I have blogged before about workplace wellness. I don't mind volunteer programs and at work classes. I don't mind incentives and discounts on gyms. It bothers me when it goes from voluntary to mandatory. I believe Workplace wellness programs are no different than the diet industry. It costs too much and has little result.
Corroborating previous studies, the article’s conclusive evidence that properly evaluated programs don’t lead to financial savings is being met with mixed interpretation and sparking heated debate. The findings are leading some experts to make excuses for the results and prompting others to proclaim the need to end workplace wellness as the business world has known it.
Meanwhile a non-dieting approach to wellness has proved to work better in the long run. A study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion showed that focusing away from a Diet approach showed improvement in eating disorders and mindful eating.
In the study, Rossy and her colleagues evaluated the effectiveness of the Eat for Life program, which combines intuitive eating and mindfulness to assist participants in developing positive relationships with food and their bodies. Intuitive eating is when individuals learn to eat, exercise and experience their bodies from their own internal cues, such as hunger and fullness, rather than external cues, such as calorie counting and weight scales...
At the end of the program, participants in the Eat for Life program were significantly more likely not to exhibit disordered eating. Mindfulness was a major factor in all of the positive outcomes, Rossy said.
This is more proof that Health at Every Size where "Eat for Life" has similar goals (The only exception is that Eat for Life does mention weight management) is a better way to health.