When implementing a Corporate Wellness Program with the desire to improve knowledge, skills and behavior:
*Don’t use statistics. If people hear, “80% of Americans are sedentary”, they will think, “fine, I’m normal”.
*Avoid fear tactics. Fear simply shuts people down.
*Only lead as far as you’ve gone. If you want others to walk 10,000 steps and you yourself don’t, your program will fail.
*Use different teaching methods. Thinkers (need content), achievers (need goals and specifics), and relators (need to know how. Each has a different approach in terms of how they put information into practice. One teaching methodology that works for all types of learners is: Point, prove point, illustration, application. For example, if you trying to get folks to adopt a program of taking 10,000 steps per day, the point, prove point, illustration, application would be:
Point= 10,000 steps a day is critical for better health
Prove point= site research showing this to be the case
Illustration= John did this program for 4 months, and here’s what happened in terms of health improvement.
Application= You must be extremely specific. Using the 10,000 steps a day example, specifics might be: How to schedule walking into the day, how to buy and wear shoes, how to find a gym, how to count steps, and so on.
What questions to ask?
A great source this one from the CDC.
View the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the CDC.