Create a plan

There is a saying that a goal without a plan is just a wish. Taking time to plan your wellness program will ensure long-term success. Take time to build out goals and objectives, budget, themes and work plans with your wellness committee. Review your survey data to help guide your plans.

Use a comprehensive approach: educate, act, support

The foundation of the materials found on this website is derived from 2 important models: the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health promotion and the Comprehensive Workplace Health Promotion (CWHP) module as described by the University of Toronto’s Health Communication Unit, Centre for Health Promotion.

Numerous experts agree that multi-faceted strategies are required to effectively enable behaviour change. A strategic mix of approaches must be implemented over time.  Therefore, the materials you will find on this website use 3 approaches: educate, act, support.

The material on this website is built upon the principle that workplaces can inform employees about health and wellness issues, provide opportunities for employees to change or improve their health behaviours, and provide supportive environments that enable action. Therefore, for each topic, the program encourages workplaces to use these three strategies:

Consider the annual cycle of your workplace

When you are planning wellness topics or themes, consider the annual cycle of your workplace. Some themes might work better than others at certain times of the year. A healthy eating theme might work well in the New Year when everyone is looking towards New Year’s resolutions. Meanwhile, you might want to avoid a physical activity challenge in the middle of winter. Also consider the annual budget and look to include suggestions for a potential wellness budget.