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Wellness in the Headlines
(Don's Report to the World)
Wellness Organizations Are Forming Around the World
During this week of the 32nd annual National Wellness Conference (NWC) in America, other nations across the planet are planning their own versions of such events. To organize annual conferences as well as to support a wide range of wellness programs and professional development, countries such as Austria, Denmark, England, Japan, Taiwan and even Lebanon are represented at the NWC this week in Stevens Point, WI. Other visitors from outside the US, from countries with established national wellness organizations, will also be well represented. Here is a summary of wellness organizations already operating across the globe. This listing will be updated periodically, as more nations organize to promote wellness initiatives, especially at the worksite level.
The list begins with the two best-known American wellness organizations.
- The National Wellness Institute (NWI)
The NWI traces its beginning to 1977. Known best for three decades of National Wellness Conferences in July each year at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, it was created to serve professionals and organizations. The NWI promotes optimal health and wellness in individuals and communities in the US and, more recently, internationally. The mission of the NWI is to identify resources, provide continuing education, promote opportunities, support professional development programs, distribute lifestyle assessments and sponsor the National Wellness Conference annually in July. Contact information: 1300 College Court, PO Box 827, Stevens Point, WI 54481, 800.243.8694, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, web: http://www.nationalwellness.org/.
- Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA)
WELCOA was founded in 1987. It is dedicated to promoting healthier lifestyles, especially through health promotion initiatives at the worksite. WELCOA links community coalitions. WELCOA focuses on building "Well Workplaces" seen as organizations that are dedicated to the health of their employees. The Well Workplace process is designed to help employees make better lifestyle choices, and impact bottom lines. About 900 companies have been given "Well Workplace" awards by WELCOA. Besides helping organizations craft sound wellness programs, WELCOA serves as a national clearinghouse and information center on worksite wellness, publishes source books, a monthly newsletter, interviews with leaders and a line of brochures. WELCOA also conducts training seminars. Contact information: 9802 Nicholas St., Suite 315, Omaha, NE 68114, (402) 827-3590, email@example.com or visit the website at http://www.welcoa.org.
- The National Wellness Institute of Australia (NWIA)
NWIA was founded in 2006. Located in Brisbane, it promotes wellness by facilitating development activities, advancing a core set of interrelated values and representing wellness professionals. It seeks to share ideas and research while correcting an imbalance in busy lives within the business, education, and wider communities. Contact information: 0407 962763, firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.wellnessaustralia.org/. The NWIA also interacts with other institutions with similar agendas that are focused on more traditional areas. These include:
- The Australian Centre on Quality of Life: www.deakin.edu.au/research/acqol/index.htm
- The Australian Council for Health and Physical Education: http://www.achper.org.au/ (The professional association for Health and PE Teachers)
- The Australian Association for Exercise and Sport Science: http://www.aaess.com.au/ (This is the association for exercise physiologists and human movement science professionals. It is similar to the American College of Sports Medicine.)
- Health, Work & Wellness (HWW)
An organization in Vancouver, Canada with a mission of creating extraordinary workplaces by developing extraordinary people. HWW sponsors an international worksite HWW conference on alternating Canadian coasts devoted to the topics of healthcare, education, labor, media, government and private industry. It is the leading Canadian annual event on organizational health. HWW seeks to be a leading resource with information, tools & strategies and a year-round forum for sharing innovative ideas. The wellness values it most promotes are respect, trust, responsibility, life balance, flexibility, growing together and passion. Contact information: web: www.healthworkandwellness.com/, e-mail: email@example.com.
- The Wellness Council of Southern Africa (WELLCOSA)
WELLCOSA is an organization of wellness professionals and interested associations based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. WELLCOSA has many objectives, including sponsorship of a nationwide wellness conference every other year. Two such events have already been held, both hosted by WELLCOSA and the University of Port Elizabeth. WELLCOSA serves as a network for sharing best wellness practice ideas nationally and internationally. WELLCOSA seeks to pursue the following objectives:
- To support members to promote wellness activities.
- To establish ethical and training standards.
- To encourage discussions about wellness concepts and issues.
- To support and encourage wellness research.
- To set up a national database of people and organizations working in the field of wellness.
- To raise funds for these activities.
- To empower individuals and communities in all dimensions of wellness.
- To recognize the inherent dignity of every person.
- To demonstrate compassion and respect in all ways.
- To promote equal access to social and economic opportunities.
Contact information: Andre de Jager (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Hanna van Lingen (email@example.com) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Telephone 27 41 504 3222; Fax 27 41 504 2622.
- The German Wellness Association (DWV)
Founded in 1990, DWV is the first European wellness organization. The Association's purpose is to maintain and improve public health and well-being in the original sense of wellness. Wellness describes an active and self responsible strategy towards complete health that enables one to live a healthy and productive life. It is founded on scientifically supported actions, methods, and techniques. Wellness provides greater immunity against chronic illness and disease while supporting the pursuit of happiness.
DWV is a non-profit membership organisation divided into nine professional sections:
- healthy living (the only private members section)
- sports and fitness
- diet and nutrition
- body care and beauty
- treatment and counseling
- education and professional training
- consulting and communication services
- health and wellness tourism
- spa resorts and hot springs
DWV is independent of commercial interests. It serves those seeking wellness as well as those providing services and products in the above-listed sections. DWV develops quality standards for the wellness market based on the original concept and purposes of wellness. Wellness providers that fulfill these quality standards are awarded a seal of approval that helps consumers find quality. This quality seal is well established in Germany and throughout Europe.
In addition DWV:
- promotes consciousness for wellness by organising and supporting conferences, exhibitions, seminars, etc., as well as continous collaboration with the mass media clarifying the concept of wellness for the public and the professional audience,
- initializes and communicates programmes and facilities for the promotion of physical and psycho-social health,
- helps in finding schools, academies, etc. for professional education and training in health and wellness topics,
- helps finding professional assistance and consultation in the development and realisation of projects promoting (real) wellness,
- promotes scientific research and projects,
- combats the abuse and the exploitation of the original wellness concept.
Contact information: Lutz Hertel (founder and president) firstname.lastname@example.org +49 211 9542807, Deutscher Wellness Verband, Neusser Str. 35, 40219 Duesseldorf, Germany - http://www.wellnessverband.de
- The Foundation Novapol Institute, Poland
Newly created to promote health, the development of human potential and wellness, NOVAPOL seeks to advance wellness concepts throughout Poland. The Foundation was established by Bogda Samon-Swiatoniowski, originally from Poland but living and working in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada for last 27 years. The Novapol Institute seeks to pursue the following objectives:
- To facilitate social and health policy changes in Poland based on wellness values.
- To promote a wellness philosophy at the individual, community and workplace levels.
- To promote research in health promotion, workplace wellness and human development.
- To develop and test a transferable wellness model for Rakszawa, a village in Poland to the extent that it becomes an international
- To train professionals in the field of wellness.
- To facilitate international, interdisciplinary co-operation amongst wellness professionals.
- To create an international model wellness community in the Polish Village of Rakszawa into a sustainable community marked by positive relations, mutual respect, trust and support,
- To bring together from around the world professionals and lay people, with high levels of awareness, to facilitate solutions to current issues facing humanity.
Initial plans are to host an International Conference on perspectives and potentials of health promotion and wellness in May 2008. Contact: Bogda Samon-Swiatoniowski, (email@example.com), www.novapolfoundation.com.
- The Brazilian Quality of Life Association (ABQV)
A national non-profit organization that serves as an information center in health promotion and quality of life at the workplace, ABQV was founded in 1995 to connect institutions and communities into a supportive network. ABQV seeks to stimulate organizations to build health promotion and quality of life programs and assist individuals to make better lifestyle choices. ABQV gives training seminars and facilitates result-oriented wellness programs. The Association also accredits companies on an annual basis with best practices recognitions for promoting quality of life and wellness with the Brazilian Quality of Life Award. Contact: Samia Simurro, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Alberto Jose Niituma Ogata, e-mail email@example.com, website for ABQV is www.abqv.org.br.
For an update on international organizations throughout the year, contact Laura Bilderback, Member Services Team Leader at the National Wellness Institute (1300 College Court, P.O. Box 827, Stevens Point, WI 54481) or call 800.243.8694 Ext. 273. The website for the NWI is www.nationalwellness.org.
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