By Naketa Perryman and Jordan Lamar, StayWell
Imagine setting out on a road trip without knowing which route to take, or how many miles to your destination, or if you have enough gas, or if you packed everything you need. Having a detailed plan improves the likelihood of success. The same thing goes for launching a wellness champion network.
In Stefan Gingerich’s article, The Science Behind Wellness Champion Networks, we learned about research that suggests social influences — family, friends, coworkers — can greatly affect health behavior. A wellness champion network allows employers to leverage the power of social influence to encourage healthy behaviors in employees.
Dr. Paolo Terni is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology program and an International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach. He works with executives to develop their leadership skills and their ability to thrive at work and in life. He is the author of several peer-reviewed papers and of many books, including: Coaching Leader (2007); How to Make Change Easier: The Power of the Solution-Focused Approach Taught by 9 Children’s Stories (2012); and The 10 Ingredients for Mastery: How to Achieve Excellence Using Positive Psychology (2015).
Well-Being Practitioner: Chapter 1’s takeaway message in your book, The 10 Ingredients of Mastery: How to Achieve Excellence Using Positive Psychology, is to pursue mastery in something that matters to you. If my employer is offering me a cash incentive to change a health behavior, but I’m really not intrinsically motivated to make the change, am I likely to be successful? Why/why not?
Walking is the most popular fitness activity today, and with the aging population, should continue to attract those who want to maintain youthful vigor. But walking for health and inspiration isn’t a new invention. Here are some quotes from famous walkers you can use as trivia questions for your next walking promotion, incentive program, or door prize drawing (see the answers at the end of the article):
Troy decides he’s had enough; he’s ready to get fit, stop smoking, and eat right… now. He’d like your advice on the best way to tackle these changes. Should he focus on 1 at a time, or overhaul his lifestyle?
Traditionally, wellness professionals have favored the 1-step-at-a-time approach; we don’t want to overwhelm anyone. But a small University of California, Santa Barbara, study demonstrates that healthy young adults can successfully change several lifestyle behaviors at the same time.[i]