Wellbeing

Wellbeing: A holistic approach to health

Businesses are looking beyond physical wellness, sparking interest in a wellbeing movement that is proven to boost productivity. Wellbeing builds a workplace culture where individuals can thrive and is directly tied to a highly-engaged and high-performing workforce. Wellbeing goes beyond physical wellness to address mental health, emotional connection and opportunities to thrive. It’s a measure of how you feel you’re doing mentally, physically and spiritually.

Policymakers are also recognizing the benefits of addressing wellbeing through stronger integration of the health care and social service sectors.1 Improvements to wellbeing can have significant, positive impacts not only on individuals but also on entire communities.2

Wellbeing is made up of six essential elements:3

 

Wellbeing impacts entire communities
Wellbeing is endorsed by researchers, clinicians and government agencies. It is gaining attention as a valuable measure for individuals, organizations and communities 4, 5 that indicates whether or not people are satisfied with their lives.6 Research shows that subjective wellbeing is correlated with creativity, collaboration and increased productivity at work; lower rates of absenteeism; higher income; increased savings; and likelihood of being employed after a period of unemployment.7 It is also associated with higher quality social interactions, better relationships, pro-social behavior, improved cardiovascular health and immune system, faster recovery and a longer lifespan.8

ACHP is leading the way

ACHP plans are at the forefront of the wellbeing movement, implementing programs for plan employees and members and improving communities large and small.

For example, Minnesota’s HealthPartners is combatting stress and building emotional resilience through group coaching and online learning. Focused on identifying and changing negative thoughts and behaviors, over 90 percent of surveyed program participants said the courses helped replace negative self-talk with factual thoughts. Beating the Blues, an online program to treat mild and moderate stress, depression, and anxiety, teaches skills to identify and replace unhealthy thoughts with more positive feelings and behaviors. Since first offered in 2015, more than 4,800 HealthPartners members and patients have participated. 94 percent said it was helpful in their personal life and 91 percent said it was helpful in their work life.

Florida’s AvMed launched WELLfluent, an initiative that redefines wealth and shifts the focus to the things that matter most – health, happiness, and a healthy balance of mind, body and soul.  A catchy viral rap video turns the genre on its head depicting a suburban family celebrating a WELLfluent life and highlighting the many ways one can become richer simply by playing, laughing, and even meditating together.

AvMed is supporting members and the community as they get and stay WELLfluent. The plan offers tools and resources such as bike shares to get active, social events for seniors, incentives for healthy behaviors, and a mobile pantry, which distributed 137,309 pounds of food to 3,090 South Florida families between August 2016 and January 2017.

Additional Resources

Chandra, A., Miller, C. E., Acosta, J. D., Weilant, S., Trujillo, M., Plough, A. (2016). Drivers Of Health As A Shared Value: Mindset, Expectations, Sense of Community, And Civic Engagement. Health Affairs, 35(11): 1959-1963. Retrieved from http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/35/11/1959.full

Gallup – Healthways. (n.d.). Well-Being Index. Retrieved from http://www.well-beingindex.com/

National Business Group on Health. (2017). Well-being. Retrieved from https://www.businessgrouphealth.org/resources/wellbeing/index.cfm

RAND Corporation. (n.d.). Healthy Populations and Communities: In Depth. Retrieved from http://www.rand.org/health/key-topics/populations-communities/in-depth.html

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, & RAND Corporation. (2017). Sentinel Communities: How Communities Work Toward Health. Retrieved from http://www.cultureofhealth.org/what-were-learning/sentinel-communities/


Sources

[1] Kottke, T. E., Stiefel, M., & Pronk, N. P. (2016). “Well-Being in All Policies”: Promoting Cross-Sectoral Collaboration to Improve People’s Lives. Preventing Chronic Disease,13(E52), 1-7. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2016/16_0155.htm

[2] Kottke, T. E., Stiefel, M., & Pronk, N. P. (2016). “Well-Being in All Policies”: Promoting Cross-Sectoral Collaboration to Improve People’s Lives. Preventing Chronic Disease,13(E52), 1-7. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2016/16_0155.htm

[3] Kottke, T. E.. “Promoting Population Health: One Plan’s Perspetive”. HealthPartners. Retrieved from http://www.achp.org/wp-content/uploads/_mediavault/Definitive-Kottke-ACHP-2017-05-12.pdf  

[4] Kottke, T. E., Stiefel, M., & Pronk, N. P. (2016). “Well-Being in All Policies”: Promoting Cross-Sectoral Collaboration to Improve People’s Lives. Preventing Chronic Disease,13(E52), 1-7. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2016/16_0155.htm

[5] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016, May 31). Well-Being Concepts. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/hrqol/wellbeing.htm

[6] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016, May 31). Well-Being Concepts. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/hrqol/wellbeing.htm

[7] De Neve, J.-E., Diener, E., Tay, L., & Xuereb, C. (2013) The objective benefits of subjective well-being. In Helliwell, J., Layard, R., & Sachs, J., eds. World Happiness Report 2013. New York: UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Retrieved from https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2306651

[8] Ibid.