Conclusion to a naturopathic approach: prevention
To conclude the series of ideas to apply a naturopathic approach to corporate wellness, I’ll tackle the sixth and final principle of naturopathy: prevention. The naturopathic physician recognizes the fact that the goal of healthcare is not only treatment of disease, but ultimately the prevention of disease. To meet this goal, the naturopath works with each patient to maximize their health through education and the promotion of health-building habits.
In my approach to corporate wellness, all the previous principles I have applied have been shaped to help the employee achieve proactive wellness through prevention. The process flow now looks like this:
- employee clarifies their personal health goals
- employee realizes they hold the power and responsibility to reach those goals
- the program works with the employee to identify the root cause of what is hindering them from reaching their goals
- the program helps the employee take a 360-degree view of their internal and external health, to reach their goals in totality
- the program empowers the employee with knowledge and strategies to make their goals happen
- celebrate and share success! and now reset goals and continue the process again
This process positions the employee population to take charge of their health and foster a culture of prevention. Imagine a workplace where folks talked about how good they feel as opposed to how much they’re paying for prescriptions and how tired they are all the time. Obviously the workplace itself can attribute to such negativity, but if employees have already taken charge of their health, they’ll be that much more able and motivated to take charge of their work and the shape of their company. I don’t know about you, but I want to work with that workforce!