Wellness management through Web-based programmes Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • We established a Web-based programme called the 'Wellness Online Program' or WOLP. The programme runs for six weeks. It aims to help individuals manage their own wellness regardless of geographical location. WOLP is based on a holistic approach to health and consists of six wellness dimensions: physical (exercise and diet), emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual and occupational. A total of 150 volunteers from the general public were recruited online for this study and data were collected at three intervals: at the beginning of the programme (week 1), mid-programme (week 3) and at the end of the programme (week 6). Ninety of the participants (60%) completed the six-week programme. Acceptance of WOLP, measured by the frequency of individual usage, increased from the start to the end of the programme. Overall personal wellness management improved after six weeks on the wellness programme (5-10%). The study shows that personal wellness management, which had been demonstrated in the narrower confines of the corporate sector, is also possible in the public domain.

publication date

  • July 2005