Members of the Board of Directors below are (left to right) – David R. Anderson, Seth Serxner, Tre’McCalister, David Ballard, Carson E. Beadle, Ron Goetzel (President & CEO), Rebecca Kelly, Daniel Gold, Cherryl J. Christensen, and Michael O’Donnell
The Health Project, Inc. (The Health Project), is a tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation formed to bring about critical attitudinal and behavioral changes in addressing the health and well-being of Americans. The Health Project focuses on improving personal health care practices and supporting population health by reaching adults where they spend most of their waking hours: at work. Many organizations have adopted health promotion (wellness) programs that encourage good health habits and improved understanding of how to use health services more effectively by individual workers and their families.
The mission of The Health Project is to seek out, evaluate, promote, and disseminate the lessons learned from exemplary health promotion and disease prevention programs with demonstrated effectiveness in influencing personal health habits and cost-effective use of health care resources. These programs have the objectives of (1) improving population health by helping individuals change unhealthy behaviors and reducing health risks, (2) establishing a culture of health at the workplace and surrounding community, and (3) offering good value for the money spent investing in these programs.
Employers must play a leadership role in promoting good health and preventing serious chronic illnesses by establishing evidence-based programs, policies, and environmental supports that emphasize positive health habits and judicious use of health care services. At the same time, individual workers have a responsibility to adopt healthy lifestyles and all parties must recognize that good health habits are not only desirable, but also necessary for building and maintaining a healthy and productive workforce.
The Health Project is dedicated to spotlighting private and public health programs that have measurably improved the health and well-being of individuals and their families, and have done so cost-effectively. The programs recognized by The Health Project highlight positive, productive, and well-designed initiatives that support optimum use of community and business health care resources. These best-practice programs are stored in a free web-based repository so that public and private organizations and community agencies may draw on them according to their needs, constantly improving and enlarging them through a widening user network to improve population health outcomes.