GWI Launches The Wellness Moonshot

Wellness-Moonshot-Calendar[Image: Courtesy of Global Wellness Institute]The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) Wellness Moonshot is an initiative to eradicate preventable, chronic diseases by encouraging collaboration among the oft-siloed forces all working to build a healthier world. The nonprofit has announced the Moonshot’s next phase: “The Wellness Moonshot Calendar: A Year of Inspiration,” a call to action to create healthier cultures within companies and workplaces. The calendar, meant to be prominently hung in organizations, was designed by Jessica Jesse, CEO of BuDhaGirl, and follows the cycles of the full moon.

Businesses that commit to participate will receive an inspiring 2019 calendar along with tangible monthly ideas, tips and information to engage their employees around a wellness theme. January focused on awareness and revealing the floor-to-ceiling hanging calendar, while February focuses on actions and ideas to create a “well heart.”

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Renee Moorefield, chair of the GWI’s Wellness at Work Initiative, CEO of the leadership development firm Wisdom Works, is curating the calendar’s monthly tips and information. “If you really want to move the needle on preventable disease and create high employee engagement, you must create an everyday culture of well-being at work,” she says. “The Wellness Moonshot Calendar gives leaders fresh and practical ideas every month to realize the kind of work environment where people bring their best, and leave work more well, happier and more capable than when they arrived.”

The Wellness Moonshot was created to address some harsh statistics: The global price tag of largely preventable chronic diseases could reach a crippling $47 trillion by 2030 (according to the World Economic Forum). GWI research found that more than 75 percent of employees report struggling with their well-being.

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“We know that The Wellness Moonshot Calendar can have an exponentially growing impact: Our goal is to get the leaders of hundreds of thousands of organizations to commit to healthier work cultures, and they can then in turn impact the employees they supervise in a meaningful way,” noted Susie Ellis, GWI chairman and CEO. “We want to give every organization—large or small—a monthly roadmap for meaningful change, because the beauty of this program is that anyone within any company or community can implement The Wellness Moonshot Calendar and impact their circle of influence.”

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