Date of Graduation

Fall 8-17-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Courtney Keeler

Second Advisor

Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya


A sedentary lifestyle is linked to many serious health problems including cardiovascular disease, obesity, and early death. Since the majority of jobs are done at a desk, those in the workforce have become particularly vulnerable to becoming sedentary. Workplace wellness programs are beginning to become a more common practice, and Kaiser Permanente is leading the way. However, they are discovering that simply providing resources is not enough. To enhance their workplace wellness, the Wellness Leaders program was implemented in order to get all departments involved in wellness activities and practices. While the program continues to grow, a shift in the wellness culture is already beginning to occur. Wellness leaders have become dedicated to motivating their coworkers and creating opportunities for wellness activities and events. Even though employees may not be taking advantage of all of the resources that Kaiser Permanente provides, they are finding new ways to bring wellness to all.