What is Wellness? …

Good morning, and welcome to the new “What is…?” series on the Apportis blog! Every Monday, I’ll post a quick and easy to read informational article about an important topic in healthcare. Today’s topic is….(drumroll please)…wellness!

 

The Merriam-Webster definition of wellness is:

 

“The quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal.”

 

Some synonyms are “sap,” “fitness,” and “heartiness.” Just for fun, the antonyms are “illness,” “sickness,” and “unsoundness.”

 

If wellness means actively seeking good health…what does that look like? What exactly is the difference between health and wellness, anyway?

 

The World Health Organization says that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” while wellness is the “active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.”

 

In other words, wellness is the continual effort to try to be healthy. Since everyone is on different places in their wellness journey, here are a few things that you can do to put more focus on your own personal wellness:

 

  1. For one day, log what you’re eating: are you eating enough whole foods? Do you eat a lot of salty food in the mid-afternoon? Take stock of what you’re putting in your body so you can figure out if you can make any adjustments (cut out pop, limit sugar) in order to care for your body a little more.
  2. Incorporate thirty minutes of “you time” somewhere in your day. Whether that means bringing a book at lunch, or waking up early to do yoga, dedicating a part of your day to your own wellness will be sure to shape your day for the better.
  3. Learn how to make your wellness a priority, even if that means canceling some plans.

 

TLDR; Wellness is the journey toward a healthy lifestyle. And just like all journeys, it happens one step at a time.

Interesting Corporate Wellness article – we can help!! …

A work colleague sent a published Harvard Business Review article to me via email.  It is a great picture of where we currently are and which direction we should be heading.

Article: How to Design a Corporate Wellness Plan That Actually Works, by Hector De La Torre & Ron Goetzel, Ph.D., MARCH 31, 2016

In response to the topics covered in this article, Apportis’ Health & Wellness Platform, launched Spring 2018, offers a strategy to build a health culture, with realistic metrics, campaigns, bulletins, smart incentives, live coaching, and much more, ultimately offering real ROI (Return On Investment) and VOI (Value On Investment).

Contact us for more details.

Wellness Summit 2018

Tomorrow – Thursday, January 25, 2018 – is the first Wellness Workplace Summit to be held by our partner:  The Wellness Collective.

The Wellness Summit 2018

This is a one-day conference on how to create a thriving, high-performance culture by focusing on health and well-being in the workplace.

This subject is so important nowadays from all different angles with all of the strategy to benefit the employee in their private and professional lives.

APPORTIS will be at the Summit.  Please stop by and see us.