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Wellness

An Introduction to Wellness Programs

This online course takes a practical approach to worksite wellness, guiding you through the stages of program development. You’ll learn design principles, goals and objectives, how to implement and manage wellness initiatives, techniques for gaining employee participation, and what to expect as a return on investment. You’ll also examine legal issues, wellness ties to consumer health plans, and theories on healthy aging. If you are interested in developing wellness programs for health plan members, launching wellness activities in your own workplace, becoming a wellness advocate, or if you currently manage a wellness program, you will find everything you need to know about creating a culture of health at any organization.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Knowledge of the basics of workplace wellness programs, including benefits to individual participants and opportunities for sponsoring organizations.
  • Understanding of program design elements and options, importance of health risk assessment, and how to establish timelines and budget parameters.
  • Insight about the important role of senior management; the need for a wellness committee; and reasons for considering age, gender, and diversity of the employee population in program design.
  • Steps for gathering data, evaluating outcomes, and achieving return on investment.
  • Awareness of legal issues under HIPAA, GINA, ADA, ERISA, and health care reform that may apply.
  • Approaches to healthy aging, including ways wellness programs can help workers postpone infirmities associated with chronic diseases.
  • Perspectives on various models of care, including patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, and value-based insurance design, and how these approaches can be combined with wellness programs.
  • A closer look at related concepts, such as value-based insurance design and patient-centered medical homes as they apply to wellness.

Who Should take this Course:

  • Corporate decision-makers
  • Human resource personnel
  • Benefits specialists
  • Employee assistance professionals
  • Wellness managers
  • Health insurance agents and underwriters
  • Occupational health professionals
  • Health, fitness, and rehabilitation professionals
  • Long-term care professionals

Enrollment
$195 AHIP Members; $255 Non-members



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Earn a Designation
This course is good towards earning the following professional designation:


Combating Chronic Diseases through Workplace Wellness Programs

This course will help you build upon the foundation of knowledge that you acquired in An Introduction to Wellness Programs. You’ll examine health threats confronting workers and find out ways wellness approaches can prevent or slow the progression of these serious health concerns. You’ll gain a solid understanding of the workplace as a venue for combating common chronic disease and learn about tools in the wellness arsenal to identify those at risk. You’ll also learn strategies for addressing unhealthy behaviors that often precipitate illness. If you are interested in developing wellness programs for health plan members, launching wellness activities in your own workplace, becoming a wellness advocate, or if you currently manage a wellness program, you will find everything you need to know about creating a culture of health at any organization.

What You’ll Learn:

  • A clear definition of the wellness concept and how it is applied to tackle chronic diseases and promote healthy behaviors.
  • Recognition of the hazards of unhealthy weight gain and knowledge about the tools and techniques available to identify and address health risks.
  • Understanding of why smoking is referred to as "the forgotten risk" and the critical challenges remaining for wellness programs.
  • Knowledge about the core components of disease management and an exploration of its connection to wellness.
  • Awareness of the common elements of wellness approaches to three major chronic diseases (diabetes, heart disease, and asthma), recognition of basic clinical aspects of each disease and how wellness tools can be applied.
  • Descriptions of career paths opening up in the wellness field, what the job responsibilities entail, and requirements for education and experience.
  • Utilization of the wellness resource kit and how the various instruments can be used in planning and implementing workplace activities.

Who Should take this Course:

  • Corporate decision-makers
  • Human resource personnel
  • Benefits specialists
  • Employee assistance professionals
  • Wellness managers
  • Health insurance agents and underwriters
  • Occupational health professionals
  • Health, fitness, and rehabilitation professionals
  • Long-term care and professionals

Enrollment
$195 AHIP Members; $255 Non-members



To enroll in a course, or purchase a text book, please log in, and browse our Center’s online catalog. If you are a new user, please register for an account to get started.

Earn a Designation
This course is good towards earning the following professional designation: