Perfect example of what wellness should not be…this is just managed care all dressed up to seem like something bright, shiny, and new. The study participants are obese (i.e., at least one risk factor and probably multiple ones have already emerged) and were giving one-on-one coaching. In other words, they were treated with a conventional medical model. And, there is almost zero chance of ever returning these people to a state of risk-free good health. The best that this MANAGED CARE PLAN can hope to do, because it is in their and their employer customers’ financial interests, is to prevent complications. That’s primary prevention.
Wellness must center on primoridal prevention, which is to prevent the emergence of risk factors in the first place. Admittedly, the population eligible for this gets smaller everyday, but that is really where the pool of modifiable population attributable risk lies. There is not a mention in this article of helping employers to modify environments, policies, practices, standards, or employee education/training as they relate to good health.