Picking the Right Mix of Wellness Culture Strategies for your Setting and Resources

CULTURE

Judd Allen, PhD, MA

President, Human Resources Institute


Cultures are complex webs of social influences including shared values, norms, policies, the built environment, peer support, leadership support and social climate (aka morale). Supportive cultures are important determinants of lasting lifestyle improvement. Among the criticisms of efforts to foster healthier cultures are that they are too complicated or can only be driven by senior management. This breakout will help you to examine a broad range of wellness culture strategies. We’ll look at those strategies that are best suited for small workgroups. We’ll also examine organization-wide strategies. We’ll examine low cost approaches as well as approaches that are likely to require outside expert consultation. The goal will be to help your people achieve long-term lifestyle change by adding cultural support to your program mix.


Presenter Bio(s):

Dr. Allen is President of the Human Resources Institute, LLC, a research, publishing and consulting firm that focuses on the creation of supportive cultural environments. He earned his Ph.D. in Community Psychology from New York University and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Dr. Allen supports over 200 health and wellness professionals in their Wellness Culture Coaching work. He also directs the Healthy Culture Research and Education Foundation.

Dr. Allen has assisted several hundred government, business and community settings to bring about lasting and positive culture change. Dr. Allen has served as on the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute, as a Senior Research Analyst at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the Vermont Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. Dr. Allen has authored more than 50 books, journal articles, training manuals and software titles. His most recent books are Leading for Purpose, Culture Change Planner, The Social Climate Toolkit, The Cultural Analysis Toolkit, A Family Guide to Wellness, Kitchen Table Talks for Wellness, Bringing Wellness Home, Wellness Leadership and Healthy Habits, Helpful Friends. Further information about Judd’s work is available at www.healthyculture.com.

Judd has completed more than 30 New York City Marathons, multiple Ironman distance triathlons and long distance cross-country ski races. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.