Why physician wellness programs won’t work so well

Wellness Committee

Wellness is defined as the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal. Here’s the problem: actively pursued sounds like work. Wellness is too controlled, measured, and almost forced upon us. Who’s really excited to join a “wellness committee” this week? Or start a “wellness program” at work? Any volunteers? If you’re not that eager, here’s why: the word wellness is boring, overused, and totally uninspiring. Tack on another uninspiring word like committee or program after wellness and you’ve just killed the last drop of enthusiasm in the room. Weirdly, just saying “wellness program” makes us feel less well. Read blog & comment . . .

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