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Health Promotion in the Workplace - 4th Edition
Michael P. O'Donnell, MBA, MPH, PhD
From the Editor
Editor's Notes: September/October 2016
Michael P. O'Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH
Is It Time to Separate the Financial and Health Goals of Workplace Health Promotion Programs?
I come to this conclusion not because I am losing faith in the ability of programs to improve health or save money. Indeed, evidence continues to grow that workplace health promotion programs are not only a cost-effective way to improve health among employed people (1) but they are one of the few if not the only employee benefit that actually saves more than it costs (2).
What is the Right Mix?
Definition of Health Promotion
Health Promotion is the art and science of helping people discover the synergies between their core passions and optimal health, enhancing their motivation to strive for optimal health, and supporting them in changing their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health. Optimal health is a dynamic balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health. Lifestyle change can be facilitated through a combination of learning experiences that enhance awareness, increase motivation, and build skills and, most important, through the creation of opportunities that open access to environments that make positive health practices the easiest choice.