Unhealthy habits pull at us every day. They are so ingrained into our subconscious that we don’t even stop to think about the choices that confront us throughout the day. We default to the familiar unhealthy choice. Making the healthy choice the easy choice is much easier said than done. Lean Wellness is about making lifestyle choices conscious choices. Once we do that, we can begin to create a lifestyle that supports healthy choices.
Lean Wellness asserts that anyone, or any organization, can improve health and wellbeing by reducing unhealthy behaviors and continuously learning and improving healthy behaviors. It is simple subtraction and addition – daily subtracting unhealthy choices and adding healthy choices. Examples might include:
Subtract: Not eating breakfast Add: Eating a healthy breakfast
Subtract: Being sedentary most Add: Regularly scheduled movement of the day throughout the day, or a given number of steps to be achieved
Subtract: Consumption of sugar Add: Water as a replacement sweetened beverages
Subtract: Unhealthy snacks Add: Servings of fruits and vegetables
as your preferred snacks
Subtract: Fatigue and lack of Add: Quality sleep
energy during the day
Lean Wellness is a radical departure from the traditional carrot and stick approach to behavior change at work. It trusts people to find their own solutions to the health and wellbeing issues that they face. It is not dependent on incentives to engage people and achieve desired results. Rather, leaders inspire change by the example they set and the support they provide. This leads to small successes and incremental progress that drives further achievement and creates a new vision for a vitality-filled life. Continuous learning and improving become a way of thinking, being and living. When that happens, lifestyle choices become conscious choices.
M. J. White is the creator of “Lean Wellness”, a radically different approach to transforming health and wellbeing at work. It is inspired from the top-down, but driven from the bottom-up by continuous learning and improvement. The result is lasting behavior change in people and a more productive work environment. To learn more, visit the website at: www.wellstreet.us or email M. J. directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.