Approach
Healthy Organization
Framework
Six Elements of Sustainable
  Wellness
ConnectWell's Six Elements of Sustainable Wellness
ConnectWell’s Six Elements of Sustainable Wellness applies to individuals. This framework incorporates Readiness, Education, Community, Communication, Environment and Independence. Each element is an essential component that assists people in moving forward in the change process toward integrating wellness into life.
Taking that first step off the high dive takes motivation, courage and a leap of faith. Changing a lifestyle for the better and prioritizing overall health and well-being is no different. ConnectWell knows that to take a “leap of faith” requires readiness—to shake up your lifestyle, shop differently prepare and eat home-cooked meals, incorporate activity into your day, and make room for other important dimensions of your life. Readiness is the first phase in integrating wellness into life.
In this age of powerful food advertising, ubiquitous fast food restaurants, fad diets, prescription drug promotion, widespread Internet-based health information and prominent health claims on everything from cereal boxes to chocolate bars, accurate and simple health education is more important than ever. ConnectWell’s programs educate participants on sustainable healthy eating, activity, balance and stress management.

To ConnectWell, education means delivering knowledge that empowers and inspires people to move from a passive participant in their health to an active participant in their overall health and well-being.

Our programs include:
  • Up-to-date educational materials on wellness practices
  • Frameworks that facilitate the learning process
  • Activities that reinforce wellness habits
  • A household engagement model that enhances learning
Just as a team must be coordinated and aligned in order to accomplish team goals, a supportive community is necessary for sustained learning and healthy habit formation. In the pursuit of health and well-being, behaviors and attitudes can impact those of others. Modeling of healthy behaviors happens in the community—centered in the household, school, work and social groups. In order for habit change efforts to be successful, an individual’s efforts to prioritize health must be aligned with the culture of the workplace, community or family. ConnectWell promotes and seeks to facilitate this connection through:

Our programs include:
  • Guidance and support for executive level staff and middle management to promote successful rollout and high levels of employee engagement in ConnectWell’s Worksite Wellness Initiatives.
  • Wellness Challenges that build support among employees while helping to foster healthy habits
  • ConnectWell’s household-center approach that encourages employees to engage their family in wellness practices
The Community and Communication elements of sustainable wellness are inextricably linked. Effective communication is the basis for creating a culture of health in the workplace for aligning personal health with family and community.

ConnectWell’s frameworks and strategies for effective communication show participants how to influence and educate others in order to build support for their wellness practices. In addition, they will learn how to guide and encourage others to adopt healthy habits of their own and move them along the path towards “readiness.”

ConnectWell creates communications in multimodalities that encourage enrollment, participation and engagement in wellness programs and include:
  • live presentations
  • email
  • employee wellness newsletters and testimonials
  • brochures, mailers, educational materials
  • seminars
  • wellness portal
  • wellness celebrations
Just as a tree needs a nourishing environment to grow, so do people who wish to become healthier. We need fruit and vegetables in our homes, schools, corporate cafeterias and restaurants, places for safe and healthy activity and life balance supported by family, friends, workplace and community. Habit change is more sustainable when one’s environment naturally promotes well-being. Unfortunately, many environments have been shaped by priorities and influences that are in conflict with enhancing health and overall well-being. ConnectWell’s Healthy Organization Framework helps worksites reshape their environment and create one that promotes a culture of health so that employees can achieve health and well-being.
ConnectWell defines independence as the point when wellness practices are integrated into people’s lives. Integration occurs when people are able to prioritize health and well-being and continue to invest in lifelong learning around health and wellness.