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Wellness: Global Examples

Wellness: Global Examples

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This report highlights current examples of wellness programmes targeting key risk factors for chronic disease across a mix of countries from a range of sectors.
This report highlights current examples of wellness programmes targeting key risk factors for chronic disease across a mix of countries from a range of sectors.

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Published by: World Economic Forum on Mar 21, 2011
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This work was prepared by the Working Towards Wellness of the World Economic Forum.
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91-93 route de la CapiteCH-1223 Cologny/GenevaSwitzerlandTel.: +41 (0)22 869 1212Fax: +41 (0)22 786 2744E-mail: globalrisks@weforum.orgwww.weforum.org© 2008 World Economic ForumAll rights reserved.No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmittedin any form or by any means, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storageand retrieval system.
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The information in this report, or on which this report is based, has been obtained from sources that the authors believe tobe reliable and accurate. However, it has not been independently verified and no representation or warranty, express orimplied, is made as to the accuracy or completeness of any information obtained from third parties. In addition, thestatements in this report may provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include anystatement that does not directly relate to a historical fact or a current fact. These statements involve known and unknownrisks, uncertainties and other factors which are not exhaustive. The companies contributing to this report operate in acontinually changing environment and new risks emerge continually. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance onthese statements. The companies contributing to this report undertake no obligation to publicly revise or update anystatements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise and they shall in no event be liable for anyloss or damage arising in connection with the use of the information in this report.
 
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Chronic disease
mainly cardiovascular disease
,
cancer
,
chronicrespira
t
ory diseases and diabe
t
es
is responsible
f
or more
t
han 60% o
f
all dea
t
hs globally and is projec
t
ed
t
o accoun
t
 
f
or
t
wo-
t
hirds o
f
alldea
t
hs globally in
t
he nex
t
25 years
.
No
t
res
t
ric
t
ed
t
o developed na
t
ionsor older popula
t
ions
,
 
t
he problem is growing
f
as
t
es
t
in low and middleincome coun
t
ries
,
and almos
t
hal
f
o
f
 
t
hose who die
f
rom chronicdiseases are in
t
heir produc
t
ive years
.
 The purpose o
f
 
t
his repor
t
is
t
o highligh
t
curren
t
examples o
f
wellnessprogrammes
t
arge
t
ing key risk
f
ac
t
ors
f
or chronic disease across a mix o
f
coun
t
ries
f
rom a range o
f
sec
t
ors
.
 
I
n collabora
t
ion wi
t
h
t
he NHS
I
ns
t
i
t
u
t
e
f
or
I
nnova
t
ion and
I
mprovemen
t
,
 
t
he World Economic Forum’s WorkingTowards Wellness projec
t
in 2007 conduc
t
ed
t
horough in
t
erviews wi
t
hDow Chemical
,
Bec
t
on Dickinson and Company
,
Discovery Holdings andEskom wi
t
h regards
t
o
t
he success
f
ac
t
ors
f
rom
t
heir employee wellnessprogrammes
.
Evidence
f
rom
t
hese companies shows
t
ha
t
disease risk can be reduced
t
hrough programmes
t
ha
t
address
t
obacco-
f
ree living
,
heal
t
hy ea
t
ing andphysical ac
t
ivi
t
y
.
There is evidence
t
hrough
t
hese cases
t
ha
t
heal
t
hbene
f
i
t
s have been seen over
t
ime
.
These are a good pla
t
f
orm
t
o crea
t
eguidelines
f
or corpora
t
ions and relevan
t
organiza
t
ions wi
t
h key
f
ocuses onobjec
t
ive se
tt
ing
,
execu
t
ive buy-in
,
communica
t
ion and measuremen
t
.
Rationale for Workplace Wellness Programmes:
Why do it?
The workplace is a grea
t
place
t
o base wellness programmes
,
allowingaccess
t
o an es
t
ima
t
ed 54% o
f
 
t
he world popula
t
ion
.
 
I
mpor
t
an
t
drivers
f
or wellness programmes include:
I
mproved heal
t
h
,
reduced heal
t
h risk and heal
t
hcare cos
t
con
t
rolTalen
t
mo
t
iva
t
ion:
t
o a
tt
rac
t
,
re
t
ain and sus
t
ain valuable human capi
t
al
I
mproving produc
t
ivi
t
y: unplanned absence
,
disabili
t
y
,
presen
t
eeism
,
sa
f
e
t
y
,
vi
t
ali
t
y
,
e
ff
ec
t
iveness
,
quali
t
y o
f
workSocial responsibili
t
y: sus
t
ainabili
t
y
,
communi
t
y responsiveness
,
publicimage
.
For some
,
i
t
is a corpora
t
e vision
t
o make
t
heir people heal
t
hier and
t
oenhance and pro
t
ec
t
 
t
heir lives
.
The holis
t
ic wellness o
f
employees shouldbe encouraged in all aspec
t
s o
f
 
t
heir lives
t
o nur
t
ure a dynamic companycul
t
ure
.
 
I
mpor
t
an
t
ly
,
programme goals should align wi
t
h corpora
t
e s
t
ra
t
egy
.
 
 
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