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Wellness Session, Tuesday, October 21

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Working Well – Creating a Culture of Health at Work

David Hunnicutt, PhD
President, Wellness Councils of America


It’s been said that, “when we are young, good health is a gift from God, but as life happens, good health has to be earned.” Given that adults spend approximately half of their waking hours on the job, worksites provide an optimal opportunity to initiate and support healthy environments.

In this engaging and informative presentation, Dr. David Hunnicutt, President of the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA), will share insights and strategies on what we can do to ensure that each of our employees are healthy and productive.

According to recent studies, there are a number of common elements inherent in successful health promotion initiatives. Considered to be the “science” behind building healthy working environments, WELCOA has distilled these elements into the ‘Seven Benchmarks of Success’. Using these critical benchmarks, WELCOA has helped organizations build “best in class” workplace wellness programs.

When it comes to creating a culture of health in the workplace, there are two paths that can be followed: activity centered or results oriented. Activity-centered workplace wellness programs are those that make "activities" the central focus of their initiative. In contrast, results-oriented initiatives are those programs that are carefully researched, thoughtfully designed, and sensibly executed. Results-oriented programs are focused not on simply offering a "program of the month," but on impacting the organization’s bottom line through improved employee health, enhanced morale and increased productivity.

Dr. Hunnicutt will help us identify ‘Good-Better-Best’ practices for creating a culture of health within our K-State Research & Extension system.