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The Importance of a wellness index

SAHNA’s 3 high-level metrics of success are:
1. The health risk profile of specific client companies that we work with.
2. The productivity of specific client companies that we work with.
3. The Harvard School of Public Health’s SHINE (Sustainability and Health in Net-Positive Enterprises) Wellness Index.

While two of these metrics are mainly formalized and used today in everyday business and health, the Wellness Index is perhaps that most comprehensive and closest to our mission at SAHNA. The Wellness Index consists of a 25 minute survey with over 100 wellness related questions. All workers that enter the SAHNA program take this anonymous survey at the beginning of the program and every 6 months. SAHNA groups the data and never uses it on an individual.

We have been very fortunate to work with Eileen Mcneely, the Co-Director of the SHINE program at Harvard. Their mission is to create a Wellness Index that can be used to certify companies– specifically the wellness of their workforce. Some of the first companies involved in being certified are : Johnson & Johnson, Abott Chemical, Corning Insulation Systems, etc.

When we first heard of this cutting-edge project, it shaped the way we founded SAHNA. Our wellness model is that healthier employees are more efficient and therefore companies need to invest more in their human capital to be profitable and socially responsible. For some time, companies have been able to gather data on the efficiency of machines and to a certain extent their human capital. Today, we are turning a corner in which health and wellness data can be applied to productivity. This is a very important concept as more and more workers are adopting the Western model of desk jobs with less and less physical activity that would have been included in the old-Agrarian system. As one of our advisors on the connection between cancer and sedentarism stated, “Being sedentary and depressed has the same effect on cancer risk as smoking a pack of cigarettes per day.”