Health and Wellness Promotion

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Through a variety of programs and policies, numerous stakeholders have attempted to promote health and wellness as a way to improve public health and reduce rising health care costs. RAND experts have examined workplace wellness programs, the effects of neighborhood characteristics — such as parks or grocery stores — on health and wellness, policy options for reducing obesity rates, and community substance abuse prevention programs.

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    Report

    Are Incentives to Join Workplace Wellness Programs Effective?

    May 11, 2015

    About four-fifths of U.S. employers with more than 1,000 employees offer workplace health and wellness programs, but employee participation is limited. Employers are experimenting with controversial incentives to encourage participation.

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    Commentary

    Wellbeing Project to Weave Science Into Government Decisions

    Apr 29, 2015

    Wellbeing is about individuals having the skills and opportunity to live a meaningful life. There are countless things that cities do that either contribute or detract from that sense of meaning. Santa Monica's Wellbeing Project is working to fundamentally change how the government thinks about its citizens.

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    Project

    Providing Support to the 'Britain's Healthiest Workplace' Competition

    PruHealth has commissioned RAND Europe, in partnership with the University of Cambridge, to provide research support to Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (BHW), a competition that rewards organisations that have the healthiest employees and work environment. RAND Europe designs and runs the surveys, analyses results, and provides customised reports to participating organisations.

    Feb 16, 2017

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    Commentary

    Should the Definition of Health Include a Measure of Tolerance?

    Involving the medical community in helping to measure and increase tolerance could help make individuals and communities healthier. Since hate is both deadly and contagious, now is the time to engage the medical profession in eradicating it.

    Feb 15, 2017

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    Report

    An Agenda to Advance Integrative Resilience Research and Practice: Key Themes From a Resilience Roundtable

    Presents recommendations for an integrated agenda to promote transdisciplinary resilience research and practice, drawing on proceedings from a 2016 Resilience Roundtable and a supplementary literature review.

    Feb 6, 2017

  • Group of women exercising and using their cell phones

    Commentary

    What 32 Million Tweets Tell Us About Health and the Twitterverse

    Health-related posts and conversations on Twitter shed light on the public's views on obesity, exercise and fitness, safe sex, alcohol, and mental health. Will such discussion increase in communities where health and wellness programs are put in place?

    Jan 26, 2017

  • Journal Article

    The National Adult Immunization Plan: Strengthening Adult Immunization Through Coordinated Action

    Addressing persistent structural and policy barriers to adult immunization will benefit all Americans.

    Jan 3, 2017

  • Woman yawning during a business meeting

    Commentary

    How Businesses Can Take the Lead in Getting People to Sleep More

    Insufficient sleep is linked to lower productivity, which results in working days being lost each year. With a few simple measures, employers could help improve the health and well-being of staff, improve their bottom lines, and contribute to a growing economy.

    Dec 20, 2016

  • People work out at an outdoor exercise area at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx, New York City, September 13, 2012

    Commentary

    Putting Health into the Health Care Debate

    How much return is the United States getting for spending over 17 percent of its gross domestic product on health care? Not nearly enough. The health care debate should focus on improving population health and ensuring the country is getting the biggest bang for its bucks.

    Dec 10, 2016

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    Commentary

    Measuring What Works: Workplace Well-Being

    The link between productivity and well-being is recognized and increasingly accepted as a prerequisite of strong employer and employee performance. HR professionals and CEOs believe that high employee well-being means high staff engagement and a real intention to do well for the workforce.

    Nov 28, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Creating Healthier, More Equitable Communities by Improving Governance and Policy

    Political and governance considerations should play a central role in the national conversation about improving health and health equity.

    Nov 28, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Strengthening Integration of Health Services and Systems

    Integrating medical care, public health, and social services will increase access to care and improve health and well-being for all individuals.

    Nov 28, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Cross-sector Collaborations and Partnerships: Essential Ingredients to Help Shape Health and Well-Being

    Policies that support collaboration between the formal health system and organizations in partner sectors--housing, education, and transportation--are key to achieving a culture of health.

    Nov 28, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Drivers of Health as a Shared Value: Mindset, Expectations, Sense of Community and Civic Engagement

    A shared understanding of health as a cultural value is key to achieving an equitable health system and a culture of health.

    Nov 28, 2016

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    Solution

    Measuring Wellbeing to Help Communities Thrive

    The city of Santa Monica wanted to incorporate wellbeing into city planning, policies, and programs. RAND researchers, as part of a team of experts, helped create a framework for measuring wellbeing and applying the findings to city planning.

    Nov 22, 2016

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    Content

    Building a Culture of Health

    RAND is supporting the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in its efforts to advance a Culture of Health, with the goal of enabling all Americans to lead healthier lives, now and for generations to come. Realizing this vision will require a national paradigm shift from a medical care-centric view of health toward one that focuses on wellbeing.

    Nov 8, 2016

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    Project

    RAND Europe Mental Health and Well Being Research

    RAND Europe’s growing work in the field of mental health and wellbeing draws on expertise from across a range of disciplines and methodological backgrounds to bring an innovative perspective to our projects.

    Oct 6, 2016

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    Project

    Analysing the Impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter

    Public Health England has commissioned an analysis of the take-up and impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter; the end product will include a set of case studies to help strengthen and expand the evidence base that underpins the Charter.

    Aug 5, 2016

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    Project

    Updating the ‘Vitality Age’ Calculator

    RAND Europe is updating the underlying calculations for the Vitality Age Calculator, an online tool developed by the University of Cape Town and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa that gives users a ‘snapshot’ of their overall health based on lifestyle choices, including diet and exercise habits, and clinical factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure.

    Jun 1, 2016

  • Metro Expo Line westbound train about to turn onto Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica

    Commentary

    Expo Line Could Enhance Wellbeing in Santa Monica

    On May 20, the long-awaited Metro Expo Line will begin service to Santa Monica. Viewing urban mobility as a key component of community wellbeing may be an instructive way to assess the impact of Expo and other infrastructure efforts.

    May 6, 2016

  • Diverse group of adults in an outdoor fitness class

    Report

    Building a National Culture of Health

    As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health initiative, RAND developed an action framework to achieve the goal of enabling everyone in the United States to lead healthier lives, now and for generations to come.

    Mar 11, 2016

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    Essay

    Learning from One City's Effort to Transform Community

    RAND researchers have partnered with the city of Santa Monica, California to redefine not just how cities measure success, but how they assess their very purpose for being. This “Wellbeing Index” posits that cities can improve not just the safety and comfort of their residents, but also their happiness.

    Mar 8, 2016

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