enforced in me that each of us has a story, and it is our story.

  It was the late 70's early 80's. I, like many baby-boomers returned to the land and became a seeker. [of self-actualization]. Along the way I found many self-help books that jumped from their shelves to me; Like - Chop Wood Carry Water, Illusions, Travis and Regina Ryan's Wellness Workbook, and later Travis Wellness Workbook for Professionals [1991].  

Turning Point 4
The short story is I crashed, I Experience, first hand the Transformation following burn out at 39, asking "Is this all there is?" 

  I met Jack and Elaine at a workshop in Ohio. Elaine Sullivan re-enforced in me that each of us has a story, and it is our story.

  It was the late 70's early 80's. I, like many baby-boomers returned to the land and became a seeker. [of self-actualization]. Along the way I found many self-help books that jumped from their shelves to me; Like - Chop Wood Carry Water, Illusions, Travis and Regina Ryan's Wellness Workbook, and later Travis Wellness Workbook for Professionals [1991].  

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I first attended the NWI conference in, 1986. I got to dance with the real Patch Adams and Sandy Queen, I decided happiness was more important than being stressed out, or PICASSO’S DON QUIXOTE swinging at windmills.

  I returned to Pittsburgh for the following year and I told my professional friends I was becoming a 'happy bag lady'.

With another 8-week-old hunting dog and pick-up truck, I started over in WI.

I moved to Stevens Point area, started a business, and bought a small farm.
Subsequently, and thanks to John Munson, I didn’t starve to death and became the Director of the Wellness Academic program at UWSP.

Turning Point 4
It was there that I started teaching about life and I called it wellness.

In 1988-89 UWSP, became one of the 1st to develop an academic approach to wellness, and set the academic standard for a bachelor of science degree - for wellness professionals vs. fitness professionals. By 2000, we had developed an academic approach to wellness, that included the experiential transformation for students and in 1990 with the student involvement added the 7th dimension of wellness. Environmental sustainability.

UWSP has legacy piece via NWI but also on the 7 dimension model, that has influenced the emerging concept of wellness/ wholeness.

I first attended the NWI conference in, 1986. I got to dance with the real Patch Adams and Sandy Queen, I decided happiness was more important than being stressed out, or PICASSO’S DON QUIXOTE swinging at windmills.

  I returned to Pittsburgh for the following year and I told my professional friends I was becoming a 'happy bag lady'.

With another 8-week-old hunting dog and pick-up truck, I started over in WI.

I moved to Stevens Point area, started a business, and bought a small farm.
Subsequently, and thanks to John Munson, I didn’t starve to death and became the Director of the Wellness Academic program at UWSP.

Turning Point 4
It was there that I started teaching about life and I called it wellness.

In 1988-89 UWSP, became one of the 1st to develop an academic approach to wellness, and set the academic standard for a bachelor of science degree - for wellness professionals vs. fitness professionals. By 2000, we had developed an academic approach to wellness, that included the experiential transformation for students and in 1990 with the student involvement added the 7th dimension of wellness. Environmental sustainability.

UWSP has legacy piece via NWI but also on the 7 dimension model, that has influenced the emerging concept of wellness/ wholeness.

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Several of the things I learned early in wellness were that:

1st Perception is only accurate 50% of time
2nd Our story is not only who we are, but if not carefully managed is who we become
3rd Placebo can be effective up to 67% of the time
4th - 95% of of us are non-conscious and are running on automatic

Notes;
Harvard Health Publications 2008
Great thing we have learned form medicine: Placebo effect: a pill, a procedure, a counseling session that doesn't have a direct physiological effect.
https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Health_Letter/2012/April/putting-the-placebo-effect-to-work
Care that’s caring
The power of expectation 44% effective; add attentive, empathetic interaction caring > 62% Subjective vs. objective

The power of expectation: belief in treatment an intervention is believed to help a condition %, varies & depends on the condition & strength of belief. Psychological conditioning: the person associates the intervention with a benefit. The association, and therefore the benefit get stronger. Effect of care that's caring: attention from people who patients believe can help ease their suffering and distress.

Care that is caring: Researchers associated with Harvard's placebo studies program published a study in 2008 that illustrates this aspect of the response very nicely. The volunteers for the study were people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that causes abdominal pain and changes in bowel movements in the absence of any discernible changes to the bowel. The placebo treatment was sham acupuncture, which involves the use of needles that, unbeknownst to the patient, retract into their handles instead of penetrating the skin. The placebo effect of the sham acupuncture needles was impressive: 44% of those treated with just the sham needles reported relief from their IBS problems. When sham acupuncture was combined with attentive, empathetic interaction with the acupuncturist, the placebo effect got even larger, with 62% reporting relief from their IBS woes.

Subjective vs. objective:
The placebo effect is most pronounced and relevant when a treatment's success or failure depends largely on the subjective experiences of patients. Best for conditions that are defined mainly by symptoms, such as depression, and problems like migraine headaches and back pain that are defined primarily by the pain they produce.

Sometimes treatments can be judged by both objective and subjective

Research is showing that the placebo effect often seems to be associated with objective changes in brain chemistry. A number of studies have shown, for example, that the brain releases natural pain-relieving substances, called endorphins, when people enrolled in pain studies are given placebos. Research results indicate that measurable changes in brain chemistry may explain the large placebo effect seen in depression treatment. Parkinson's disease is associated with a shortage of a brain chemical called dopamine, and in studies of the disease, placebos have increased the production of dopamine.

Several of the things I learned early in wellness were that:

1st Perception is only accurate 50% of time
2nd Our story is not only who we are, but if not carefully managed is who we become
3rd Placebo can be effective up to 67% of the time
4th - 95% of of us are non-conscious and are running on automatic

Notes;
Harvard Health Publications 2008
Great thing we have learned form medicine: Placebo effect: a pill, a procedure, a counseling session that doesn't have a direct physiological effect.
https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Health_Letter/2012/April/putting-the-placebo-effect-to-work
Care that’s caring
The power of expectation 44% effective; add attentive, empathetic interaction caring > 62% Subjective vs. objective

The power of expectation: belief in treatment an intervention is believed to help a condition %, varies & depends on the condition & strength of belief. Psychological conditioning: the person associates the intervention with a benefit. The association, and therefore the benefit get stronger. Effect of care that's caring: attention from people who patients believe can help ease their suffering and distress.

Care that is caring: Researchers associated with Harvard's placebo studies program published a study in 2008 that illustrates this aspect of the response very nicely. The volunteers for the study were people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that causes abdominal pain and changes in bowel movements in the absence of any discernible changes to the bowel. The placebo treatment was sham acupuncture, which involves the use of needles that, unbeknownst to the patient, retract into their handles instead of penetrating the skin. The placebo effect of the sham acupuncture needles was impressive: 44% of those treated with just the sham needles reported relief from their IBS problems. When sham acupuncture was combined with attentive, empathetic interaction with the acupuncturist, the placebo effect got even larger, with 62% reporting relief from their IBS woes.

Subjective vs. objective:
The placebo effect is most pronounced and relevant when a treatment's success or failure depends largely on the subjective experiences of patients. Best for conditions that are defined mainly by symptoms, such as depression, and problems like migraine headaches and back pain that are defined primarily by the pain they produce.

Sometimes treatments can be judged by both objective and subjective

Research is showing that the placebo effect often seems to be associated with objective changes in brain chemistry. A number of studies have shown, for example, that the brain releases natural pain-relieving substances, called endorphins, when people enrolled in pain studies are given placebos. Research results indicate that measurable changes in brain chemistry may explain the large placebo effect seen in depression treatment. Parkinson's disease is associated with a shortage of a brain chemical called dopamine, and in studies of the disease, placebos have increased the production of dopamine.

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II. Legacy of NWI?
 
The legacy of Wellness is not one individual’s accomplishments, but a movement toward sustainability. Many came before us or with us; Maslow, Hans Selia, Elmer Green, Elisabeth K Ross, Herbert Benson, Sharon Salzberg, Candice Pert, Jackie Sorenson, Ken Cooper, .....H. Dunn Slide

II. Legacy of NWI?
 
The legacy of Wellness is not one individual’s accomplishments, but a movement toward sustainability. Many came before us or with us; Maslow, Hans Selia, Elmer Green, Elisabeth K Ross, Herbert Benson, Sharon Salzberg, Candice Pert, Jackie Sorenson, Ken Cooper, .....H. Dunn Slide

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Visionaries | IONS Directory | Institute of Noetic Sciences – Accumulative list

The Change Agents – Innovators and Early Adopters

Innovators:
Hans Selye: Body response to stress 1936

Abraham H. Maslow (1943) A Theory of Human Motivation. Psychological Review, 50(4), 370-96, ; Maslow known for hierarchy of needs(1954) , and for self-actualization (1960-70).

Fritz Perls, psychiatrist wife and Laura Perls: Founders of Gestalt Therapy

Halbert Dunn, chief of the National Office of Vital Statistics, was looking for new terminology to convey the positive aspects of health introduced the concept of wellness

High-level wellness) in a series of twenty-nine lectures he gave at the Unitarian Church in Arlington County, Virginia in the late 1950s.[citation needed] Those lectures provided the basis for his book, High Level Wellness, which was published in 1961. The book was reissued in a number of editions but did not have a great deal of immediate impact. It did, however, come into the hands of a number of the future leaders of wellness and holistic health movement that bloomed more than a decade later, such as Don B. Ardell, Peter Russel, John Travis, and Elizabeth Neilson.

Four events in the mid-1970s broadened the impact of Dunn's ideas. First, John Travis opened the first US wellness center (Mill Valley, CA, 1975). This center and other organizations were then described in Don Ardell's 1976 book, using Dunn's title (giving Dunn due credit for his origination of the title and concept).

Then Elizabeth Neilson founded the journal Health Values: Achieving High Level Wellness (renamed the American Journal of Health Promotion in 1996), which was dedicated to Dunn and reprinted one of his papers in its first edition. Lastly, the publisher of Health Values, Charles B. Slack, Inc., published a reprint edition of Dunn's High Level Wellness that achieved a wider distribution and impact.
EAP Hazelden Institute influence
John Travis
Elmer Green and Charles Tart: Bio-Feedback
Herbert Benson: Relaxation Response
Ken Cooper: Aerobic Fitness

What Was Happening Nationally? 1940s to 1970

1940s Abraham Maslow’s concept of self-actualization is part of his theory of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs proposed in his 1943 paper “A theory of human motivation” in Psychological Review. Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology. Maslow used the terms Physiological, Safety, Belongingness and Love, Esteem, Self-Actualization and Self-Transcendence needs to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through. See People and Discoveries - Abraham Maslow

1940s Hazelden Institute influence in dependency treatment

1950-1960s Father of wellness: Halbert L. Dunn, chief of the National Office of Vital Statistics, first used the term wellness and sketched out his concept of “high-level wellness” see: Points of Attack for Raising the Levels of Wellness

1970 Travis introduced the first Health Care Continuum Concept. As a young resident at Johns Hopkins, John W. Travis, MD, MPH had a flash of inspiration that had major impact on worksite wellness programming. He had been working in the US Public Health Service, where he was a protégé of Dr. Lewis Robbins, the creator of the health risk appraisal (HRA). He had also been influenced by World Health Organization's definition of health, and the work of Halbert L. Dunn, Chief of the National Office of Vital Statistics and Abraham Maslow’s Triangle. Travis sketched out his concept of high level of wellness, in which he envisioned the idea for the Illness-Wellness Continuum. The health care continuum was born and it placed "wellness" in a revolutionary new context, and bridged health and human potential.

Early Adopters:
Known as The Wellness Continuum it was the first time relationships between wellness, medically driven treatment models, and high-level wellness were bridged. Individuals moving from the center or neutral point to the left of center of the treatment model moved to deteriorating states of health and finally premature death. Individuals moving to the right of center increased their levels of health and well-being through awareness, education, and wellness growth. One of the core concepts of the continuum was that the treatment paradigm could only take individuals back to the neutral point, where the symptoms of disease have been alleviated. The wellness paradigm, which could be utilized at any point on the continuum, moved individuals toward higher levels of wellness. See PDF file: NYTimes Article, Wellness 4/16/2010

Bio-feedback is born, humanistic and transpersonal psychology ushered in by Elmer Green and Charles Tart: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology. See PDF file: Biofeedback, Mind-Body Medicine, and the Higher Limits of Human Nature

Co-Dependency Model evolved: Hazelden Institute influence in dependency treatment. See EPAHazelton Hst.pdf

Relaxation Response: Herb Benson, MD, cardiologist, research showed physiological alterations. Showed relaxation response from changing thoughts (meditation) and documented decreases in body metabolism, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. See PDF file Mind Body Medicine History

Kenneth Cooper and and Jacki Sorensen (aerobic dance): concept of “aerobics” influenced the corporate focuses on fitness facilities, decreasing stress, and improving health. See PDF file Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) emerged in corporate programs with focus upon alcoholism (Alcohol Anonymous [AA], 12-step programs became accepted).

Lovelock and Margulis: 1960-70 NASA Gaia theory The goal of a self-regulating system is to renew itself, rather than preserve any of its constituent parts, and if human beings become an obstacle to that end they will find Planet Earth increasingly inhospitable .Later, Lovelock finds value in the larger system in which human beings belong, with other animal species.

Visionaries | IONS Directory | Institute of Noetic Sciences – Accumulative list

The Change Agents – Innovators and Early Adopters

Innovators:
Hans Selye: Body response to stress 1936

Abraham H. Maslow (1943) A Theory of Human Motivation. Psychological Review, 50(4), 370-96, ; Maslow known for hierarchy of needs(1954) , and for self-actualization (1960-70).

Fritz Perls, psychiatrist wife and Laura Perls: Founders of Gestalt Therapy

Halbert Dunn, chief of the National Office of Vital Statistics, was looking for new terminology to convey the positive aspects of health introduced the concept of wellness

High-level wellness) in a series of twenty-nine lectures he gave at the Unitarian Church in Arlington County, Virginia in the late 1950s.[citation needed] Those lectures provided the basis for his book, High Level Wellness, which was published in 1961. The book was reissued in a number of editions but did not have a great deal of immediate impact. It did, however, come into the hands of a number of the future leaders of wellness and holistic health movement that bloomed more than a decade later, such as Don B. Ardell, Peter Russel, John Travis, and Elizabeth Neilson.

Four events in the mid-1970s broadened the impact of Dunn's ideas. First, John Travis opened the first US wellness center (Mill Valley, CA, 1975). This center and other organizations were then described in Don Ardell's 1976 book, using Dunn's title (giving Dunn due credit for his origination of the title and concept).

Then Elizabeth Neilson founded the journal Health Values: Achieving High Level Wellness (renamed the American Journal of Health Promotion in 1996), which was dedicated to Dunn and reprinted one of his papers in its first edition. Lastly, the publisher of Health Values, Charles B. Slack, Inc., published a reprint edition of Dunn's High Level Wellness that achieved a wider distribution and impact.
EAP Hazelden Institute influence
John Travis
Elmer Green and Charles Tart: Bio-Feedback
Herbert Benson: Relaxation Response
Ken Cooper: Aerobic Fitness

What Was Happening Nationally? 1940s to 1970

1940s Abraham Maslow’s concept of self-actualization is part of his theory of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs proposed in his 1943 paper “A theory of human motivation” in Psychological Review. Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology. Maslow used the terms Physiological, Safety, Belongingness and Love, Esteem, Self-Actualization and Self-Transcendence needs to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through. See People and Discoveries - Abraham Maslow

1940s Hazelden Institute influence in dependency treatment

1950-1960s Father of wellness: Halbert L. Dunn, chief of the National Office of Vital Statistics, first used the term wellness and sketched out his concept of “high-level wellness” see: Points of Attack for Raising the Levels of Wellness

1970 Travis introduced the first Health Care Continuum Concept. As a young resident at Johns Hopkins, John W. Travis, MD, MPH had a flash of inspiration that had major impact on worksite wellness programming. He had been working in the US Public Health Service, where he was a protégé of Dr. Lewis Robbins, the creator of the health risk appraisal (HRA). He had also been influenced by World Health Organization's definition of health, and the work of Halbert L. Dunn, Chief of the National Office of Vital Statistics and Abraham Maslow’s Triangle. Travis sketched out his concept of high level of wellness, in which he envisioned the idea for the Illness-Wellness Continuum. The health care continuum was born and it placed "wellness" in a revolutionary new context, and bridged health and human potential.

Early Adopters:
Known as The Wellness Continuum it was the first time relationships between wellness, medically driven treatment models, and high-level wellness were bridged. Individuals moving from the center or neutral point to the left of center of the treatment model moved to deteriorating states of health and finally premature death. Individuals moving to the right of center increased their levels of health and well-being through awareness, education, and wellness growth. One of the core concepts of the continuum was that the treatment paradigm could only take individuals back to the neutral point, where the symptoms of disease have been alleviated. The wellness paradigm, which could be utilized at any point on the continuum, moved individuals toward higher levels of wellness. See PDF file: NYTimes Article, Wellness 4/16/2010

Bio-feedback is born, humanistic and transpersonal psychology ushered in by Elmer Green and Charles Tart: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology. See PDF file: Biofeedback, Mind-Body Medicine, and the Higher Limits of Human Nature

Co-Dependency Model evolved: Hazelden Institute influence in dependency treatment. See EPAHazelton Hst.pdf

Relaxation Response: Herb Benson, MD, cardiologist, research showed physiological alterations. Showed relaxation response from changing thoughts (meditation) and documented decreases in body metabolism, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. See PDF file Mind Body Medicine History

Kenneth Cooper and and Jacki Sorensen (aerobic dance): concept of “aerobics” influenced the corporate focuses on fitness facilities, decreasing stress, and improving health. See PDF file Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) emerged in corporate programs with focus upon alcoholism (Alcohol Anonymous [AA], 12-step programs became accepted).

Lovelock and Margulis: 1960-70 NASA Gaia theory The goal of a self-regulating system is to renew itself, rather than preserve any of its constituent parts, and if human beings become an obstacle to that end they will find Planet Earth increasingly inhospitable .Later, Lovelock finds value in the larger system in which human beings belong, with other animal species.

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Hans Selye: Body response to stress 1936

Abraham H. Maslow (1943) A Theory of Human Motivation. Psychological Review, 50(4), 370-96, ; Maslow known for hierarchy of needs(1954) , and for self-actualization (1960-70).

Hans Selye: Body response to stress 1936

Abraham H. Maslow (1943) A Theory of Human Motivation. Psychological Review, 50(4), 370-96, ; Maslow known for hierarchy of needs(1954) , and for self-actualization (1960-70).

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Elmer and wife Aylis Green and Charles Tart: Bio-Feedback

Elmer and wife Aylis Green and Charles Tart: Bio-Feedback

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Halbert Dunn, chief of the National Office of Vital Statistics, was looking for new terminology to convey the positive aspects of health introduced the concept of wellness

High-level wellness) in a series of twenty-nine lectures he gave at the Unitarian Church in Arlington County, Virginia in the late 1950s.[citation needed] Those lectures provided the basis for his book, High Level Wellness, which was published in 1961. The book was reissued in a number of editions but did not have a great deal of immediate impact. It did, however, come into the hands of a number of the future leaders of wellness and holistic health movement that bloomed more than a decade later, such as Don B. Ardell, Peter Russel, John Travis, and Elizabeth Neilson.

Halbert Dunn, chief of the National Office of Vital Statistics, was looking for new terminology to convey the positive aspects of health introduced the concept of wellness

High-level wellness) in a series of twenty-nine lectures he gave at the Unitarian Church in Arlington County, Virginia in the late 1950s.[citation needed] Those lectures provided the basis for his book, High Level Wellness, which was published in 1961. The book was reissued in a number of editions but did not have a great deal of immediate impact. It did, however, come into the hands of a number of the future leaders of wellness and holistic health movement that bloomed more than a decade later, such as Don B. Ardell, Peter Russel, John Travis, and Elizabeth Neilson.

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Fritz andLaura Perls: 1960-70-Founders of Gestalt Therapy

Campell's Hero’s Journey

Fritz andLaura Perls: 1960-70-Founders of Gestalt Therapy

Campell's Hero’s Journey

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Lovelock and Margulis: 1960-70 NASA Gaia theory The goal of a self-regulating system is to renew itself, rather than preserve any of its constituent parts, and if human beings become an obstacle to that end they will find Planet Earth increasingly inhospitable .Later, Lovelock finds value in the larger system in which human beings belong, with other animal species.

Lovelock and Margulis: 1960-70 NASA Gaia theory The goal of a self-regulating system is to renew itself, rather than preserve any of its constituent parts, and if human beings become an obstacle to that end they will find Planet Earth increasingly inhospitable .Later, Lovelock finds value in the larger system in which human beings belong, with other animal species.

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Edward Mitchell created Institute of Noetic Sciences, see in | IONS Directory |

Relaxation Response: Herb Benson, MD, cardiologist, research showed physiological alterations. Showed relaxation response from changing thoughts (meditation) and documented decreases in body metabolism, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. See PDF file Mind Body Medicine History

Edward Mitchell created Institute of Noetic Sciences, see in | IONS Directory |

Relaxation Response: Herb Benson, MD, cardiologist, research showed physiological alterations. Showed relaxation response from changing thoughts (meditation) and documented decreases in body metabolism, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. See PDF file Mind Body Medicine History

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Kenneth Cooper and and Jacki Sorensen (aerobic dance): concept of "aerobics" influenced the corporate focuses on fitness facilities, decreasing stress, and improving health. See PDF file Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH

Kenneth Cooper and and Jacki Sorensen (aerobic dance): concept of "aerobics" influenced the corporate focuses on fitness facilities, decreasing stress, and improving health. See PDF file Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH

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The concept of the global brain.

The concept of the global brain.

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The five stages of grief.

The five stages of grief.

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Jeane Achterberg and Candice Pert

Jeane Achterberg and Candice Pert

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How does our wellness legacy effect complete strangers? –- Bruno Balke, (one of the original WWII Mountain Men??) taught me:

  The key element of wellness, requires experiential learning, not just academic achievements or technical skills. There had be a place for where, head, heart, and the path of consciousness [human values, i.e. New Milliniums] come together. These are the lessons of life!  

How does our wellness legacy effect complete strangers? –- Bruno Balke, (one of the original WWII Mountain Men??) taught me:

  The key element of wellness, requires experiential learning, not just academic achievements or technical skills. There had be a place for where, head, heart, and the path of consciousness [human values, i.e. New Milliniums] come together. These are the lessons of life!  

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I would like to share an exercise with you that I learned from Bruno and others:
This is the Legacy of NWI, Listen carefully: We are going to experience the magic of wellness right now! Rules of play!  

If you practice these things while you attend the conference you will be open to the wellness NWI’s legacy -

Pay attention!
Respond.
Accountable for your choices.
Responsible for more than self alone
Be of service to others (community)!

I would like to share an exercise with you that I learned from Bruno and others:
This is the Legacy of NWI, Listen carefully: We are going to experience the magic of wellness right now! Rules of play!  

If you practice these things while you attend the conference you will be open to the wellness NWI’s legacy -

Pay attention!
Respond.
Accountable for your choices.
Responsible for more than self alone
Be of service to others (community)!

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Listen carefully – stand up if you agree, sit down if you don't agree

How many are you here because you want to make money or improve your technical skills?

2. How many of you believe wellness requires more than just fitness and/or ROI?

3. How many are you here because you have a family member who has heart disease or other preventable disease?

4. How many of you are seeking something different? Or came here to heal yourself, or find this conference to be a nurturing environment where you can just be who you are?

5. How many come back each year because this is your wellness community, where you can have consistency with human values relevant to your life?

Ask yourself: What have you learned from this exercise?

Listen carefully – stand up if you agree, sit down if you don't agree

How many are you here because you want to make money or improve your technical skills?

2. How many of you believe wellness requires more than just fitness and/or ROI?

3. How many are you here because you have a family member who has heart disease or other preventable disease?

4. How many of you are seeking something different? Or came here to heal yourself, or find this conference to be a nurturing environment where you can just be who you are?

5. How many come back each year because this is your wellness community, where you can have consistency with human values relevant to your life?

Ask yourself: What have you learned from this exercise?

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Where are we now?

Contrasting views of: Wellness vs. Benefits/Business: The Diffusion of Innovations Diffusion of innovations is a theory that seeks to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures.

Everett Rogers, a professor of rural sociology, popularized the theory in his 1962 book Diffusion of Innovations. He said diffusion is the process by which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system.

With successive groups of consumers adopting the new technology (shown in blue), its market share (yellow) will eventually reach the saturation level. Marketing adapted this concept and identified 5 groups [innovators 2.5%, early adopters 13.5%, early majority 34%, late majority 34%, and laggards 16%]

Growth of Wellness in relation to diffusion of innovations theory: When one compares the growth of the wellness movement over time, you can see that the market for wellness has grown and will be supported by the Affordable Care Act as it becomes a mature market.  

Notes: Based on Rogers, E. (1962) Diffusion of innovations. Free Press, London, NY, USA. Adapted to Wellness by R. A. Abbott, 2013 http://abbottsolutionsinc.com/

  Everett Rogers’ 1962 book Diffusions of Innovations explained at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. Diffusion process is the process through which innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system.

Diffusion of innovations is a theory that seeks to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. Everett Rogers, a professor of rural sociology, popularized the theory in his 1962 book Diffusion of Innovations. He said diffusion is the process by which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system. With successive groups of consumers adopting the new technology (shown in blue), its market share (yellow) will eventually reach the saturation level.

Growth of Wellness in relation to diffusion of innovations theory: When one compares the growth of the wellness movement over time, you can see that the market for wellness has grown and will be supported by the Affordable Care Act as it becomes a mature market.

1960-1970
  1980-2000
2000-2010
  2010-2015 Patient Affordable Care Act   

Where are we now?

Contrasting views of: Wellness vs. Benefits/Business: The Diffusion of Innovations Diffusion of innovations is a theory that seeks to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures.

Everett Rogers, a professor of rural sociology, popularized the theory in his 1962 book Diffusion of Innovations. He said diffusion is the process by which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system.

With successive groups of consumers adopting the new technology (shown in blue), its market share (yellow) will eventually reach the saturation level. Marketing adapted this concept and identified 5 groups [innovators 2.5%, early adopters 13.5%, early majority 34%, late majority 34%, and laggards 16%]

Growth of Wellness in relation to diffusion of innovations theory: When one compares the growth of the wellness movement over time, you can see that the market for wellness has grown and will be supported by the Affordable Care Act as it becomes a mature market.  

Notes: Based on Rogers, E. (1962) Diffusion of innovations. Free Press, London, NY, USA. Adapted to Wellness by R. A. Abbott, 2013 http://abbottsolutionsinc.com/

  Everett Rogers’ 1962 book Diffusions of Innovations explained at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. Diffusion process is the process through which innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system.

Diffusion of innovations is a theory that seeks to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. Everett Rogers, a professor of rural sociology, popularized the theory in his 1962 book Diffusion of Innovations. He said diffusion is the process by which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system. With successive groups of consumers adopting the new technology (shown in blue), its market share (yellow) will eventually reach the saturation level.

Growth of Wellness in relation to diffusion of innovations theory: When one compares the growth of the wellness movement over time, you can see that the market for wellness has grown and will be supported by the Affordable Care Act as it becomes a mature market.

1960-1970
  1980-2000
2000-2010
  2010-2015 Patient Affordable Care Act   

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III. State of the movement: Where are we now? Where are we now 2014-2015? Rand Report suggest we are moving toward forced self-management

Between 2000 and 2010, employee/worksite wellness and health promotion became a risk reduction tool for primary and secondary disease management as one method of improving productivity and ROI for health care.

In 2012, President Obama expanded to The President's Council to include Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. For better or worse, the concept of prevention and wellness became imbedded into the primary care as part of the American Affordable Care Act.

It is a critical time, the haves and have not’s, multi-political systems have driven us to war, causing chaos and greed.

Our wellness vision is one of returning to human values, the journey of wellness is about self-care, illiteracy and knowledge, and creating sustainable communities vs. externally driven incentive that currently dampen the ROI of wellness programs.

III. State of the movement: Where are we now? Where are we now 2014-2015? Rand Report suggest we are moving toward forced self-management

Between 2000 and 2010, employee/worksite wellness and health promotion became a risk reduction tool for primary and secondary disease management as one method of improving productivity and ROI for health care.

In 2012, President Obama expanded to The President's Council to include Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. For better or worse, the concept of prevention and wellness became imbedded into the primary care as part of the American Affordable Care Act.

It is a critical time, the haves and have not’s, multi-political systems have driven us to war, causing chaos and greed.

Our wellness vision is one of returning to human values, the journey of wellness is about self-care, illiteracy and knowledge, and creating sustainable communities vs. externally driven incentive that currently dampen the ROI of wellness programs.

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IV. Future ahead
 
Will you step forward to create a culture based upon human values vs. greed,
Peace vs. war, or,
health vs. ROI?

Peace vs. war, or,
health vs. ROI?

IV. Future ahead
 
Will you step forward to create a culture based upon human values vs. greed,
Peace vs. war, or,
health vs. ROI?

Peace vs. war, or,
health vs. ROI?

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I look forward to hearing your future stories about the Legacy of Wellness –

I agree with Elaine, what I experience in life, who I am is the message!

Namaste

I look forward to hearing your future stories about the Legacy of Wellness –

I agree with Elaine, what I experience in life, who I am is the message!

Namaste

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IV. Future ahead
 
Will you step forward to create a culture based upon human values vs. greed,
Peace vs. war, or,
health vs. ROI?

Peace vs. war, or,
health vs. ROI?

IV. Future ahead
 
Will you step forward to create a culture based upon human values vs. greed,
Peace vs. war, or,
health vs. ROI?

Peace vs. war, or,
health vs. ROI?

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7 Dimensions Defined

The 7-Dimensional Wellness model includes the dimensions of Social, Physical, Emotional, Career, Intellectual, Environmental and Spiritual Wellness.

Social

Social wellness is the process of creating and maintaining healthy relationships.

The Social dimension of wellness encourages contributing to your human and physical environment for the common welfare of your community. It emphasizes interdependence and cooperation with others. Social wellness acknowledges that I am part of a family, community, group or circle, not the center of it. Social wellness includes the pursuit of harmony within your relationships and family that cultivated positive communication that is direct, honest and resolves conflicts.

Physical

Physical wellness is not only the process of having a flexible, aerobically fit body.

The physical dimension encourages regular physical activity that produces cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and strength to pursue everyday life and leisure activities. The physical dimension encourages knowledge and behavior consistent with good nutrition and discourages the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption. It includes activities that contribute health and wellness including seat belt use, getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night, managing disease, implementing medical self-care and appropriate use of the medical system.

Emotional

Emotional wellness is the process of creating and maintaining a positive realistic self concept and enthusiasm about life.

The emotional dimension wellness emphasizes an awareness of feelings and acceptance of the fact that you create your own feelings. Emotional wellness includes the degree to which you feel positive and enthusiastic about yourself and life. It includes the capacity to talk about feelings of fear, hurt, anger, sadness and joy, and to manage related behaviors. This includes being able to realistically asses your limitations, develop autonomy and to cope effectively with stress and ego.

Career

Career wellness is the process of making and maintaining choices that are meaningful and that contribute to your own personal growth, as well as to the growth of your employer and your community.

The career dimension, occupation or personal work, includes preparing and continuing to prepare for work you enjoy. It includes helping to create a healthy organization that contributes to your own and other's well-being. Occupational wellness is related being responsible to your work and the ability to balance work with the rest of your life.

Intellectual

Intellectual wellness is the process of using your mind to create a greater understanding of yourself and the universe.

The intellectual dimension encourages creative, stimulating mental activities. An intellectually well person uses the resources available to expand knowledge, improve skills and increase the potential for sharing with and contributing to others. Intellectually well people use intellectual and cultural activities to question themselves, to re-examine judgments and questions authority.

Environmental

Environmental wellness is the process of making choices to create sustainable human and ecological communities, improving qualities in air, water, land and space.

The environmental dimension recognizes that we are accountable for the quality of air we breathe, nourishment we seek, water to quench our thirst and the space to grow. The environmentally well person takes personal and social responsibility for creating sustainable communities that include all of earth's creatures, encourages minimizing use of disposable products, evaluates purchases and conveniences base upon environmental impact.

Spiritual

Spiritual wellness is the process of 'experiencing life' while seeking meaning and purpose in human existence. Spirituality allows one to have consistency between values and behaviors.

It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life, death and understanding of universal consciousness, (i.e. the 'master stories' or 'archetypes' that represent a commonality or biological imprints derived from the experience of the different races and are present in the unconscious of all individuals). Spiritual people are strongly aware of a wellspring of inner power and development of soul and that there are many paths to take in 'experiencing life' and that every spiritual tradition recognizes and teaches the basic precepts or laws of wise and conscious human conduct, (J. Campbell, The Power of Myth). Spirituality allows one to have consistency between values and behaviors because of the depth of understanding and precepts that re integrated into our 'spiritual Practice' within everyday life of work, family and relationships, (J. Kornfield, A Path with Heart). Generic principles of spiritual wellness include the acceptance of the concept of 'wholeness', I.E. connection with everything in creation. Spiritual wellness includes three working principles: acceptance of: (1) individual uniqueness, (2) diversity and (3) the need for community or bonding (Miriam Therese MacGillis, O.P. Genesis Farm).

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Be Your own Wellness Coach

What does this mean?

Becoming your own wellness coach is a concept developed for those who want to review the basics in personal wellness and take the next step toward transformation.

How can I achieve this?

You can become your own wellness coach by having a desire to be a responsible, self-directed and proactive individual.

This is a personal tranformation that occurs over time and involves the following:

  • Self-examination
  • Individual learning
  • Paying attention
  • Responding to and being aware of your responses
  • Accepting accountability for your choices
  • Seeking inner strength and external resources
  • Sharing responsibility for community and compliance to "human values"

Relevance for Wellness Professionals

Employers, Teachers, Wellness Professionals, Trainers and Health Coaches will find that 7dimensionsofwellness.com offers complementary options to assist clients in taking the next steps for well being and that of transformation and insights into connection, consciousness and universal human values, a place in which one finds consistency in "head, heart and hands".

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Wellness Quiz FAQs


Before you take the assessment, you may want to review the following FAQs

What does this assessment do?

The 7 Dimensions of Wellness Assessment/Quiz is the first step in making Wellness changes

This requires being aware.

The assessment provides a holistic measure of perception of the seven dimensions of wellness. The assessment requires being honest and authentic. You must "walk the talk" by being an active participant currently.

The assessment is based upon what the brain believes/perceives and drives the "action" one takes by producing different physiological responses resulting in feelings from optimism to fear.

The individual Quiz Results Section outlines basic wellness concepts. Examples are given to demonstrate how wellness is a dynamic process and how each dimension is interrelated with the others.

What does the assessment cover?

The assessment covers 7 dimensions of wellness. Each dimension has 5 questions.

How long does the assessment take?

The assessment takes from 10 to 15 minutes.

What kind of results do I receive?

You receive individual report to view or print immediately after taking the quiz.

How do I use my assessment results?

We have done the research for you and provide you with the following simple steps toward taking action.

  1. Awareness and Knowledge
  2. Questioning self worth and/or self efficacy
  3. Shifting Perceptions in a positive direction and Improving Competencies
  4. Taking Actions

How many have taken the assessment?

We have had 2801 participants complete our on-line quiz and receive a results summary.

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History of Wellness

John Travis MD, MPH (2017 Halbert L. Dunn Wellness Award Winner)

Wellness as a Philosophy

Wellness is a philosophy, a way of living healthy. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) has a long history in helping create the wellness movement. The Health Promotion and Wellness (UWSP-HPW) academic program introduced in 1987 and continues to produce professionals with a Health Promotion and Wellness Bachelor of Science degree. Over the last 2 decades, UWSP-Health Promotion and Wellness academic program has promoted that survival of the species requires more than fitness and created the seven dimensions of Wellness.

UWSP Academic History of Wellness

Why Seven Dimensions

Why seven dimensions you might ask? In 1990 our student marketing class felt it was important to add the dimension of environmental and submitted the first design for a 7 dimensional model. It was felt six dimensions  implied perfect balance, while seven implied fluidness, i.e. we are always in motion, transforming energy, constantly changing as we try stay in a balanced state of homeostasis. As individuals and communities, we embraced this emerging world view of interconnectedness.

Internal/External

Several of the dimensions are specific to internal social, physical, emotional, intellectual mind-body connections. Others, career, environmental and spiritual represent external and we constantly balance between the internal and external as a whole systems healing process.

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Corporate Wellness



What is Workplace or Corporate Wellness?

Workplace Wellness is defined as:

An organized employer-sponsored program that is designed to support employees (and sometime, their families) as they adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organization's bottom line.” as defined by Leonard L. Berry, Ann M. Mirabito, and William B. Baum in What's the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs? Harvard Business Review. Dec. 2010 pp 1-9.

What is Health Promotion?

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health promotion as the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.

  • When providing wellness programming, health promotion defines the basic marketing and promotion of risk reduction health programs. These health programs are grounded in the disciplines of social marketing, health communication, business marketing and use of incentives that address consumer health "needs" and customer "wants."

Health promotion/wellness programs Defined

  • Comprehensive wellness strategies are based on population health research. Determinates of individual health are attributed to four main factors.
    • 30% of individual's health is based on health behaviors
    • 40% of individual's health is based on social and economic conditions
    • 40% of individual's health is based on physical environments
    • 10% of individual's health is based on good clinical care

  • Example of health promotion programs include but are not limited to:
    • Disease management programs
    • Increased productivity
    • Risk reduction
    • Nutrition and exercise
    • Stress management
    • Health coaching
    • Marketing
    • Communications
    • Incentives

  • Wellness however is based upon a holistic approach that requires individual transformation delivered through focusing on the 7 dimensions of wellness: Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Career, Environmental, and Social.

What is the Health Care Continuum Concept?

  • Introduction to the Health Care Continuum Concept was started In 1970,.by John W. Travis, M.D., MPH. He envisioned the idea for the Illness-Wellness Continuum that placed "wellness" in a revolutionary new context and bridged health and human potential. This early health continuum model bridged the relationship between wellness, medically driven treatment models and high-level wellness

Health Care Continuum
  1. Individuals moving from the center or neutral point to the left or treatment model moved to deteriorating states of health and finally premature death.
  2. Individuals moving to the right of center increased their levels of health and well-being through awareness, education and wellness growth.
  3. One of the core concepts of the continuum was that the Treatment Paradigm could only take individuals back to the neutral point, where the symptoms of disease have been alleviated. The Wellness Paradigm, which could be utilized at any point on the continuum, moved individuals toward higher levels of wellness.

  • In 2012, Eddington introduced a new Health Care Continuum Concept in which he emphasized "Instead of aiming for a return to the status quo, a focus on positive health would move us beyond the status quo toward outcomes that exceed expectations. While risk reduction and health maintenance are noble, it is time to move the focus and efforts toward positive health potential through improved physical, mental, and social capabilities."

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Who is the Benefit professional?

In larger organizations, the benefit professional works more closely with decision makers to keep the business afloat. They may be or work closely with the Corporate Financial Officer (CFO). They make benefits design based upon real time data analysis, e.g. data mining, in terms of benefit design to save money. In smaller businesses, the benefit design me be done by human resources or outsourced to a broker. See https://www.ifebp.org/

Benefit vs. Human Resource Professionals.

Benefits are different in that they use an actuary approach in using numbers to evaluate the likelihood of future events, and designing creative ways to reduce or manage undesirable events. Benefits role is to “keep the business afloat”. Human resources usually implements benefit plans, hires and motivates employees to perform at their best by exchanging rewards for performance. See http://www.shrm.org/

What is Productivity ROI?

Productivity measurement may provide a better link than disease management to corporate America's bottom line. Example: The Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) is a pioneer, leader and nonprofit supplier of health and productivity research, measurement and benchmarking. See http://www.ibiweb.org/

What is Value-based Health Care?

VBHC strives to remove barriers and align both financial and non-financial incentives and rewards for living healthy and productive lives by using prevention, (population health) health enhancement strategies (internal policy, rewards & management support) and health care services (prevention and managed care).

Value-based Insurance Design

V-BID is an innovative approach that can improve clinical outcomes and contain costs. The basic premise of V-BID is to align consumer incentives with value by reducing barriers to high-value health services and providers ("carrots" or intrinsic motivation) and discouraging the use of low-value health services and providers ("sticks" or extrinsic motivation). When "carrots" are coupled with "sticks" in a clinically nuanced manner, V-BID improves health care quality and controls spending growth.

The concept of clinical nuance recognizes that:

  1. Medical services differ in the benefit provided; and
  2. The clinical benefit derived from a specific service depends on the patient using it, as well as when and where the service is provided. See
http://vbidcenter.org/

What is a Wellness Benefit Manager?

This new role combines skill sets of the benefit specialist and the wellness professional with the purpose integration of wellness into benefit design and of enhancing communication. See Abbott Solutions

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Now that you have completed the wellness quiz and gained some familiarity with the concept of wellness, you may want to consider the next logical step:
Become Your Own Wellness Coach
What does this mean?

Becoming your own wellness coach is a concept developed for those who want to review the basics in personal wellness and take the next step toward transformation.

How can I achieve this?

You can become your own wellness coach by having a desire to be a responsible, self-directed and proactive individual.

This is a personal tranformation that occurs over time and involves the following:

  • Self-examination
  • Individual learning
  • Paying attention
  • Responding to and being aware of your responses
  • Accepting accountability for your choices
  • Seeking inner strength and external resources
  • Sharing responsibility for community and compliance to "human values"
Track Your Progress
These assessment plans can help you track your wellness progress

 Assessments for the individual
Individual Results Report: This is part of the Individual Report which shows results in each of the 7 dimensions. This report is available in the free, standard and advanced individual accounts.

Individual Results Report: This is part of the Individual Report which shows results in each of the 7 dimensions. This report is available in the free, standard and advanced individual accounts.

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Individual vs. Group Percentile Report: This report shows your individual results in percentile in comparison with the average percentile results in each of the 7 dimensions for all users who have taken the assessment. This report is available in the standard and advanced individual accounts.

Individual vs. Group Percentile Report: This report shows your individual results in percentile in comparison with the average percentile results in each of the 7 dimensions for all users who have taken the assessment. This report is available in the standard and advanced individual accounts.

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Individual vs. Group Results Report: This report shows your individual results in comparison with the average results in each of the 7 dimensions for all users who have taken the assessment. This report is available in the standard and advanced individual accounts.

Individual vs. Group Results Report: This report shows your individual results in comparison with the average results in each of the 7 dimensions for all users who have taken the assessment. This report is available in the standard and advanced individual accounts.

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Time Tracking Report - Bar Graph Format: This report shows your individual results in each of the 7 dimensions over time. The bars are color-coded by date and are clustered in each dimension. This report is only available in the s advanced individual account. Users with the Advanced Individual Account can take the assessment up to 5 different times.

Time Tracking Report - Bar Graph Format: This report shows your individual results in each of the 7 dimensions over time. The bars are color-coded by date and are clustered in each dimension. This report is only available in the s advanced individual account. Users with the Advanced Individual Account can take the assessment up to 5 different times.

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Time Tracking Report - Line Graph Format: This report shows your individual results in each of the 7 dimensions over time. Each color-coded line represents a date the assessment was taken. the 7 dimensions are represented on the vertical axis with the scores on the horizontal axis. This report is only available in the s advanced individual account. Users with the Advanced Individual Account can take the assessment up to 5 different times.

Time Tracking Report - Line Graph Format: This report shows your individual results in each of the 7 dimensions over time. Each color-coded line represents a date the assessment was taken. the 7 dimensions are represented on the vertical axis with the scores on the horizontal axis. This report is only available in the s advanced individual account. Users with the Advanced Individual Account can take the assessment up to 5 different times.

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Standard Individual Account

Includes:

  1. Individual Report
  2. General Guidelines for Making Healthy Changes
  3. Individual vs Group Comparison Report
  4. Individual Percentile Report
  5. Selected Consumer Resources
  6. Level I BYOWC Certificate
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Includes:

  1. Individual can take up to 5 assessments over time
  2. Individual Report
  3. General Guidelines for Making Healthy Changes
  4. Individual/Group Comparison Report
  5. Individual Percentile Report
  6. Time Tracking Report comparing up to 5 results taken over time
  7. Selected Consumer Resources
  8. Level II BYOWC Certificate
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  2. Group Aggregate Reports
  3. Group Comparison Reports
  4. Demographic Breakdown Reports
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  3. Group Comparison Reports
  4. Demographic Breakdown Reports
  5. Advanced Ad Hoc Reporting
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  1. Ability to create and administer assessments to your own groups
  2. Ability to create time tracking groups
  3. Group Aggregate Reports
  4. Group Comparison Reports
  5. Demographic Breakdown Reports
  6. Time Tracking Reports available for individuals
  7. Advanced Ad Hoc Reporting
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Consulting Services

Benefit Wellness Management

Resources to grow by
Creating self-worth and positive affirmations
Books
Resource: I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME (BUT IT ISN'T): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power - Author: Brene Brown
Amazon:I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME (BUT IT ISN'T):I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME (BUT IT ISN'T):

About the Author: Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brene Brown is a popular contributor to TED Talks with over 15 million views.


Resource: Love 2.0 - Author: Barbara Fredrickson
Amazon: Love 2.0Books: Love 2.0 BF

We all know love matters, but in this groundbreaking book positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson shows us how much. Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives.

About the Author: Barbara Lee Fredrickson is an American professor in the department of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab (PEPLab) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fredrickson is a social psychologist who conducts research in emotions and positive psychology. Her main work is related to her broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, which suggests that positive emotions lead to novel, expansive, or exploratory behavior, and that, over time, these actions lead to meaningful, long-term resources such as knowledge and social relationships. She is the author of Positivity (2009), a general-audience book that draws on her own research and that of other social scientists. She also released a new book in January 2013, Love 2.0, which discusses the supreme emotion of love, micro-moments of connection as well as how love can affect your biological and cellular make-up over time.


Resource: Mindfulness, Acceptance and Positive Psychology - Author: Todd Kashdan
Amazon:  Mindfulness, Acceptance and Positive PsychologyMindfulness, Acceptance and Positive Psychology

About the Author: Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D. is scientist, public speaker, and a professor of psychology at George Mason University. He is director of the Laboratory for the Study of Social Anxiety, Character Strengths, and Related Phenomena at George Mason University. His research has advanced our understanding of why people suffer, with an emphasis on the transition from normal to pathological anxiety. His other research has advanced our understanding of the nature of well-being, with an emphasis on the critical functions of curiosity, meaning and purpose in life, and psychological flexibility to living a well-lived life. He is one of the first people in the world to teach college courses on the science of well-being, and soon after, brought this science to the general public and business organizations.


Resource: Rising Strong - Author: Brene Brown
Amazon:Rising StrongRising Strong

About the Author: Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brene Brown is a popular contributor to TED Talks with over 15 million views.


Resource: The Gifts of Imperfection - Author: Brene Brown
Amazon:The Gifts of ImperfectionThe Gifts of Imperfection

About the Author: Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brene Brown is a popular contributor to TED Talks with over 15 million views.


CDs, DVDs
Resource: The Power of Vulnerability
Amazon:The Power of VulnerabilityThe Power of Vulnerability

About the Author: Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brene Brown is a popular contributor to TED Talks with over 15 million views.


Shifting Perceptions and Consciousness
Books
Resource: Mindsight - Author: Dr. Dan Siegel
Amazon:MindsightMindsight

About the Author: Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative.


Resource: Molecules of Emotion - Author: Dr. Candace Pert
Amazon:Molecules of EmotionMolecules of Emotion

About the Author: Candace Beebe Pert (June 26, 1946 - September 12, 2013) was an American neuroscientist and pharmacologist who discovered the opiate receptor, the cellular binding site for endorphins in the brain. As a mere graduate student, in 1972 Candace Pert discovered the brain's opiate receptor - the cellular site where the body's painkillers and "bliss-makers", the endorphins - bond with cells to weave their magic. Pert's discovery led to a revolution in neuroscience, helping open the door to the "information-based" model of the brain which is now replacing the old "structuralist" model.


Resource: The Emotional Life of Your Brain - Author: Dr. Richard L Davidson
Amazon:The Emotional Life of Your BrainThe Emotional Life of Your Brain

About the Author: Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world's leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker internationally. Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2006.


Resource: The Moral Molecule - Author: Paul Zak
Amazon:The Moral MoleculeThe Moral Molecule

About the Author: What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.


Mindful Meditation / Stress Reduction
Books
Resource: Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body - Author: Jo Marchant
Amazon:Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over BodyCure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body

About the Author: Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist and author. She has worked as an editor at New Scientist and at Nature and writes on topics from the future of genetic engineering to underwater archaeology.


Resource: Full Catastrophe Living - Author: Jon Kabat Zinn
Amazon:Full Catastrophe LivingFull Catastrophe Living

About the Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with those of science. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, called Mindfulness-based stress reduction, is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations.


Nutrition and Integrative Medicine
Books
Resource: Disease Proof - Author: Dr. David Katz
Amazon:Disease ProofDisease Proof

About the Author: David L. Katz is a nutritionist and the founding director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, as well as an associate professor of public health practice at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2000, Katz began advocating for integrative medicine when he founded the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. He has been a member of the governing board of the American College of Preventive Medicine since 2002, and has also been president of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine since 2004.


Spirituality and Meditation
Books
Resource: Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace - Author: The 14th Dalai Lama
Amazon:Dalai Lamas Little Book of Inner PeaceDalai Lamas Little Book of Inner Peace

About the Author: The 14th Dalai Lama is the current Dalai Lama, as well as the longest lived incumbent. Dalai Lamas are the head monks of the Gelug school, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is also well known for his lifelong advocacy for Tibetans inside and outside Tibet.


Resource: Real Happiness - Author: Sharon Salzberg
Amazon:Real HappinessReal Happiness

About the Author: Sharon Salzberg is a New York Times Best selling author and teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West. In 1974, she co-founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Her emphasis is on vipassan? (insight) and mett? (loving-kindness) methods, and has been leading meditation retreats around the world for over three decades. All of these methods have their origins in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Her books include Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995), A Heart as Wide as the World (1999) and Real Happiness - The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), which was on the The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011.


Resource: The Wise Heart - Author: Jack Kornfield
Amazon:The Wise HeartThe Wise Heart

About the Author: Jack Kornfield is an American author and teacher in the vipassana movement in American Theravada Buddhism. He trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India, including as a student of the Thai monk Ajahn Chah. He has taught meditation worldwide since around 1974. In 1975, he co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, and subsequently in 1987, Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.


Intensive Training Options
Links
Resource: Center for Courage and Renewal (Parker Palmer)

Our mission is to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.


Resource: Esalen

Esalen is a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research. We work toward the realization of a more humane and all-embracing world.


Resource: Evolving Wisdom

We are committed to serving the evolution of consciousness and culture on the planet by building and nurturing a global transformative learning community that brings visionaries and wisdom teachers together with passionate learners for the purpose of creating deep transformation at all levels.


Resource: Fetzer Institute

We believe in the transformative power of love, love that protects us in our vulnerability while also impelling us to tend to the needs of others. We believe that forgiveness can also be transformative, a process that further extends the healing power of love. We accept that these forces have power: power to heal, and power to transform even the most difficult, troubled situation into something that is generative, affirming, and life-giving. In a world that seems dominated by aggression and separation, we are part of a broad and deep yearning for something different.


Resource: Findhorn

The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, ecovillage and an international centre for holistic learning, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future.


Resource: Greater Good Science Center

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.


Resource: Plum Village

Plum Village, near Bordeaux in southwest France, is the largest international practice center in the Plum Village tradition, and the first residential community to be founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in the West.


Resource: The Contemplative Mind

We envision an education that promotes the exploration of meaning, purpose and values and seeks to serve our common human future. An education that enables and enhances personal introspection and contemplation leads to the realization of our inextricable connection to each other, opening the heart and mind to true community, deeper insight, sustainable living, and a more just society.


Resource: The Omega Institute

Omega is a place to explore the extraordinary potential that exists in all of us as individuals and together as a human family.


Wellness Statistics
Links
Resource: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Scientific Articles


Resource: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index


Physical Wellness: Smoking
Links
Resource: Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line


Physical Wellness: Exercise
CDs, DVDs
Resource: Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred
Amazon:Jillian Michaels 30 Day ShredJillian Michaels 30 Day Shred

About the Author: Jillian Michaels is an American personal trainer, businesswoman, author and television personality from Los Angeles, California.


Electronic Devices
Resource: Basis Peak
Amazon:Basis PeakBasis Peak


Resource: Fitbit Charge HR
Amazon:Fitbit Charge HRFitbit Charge HR

Fitness Trackers are wearable devices that monitor and store information about your activity levels, including walking, running, heart rate, blood pressure and even blood oxygen levels. These products can be synced with iOS and Android apps which in turn can provide useful historical tracking of your daily activity levels.


Resource: Garmin Vivoactive
Amazon:Garmin VivoactiveGarmin Vivoactive


Resource: Healthbox
Amazon:HealthboxHealthbox

Band - Your UA Band measures sleep, resting heart rate, steps, and even workout intensity when worn with UA Heart Rate. Wear it ALL THE TIME.. Scale - Track your body weight, body fat percentage, and progress towards your weight goal. Step on it EVERYDAY.. Heart Rate - Train as smart as possible by wearing the chest strap while you work out to track your heart rate. See it in real-time when you wear with UA Band.. Get a FREE 1-year membership to MyFitnessPal Premium and MapMyFitness MVP with your purchase of UA HealthBox™..


Resource: Jawbone UP24
Amazon:Jawbone UP24Jawbone UP24


Resource: Mio Fuse
Amazon:Mio FuseMio Fuse


Links
Resource: Yoga With Adriene


Physical Wellness: Nutrition
Books
Resource: Nutrition in Clinical Practice - Author: Dr. David Katz
Amazon:Nutrition in Clinical PracticeNitrition and Clinical Practice

About the Author: David L. Katz is a nutritionist and the founding director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, as well as an associate professor of public health practice at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2000, Katz began advocating for integrative medicine when he founded the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. He has been a member of the governing board of the American College of Preventive Medicine since 2002, and has also been president of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine since 2004.


Links
Resource: CookSmarts


Physical Wellness: Sleep
Software
Resource: f.lux sleep aid

Flux (or f.lux as it is officially spelled) is a program that alters the brightness and white balance of your computer depending on what time of day it is. During the day, the computer screen looks more like daylight. When evening comes around the computer s


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Creating self-worth and positive affirmations
Books
Resource: I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME (BUT IT ISN'T): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power - Author: Brene Brown
Amazon:I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME (BUT IT ISN'T):I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME (BUT IT ISN'T):

About the Author: Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brene Brown is a popular contributor to TED Talks with over 15 million views.


Resource: Love 2.0 - Author: Barbara Fredrickson
Amazon: Love 2.0Books: Love 2.0 BF

We all know love matters, but in this groundbreaking book positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson shows us how much. Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives.

About the Author: Barbara Lee Fredrickson is an American professor in the department of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab (PEPLab) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fredrickson is a social psychologist who conducts research in emotions and positive psychology. Her main work is related to her broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, which suggests that positive emotions lead to novel, expansive, or exploratory behavior, and that, over time, these actions lead to meaningful, long-term resources such as knowledge and social relationships. She is the author of Positivity (2009), a general-audience book that draws on her own research and that of other social scientists. She also released a new book in January 2013, Love 2.0, which discusses the supreme emotion of love, micro-moments of connection as well as how love can affect your biological and cellular make-up over time.


Resource: Mindfulness, Acceptance and Positive Psychology - Author: Todd Kashdan
Amazon:  Mindfulness, Acceptance and Positive PsychologyMindfulness, Acceptance and Positive Psychology

About the Author: Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D. is scientist, public speaker, and a professor of psychology at George Mason University. He is director of the Laboratory for the Study of Social Anxiety, Character Strengths, and Related Phenomena at George Mason University. His research has advanced our understanding of why people suffer, with an emphasis on the transition from normal to pathological anxiety. His other research has advanced our understanding of the nature of well-being, with an emphasis on the critical functions of curiosity, meaning and purpose in life, and psychological flexibility to living a well-lived life. He is one of the first people in the world to teach college courses on the science of well-being, and soon after, brought this science to the general public and business organizations.


Resource: Rising Strong - Author: Brene Brown
Amazon:Rising StrongRising Strong

About the Author: Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brene Brown is a popular contributor to TED Talks with over 15 million views.


Resource: The Gifts of Imperfection - Author: Brene Brown
Amazon:The Gifts of ImperfectionThe Gifts of Imperfection

About the Author: Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brene Brown is a popular contributor to TED Talks with over 15 million views.


CDs, DVDs
Resource: The Power of Vulnerability
Amazon:The Power of VulnerabilityThe Power of Vulnerability

About the Author: Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brene Brown is a popular contributor to TED Talks with over 15 million views.


Shifting Perceptions and Consciousness
Books
Resource: Mindsight - Author: Dr. Dan Siegel
Amazon:MindsightMindsight

About the Author: Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative.


Resource: Molecules of Emotion - Author: Dr. Candace Pert
Amazon:Molecules of EmotionMolecules of Emotion

About the Author: Candace Beebe Pert (June 26, 1946 - September 12, 2013) was an American neuroscientist and pharmacologist who discovered the opiate receptor, the cellular binding site for endorphins in the brain. As a mere graduate student, in 1972 Candace Pert discovered the brain's opiate receptor - the cellular site where the body's painkillers and "bliss-makers", the endorphins - bond with cells to weave their magic. Pert's discovery led to a revolution in neuroscience, helping open the door to the "information-based" model of the brain which is now replacing the old "structuralist" model.


Resource: The Emotional Life of Your Brain - Author: Dr. Richard L Davidson
Amazon:The Emotional Life of Your BrainThe Emotional Life of Your Brain

About the Author: Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world's leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker internationally. Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2006.


Resource: The Moral Molecule - Author: Paul Zak
Amazon:The Moral MoleculeThe Moral Molecule

About the Author: What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.


Mindful Meditation / Stress Reduction
Books
Resource: Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body - Author: Jo Marchant
Amazon:Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over BodyCure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body

About the Author: Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist and author. She has worked as an editor at New Scientist and at Nature and writes on topics from the future of genetic engineering to underwater archaeology.


Resource: Full Catastrophe Living - Author: Jon Kabat Zinn
Amazon:Full Catastrophe LivingFull Catastrophe Living

About the Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with those of science. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, called Mindfulness-based stress reduction, is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations.


Nutrition and Integrative Medicine
Books
Resource: Disease Proof - Author: Dr. David Katz
Amazon:Disease ProofDisease Proof

About the Author: David L. Katz is a nutritionist and the founding director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, as well as an associate professor of public health practice at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2000, Katz began advocating for integrative medicine when he founded the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. He has been a member of the governing board of the American College of Preventive Medicine since 2002, and has also been president of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine since 2004.


Spirituality and Meditation
Books
Resource: Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace - Author: The 14th Dalai Lama
Amazon:Dalai Lamas Little Book of Inner PeaceDalai Lamas Little Book of Inner Peace

About the Author: The 14th Dalai Lama is the current Dalai Lama, as well as the longest lived incumbent. Dalai Lamas are the head monks of the Gelug school, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is also well known for his lifelong advocacy for Tibetans inside and outside Tibet.


Resource: Real Happiness - Author: Sharon Salzberg
Amazon:Real HappinessReal Happiness

About the Author: Sharon Salzberg is a New York Times Best selling author and teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West. In 1974, she co-founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Her emphasis is on vipassan? (insight) and mett? (loving-kindness) methods, and has been leading meditation retreats around the world for over three decades. All of these methods have their origins in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Her books include Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995), A Heart as Wide as the World (1999) and Real Happiness - The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), which was on the The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011.


Resource: The Wise Heart - Author: Jack Kornfield
Amazon:The Wise HeartThe Wise Heart

About the Author: Jack Kornfield is an American author and teacher in the vipassana movement in American Theravada Buddhism. He trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India, including as a student of the Thai monk Ajahn Chah. He has taught meditation worldwide since around 1974. In 1975, he co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, and subsequently in 1987, Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.


Intensive Training Options
Links
Resource: Center for Courage and Renewal (Parker Palmer)

Our mission is to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.


Resource: Esalen

Esalen is a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research. We work toward the realization of a more humane and all-embracing world.


Resource: Evolving Wisdom

We are committed to serving the evolution of consciousness and culture on the planet by building and nurturing a global transformative learning community that brings visionaries and wisdom teachers together with passionate learners for the purpose of creating deep transformation at all levels.


Resource: Fetzer Institute

We believe in the transformative power of love, love that protects us in our vulnerability while also impelling us to tend to the needs of others. We believe that forgiveness can also be transformative, a process that further extends the healing power of love. We accept that these forces have power: power to heal, and power to transform even the most difficult, troubled situation into something that is generative, affirming, and life-giving. In a world that seems dominated by aggression and separation, we are part of a broad and deep yearning for something different.


Resource: Findhorn

The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, ecovillage and an international centre for holistic learning, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future.


Resource: Greater Good Science Center

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.


Resource: Plum Village

Plum Village, near Bordeaux in southwest France, is the largest international practice center in the Plum Village tradition, and the first residential community to be founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in the West.


Resource: The Contemplative Mind

We envision an education that promotes the exploration of meaning, purpose and values and seeks to serve our common human future. An education that enables and enhances personal introspection and contemplation leads to the realization of our inextricable connection to each other, opening the heart and mind to true community, deeper insight, sustainable living, and a more just society.


Resource: The Omega Institute

Omega is a place to explore the extraordinary potential that exists in all of us as individuals and together as a human family.


Wellness Statistics
Links
Resource: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Scientific Articles


Resource: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index


Physical Wellness: Smoking
Links
Resource: Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line


Physical Wellness: Exercise
CDs, DVDs
Resource: Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred
Amazon:Jillian Michaels 30 Day ShredJillian Michaels 30 Day Shred

About the Author: Jillian Michaels is an American personal trainer, businesswoman, author and television personality from Los Angeles, California.


Electronic Devices
Resource: Basis Peak
Amazon:Basis PeakBasis Peak


Resource: Fitbit Charge HR
Amazon:Fitbit Charge HRFitbit Charge HR

Fitness Trackers are wearable devices that monitor and store information about your activity levels, including walking, running, heart rate, blood pressure and even blood oxygen levels. These products can be synced with iOS and Android apps which in turn can provide useful historical tracking of your daily activity levels.


Resource: Garmin Vivoactive
Amazon:Garmin VivoactiveGarmin Vivoactive


Resource: Healthbox
Amazon:HealthboxHealthbox

Band - Your UA Band measures sleep, resting heart rate, steps, and even workout intensity when worn with UA Heart Rate. Wear it ALL THE TIME.. Scale - Track your body weight, body fat percentage, and progress towards your weight goal. Step on it EVERYDAY.. Heart Rate - Train as smart as possible by wearing the chest strap while you work out to track your heart rate. See it in real-time when you wear with UA Band.. Get a FREE 1-year membership to MyFitnessPal Premium and MapMyFitness MVP with your purchase of UA HealthBox™..


Resource: Jawbone UP24
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Resource: Mio Fuse
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Links
Resource: Yoga With Adriene


Physical Wellness: Nutrition
Books
Resource: Nutrition in Clinical Practice - Author: Dr. David Katz
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About the Author: David L. Katz is a nutritionist and the founding director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, as well as an associate professor of public health practice at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2000, Katz began advocating for integrative medicine when he founded the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT. He has been a member of the governing board of the American College of Preventive Medicine since 2002, and has also been president of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine since 2004.


Links
Resource: CookSmarts


Physical Wellness: Sleep
Software
Resource: f.lux sleep aid

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Wellness as a Philosophy

Wellness is a philosophy, a way of living healthy. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) has a long history in helping create the wellness movement. The Health Promotion and Wellness (UWSP-HPW) academic program introduced in 1987 and continues to produce professionals with a Health Promotion and Wellness Bachelor of Science degree. Over the last 2 decades, UWSP-Health Promotion and Wellness academic program has promoted that survival of the species requires more than fitness and created the seven dimensions of Wellness.

Why Seven Dimensions

Why seven dimensions you might ask? In 1990 our student marketing class felt it was important to add the dimension of environmental and submitted the first design for a 7 dimensional model. It was felt six dimensions  implied perfect balance, while seven implied fluidness, i.e. we are always in motion, transforming energy, constantly changing as we try stay in a balanced state of homeostasis. As individuals and communities, we embraced this emerging world view of interconnectedness.

Internal/External

Several of the dimensions are specific to internal social, physical, emotional, intellectual mind-body connections. Others, career, environmental and spiritual represent external and we constantly balance between the internal and external as a whole systems healing process.

 

About Abbott Solutions, Inc.

Abbott Solutions, Inc. was founded by R. Anne Abbott, PhD, an accomplished administrator, published author, and seasoned public speaker and facilitator. Abbott works with caring organizations that desire to successfully bridge efforts between multi-disciplined professionals in order to provide exceptional services to clients, consumers, and employees. Abbott is the Principal Owner of Abbott Solutions, Inc

What is Abbott Solutions

An organized employer-sponsored program that is designed to support employees (and sometime, their families) as they adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organization's bottom line.†as defined by Leonard L. Berry, Ann M. Mirabito, and William B. Baum in What's the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs? Harvard Business Review. Dec. 2010 pp 1-9.

Abbott Solutions, Incorporated was founded by R. Anne Abbott, PhD, an accomplished administrator, published author, and seasoned public speaker and facilitator.  Abbott works with caring organizations that desire to successfully bridge efforts between multi-disciplined professionals in order to provide exceptional services to clients, consumers, and employees. Abbott is the Principal Owner of Abbott Solutions, Inc.

R. Anne Abbott, PhD
"I believe may life's work, my practice, is to act as the bridge between good intentions and measurable outcomes, where people and community can make a difference and technology can be used to enhance the human capacity!"

Abbott Solutions, Inc.

  • Abbott Solutions, Inc., is a health care management consultant group that supplies strategic planning, operational management expertise, prepares research and response to complex questions.
  • Abbott Solutions provides employers objective, customized and cost effective solutions to reduce health care cost, improve return on investment [ROI] and provided wellness program design for your corporate and employee wellness health benefit and wellness plans.
  • Current projects include: Professional coaching, consulting, and on-line course development for wellness and benefit professionals desiring to incorporate value based health care management into health benefits and wellness plans.

Experience

  • Dr. Abbott is a Professor Emeritus in Health Promotion and Wellness at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) and serves as a Senior Consultant for the National Wellness Institute, Inc.
  • Abbott currently serves on NWI's Board of Directors and on the Academic Accreditation Team for Bachelor's, Master's and PhD level graduate programs with emphasis in Health Promotion and Wellness.
  • Abbott continues to serve on the Board of Experts for publication of The Exercise Standards and Malpractice Reporter.
  • (1997-2011) Professor and Past Academic Director, UWSP Academic Director, UWSP-University of Wisconsin Extension (2010-2011).
  • Contributed wellness and health promotion expertise and leadership to develop on-line learning at UWSP. Worked collaborative with 3 other universities and UW-Extension to develop an on-line bachelor completion degree in Health and Wellness Management (HWM).
  • UWSP Director of Health Promotion/Protection Programs (1987- 1997)
  • Spearheaded academic curriculum development for training Health Promotion and Wellness, and Health Promotion and Health Protection professional degrees.
  • Led innovative professional training program to achieve 3 national "Best Program Awards"
  • Created the 7-Dimensions of Wellness Model. http://www.7dimensionsofwellness.com
  • Director, Employee Wellness Programs for 1100 university employees (1987-1997) and 3500 hospital employees (1979-1987).

Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (1981). Exercise Science and Epidemiology
  • M.S., Florida State University (1970). Exercise Science
  • B.S., East Tennessee State University (1969). Physical and Health Education

Additional Training, Certifications and Recognitions

  • International Foundation Education - Benefits- Compensation. Health Benefit Plan Basics, Choice Based Benefits, Health Care Cost Management - Certificate in Health Care Plans.(2013).
  • Personality Resources International (PRI), the Color People. Identity Mapping and the Four Ways System. (2012).
  • National Wellness Institute, Certified Wellness Practitioner (2009-2014).
  • Founding Fellow American Association of Cardio Pulmonary and Rehabilitation (1986)
  • American College of Sports Medicine Program Director (1975-2007).
  • New England Institute of Gestalt Therapy, Boston (1987).
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What does the Quiz Do?

The SPECIES-7 Dimensions of Wellness Assessment/Quiz is the first step in making Wellness changes.

This requires being aware.

The wellness assessment provides a holistic measure of perception of how one views their wellnees within the seven dimensions. Perception is based upon what the brain believes or perceives to be true. Perception drives the behavioralaction one takes.

The individual Quiz Results Section outlines basic wellness concepts. Examples are given to demonstrate how wellness is a dynamic process and how each dimension is interrelated with the others. Professional Group plans can access Quiz directly and have access to the data for their employees or participants.

TPlease note the SPECIES - 7 Dimensions of Wellness Assessment/Quiz is not a Biometric/Health Risk Assessment (HRA) or medical base survey.

What does the assessment cover?

The assessment is based upon the 7 dimensions of wellness model: Spiritual, Physical Intellectual, Environmental, and Social

Each dimension has 5 assessment questions in a Likert Scale format. Here is an example:

Sample

How long does the total assessment take

Approximately 10-15 minutes

How do you use your wellness quiz

This section encourages and provides simple steps toward taking action. These steps include Awareness and Knowledge, Questioning Self Worth, Shifting Perceptions, and Taking Actions. You can use the SPECIES-7 Dimensions of Wellness Assessment/Quiz to measure wellness progress over time, or simply increase awareness in beginning a wellness program or re-designs of health promotion programs. Basic best practices for health and wellness are supplied by links to the best free Internet resources.

How do "Selected References for Consumers" Work?

Select references help consumers find best and up-to-date information beyond diet and exercise and that are transformational in nature. For example, research in neuroplasticity of the brain currently supports that the brain can be altered by simple meditation techniques when incorporated into a disciplined practice.

Expert presenters provide useful techniques and demonstrations through selected videos, YouTube talks and recommended books. These practices are known to provide personal transformation vs. transactions for participants exploring these methods.

Trust is based upon transactional relationships vs. ROI calculations.

Advanced training centers are also introduced to consumers

Reports: Who can get the data results?

Assessment/Quiz provides 3 levels of report access.

  • Individuals taking the Free Assessment– Users can print a basic Individual Report and recommensations
  • Advanced Individual Reports– Users have access to their Individual Report and recommendations, an Individual/Group Comparison Report and an Individual Percentile Analysis Report and Time-Tracking Reports.
  • Professional Group Plan– Individuals assessment takers get Advanced Individual Reports as described previously. The Plan Administrator has access to aggregated Group Reports, Group Comparison Reports, Demographic Reports and Ad Hoc Filtering Reports. Plan Administrators can also manage their own groups (e.g. departmental) and download all de-identified raw data. While their account is active, Plan Administrators have full access to and own their aggregated data as defined in their individual contracts.

We Supply:

  • Free consultation on determining your program and technical needs.
  • Free technical assistance in merging SPECIES-7 Dimensions of Wellness Assessment/Quiz into existing health and wellness programs.
  • Free on-line technical support for quiz operation.
  • Quiz cost are based on volume of use.
  • Customization available: Through the Professional Group Plan, employers, consultants, wellness professionals can have access to the data for their employees or participants. Based on volume, or complexity of customer needs, we can customize or adapt this product to individual specifications for a reasonable fee.
  • Onsite consulting to integrate wellness and benefits, available on an additional fee basis.

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