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Policy Brief

Health Promotions 2.0: The Future of Wellness Programs in America

Rajiv Kumar

C.P.R. Policy Brief No. 49

October 2013


In no small part because of technology, the way we live and work is being transformed. The author believes that those of us who are interested in health policy can play an important role in guiding that transformation. The author submits to you that unhealthy living is a social issue; that conditions such as obesity and diabetes are social diseases and that their prevalence is a social problem. If we have a social problem, then we need a social solution. The author believes part of that solution can be found in the worksite health promotion and wellness programs that have taken root across the country and around the world. Let’s consider what might be achieved in the future through these wellness programs—what the author calls Health Promotion 2.0.

Sponsored by the The Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture series, which is jointly sponsored by Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc., and is administered by the Center for Policy Research and The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.

The Center for Policy Research Policy Brief series is a collection of essays on current public policy issues in aging; urban and regional studies; education finance and accountability; public finance; social welfare, poverty, and income security; and related research done by or on behalf of the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

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