Dr. Rose K. Gantner, EdD, senior director of health promotion, consumer education, training and innovation at the UPMC Health Plan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has over thirty years experience in wellness, health management and counseling/ organizational psychology. She has worked as chief executive officer for two hospitals in the Magellan Health System, and as vice president of managed care, employee assistance programs, and wellness at Corphealth. Dr. Gantner owned her own private practice, Center for Life Coping Skills, and taught psychology full time at several universities. She has published several articles and educational training materials on wellness, health, stress management, resilience, and motivation, and has given several presentations at national conferences and to large, commercial employer groups nationwide. Some of her most significant awards were the World's Who's Who of Women and the Civilian Service Award from the Department of Defense for serving two tours in the Republic of South Vietnam as the executive director of the recreational program for the American Red Cross. The wellness and health productivity programs she helped develop and implement at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system have won platinum awards for three consecutive years from the National Business Group on Health. She earned her doctorate degree from Auburn University, her master's in health education from the University of Pittsburgh, and her undergraduate degree in health and physical education from Slippery Rock State University in Pennsylvania. She also is a diplomate member of the American College of Wellness, the National Wellness Institute, the International Positive Psychology Association and the International Association of Worksite Health Promotion. Dr. Gantner also serves on the Leadership and Incentives Committees for Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO).
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I approach this review of the latest entry into the worksite wellness literature with mixed emotion. Printed praise for the book includes a statement that the book has plenty to offer both the beginner and the seasoned veteran. But as a seasoned veteran, I was disappointed by what the book had to offer me. I personally found the book to be basically a rehash of information I already know. I also found the "new" topics included to be superficially addressed.
I would list the "new" topic chapters to be: * Building a Culture of Health * What Positive Psychology Offers * Satisfied Employees and the Bottom Line * Leaders as Change Agents This is unfortunate, as I see the "new" topics as being topics about which the worksite wellness community needs more comprehensive information.
While this book may have disappointed me, it is still well written, well researched and documented and will serve as a great resource for beginning worksite wellness coordinators. It is clearly deserving of the four star rating I gave it. The five questions found at the end of each chapter are clearly worth both beginner and seasoned veteran alike contemplating and answering.
If you are new to the worksite wellness community and process, I think you will find the book to be a helpful resource for you and your organization as you begin your worksite wellness journey. If you are a seasoned veteran already familiar with the worksite wellness literature, this book will serve as a good "big picture" refresher for you.
The Success Gallery component found in each chapter is a nice added feature. The Success Gallery reflects the personal stories of employees who have made successful lifestyle changes.
5,0 su 5 stelleA good guide for job seekers and recruiters
26 marzo 2015 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
A good guide for job seekers and recruiters. It's interesting to learn about all the politics concerning acquiring talent. However, I do understand its importance and this book really highlights all we need to know about seeking......
5,0 su 5 stelleRose Gantner is a GREAT MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, too.
27 agosto 2013 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Dr. Rose Gantner is a dynamic, motivational speaker who is right on target in identifying how employers and employees have to partner together to stop health care costs from spiraling further out of control. For those NOT fortunate enough to hear her talk to HR directors, union leaders, and senior management at leading wellness conferences across the country, her book, WORKPLACE WELLNESS: PERFORMANCE WITH A PURPOSE, will be a godsend. It outlines:
* Undeniable statistics that prove how our lifestyle habits are sabotaging our health; * Socially responsible actions employers can take to support wellness programs for their employees, family members of employees, and local communities; * Sensible steps for setting up corporate and union teams to motivate employees to take control of their own health; * How optimism, resilience, and emotional intelligence can be fostered in the workplace; * How the right wellness programs offered at the right time and with the right support can improve health, raise morale, reduce health care costs, and increase profits. This is the bottom line all of us are willing to tow.
5,0 su 5 stelleAuthor's Purpose & Passion Shine Through
3 aprile 2012 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
With 30+ years in the workplace fulfilling C-Suite roles for many of the top companies in the USA, Dr. Gantner brings her dedication, energy, enthusiasm, positivity and passion to this book, offering a wide range of strategies and examples from some of our nation's most successful employer programs. Long before readers reach Chapter 6 that focuses on "learning from the best," they will feel the MAGIC of learning from the best, as Gantner gently guides logically, but compassionately on an emotional "HEART" journey....
H-HEALTH to cultivate healthy habits E-ENGAGEMENT to optimize and sustain behavior changes A-ACTION to take small steps R-RESILIENCE to stay connected to life purpose and passion T-TEAMWORK to achieve maximum success and remain competitive in the global markets.
More so, with the book always nearby, the reader will have a sherpa guide readily available should any further guidance be needed. It speaks directly to what Madelyn Fernstrom says in her praise for the book, "Simply the best practical guide for workplace wellness success that I have ever seen.
Tips, strategies, testimonials, evidence, statistics, FACTS. Best practices, emerging trends and tools too. As a bonus, Gantner also brings knowledge as to how the digital culture is changing the landscape of business, consumerism and the workplace.
Like John Riedel, President of Riedel & Associates Consultants, Inc. says: "Whether you're just getting started on your workplace wellness journey or a seasoned veteran exploring new ways to maximize employee heath, this book has plenty to offer."
I'm sure this book will be a valuable asset to own.
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