Rich Bedrosian, PhD, Amy Bucher, PhD, Tyler Steben, Scott Rigby, PhD, Bobbi Coluni, Steve Bennett, MS
Publications and White Papers
Click on the links below to access thought-provoking studies and white papers on health, wellness, and behavior change.
Reimagining the Health Assessment
The Avalanche Hypothesis and Compression of Morbidity: Testing Assumptions through Cohort-Sequential Analysis
Jordan Silberman, Chun Wang, Shawn T. Mason, Steven M. Schwartz, Matthew Hall, Jason L. Morrissette, Xin M. Tu, Janet Greenhut
Nationwide Survey Demonstrates Quality of Life for Osteoarthritis Patients is Affected by More Than Just Physical Pain
Jack Groppel, PhD; Charles DeCook, MD; and James M. Giuffre, BA
The Patient Athlete™ Program: Empowering Joint Replacement Patients in Their Own Wellness Journey and Experience
Jack Groppel, PhD and Daniel Hoeffel, MD
The Triple Aim’s Missing Link: Meaningful Engagement for Patients with Chronic Conditions
Amy Bucher, PhD & Raphaela O’Day, PhD
Sustained Economic Value of a Wellness and Disease Prevention Program: An 8-Year Longitudinal Evaluation
Steven M. Schwartz, PhD; Shawn T. Mason, PhD; Chun Wang, MS; Lidia Pomana, MA; Maren E. Hyde-Nolan, MA and Eli W. Carter, BS
Do Health-Related Behaviors Ignite Performance?
Jack Groppel, PhD
ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal
High-Intensity Circuit Training Using Body Weight: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment
The Power of an Energy Microburst
Janet Nikolovski, Ph.D. & Jack Groppel, Ph.D.
The User Centric Approach and Participant Flow Maps: A New Look at Increasing Participation and Engagement
Joe Alexander, M.M., M.A. Kathryn Luedtke
A Staircase of Individual and Organizational Health: Bringing the Biology of Business Performance to Life.
Jack L. Groppel, Ph.D. Ben Wiegand, Ph.D.
Train Using Sport Science. Learn from the Biology of Business Performance
Jack L. Groppel, Ph.D., Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute and Vice President of Applied Science & Performance Training at Wellness & Prevention, Inc.
Breaking Through: 30 years later, why people still struggle to maintain good health and what you can do about it.
Shawn T. Mason, PhD, Raphaela Finkenauer O'Day, Ph.D.
Train Using Sports Science - Learn Using the Biology of Business Performance
Published in Leadership Excellence
Jack L. Groppel, Ph.D
Becoming an Organization in MOTION™
Jack L. Groppel, Ph.D, Joe Alexander, M.M., M.A
The Missing Headline: Where's the Patient in Patient-Centered Care?
Danielle L. Giuseffi, MPH
Of Health Plans and Avalanches
Janet Greenhut, MD, MPH
Effective Incentive Design
Raphaela Finkenauer O'Day, Ph.D.
Originally published in Benefits Magazine, this insight-filled article takes a close look at some of the latest motivational strategies being effectively employed to help increase participation and sustain engagement.
Digital Health Coaching for Population Health Management
Shawn T. Mason, PhD: IHC, March/April 2012
The Impact of Weight Gain or Loss on Health Care Costs for Employees at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Ginger Smith Carls, Ph.D., Ron Z. Goetzel, Ph.D., Rachel Mosher Henke, Ph.D., Jennifer Bruno, BS, Fikry Isaac, MD, Janice McHugh, DBA, RN, COHN-S
Productivity and Health: An Application of Three Perspectives to Measuring Productivity
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, John Lenneman, Ph.D., Steve Schwartz Ph.D., Danielle L. Giuseffi, MPH, Chun Wang, MS
This study illustrates the meaningful relationship between self-reported measures of productivity and health status from three different perspectives. Evaluating and tracking the health of individuals with different conditions demonstrated that improvements in health status also led to significant gains in productivity.
A New Performance Paradigm
Jack L. Groppel, Ph.D. and Ben Wiegand, Ph.D
Read about the physiology behind how taking time for short intervals of movement throughout the workday can have a impact on energy and performance.
Medical Cost Savings for Web-Based Wellness Program Participants From Employers Engaged in Health Promotion Activities
Laura C. Williams, Ph.D.; Brian T. Day, EdD: AJHP, March/April 2011, Vol. 25, No. 4
Fixing The Health Care Crisis, One Employee at a Time
Bill Weldon, CEO, Johnson & Johnson
In this Harvard Business Review article, Bill Weldon, Johnson & Johnson CEO, shares the powerful story behind what it has taken to instill a true Culture of Health and Performance across the more than 250 operating companies that comprise one of the world’s largest healthcare companies.
Exercise Builds Brain Cells: Unique Study Looks at the Positive Impact of Physical Activity on Cognition During Adulthood
Wellness & Prevention recently published a scientific paper in collaboration with Harvard Medical School that takes a closer look at how physical activity can impact people's ability to process information, effectively learn, retain their memory and actually build brain cells.
Effects of Binge Eating Can Be Felt in the Workplace, but Hope Is Available through Employer-Sponsored Programs
Binge eating and obesity are behavioral health issues that can be addressed with successful obesity treatments available through disease and behavioral health management. By implementing binge eating programs, employers can help their employees lead a healthier lifestyle and increase their workplace engagement and productivity.
Does Johnson & Johnson‘s Health and Wellness Program Continue to Improve Employee Health and Save Money Thirty Years After Implementation?
Health Affairs Journal
This evaluation examines the impact of the program on employees’ health risks and healthcare costs for the period of 2002 through 2008. Measured against other similar large companies, Johnson & Johnson experienced 3.7% lower average annual growth in total medical expenditures and its employees benefited from meaningful reduction in rates of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco use, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition.
Culture of Health: A New Perspective
Wendy Sebranek, MA, Shawn T. Mason, Ph.D., Joe Alexander, MA, Steven Schwartz, Ph.D., Raphaela Finkenauer O'Day, Ph.D.
When employees are happy and healthy, business performance can improve and organizations can achieve a competitive advantage with a highly productive, truly engaged workforce. This article takes an innovative approach to understanding what motivates employees to change behaviors and participate and stay engaged in wellness initiatives.
The Biology of Business Performance
Jack L. Groppel, Ph.D. and Ben Wiegand, Ph.D.
Business leaders can help crack the productivity code by applying the world of sports science to create an elite corporate workforce and understanding that The Body Is Business Relevant™
Women Using a Web-Based Digital Coaching Program For Stress Management: Stress Sources, Symptoms and Coping Strategies
Stress & Health
Guiseffi D, Bedrosian R, Schwartz S, Wildenhaus K, Wang C, Yu A, Wiegand B:
Productivity and Health: Best Practices for Better Measures of Productivity
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Steven M. Schwartz, Ph.D., John Riedel, MPH, MBA
As interest in evaluating the relationship between health and lost productivity has increased among employers, this study aims to highlight important productivity measurement issues for consideration within an overall business strategy.
The Positive Impact of Physical Activity on Cognition During Adulthood: A Review of Underlying Mechanisms, Evidence, and Recommendations
John J. Ratey, Harvard Medical School and James E. Loehr, Human Performance Institute
Population health and performance programs that promote physical activity can help provide gains for employees and employers through improvements in worker health and performance and financial returns for the company.
Move Beyond Traditional Participation & Engagement Strategies
Wellness & Prevention, Inc. recently conducted a comprehensive National Landmark Study to better understand how employees think about their companies' commitment to health as well as what leads individuals to participate and stay engaged in health and wellness programs. The study yielded some interesting results.
Mental Health Parity
J Health & Productivity Management
Richard C. Bedrosian, Ph.D.
The Impact of an Online Disease Management Program on Medical Costs Among Health Plan Members
Steven M. Schwartz, Ph.D.; Brian Day, EdD; Kevin Wildenhaus, Ph.D.; Anna Silberman, MPH; Chun Wang, MS; Jordan Silberman, BS
If Medication (Non)Adherence was an Easy Fix, It Might Not Be So Prevalent
Managed Care Outlook
The Economic Value of a Wellness and Disease Prevention Program
Schwartz SM, Ireland C, Strecher V, Nakao D, Wang C, Juarez DT: Population Health Management. 13(6):309-3167, 2010.
Human Resource Executive
Incorporating Tailored Interactive Patient Solutions Using Interactive Voice Response Technology to Improve Statin Adherence Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial in a Managed Care Setting
Jane N. Stacy, Pharm.D., Steven M. Schwartz, Ph.D., Daniel Ershoff, Dr.P.H., and Marilyn Standifer Shreve, Pharm. D.
Wellness & Prevention Platform Keeps Employees Healthy and Engaged
Johnson & Johnson 2008 Annual Report
The Impact of the Highmark Employee Wellness Programs on 4-Year Healthcare Costs
Barbara L. Naydeck, MPH; Janine A Pearson, Ph.D.; Ronald J. Ozminkowski, Ph.D.; Brian T. Day, EdD; Ron Z. Goetzel, Ph.D.