Evaluate The Effectiveness Of The Wellness Movement

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Abstract

Wellness is generally defined as the quality and state of being healthy in body and mind. In the late 20th century, the wellness movement began to gain real momentum, and in the meantime began to be taken more seriously by the medical, academic and corporate worlds.
Recently, wellness programs, the fitness industry, celebrity wellness and self-help experts have brought wellness into the mainstream. The traditional medical establishment has begun shifting the focus to wellness and prevention. In 2013, First Lady, Michelle Obama who is an advocate for youth health and wellness started ‘Let’s Move’, a campaign that promotes physical activity for children. “Wellness," is now embedded in our modern vocabulary. Although company wellness programs have often been viewed as a nice perk, it was certainly not viewed as imperative to the business of a company. Today, smart companies realize there is much to be gained by recognizing the part wellness plays to the bottom line. With the help of new tax incentives and grants provided under the new health care legislation, organizations can reduce skyrocketing health care costs by investing in wellness programs that address the physical and mental health of their employees.

U.S Health
It is no secret that we have an obesity epidemic in this country. Obesity, along with chronic disease
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The effects of poor health reach far beyond disease. A study by Gallup and Healthways shows that obese adults are 29 percent more likely to say they lack purpose in life and nearly 34 percent more likely to suffer financially than non-obese adults. While there is a physical toll for obesity there is also financial toll as well. According to the American Heart association, obesity and diseases now tally $190 billion a year in weight-related medical
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