Wellness: Consultation and Prevention Program Paper

Essay by mambueUniversity, Master'sA, January 2010

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AbstractThis assignment investigates the need for a project that would create a wellness program and other related services for the employees of a local organization: the XYX fitness club. This paper will examine the need for such program, the planning, the evaluating, and the implementation part. Part of the initial investigation includes a research, an interview with the general manager, a questionnaire compiled by the employees, and the data review.

The XYX fitness club is a multi-sport facility located on the north side of Chicago. It serves a large community by providing tennis, racquetball, swimming, and other fitness services to its members. Over eighty people between full-time and part-time members of staff are employed at this establishment. Most full-time employees are middle class earners, over forty years old, working over forty hours per week. It is not uncommon for staff members to work up to seventy hours in a single week.

The need for a wellness program was determined through a program evaluation. The planning and the implementation followed.

Many employees thought of health as being solely the absence of physical illness. Health is not merely the absence of disease but a state of complete mental, physical, and social well-being. "Wellness in any dimension, is not a static goal but a dynamic process of change and growth" that may be developed in order to achieve overall wellness (Insel & Roth, 2008). Developing a health promotion program in the workplace could positively affect the employees' performances as well as the overall well being. Stress in the workplace is a very contemporary topic examined and analyzed by scientists, medical experts, and companies' executives. While stress can happen to anyone or anywhere, stress in the workplace is a most common phenomenon since we spend almost 25% of our adult lives working. When...