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Hospital Wellness

Hospitals may use the Wellness Inventory program to bring a whole person focus to employee wellness, to help create a culture of wellbeing, and as a tool to help reduce helping professional burnout.

The program can also be utilized for community wellness programs, as a marketing tool to increase community engagement, and a tool for gathering valuable aggregate data for creating programs targeted to community wellness needs.

The Wellness Inventory is a whole person wellbeing program which inspires people to continually progress toward optimal personal and professional wellbeing. The program is designed to help individuals in creating and managing personal wellbeing to realize their full potential for optimal living.

"...a foundational tool for wellness development."

Stanford Research Institute
Benefits of the Program:
  • Brings a whole person focus to your wellness program.
  • Personal wellness and motivation profiles bring focus to key priorities.
  • Action Plan, Virtual Coach, Progress Tracker, Journal and other tools support continual improvement.
  • Increases participants' engagement in their personal wellbeing.
  • Supports creating a culture of wellbeing in your organization.
  • Supports improved performance, work/life balance and optimal living
  • Provides targeted access to your current wellness resources and services.

Reporting, Communication and Coaching Tools

The Wellness Inventory provides you with a suite of online tools to support successful implementation of the program to employees or community. You will have access to reporting, communication, administrative and marketing tools to facilitate deeper participant engagement. In addition to aggregate reporting, we also offer individual coaching reports to facilitate one-on-one third-party coaching.

Wellness Coaching

A Certified Wellness Inventory Coach can help maximize the program's effectiveness in helping your employees or community members create desired lifestyle change and a higher level of personal health and wellbeing. Contact us to discuss staff participation in our training.

History & Background of the Program

The Wellness Inventory is based on the pioneering work of John W. Travis, MD, MPH, recognized as a key founder of the wellness movement.

While completing his preventive medicine residency at John's Hopkins and working with the National Public Health Service, he was a protégé of Dr. Lewis Robbins, creator of the Health Risk Appraisal, and worked on the first computerized HRA for the CDC.

In 1972 he developing his seminal and influential Illness-Wellness Continuum, which became a hallmark of the wellness movement and later appeared in numerous nursing and health promotion textbooks.

In the early 1970s influenced by the pioneering work of Halbert Dunn, MD, PhD, the grandfather of the wellness movement and author of High-Level Wellness (1961), he chose to focus his work on supporting people in creating wellness in their lives rather than treating patients.

He opened the first wellness center in the US in 1975 (Wellness Resource Center) and created the first wellness assessment (Wellness Inventory) as a whole person intake for the center. Their facilitation model for working with clients at the center was a forerunner of the coaching model.

Dr. Travis was featured in a 60 Minutes interview with Dan Rather in 1979 which explored his role in the emerging wellness movement.

Dr. Travis authored the classic Wellness Workbook (Celestial Arts, 1981, 2004, 3rd Ed) which has been used by wellness and health promotion educators in universities and in nursing schools for over thirty-five years.

Caregiver Wellbeing

His pioneering work at the Wellness Resource Center in working with helping professionals to help prevent or alleivate caregiver burnout, was later shared in his book Wellness for Helping Professionals: Creating Compassionate Cultures, co-authored by Meryn Callander (Wellness Associates Publications, 1990).

"A foundational tool for wellness development."
Stanford Research Institute
Author of Spas and the Global Wellness Market
"An invaluable program for health professionals, clinics and hospitals, the Wellness Inventory is a powerful tool for 21st century integrative medicine."
Larry Dossey, MD
Author, Healing Beyond the Body, and Healing Words
Executive Editor, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing
"This tool should be part of every coach's tool box."
Patrick Williams, PhD, MCC
Master Certified Coach
Founder, Institute for Life Coach Training
"I highly recommend this program."
James S. Gordon, MD
Founder and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Author of Manifesto for a New Medicine
"A great time-tested tool to help people see where they are in life and where they want to go.”
Martin Rossman, MD
Author, The Worry Solution
Director, Collaborative Medicine Center
Co-founder, The Academy for Guided Imagery
"The Wellness Inventory pushes beyond health risk appraisals to the wellness dimension of the illness-wellness continuum. This self-assessment tool offers new insights into what makes life worth living.....The Wellness Inventory puts the health back into health care."
Kent W. Peterson, MD, FACPM
CEO, Occupational Health Strategies
Former director, American College of Preventive Medicine
Former Corporate manager, preventive & environmental medicine, IBM worldwide
"The Wellness Inventory is a refreshing approach after years of "strictly by the numbers" HRAs that tell you how old you ought to be or why you are not already dead. Intuitive in its approach, the Wellness Inventory results seem to have a knack for describing the strengths and weaknesses of the participant in a way that is both informative and educational. The Wellness Inventory provides a valuable tool for better living."
William Thar, MD, MPH
VP of Research and Analysis
Franklin Health, Inc.
"The Wellness Inventory is the fundamental component to our hospital's 7-Step Health and Wellness program. Dr. John Travis’ 12 key dimensions of wellness create a holistic foundation from which our clients not only explore the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues of life, but more importantly discover ways in which to become responsible for their own health."
Patricia A. Duryea, Ph.D.
"As one of the first people to computerize the Health Risk Appraisal, Dr. Travis saw its limitations early on and developed the Wellness Inventory to extend into the all important quality of life issues. For over 40 years, he has continued to keep it at the forefront of wellness."
Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD(hc)
President, American Health Association
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
and University of Arizona School of Medicine

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HealthWorld Online, Inc.
(530) 615-4555
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