As wellness and HR professionals, we tend to get focused in our bubble of where we work and how we can make an impact on our employees. There are many forces outside of the worksite that impact individual's total health. That's why I wanted to expand our worksite lens and talk to Dr. Kelly Brownell.
Dr. Brownell tells us about the work he oversees as the Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
He drops some interesting facts about how the world population is expected to double in the next 50 years and that will put a tremendous strain on agriculture. China is now having a problem with obesity...more than with malnutrition.
We talk a bit about the agriculture subsidies for corn and soybeans and how they are complicated issues. He gives me a history lesson on why they were put into place in the first place.
We discuss how Philadelphia recently passed the soda tax and Dr. Brownell gives his input into the effect on other cities. He compares these soda taxes to tobacco taxes.
I ask him what he thinks of the angle Philly used to pass the soda tax (using bringing in more revenue vs. health implications) and what he thinks of the personal responsibility story when it comes to junk food?
Finally, I ask him if the soda tax replicate for the worksite, if obesity in adults can be solved or if we need to focus on prevention and how can cities/communities/employers can start a movement around health and wellness?
Today we talk a lot about the criticism that Jon and others have faced when challenging the status quo. Jon walks us through how he gained a newfound respect for WELCOA, the wellness organization that has previously been stuck in the past.
Jon tells us how him, Al and Rosie wrote up Employee Health Code of Conduct to prevent harmful practices done to employees. They want brokers, consultants, wellness vendors and companies sign the Code of Conduct.
Jon has a lot of respect for people will admit they were wrong. In fact, Jon used to run an Optifast program.
I jab Jon about his Linked In commenting and he talks about the continuum of snarkiness. He's received negative comments on Linked In as well but admits he's occasionally stepped over the line.
When you are speaking out about strong paradigms and challenging the status quo, you may need to be more direct.
Jon gives advice to his younger self/wellness pros getting out of school today and tell us about The Fusion, an upcoming conference in 2018 that includes Wellness, HR, safety and Organizational Development.
Jon leaves us with his advice for a company who wants to start a wellness program and tells us about their Thriving Workplace Culture certificate.
Jon Robison has been stirring the wellness pot for the past 30 years. He's co-founder of Salveo Partners, an expert consulting and professional development firm that guides organizations to create thriving workplace cultures, enhance organizational performance, and cultivate employee wellbeing.
We start off discussing Jon's philosophy around wellness/well-being. I ask Jon what got him thinking outside the traditional wellness program model. He answers the questions what's right and wrong with the wellness industry.
Jon then talks about the Safeway Amendment and how the average incentive is $693 per employee per year. He feels incentives promote cheating, lying and taking short cuts.
Finally, we talk about weight loss programs in the workplace. The majority of people lose weight and 90-95% gain the weight back, most gaining back more weight than they lost.
Because we end up going well past an hour, I ended up making my conversation with Jon two parts. Next week, I continue my conversation with Jon.
Financial wellness is all the rage in these days but what does it really mean? It seems like it can be pretty squishy and unclear just how to help employees with their finances. That's why I brought on Dave Jacobson, financial coach and national speaker.
Dave describes financial wellness as having peace and security around your finances.
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