Summary

The goal of this study was to inform debate about the effectiveness of Canadian health policy and prevention programs by assessing the impact of the Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital in Winnipeg. The Wellness Institute’s mission is to help people learn how to become well and stay well through a variety of lifestyle support systems. These include nutrition counseling, massage and reflexology, personal training and other related programs. This study was designed to assess whether the Wellness Institute’s programs were effectively resulting in healthier lifestyle choices and outcomes for their members. This project provided an opportunity to assess whether community health promotion programs could effectively encourage the adoption of wellness oriented lifestyle behaviours, and perhaps be expanded into other regions of Canada.