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Corporate Wellness Cuts Cost and Keeps Employees Happy

New Focus:  “Corporate Wellness Coach”


Professional Training Board Certified

Healthcare is changing rapidly; costs for medical procedures, medical insurance coverage, and diagnostic tests are out of control.  Americans cannot afford healthcare insurance and single payer corporations are cutting co-pays, reducing benefits and cannot afford to adequate cover their employees’ healthcare.


Healthcare must become wellness care.  The paradigm must shift from a sickness model to a Preventive and Wellness Model for Healthcare.  America was founded on small business and the model that mid to large corporations could be profitable enough to take care of their employees.


Institute of Holistic Health Careers Now A Partner With Parker Hannifin Fortune 500 Company!

  • Parker Hannifin, a visionary corporation, has implemented a progressive Holistic Health and Wellness program for all employees and their families – fully funded with a small co-pay.
  • Every employee can use a variety of Holistic Services that will be covered under Parker’s CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) PPO insurance.
  • Funding is equal to regular medical insurance.
  • The Institute of Holistic Health Careers, Students, Faculty and Directors are working with Parker to implement this program.
  • Research initiated by IHHC and implemented within the factories of Parker Hannifin shows strong evidence that when corporations implement Wellness Programs and Holistic on-site services such as Polarity Therapy, Acupuncture, Massage, Low Level Laser Light Therapy — medical costs, Worker’s Comp claims, and invasive medical procedures go down!


Get Involved Become a Corporate Wellness Coach,  Big Opportunity!


IHHC’s new “Corporate Wellness Coach” class will have a diverse and qualified Corporate Expert Faculty including:

  • Corporate Wellness Administrators
  • Human Resource Wellness-Focused Specialist
  • Corporate Researchers
  • CAM PPO Insurance/ Affordable Healthcare info
  • Directors who understand how to incorporate Holistic Health within the corporate employee-based factories
  • Administrators who actively run Wellness Programs within the system

Topics included within the course include:

  • Understanding corporation infrastructure
  • Review of corporate healthcare plans, medical healthcare insurance and relationships to works comp and government mandates.
  • Current trends in healthcare processing and billing.
  • How to get a Wellness foot in the door
  • Defining a corporate wellness approach to CEO, Boards, Administrators, HR personnel and employees.
  • Organize onsite clinics, seminars, in-service trainings.
  • Return On Investments! How to do qualified research to validate use of Wellness Intervention.
  • Education on “What is Holistic Health” changing the paradigm.
  • Making it all work:  From Theory to Practice.
  • Empowering the employees…Everyone wins!

Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD, BCPP

Healthy Tidbits!

 Corporate Wellness Programs Improve Health and Yield Major Savings

  • Comprehensive scientific reviews identified 378 peer-reviewed research studies showing that Corporate Wellness Programs improve health knowledge, health behaviors, and underlying health conditions.
  • 18 research studies indicated that these Corporate Wellness Programs reduce medical costs, and 14 research studies indicated that they lower rates of absenteeism costs.
  •  13 research studies that calculated benefit/cost ratios all showed the savings from these Corporate Wellness Programs are much greater than their cost, with medical cost savings averaging $3.48 and the rates of absenteeism savings averaging $5.82 per dollar invested in the Corporate Wellness Programs.



Corporate Wellness-Stretches for Desk Workers 


Stretch 1-Drop your shoulders away from your ears, tilt head to the right, use right hand to pull head over and tilt nose up toward the ceiling.

Stretch 2-Rotate your nose down towards the floor

Stretch 3-Keep your shoulder low, extend your arm, palm facing forward, extend your wrist backwards, rotate your thumb backwards for optimal tension

Stretch 4-Tuck chin backwards and then extend head back. Keep your shoulders low.




Vitamin D and Employee Health   

Studies have also found that vitamin D is linked to reducing the risks of Alzheimer’s, depression, bone fractures, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease, and several major cancers. Aging can be scary, but I think we need to be more aware of our vitamin D intake.

You heard it right: It’s okay to sit in the sun (with sunscreen, of course) for a little bit. And it’s okay to treat yourself to a nice seafood dinner.

Check with your corporate health and wellness team or Holistic Health Practitioner for more information about how to incorporate vitamin D into your diet.


Essential Herbs

Ask Charoula

The coming winter season and colds
The following tea is good for the Upper Respiratory Tract: 
Equal amounts of 
  • Elder flowers
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Licorice root
  • Peppermint leaf

You can purchase the herbs from a reputable health food store. Mix equal amounts together ahead of time, boil 8 oz. of water, and pour over a tablespoon of the mixture. Let it sit for half an hour, drain, and keep in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Have the child drink half a cup every four hours.

For sore throats, the following is a very good gargle: 

1-cup sage tea (prepared as the tea above) with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, pinch of cayenne, some sea salt.

Do this every 1/2 hour, followed by Throat Coat Tea.

You can buy this tea ready made from Traditional Medicinal.

Preparation of herbs below: place two tablespoons of the mixture in two cups of cold water in a saucepan, heat and immerse for half an hour, strain, and serve a quarter of a cup at a time.
1 part wild cherry bark
1 part slippery elm
1 part marshmallow root
3-part fennel
1 part ginger
2 parts licorice

Sweeten with cinnamon and/or orange peel

For children, try warm Miso soup to warm up their system. Be sure to give lots of Vitamin C.

For sinus problems, try having them cleanse their noses with a Neti Pot.
Also, get some essential oils of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree. Boil some water on the stove, drop four or five drops of each in it, and have the child do some deep inhalations.

Eucalyptus clears the passages and Tea Tress has strong antiviral and antibiotic properties.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Charoula, Herbalist



Learn About Every Holistic Health Modality A-Z

Holistic Health Glossary



Music, drama, dance, writing, storytelling, sketching, clay art and other creative activities that express one’s inner thoughts, dreams and emotions. The process of performing the activity is the main focus, with little or no concern about the product itself; therefore, there is no need for criticism, perfectionism, or judgment.


Is the ancient Chinese art of environmental design and placement. Whereas tai chi and acupuncture modify and balance chi within the body, feng shui balance the chi in one’s

surroundings. Because one’s home and workplace expresses one’s physical, psychological and spiritual condition, understanding how the qualities and the flow of energy in personal spaces affects your mood and mental state.


Teaches movement re-education to relieve unnecessary stress from individual body parts and to develop effective, intelligent action. Through gentle corrections the practitioner encourages retraining of body mechanics to: alleviate chronic pain.



Is a unique type of vibrational therapy that uses the human voice, specially crafted tuning forks, and Tibetan tings has, directed into and around the body to balance the energy. This therapy, which may be used in combination with other energy therapies, allows the gentle “tuning” of the

body’s nervous system, which provides support in its return to a natural balanced state.


*Compiled by the Art of Well Being. / Institute of Holistic Health Careers   



Educational Opportunities


Holistic Health Advisor (HHA) Board Certified State & National Accredited Course 

A self-driven, online program is designed to educate any and all Healthcare Practitioners and Professionals or any person interested in learning about Holistic Healthcare.

Professions who would benefit are:

  • Nurses
  • Interest in Holistic Health
  • Nurse Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Allied Health Practitioners
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Registered Dieticians
  • Human Resources
  • Benefits Administrators
  • All Body workers
  • Massage Therapist/ Acupuncturist


  • 50 hours  Online self-driven  training.  Can be 4 to 12 week program (depending on time devoted to the lessons and readings)
  • 5 Self driven PowerPoint lectures
  • 12 Informative videos explaining and demonstration a Holistic Health modality
  • Course Workbook of PowerPoint lessons and readings
  • Quick Reference Guide to Conditions and Suggested Modalities
  • Detailed Resource Manual defining at least 30 different Holistic Health Modalities

3 Manuals included in our HHA course. Information and reference never before in print!


Manuals consist of a Course manual, Quick Reference Guide, and Holistic Health Practices Resource Manual

Sign up now to be part of this Amazing Certification Course!    

Holistic Health is the Medicine of the Future! Jump on board today!

COST: $495 – per person.  Includes all resources in their electronic format

Company and Group discounts available.

Please click here to email Mary Jo for more information or to request a quote.

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