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In the spirit of the American College Health Association's Healthy Campus 2020 initiative, the Wellness Inventory may be used to promote of culture of wellbeing on a college campus. The program may be licensed to promote student wellness or for a staff and faculty wellness program.
The Wellness Inventory may also be used in the curriculum for health and wellness classes in colleges and universities, as well as in medical and nursing schools, and schools of health sciences. Integrating the Wellness Inventory into curriculum is an excellent way to support broader student wellness initiatives by raising personal wellness awareness in the classroom.  
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Wellness Inventory - Creating a Culture of Wellbeing

The Wellness Inventory is a whole-person assessment and life-balance program based upon the work of wellness pioneer John W. Travis, MD, MPH. The program helps students gain insight into their overall state of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing, and offers guidance and tools to transform this new awareness into sustainable lifestyle improvement and a greater capacity for optimal living and performance.

Using the Wellness Inventory in College Curriculum

The Wellness Inventory is easily integrated into the curriculum of any health, wellness or education class in an academic setting. We set up special class codes to enable students to register and pay for the program online. The instructor receives access to both individual and aggregate wellness, motivation and engagement scores for their students. There is no cost to the instructor.

The Wellness Inventory can be used as the organizing principle for a course or be added as a new feature to existing curriculum. Students can take the online whole person assessment at the beginning and end of the semester, and utilize the action plan, track their progress, view real-time scores, and utilize the full program features throughout.

Each week the students can focus on one of the 12 dimensions of wellness with activities each week relating to that dimension:
  • Reassess the specific dimension of the week's focus.
  • Read 10 short commentaries on the dimension in the Study Center.
  • Practice 1-2 self-care exercises from the Resource Center.
  • Record their observations and insights in My Wellness Journal.
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Reporting, Engagement and Communication Tools
The Wellness Inventory also provides a suite of tools to empower you in working with students, faculty, and/or staff.

College instructors have online access to individual reports on student's wellbeing and motivation scores, actions plan, and progress reports. Instructors also have access to engagement reports showing each student's level of participation in the Wellness Inventory, including the number of full whole person assessments completed, individual dimensions reassessed, action steps created, action steps progress tracked, journal entries and resources accessed. Instructors also have communication tools to facilitate deeper class participation and aggregate class wellbeing scores.

Student wellness directors have access to aggregate reports on wellness and motivation scores and engagement, as well as communication and promotional tools.

Faculty and staff wellness directors have access to aggregate reports on wellness and motivation scores and engagement, as well as communication and promotional tools. If you are using third party wellness coaches we can provide targeted access to individual reports for one-on-one coaching.

Patterns in aggregate data may be useful in creating programs targeted to the student population or for faculty and staff needs.

“Wellness Inventory helped many of my students get a fuller perspective of their lives.”
Karen Gregory-Mercado, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Arizona State University
“Students develop tools for self-care and internal self-regulation.”
Jane A. McCool, PhD, RN, AHN-BC
School of Nursing
Northeastern University
“I use the Wellness Inventory as the foundation for my Stress Management course at West Chester University. Students find it to be life changing, the depth of information available online to be remarkable, and they feel transformed by the end of the semester."
Debi Dunn
Adjunct Professor
West Chester University
“The Wellness Inventory shines as a model for transformational wellness for all who desire to learn and enhance personal wellness. As the foundation for my university wellness course, the Wellness Inventory paves the way for students to explore their wellness from a uniquely holographic perspective.

By the end of the semester students "get" the concept of how small changes in one dimension of wellness can have a profound effect on all other dimensions and improve overall wellness.

Student's report numerous benefits such as better concentration, improved sleep, less pressure/stress, improved communication with others, greater insight and self awareness, new ways to "play", and life changing choices."

Pamela Burris, RN, MSN, AHN-BC
Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“The Wellness Inventory is a fantastic teaching and learning tool for our students. They consistently report how much they enjoy using the program, and receiving unexpected insights into their wellness."
Pauline McCabe, PhD
Program and Course Coordinator Discipline of Wellness
RMIT School of Health Sciences
Melbourne, Australia
"I truly enjoyed this class - it did wonders for my semester's stress and provided me with great tools to carry with me for the rest of my life."
“This should be a required class for all students at the university. Sanity and overall well-being can get very tricky while in college."
"Allowing this class to inspire change in my daily routine has been both grounding and liberating."
"Your class opened my mind to how important it is to be happy, and the tools I am taking away from this semester have made me a much better, healthier person. I would recommend your course not only to every person in this school, but everyone in this world in search of self-empowerment and meaning."
“This class had a huge impact on my life. I still visit the Wellness Inventory website on a regular basis. In fact, I just recommended it last night".

Benefits to Students:

  • Ability to explore one's personal wellbeing from a whole-person perspective.
  • Increased level of personal responsibility for one's health and wellbeing.
  • Increased sense of self-efficacy in creating personal lifestyle improvement.
  • Improve mindfulness skills and enhanced ability internally self-regulate.
  • Improved ability to adjust and adapt to the stresses of college life.
  • Improved ability to perform academically.

Benefits to Faculty and Staff:

  • Ability to explore one's personal wellbeing from a whole-person perspective.
  • Increased level of personal responsibility for one's health and wellbeing.
  • Increased sense of self-efficacy in creating personal lifestyle improvement.
  • Improve ability to internally self-regulate and manage stress.
  • Improved work-life balance.
  • Improved ability to perform professionally.

Overall Benefits for Your Institution:

  • Improved level of wellbeing of student population.
  • Improved faculty and staff wellbeing and performance.
  • Supporting a culture of wellbeing on campus.
  • Targeting needs of specific groups through custom reporting.
  • Assists in designing custom programs for those specific groups.

Background of the Program: Wellness Pioneer John W. Travis, MD, MPH

The Wellness Inventory is based on the pioneering work of John W. Travis, MD, MPH, recognized as a founder of the wellness movement. While completing his preventive medicine residency at John's Hopkins and working with the US Public Health Service in the early 1970s, Dr. Travis was a protégé of Dr. Lewis Robbins, creator of the Health Risk Appraisal and founder of the Society for Prospective Medicine. At this time he was deeply influenced by the work of Halbert Dunn, MD, PhD, and his seminal book, High Level Wellness (1961). Dr. Dunn, considered to be the grandfather of the wellness movement, was the former Chief, National Office of Vital Statistics, U.S. Public Health Service.

Upon completing his residency Dr. Travis chose to dedicate his work to supporting people in creating wellness in their lives rather than treating patients. He opened the first wellness center in the US in 1975, the Wellness Resource Center in Mill Valley, CA, and created the first wellness assessment (Wellness Inventory) as a whole person intake for their clients. His wellness center worked with the general public as well as helping professionals, through workshops, retreats and one-on-one facilitation.

The Center's facilitation process was a forerunner of the coaching model. In their facilitation process the client was viewed as the ultimate expert in their own life and had a co-creative relationship with the facilitator, who supported the client in discovering their own wellness solutions in the context of their own lives, rather educating or offering advice.

Dr. Travis was featured in a 60 Minutes interview with Dan Rather in 1979 that explore the emerging wellness movement and his work at the Wellness Resource Center. He is author of the classic Wellness Workbook (Celestial Arts, 1981, 2004, 3rd Ed) which has been used by wellness and health sciences educators in colleges and universities for over thirty years.

For more information on licensing contact:

James Strohecker
HealthWorld Online, Inc.
(310) 823-9553



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