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Workplace fitness programs we enjoy today can be traced back to executive fitness programs started after World War II by business leaders wanting to promote healthy lifestyles in the workplace.

John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future.” Anyone working in the wellness industry and seeking to find a path forward in this post-COVID-19 pandemic era, should keep this quote in mind. For wellness practitioners, it is clear that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Welcome to the new normal.

A study of workplace wellness activities since the 1950s indicates corporate wellness programs have benefitted the company more than employees. While the availability of specific health-related resources may have increased worker safety and productivity, programs were fundamentally about managing costs and mitigating risks.

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