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This is a presentation I did at the 2009 Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference

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    Transforming the Workplace with Healthy Thinking Transforming the Workplace with Healthy Thinking Presentation Transcript

    • Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance - Kurt Vonnegut
    • Transforming the Workplace with Healthy Thinking John Weaver, Psy.D What Works Best in Health Promotion? Art & Science of Health Promotion March 17, 2009
    • Objectives • Participants will understand the emotional factors that interfere with attempts to make healthy lifestyle changes • Participants will be familiar with a tool to assess the six dimensions of wellness • Participants will be able to identify and understand how to address learned helplessness through training in optimism • Participants will be able to identify and understand how to address burnout through training in resilience • Participants will be able to identify and understand how to maintain long term change through training in mindfulness
    • The Problem Resistance to lifestyle changes
    • The Problem Physical • About 66% of adults over 20 are classified overweight or obese • 75% regain weight after 1 year, 95% regain it after 3 years.
    • The Problem Intellectual • 5.2 million people in the US have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia • It is the 7th leading cause of death • Rates are climbing
    • The Problem Social • The divorce rate for the 1st marriage is approximately 41%, for the 2nd 60%, and for the third 73% • At least 50% of children will spend part of their growing years in a single parent family
    • The Problem Vocational • 8.1% unemployment in the US in February, 2009. • Today less than half of all Americans are satisfied with their jobs, down from 61% twenty years ago. • 70% of employees said you have to work late and work overtime to get ahead, 61% of employers agreed.
    • The Problem Spirituality • About 1 in 4 Americans is devoutly religious • Those who identify themselves as “Christian” has dropped 20% in the past 20 years • 15% now say they have no religion
    • The Problem Emotional • Estimated 9.5% of adults and 5% of children have a depressive disorder in a given one-year period • Depression is the leading cost of health care and is approximately 70% higher than the next leading cost.
    • The Best Ideas for Motivation What are you doing that works?
    • Moving from external motivation to internal motivation
    • The Good News Positive Psychology Research – Focus is on STRENGTHS  easier lifestyle change – Focus on POSITIVE RECOGNITION  it’s continuation – Focus on “should”/“shouldn’t”  demoralization
    • Mental Fitness Coaching Assessment
    • Wellness
    • Behavior Wellness
    • Emotional State Behavior Wellness
    • Thinking Skills Emotional State Behavior Wellness
    • Thinking Skills Emotional State Behavior Wellness
    • Optimism
    • Learned Helplessness
    • Learned Helplessness The Experiment
    • Learned Helplessness The Experiment Applications to Real Life
    • I can’t… I always fail… I’m no good at… I tried that before… With my luck…
    • Optimism can be learned!
    • Optimists believe that good things are:
    • Optimists believe that good things are: Personal
    • Optimists believe that good things are: Personal Pervasive
    • Optimists believe that good things are: Personal Pervasive Permanent
    • Resilience
    • Chronic Disconnected Hypervigilant Apathetic Irritable Tired
    • According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, 68% of American workers say that their employer should offer a program to build Resilience to stress.
    • The Vitamin C’s of Emotional Health
    • The Vitamin C’s of Emotional Health Commitment
    • The Vitamin C’s of Emotional Health Commitment Challenge
    • The Vitamin C’s of Emotional Health Commitment Challenge Control
    • Mindfulness
    • Mindless Eating Lacking Motivation Information Overload Slave to Emotions Magical Thinking Social Isolation Exercise Injuries
    • There is more right with you than wrong with you!
    • Paying attention in a particular way:
    • Paying attention in a particular way: On purpose,
    • Paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, In the present moment,
    • Paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, In the present moment, And without judgment.
    • Selected Bibliography • Lambert, K. (2008). Lifting Depression. New York: Basic Books. • Pert, C. & Marriott, N. (2006). Everything You Need to Feel Go(o)d. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House. • Sapolsky, R. (1994). Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. New York: W.H. Freeman and Company. • Nussbaum, P. (2003). Brain Health and Wellness. Tarentum, PA: Word Association Publishers.
    • Select Bibliography • Prochaska, J., Norcross, J., & DiClemente. (1994). Changing for Good. New York: Avon Books. • Revich, K. & Shatte, A. (2002). The Resilience Factor. New York: Broadway Books. • Seigel, Z; Williams, J.M., & Teasdale, J. (2002). Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression. New York: Guilford Press. • Seligman , M.E.P. (1991). Learned Optimism. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
    • John Weaver, Psy.D. Director The Healthy Thinking Initiative 2717 N. Grandview Blvd. #303 Waukesha, WI 53188 (262) 544-6486 jweaver@preventingdepression.com Watch for my new book: The Prevention of Depression (Publication Date: April 2009)