FOUNDATION COURSE HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Health and wellness are two concepts that have captured the attention of people throughout history, the idea of well-being has permeated society (Myers & Sweeney, 2007). The current model of Health Care mainly monitors health in retrospective vision, thus the need for greater curative and preventative actions is felt. The function of a Wellness Counselor is to inspire the individual to have an introspective vision on Health, promoting long term Wellness. Health care should be moving away from a disease treatment model and embracing a disease prevention model. Although individuals typically do not invest in preventive health measures, many businesses and companies are eager to improve their health care programs for employees (Willis Towers Watson, 2017). 

Today, Occupational stress is on the rise due to extended hours in the workplace. As a result, many individuals have resorted to maladaptive ways of coping with stress, highlighting the need for bringing stress management skills to the workplace (Galla et al., 2015). In addition, the World Health Organization has stated that health promotion in the workplace (promoting aspects of physical and emotional wellness) is beneficial in combating work-related stress (Jarman, Martin, Venn, Otahal, & Sanderson, 2015).

Workplace wellness programs should focus on treating and preventing chronic illnesses and reducing stress by encouraging health promoting lifestyle and positive health habits among employees which will increase productivity (Anderko et al., 2012; Parkinson, Peele, Keyser, Liu, & Doyle, 2014; Shapiro & Moseley, 2013). 

Rationale:

Recent changes in health care have encouraged employers to build workplace wellness programs to improve physical and mental health of employees in order to mitigate the effects of occupational stress which is due to work-related activities and long hours spent at workplace (Galla, O’Reilly, Kitil, Smalley, & Black, 2015). These changes in health care are relevant as a new focus on prevention and has created opportunities for counselors to help effective and lasting health changes among employees. Therefore, to fit into this paradigm shift, professional counseling should be strongly connected to disease prevention and wellness (Granello, 2013). These changes in health care models are expected to create job opportunities for health and wellness counselors.

Objectives:

  • To inspire an introspective vision on Health, promoting long term Wellness.
  • To help an individual create a Road Map for their Health Journey with focused action plans and health goals.
  • To establish a system for assessing the health status and health needs of the clients.
  • To be a change agent and contribute to the prevention of lifestyle-related disorders in the community.

Goals:

 As a result of successfully completing the Personal Health and Wellness course, the student will:

  1. Understand the concept of wellness and will be able to recognize the long term benefits of maintaining a high level of wellness for living in today's world.
  2. Identify the positive health behaviors necessary for prevention of NCDs .
  3. To understand and get equipped with the application of alternative modes of therapy.
  4. Value the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  5. Display an understanding of the role of physical fitness for the maintenance of good health and personal wellness using traditional and newer techniques (Yoga, Pilates, etc).
  6. Develop a positive attitude toward the establishment of new eating and exercise behaviors for the maintenance of good health.
  7. Enhance their personal communication skills.
  8. Understand the hazards of substance abuse and communicable diseases and work towards its prevention and cure.

Expected Outcome:

To have better trained personnel in the Wellness sector, as this is an emerging and growing industry, it would help create job opportunities for young graduates.

 

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