Breaking Down the Barriers to Healthy Living

Heather Steinson, previously a Senior Specialist of Health and Wellness at Sun Life Financial and currently a consultant at Aon Hewitt, presented a session on fostering healthy living at the 7th annual Your Workplace conference. She had the dubious honour of presenting right before lunch, when attention was divided between the health of our employees, and the health of our appetites!

Steinson commented that when she asks organizations, “‘Who is doing wellness?” hands fly up, yet when she probes into what wellness means, and asks, “Exactly what are you doing? And are you taking a strategic approach?” the hands start to drop down.

To help keep those hands in the air, Steinson shared the 2011 Sun Life Canadian Health Index™ survey results. The survey is part of the work of The Sun Life Wellness Institute, launched in May 2011 to promote health and wellness knowledge exchange between academic, public and private sectors. Their research includes the Sun Life Canadian Health Index™, a survey of nearly 4,000 Canadians between the ages of 18 and 80 that takes a snapshot of how Canadians think about their health, and what healthy living actions they take to protect it.

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