January 30 — Putting Baicker to rest again – for good

Perhaps it is finally time to put to rest permanently the world’s most famous (and only) article ever published in support of wellness ROI by a well-credentialed author in a prestigious journal.

In today’s Health Care Blog, Fort Worth family physician Robert Young, author of American HealthScare, and blog of the same name at www.healthscareonline.com, takes the most rigorous studies used by Baicker and carefully and systematically demonstrates how and why their findings are severely limited. While clearly not an opponent of workplace wellness initiatives, he shares the concerns of a growing many when he says, “I also don’t want to see our national resources wasted on interventions that are not proven effective.”

Jon Robison, PhD, MS, MAJon is an accomplished speaker, teacher, writer and consultant. He has spent his career advocating that health promotion shift away from its traditional, biomedical, control-oriented focus, with a particular interest in why people do what they do and don’t do what they don’t do. Jon has authored numerous articles and book chapters and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He is also co-author of the book, “The Spirit & Science of Holistic Health — More than Broccoli, Jogging and Bottled Water, More than Yoga, Herbs and Meditation.” This work formed the foundation for one of the first truly holistic employee wellness programs — Kailo. Kailo won awards in both Canada and The United States, and the creators lovingly claim Jon as its father. Contact Jon at: jon@salveopartners.com or jonrobison.net.

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