At Healthy Minds Group, we believe that wellness is much more than running a marathon or eating the right foods so that you can fit into those “skinny jeans” that have been sitting in your closet. That’s why the 8 for 8 Wellness Challenge was built around the 8 dimensions of wellness identified by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Our approach is whole-person wellness; addressing the emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of a person’s life.
Numerous studies have established a link between mental and physical health. Imbalances in any one of the 8 dimensions of wellness can cause decreased mental health in the form of depression, anxiety, and stress. Studies conducted through the American Psychological Association have shown that chronic stress can lead to physical ailments such as headaches and fatigue as well as worsen chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, and arthritis.
Working in High-Stress Environments
Although we work with many different types of employers, Healthy Minds Group specializes in creating programs to assist those working in high-stress environments. We have worked within the public safety sector as well as with multiple State and Federal agencies where work-induced stress is of major concern. Multiple surveys conducted in high-stress work environments have shown that a person’s needs for health and wellness reach far beyond the physical realm; particularly when it comes to those working in career fields such as corrections, social work, police work, behavioral health, and healthcare.
Creating and implementing solutions based on the unique needs of your organization is our top priority. Our evaluation tools include wellness surveys, facility visits, and focus groups and interviews. We also review existing employee benefits, policies and programs, and provide feedback and recommendations for initiatives across the 8 dimensions of wellness to help ensure that the 8 for 8 Wellness Challenge works for your company’s particular needs.
Making Wellness Achievable and Fun
We believe that working out, strengthening key relationships, and taking on new challenges shouldn’t be stressful or boring; and the 8 for 8 Wellness Challenge has been designed with that in mind. We offer our programs in a fun, competitive format that employees will look forward to participating in. We’ve turned wellness into “serious fun” by applying gamification features like points, prizes, teams, and competitions. We also acknowledge that, in our fast-paced society, free time is a rare and precious commodity. That’s why most of the individual challenges within the program have been designed to be completed in 20 minutes or less.