Using a Wellness Team as Beginning Strategy for Building Wellness Culture at an Academic Institution

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/616275
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Using a Wellness Team as Beginning Strategy for Building Wellness Culture at an Academic Institution
Other Titles:
Symposium: Building Cultures and Environments of Wellness in Universities Across the U.S.: Key Strategies for Success
Author(s):
Hoying, Jacqueline; Amaya, Megan E.; Melnyk, Bernadette Mazurek
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Epsilon
Author Details:
Jacqueline Hoying, RN, NEA-BC, hoying.80@osu.edu; Megan E. Amaya, CHES, AFAA; Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Abstract:
Session presented on Sunday, July 24, 2016: Purpose: A wellness team is an essential component of a worksite wellness program initiative. The role of the wellness team is to communicate, participate, motivate, and support the worksite wellness program. Wellness teams help employees to see worksite wellness is an organizational priority. They contribute their interest, their passion, their expertise, and their time to the organization. Methods: Developed 3 years ago under the direction of the University Chief Wellness Officer, the wellness team (Wellness Innovators) at a large academic institution in the United States includes over 500 faculty/staff members who have been recruited from across the university. The program is facilitated by a health promotion professional with experience running a wellness team. Six and 12-month outcomes are tracked in every new cohort who joins the program, and the program is very structured, with touch points on a monthly basis. Results: Currently, the wellness team (Wellness Innovators) represents over 100 academic and academic medical center units and departments. In one cohort, the results showed a significant correlation with Body Mass Index (BMI) and beliefs about living a healthy lifestyle (p<.05) and BMI and healthy lifestyle behaviors (p=.03). In a second cohort, those that completed the 6 month follow-up had an increased perception of having a higher overall wellbeing for working at the institution. Program communications, strategy sessions, group meetings, webinars, and many unit wellness initiatives conducted by the Innovators under the direction of the program facilitator are documented to demonstrate the intricacies and success of the program, as well as success and challenges with employee participation and engagement in wellness. Conclusion: Measuring perceptions and successes of the workplace wellness team is vital to the longevity and fiscal support of the program, as well as engagement for those volunteering their time and energy to promote a culture and environment where making the healthy choice is the easier choice.
Keywords:
Healthy behaviors; Higher education; Worksite wellness
Repository Posting Date:
13-Jul-2016
Date of Publication:
13-Jul-2016 ; 13-Jul-2016
Other Identifiers:
INRC16L01; INRC16L01
Conference Date:
2016
Conference Name:
27th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Cape Town, South Africa
Description:
Theme: Leading Global Research: Advancing Practice, Advocacy, and Policy

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dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleUsing a Wellness Team as Beginning Strategy for Building Wellness Culture at an Academic Institutionen
dc.title.alternativeSymposium: Building Cultures and Environments of Wellness in Universities Across the U.S.: Key Strategies for Successen
dc.contributor.authorHoying, Jacquelineen
dc.contributor.authorAmaya, Megan E.en
dc.contributor.authorMelnyk, Bernadette Mazureken
dc.contributor.departmentEpsilonen
dc.author.detailsJacqueline Hoying, RN, NEA-BC, hoying.80@osu.edu; Megan E. Amaya, CHES, AFAA; Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAANen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/616275-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Sunday, July 24, 2016: Purpose: A wellness team is an essential component of a worksite wellness program initiative. The role of the wellness team is to communicate, participate, motivate, and support the worksite wellness program. Wellness teams help employees to see worksite wellness is an organizational priority. They contribute their interest, their passion, their expertise, and their time to the organization. Methods: Developed 3 years ago under the direction of the University Chief Wellness Officer, the wellness team (Wellness Innovators) at a large academic institution in the United States includes over 500 faculty/staff members who have been recruited from across the university. The program is facilitated by a health promotion professional with experience running a wellness team. Six and 12-month outcomes are tracked in every new cohort who joins the program, and the program is very structured, with touch points on a monthly basis. Results: Currently, the wellness team (Wellness Innovators) represents over 100 academic and academic medical center units and departments. In one cohort, the results showed a significant correlation with Body Mass Index (BMI) and beliefs about living a healthy lifestyle (p<.05) and BMI and healthy lifestyle behaviors (p=.03). In a second cohort, those that completed the 6 month follow-up had an increased perception of having a higher overall wellbeing for working at the institution. Program communications, strategy sessions, group meetings, webinars, and many unit wellness initiatives conducted by the Innovators under the direction of the program facilitator are documented to demonstrate the intricacies and success of the program, as well as success and challenges with employee participation and engagement in wellness. Conclusion: Measuring perceptions and successes of the workplace wellness team is vital to the longevity and fiscal support of the program, as well as engagement for those volunteering their time and energy to promote a culture and environment where making the healthy choice is the easier choice.en
dc.subjectHealthy behaviorsen
dc.subjectHigher educationen
dc.subjectWorksite wellnessen
dc.date.available2016-07-13T11:08:46Z-
dc.date.issued2016-07-13-
dc.date.issued2016-07-13en
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-13T11:08:46Z-
dc.conference.date2016en
dc.conference.name27th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationCape Town, South Africaen
dc.descriptionTheme: Leading Global Research: Advancing Practice, Advocacy, and Policyen
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