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The Wellness Inventory
"...Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff calls for a '21st century definition of fitness that recognizes the importance of a more holistic paradigm that balances performance and readiness with health and wellbeing.' Only in this balance can the resilience of the [military] be sustained."

"The aim...was to select several exemplar indexes to...assess, in a holistic, multidimensional way, the state of an individual's health and fitness that goes beyond just the absence of disease or injury. The Wellness Inventory was one of four assessments selected...."

"The Wellness Inventory is a comprehensive holistic assessment and life-balance program, designed to help people gain personal insight into their state of physical and emotional wellbeing. The program offers motivation, guidance and tools to transform this new awareness into sustainable lifestyle change and a renewed sense of health and wellbeing"

"The original Wellness Inventory assessment was the creation of wellness pioneer John W. Travis, MD, MPH, recognized as a key founder of the early wellness. Dr. Travis was a protege of Lewis Robbins, MD, creator of the Health Risk Appraisal, while a resident at Johns Hopkins and working with the US Public Health Service. In the early 1970s influenced by the work of Abraham Maslow...he decided to dedicate his life to inspiring wellness rather than treating patients."

— "Wellness Inventory Featured in Special Edition of Military Medicine, 'Total Force Fitness for the 21st Century: A New Paradigm,' " 2010

Workplace Wellness Pays Big Dividends

"For every dollar that companies invest in workplace wellness programs, they'll see on average about a $3 return on investment in the form of lower healthcare costs, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and lower disability."
— David Hunnicutt, president, Wellness Council of America, Journal Sentinel, April 13, 2010

"...many of the medical problems people are facing can be alleviated using various holistic practices and eventually save millions of dollars in health care costs."
— Focus on Healthcare, Milwaukee Business Journal, December 3, 2010

"DuPont reduced absenteeism by 47.5% over six years for corporate fitness program participants."
— Health Behavior

"Steelcase showed that medical claims costs were 55% lower for corporate fitness program participants than non-participants over a six year period - an average of $478.61 for participants vs. $868.88 for non-participants."
— The Am. Journal of Health Promotion

"The Canadian Life Assurance Company found turnover among fitness program participants was 32.4% lower over a seven year period compared with non-participants."
— Canadian Journal of Public Health

"Superior Coffee and Foods, a subsidiary of Sara Lee, reports that the wellness program for its 1200 employees showed 22% fewer hospital admissions, 29% shorter hospital stays, and 42% lower expenses per admission when compared to other divisions. Long-term disability costs were down by 40%."
— Wellness Council of America

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