Wellness Program and Educational Services*
The primary difference between health and wellness is that health is the goal and wellness is the active process of achieving it. Wellness refers to an overall balance of a person’s physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, social, financial and occupational well-being. A World-Class Wellness Program would have paid, on-site, professionally certified staff who work to improve the quality of life, increase job performance, and satisfaction, of all the organizations employees. This World-Class system would have educational services that inform, encourage and assist employees in building a healthier lifestyle. Programming would include a spectrum of targeted initiatives covering job-specific exercise plans, diet, hydration and nutritional education, stress-management, and would have on-going connections to all the other agency support systems. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police "Law enforcement officers have a greater morbidity and mortality rate than the general population. In fact, the risk of experiencing a heart attack doubles with each decade of law enforcement service", therefore a World-Class Wellness Program would work to regularly educate all personnel about, and detect, the precursors of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Trainings and educational programing would occur at least monthly. An Above Average Wellness Program might not be as robust but would still have paid staff or outside contractors who work with the employees to plan for their wellness, and operate a system with activities, resources, educational programming and training to assist employees enhance their wellbeing and job performance. An Average Wellness Program would have literature and posters promoting wellness and may have occasional educational sessions organized by outside organizations like hospitals, clinics and fitness clubs.
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