Wellness Program


ayurveda
What is Wellness?
Definition of wellness - Wellness and good health have historically been seen a freedom from disease; thus, if you weren’t sick, then you were considered healthy. This historical perspective on wellness is changing. While virtually everyone agrees that absence from illness is a primary component of being healthy, it doesn’t however indicate anything about your state of well-being.

As a state of health, wellness is closely linked to your lifestyle and the choices you make. Each individual has a responsibility to themselves to provide for the essentials of good health – that being proper weight control, good nutrition, physical activity and exercise, and controlling of health risk factors such as tobacco use, alcohol and drug use and/or abuse. These things all have a role in wellness.

Since lifestyle and the choices we make been found to be the most important factor in determining your overall health, it’s important for you to be educated about your health and “take charge” of your life and have healthy lifestyle-related goals. The lifestyle choices you make will and do have a huge influence on your health and your wellness. The secret isn’t in healthcare, but healthy and consistent self-care. While traditional (Western) medicine is focused on alleviating disease, the Ayurveda wellness approach to things encourages you to take responsibility for your own personal well-being.

Wellness is much more than simple an absence of illness and/or disease. Wellness is a proactive and preventative approach that’s designed to provide optimum levels of health, emotional and social functioning.

Wellness involves our recognition that we have psychological, physical, spiritual and social needs that are necessary for us to have higher levels of functioning.
 
Amulya Corporate Wellness Programs

Amulya Corporate Wellness Programs

What is Corporate Wellness?
Corporate wellness programs are designed to nurture wellness in workers, regardless of the work environment. Corporate Wellness programs could be found in factories, corporate offices, large corporations, and small corporations alike.

The idea for these Corporate Wellness programs stemmed from several different experiences, decades ago. Not only did companies want to reduce healthcare expenses they were compensating for employees, but many forward thinking companies wanted to make the work space a more inviting and relaxing environment for their employees as well.

Corporate Wellness programs have evolved from offering exercise equipment on site for staff members to utilize, to offering heart healthy choices in the cafeteria, to even having available, a real individuals to talk with about healthcare needs.

None of these things are a substitute for routine medical checkups, but Corporate Wellness programs are designed to make medical treatment and medication for employees less needed.

Corporate Wellness is Necessary
Corporate Wellness is among the most vital investments that a company can make. Businesses that start Corporate Wellness programs aren’t only investing in the physical wellness, safety, and mental health of their employees, but are also taking preventive measures by creating a healthier environment.
By starting a Corporate Wellness program, corporations are able to improve the overall productivity and are able to save money on health care expenses. Often, corporations are concerned about the actual wellness ROI (return on investment) but the fact is that by encouraging healthier lifestyles, corporations are creating healthier employees who will work more diligently and miss fewer days of work due to illness.
It is imperative that companies not only provide Corporate Wellness solutions for their staff members, but that they also maintain ongoing knowledge about safety and wellness techniques. Businesses need to keep up to date on health statistics and stay aware of ways to encourage specific wellness issues like use of tobacco cessation or weight loss.
The issue that companies often have in common is the lack of motivation of employees to actually participate in corporate wellness programs. Providing incentives for employees, such as a free lunch or gift cards, may be simple enough rewards to encourage employees to participate in Corporate Wellness.

There are different levels of Corporate Wellness programs.

1. Online wellness programs
One level is offering basic services and referrals online. The Internet permits access to major sources of information, but many people are confused about what information is reliable and where to find specific information resources.
Online Corporate Wellness programs can be set up to allow employees access to certain types of pre-screened information that is reliable and easy to find.
In addition to internet based tools, many Corporate Wellness programs can tailor resources and data to each employee. Treating each employee and their concerns sensitively and in a timely manner, can help them see the importance of their health issues as well.
Just because an individual has diabetes does not mean they have all the most up-to-date information on how to best live with diabetes. Oftentimes, diet and exercise alone can control diabetes and eliminate the need for medication or more invasive treatments.
Corporate Wellness programs are most successful when the business and workers are fully engaged in the program with good health in mind. A successful workplace isn’t about the bottom line alone. It also means creating a safe and healthy workplace for each individual.

2. Online Health & Lifestyle Assessment Scan with Questionnaire
Health Risk Assessment

A health risk assessment is an assessment tool or questionnaire scientifically designed to identify health risks and outline information to assist person in making healthful changes that impact their health and prevent chronic disease.

Components of a Health Risk Assessment
A typical health risk assessment has four standard elements in a worksite wellness program:
  • An individual lifestyle questionnaire to be completed by participants
  • A computerized program to evaluate the data
  • Confidential individual reports
  • A group summary report of the aggregate assessment data

During health risk assessment a person completes a lifestyle questionnaire that asks about nutrition practices, height & weight, physical activity and exercise habits, family health history, personal stress perceptions, smoking history, and work satisfaction. Another important feature to consider is readiness to change questions to determine participation interest.                                 

Note: employee interest surveys are another way that organizations can evaluate possible employee participation in proposed wellness programs.

Including employee health screenings such as cholesterol and blood pressure (BP) results increases the advantages of a health risk assessment by providing a more precise health assessment and accordingly bettering lifestyle option decisions and program choices.
Nonetheless, it is important to determine when the health risk assessment can be used without including this information.
The lifestyle questionnaire information is entered into a computer program and an individual confidential report is generated that summarizes health risks in addition to information on how to lower risk factors.
Individual reports are completely confidential. Depending on the reason for beginning the health risk assessment, it’s important to consider the type of report the corporation will receive as well.
Another component of the health risk assessment process is a group report summarizing major risk factors and recommendations for wellness programs to implement that will reduce employee and business risks. This report provides valuable information for your health promotion program and essentially becomes your roadmap for employee intervention.

The health risk assessment may be used to:
  • Bring awareness to individual staff member’s health status
  • Motivate employees to make healthier lifestyle changes
  • To assign a health coach to the high-risk employees
  • Plan health promotion programs based on the identified needs

3. Corporate Health & Lifestyle management programs
Based on the Health Scan report generated, we can plan the following programs for corporate employees – one program once in 2 months
  1. Stress Management Program - Awareness talk by Stress Management specialist
  2. Diet Management Program – Awareness talk by Dietician
  3. Fitness & Exercise program – by Sports person or Physiotherapist
  4. Women’s Wellness program – by Gynecologist
  5. “How Healthy is your Heart” – by Cardiologist
  6. Quit Smoking & Alcohol – by Clinical Psychologist or  Oncologist

Note: Measure program success by comparing the data from one year to the next. The risk appraisal intervals can be shorter or longer based on an organizations financial commitment to their wellness programs and to ascertaining the effectiveness of the program..
Amulya School Wellness Program

Amulya School Wellness Program

Wellness in the Schools inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in schools. Through meaningful partnerships with school leadership, teachers, parents and kids, AMULYA develops and implements programs that provide good health, healthy foods, healthy environments and opportunities for regular play to help kids learn and grow.

Schools have more influence on the lives of young people than any other social institution except the family and provide a setting in which friendship networks develop, socialization occurs, and norms that govern behavior are developed and reinforced.”

The aim of school wellness programs is to support and enhance the health and wellbeing of students and families by improving the school environment, policies, and educational opportunities. Evidence shows that there are seven educationally relevant health issues affecting urban minority youth:
  1. Vision,
  2. Asthma,
  3. Addictions
  4. Aggression and Violence,
  5. Physical activity,
  6. Breakfast, and
  7. Inattention and Hyperactivity.
Indicators of poor health such as hunger, substance abuse, physical inactivity, and violence have been consistently shown to negatively impact academic performance and affect school attendance, grades and test scores, and the ability to learn and focus in class.

However, research shows that school health and wellness programs can have a positive impact on academic performance and educational outcomes, as well as improving students’ health outcomes and reducing high-risk behaviors.

School wellness programs provide a means for improving school health policies, curricula and programs that support the overall health and education of students, families, and their communities.  A school wellness program is a commitment to supporting the whole student, by addressing the physical and mental health of students as an integral component of learning, growing, thriving and succeeding.

Amulya School Wellness Programme
The AMULYA School Wellness Health Programme measures height and weight, assesses dietary intake, and collects information on physical and sedentary activities of the school children. It compares excess body weight, diet, and physical activity across schools with and without nutrition programme, using multilevel regression methods (while adjusting for gender and socioeconomic characteristics of parents and residential neighbourhoods).

Students from different schools have participated in these coordinated programmes. These present significantly lower rates of overweight and obesity, have healthier diets, and report more physical activities than students from schools without nutrition programmes.

AMULYA is pleased with the results of the programme. "Each child is beginning to show subtle improvements, and in some cases, entire families are involved and are reaping the rewards of the programme!"

AMULYA School Wellness Initiative recommends that such programmes should be implemented in more schools, because their usefulness to building up children's health has been already proven. "These will not just reduce childhood obesity, but in the longer term, control unhealthy conditions and health care spending,"

1. Health & Lifestyle Assessment Scan with Questionnaire
Health Risk Assessment

A health risk assessment is an assessment tool or questionnaire scientifically designed to identify health risks and outline information to assist student in making healthful changes that impact their health and prevent chronic disease.

Components of a Health Risk Assessment
A typical health risk assessment has four standard elements in a school wellness program:
  • An individual lifestyle questionnaire to be completed by the students / parents
  • A computerized program to evaluate the data
  • Confidential individual reports
  • A group summary report of the aggregate assessment data

During health risk assessment a student completes a lifestyle questionnaire that asks about nutrition practices, height & weight, physical activity and exercise habits, family health history, personal stress perceptions, smoking / alcohol history. Another important feature to consider is readiness to change questions to determine participation interest.                               
Note: employee interest surveys are another way that organizations can evaluate possible employee participation in proposed wellness programs.

The lifestyle questionnaire information is entered into a computer program and an individual confidential report is generated that summarizes health risks in addition to information on how to lower risk factors.

Individual reports are completely confidential. Depending on the reason for beginning the health risk assessment, it’s important to consider the type of report the corporation will receive as well.

Another component of the health risk assessment process is a group report summarizing major risk factors and recommendations for wellness programs to implement that will reduce student school absenteeism. This report provides valuable information for your health promotion program and essentially becomes your roadmap for children’s intervention.

The health risk assessment may be used to:
  • Bring awareness to individual students health status
  • Motivate students to make healthier lifestyle changes
  • To assign a health coach to the high-risk students
  • Plan health promotion programs based on the identified needs

2.  School Wellness Programs
Based on the Health Scan report generated, we can plan the following programs for school students – one program once in 2 months
  • Good Health & Hygiene
  • Healthy food habits for school children’s – Awareness talk by Dietician
  • Fitness & Exercise program – by Sports person or Physiotherapist
  • Dental health

Note: Measure program success by comparing the data from one year to the next. The risk appraisal intervals can be shorter or longer based on an organizations financial commitment to their wellness programs and to ascertaining the effectiveness of the program.