wellness councils of america, (402) 827-3590 or www.welcoa.org>. the web site is well organized and loaded with useful info about business wellness. click on "making a case for wellness" for lots of powerful, persuasive data.
the health project, http://healthproject.stanford.edu/>. a nonprofit consortium devoted to lowering healthcare costs by encouraging healthful behaviors. a rich web site with extensive resources.
preventdisease.com, www.preventdisease.com>. click on "workplace wellness" to view a fact-filled web site; a must-stop for anyone interested in corporate wellness.
wellness programs, http://www.e-hresources.com/nov2.htm. a detailed - and thoroughly researched and footnoted - article on wellness in business, and its costs and benefits. -
going it solo
if your company is sitting out the wellness revolution, are you sidelined when it comes to the fitness parade? nope. in fact, "wellness is always going to come down to the individual and his or her motivation," says leslie worris, head of the wellness alliance in newton, massachusetts. an employer can throw in incentives, but personal commitment still matters most.
to launch your own personal wellness program, work with your doctor to complete a health risk assessment, a standardized tool that combines family history and current lifestyle choices with blood analysis. the results will translate into a prescription for better health. the most common recommendations aren't new: reduce dietary fat, cut cholesterol intake, exercise four or five times weekly, and - probably the biggest single piece of advice - quit smoking. still, these simple steps produce potent results. "do these things and you will get sick less often," says fran miller, president of san francisco-based wellcall, a provider of wellness programs to corporations.