How are REAL wellness, religion and science alike—or different? Can a person be guided by all three or, or does one subject conflict with the others? Or, are all three incompatible or otherwise in conflict in significant ways?
Almost all companies with more than 50 employees offer what they call wellness programs. One “poster child” company touting the benefits of such initiatives in recent years has been Safeway. Steven A. Burd, Safeway's chief executive, is the corporate CEO face of campaigns to reward employees for healthy behaviors. In 2005, he famously announced that Safeway made continuous, “remarkable” improvements annually in an Opinion column in the Wall Street Journal.
In the latest essay at this TrustedMD website , I explored whether corporate wellness programming has been more or less successful. I suggested that it depends - largely on what one considers successful relative to the time, energy and other costs of such endeavors.
Perhaps I was too kind. It’s not that complicated. The truth is that, so far at least, programs conducted at company worksites do not work, largely because they are “wellness” in name only. These programs are and have been little more than medical clinics.
IntroductionA recent study report, published in the September edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, assessed whether worksite wellness programs work. The authors of the article concluded that worksite wellness programs, if well designed, consistent with evidence-based practices, effectively executed and properly evaluated, meet the doodoo test, that is, they do indeed do what they’re supposed to do.
Tobacco users undergo Hair Greying early
Dr. Rajan TD
The color of our skin and the hair is a significant factor that determines our overall visual appearance. It also plays a very important role in social and sexual communication. Earlier, only people who were beyond the age of 50 appeared to go grey.
Honeywell International has been in the news lately—with the focus on
its employee wellness program. Ordinarily, this would be a good thing, a
bit of favorable PR for initiatives designed to promote the health of
its workforce. Sounds like a win for company managers and shareholders
Some folks of a religious persuasion have asserted that atheism is a religion. Hearing this, Bill Maher said, "If atheism is a religion, then abstinence is a sexual position." Similar analogies rebutting the jejune idea that non-belief could be a religion are out there, such as, “if atheism is a religion, then “bald” is a hair color and “off” is a TV channel. You get the idea.
Donald B. Ardell is a professional speaker and the author of more than a dozen books on quality lifestyles. His focus is skill building in the dimensions of exuberance, athleticism and personal freedoms. He recently addressed the Global Spa & Wellness Summit in Marrakech, Morocco and, at the 2014 American Humanist Conference in Philadelphia performed Robert G. Ingersoll famous lecture "Improved Man."
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