It’s been said that everything’s bigger in Texas, and by all accounts, Living Well: Make it a Priority lives up to the reputation — in program scope, quality, and effectiveness. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the University of Texas System’s workplace well-being program, serving over 190,000 member employees, retirees, and dependents across the state. There’s a lot going on… and a lot to celebrate, as Rolando Román, Office of Employee Benefits, Manager of Wellness Programs, explains.
Imagine you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes and visit your onsite primary care clinic for a checkup. A medical assistant documents your vital signs — including physical activity level. During the exam, your provider asks how you feel about your exercise and nutrition habits, and where you see room for the most improvement.
Along with prescription refills, you leave the clinic with a brochure for the community center’s diabetes prevention program, a coupon for the local produce delivery service, plus a commitment to take action and report on your progress in 2 weeks. You’ve also registered for the workplace walking challenge starting in a month.
A couple years into my wellness career, I landed a job with The Dow Chemical Company. It was a stroke of luck that rewarded me for many years because I was introduced to my first mentor. She influenced and guided me — not only in the 8 years I spent at Dow, but especially in the founding of HES and over the next 2 decades.
Today, I’m fascinated by my 26-year-old son’s career with a certain online behemoth and how 4 years into his tenure he’s acquired not 1, but 3 trusted advisers — all at different facilities. Listening to him explain how he consults with this person about how to lead people, another about his career path, and another
Having passion for wellness is a powerful thing, but it’s not the only thing.
In the article, A Roadmap to Building Effective Wellness Champion Networks by Naketa Perryman and Jordan Lamar, we learned that being passionate about health is a critical requirement for wellness champions. To build a culture of health using a champion network, employers need the support of employee leaders with an abundance of positive energy, strong social skills, and enthusiasm for improving health.
So after you’ve recruited or assembled the best possible employees for your wellness champion network, what next?