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Health Promotion in the Workplace - 4th Edition

Michael P. O'Donnell, MBA, MPH, PhD






Michael Odonnell



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?

After studying the health and financial impact of workplace health promotion programs and discussing strategic and program goals with employers for nearly 40 years, I am beginning to think that the best way to reduce medical costs and improve health through these programs may be to separate financial and health goals strategically and operationally.

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).



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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.

Michael P. O'Donnell (2009) Definition of Health Promotion 2.0: Embracing Passion, Enhancing Motivation, Recognizing Dynamic Balance, and Creating Opportunities. American Journal of Health Promotion: September/October 2009, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. iv-iv.

 Physical     : Fitness. Nutrition. Medical self-care. Control of substance abuse.
  Emotional  : Care for emotional crisis. Stress Management
  Social         : Communities. Families. Friends
  Intellectual : Educational. Achievement. Career development
  Spiritual     : Love. Hope. Charity.