The goal of the WWTC program is
to facilitate the kind of behavioral changes
that are known to affect an individual's risk for heart
disease. Our workplan is based on achieving this
through environmental changes
at the worksite. The common theme underlying both goal
and plan is change.
Within our workplans are 3-4 objectives.
Establishing an organizational framework for change
can be addressed by forming a wellness committee. Giving
people the information they need to build their own
case for change might be accomplished through a resource
Still, individuals may be reluctant to
act, because they don't know how to proceed.
Our social curiosity motivates us to learn how others
have succeeded, even while personal barriers
keep us from making changes or taking action as individuals.
Though we can learn from others, we each
need to take action in an effort to face our own barriers.
We find our way through trial and error, weaving personal
discovery with others' experiences.
Finally, we need to practice,
and we need to know if we have success.
Incentive programs fulfill these
needs in many ways. They give us a "how-to"
framework to act within. The group setting of the workplace
offers a social network,
a catalyst many people need to get going and keep going.
An incentive program is a time for trial and error,
and then a time for practice. And because there
is an end -- with a carrot (prize, gift, reward) --
we can answer the question of our success.
Incentive programs do not have to be
complicated. Simple challenges like eating
5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, or
increasing your weekly amount of physical
activity, have all the ingredients. Complete programs
are available on this web site. Discuss them with your
wellness committee, then join the fun!
Reasons to have an incentive program