Why WellCert? The Wellness Journey of Leslee McGovern, MS, RD, LDN, CWPM
I came to Worksite Wellness through nutrition. Early in my career as a registered dietitian, I held traditional clinical roles where I cared for patients who were experiencing the results of years of poor health habits. I knew then, I wanted to reach people before they were at this stage. I also wanted to reach a bigger broader audience about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. After going back to school for a master’s in nutrition and communications, I promoted the health benefits of food through foodservice marketing and public relations. In my position at a foodservice contract management firm truly brought me to worksite wellness. There I developed corporate nutrition and dining programs for large corporations. I helped these organizations think strategically about the food environment at work and how to make it health promoting for their employees. In meeting with company wellness directors and their committees I also saw the bigger picture and I knew I wanted to be involved in the bigger picture. I wanted to help organizations develop strategic plans for employee wellness.
Here in Massachusetts, we know that only a small percentage of organizations have them. I wanted to help change that. My first step was to pursue the Level One Wellcert Program from the Chapman Institute. I learned about the basic skills required to design and implement a comprehensive and effective worksite wellness program. Now I could see the whole picture and take what I learned to help client organizations build their comprehensive plans. Next I signed up for Wellcert Level Two because there is always more to learn! This level provided additional training on critical skills necessary a full time wellness program manager in larger more complex organizations. This training is vital to my work and I’m eager to take the next level. By participating in the onsite training, you gain knowledge and the opportunity to benefit from Larry Chapman’s 35 years of experience.