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John W. Travis, MD, MPH

The word "wellness" is everywhere. It's even used for selling pet food - but what does it really mean?

There's far more to wellness than most people realize. Wellness is much more than screening tests and identifying risk factors to prevent illness. Greater levels of wellness not only enhance our health and vitality, but also our effectiveness, performance, and productivity. No wonder employers are paying more attention to wellness than ever before.

Never has the pace of change been greater, or our stress levels higher. Most of us navigate in a high tech world of growing time pressures and multitasking, and many of us often feel helpless and despairing in our efforts to meet an avalanche of expectations and commitments.

So what does wellness have to offer?

Wellness is:

  • a choice - a decision you make to move toward optimal health
  • the integration of body, mind, and spirit - the appreciation that everything you do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on your state of health.
  • a way of life - a lifestyle you design and put into practice in order to achieve your highest potential for wellbeing
Take a journey with the pioneering physician who first brought the term "wellness" into public awareness, launching a movement that swept across the world. A preventive medicine specialist who was dissatisfied simply to prevent illness, Dr. Travis founded the first wellness center in America designed to help healthy people get the most out of life (1975). Travis captured the imagination of Dan Rather, who featured his Wellness Resource Center on "60 Minutes," in 1979, helping to launch the wellness movement.

After pioneering his Wellness Energy System via the Wellness Workbook, Dr. Travis went on to educate wellness professionals about healthy organizations and spiritual dimensions of wellness. Most recently, he has developed powerful insights into the root causes of illness during infancy and childhood, co-founding the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children.

Dr. Travis graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed a residency in General Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Simply Well, the Wellness Inventory, the Wellness Workbook, and Wellness for Helping Professionals. Currently he is authoring a new book - Why Men Leave.

Let the father of wellness stretch your thinking and give you a road map for enhancing your personal wellness, opening your heart, and creating joy and vitality in your life.

The Iceberg Model of Health and Disease

A Choice of Three Presentations or Workshops

Dr Travis offers your organization a choice of one-hour keynote presentations, 2-3 hour lecture-discussions or highly interactive half- or full-day workshops. Three are described in more detail through the links that follow these overviews:

Presentation 1: Beyond Prevention: A Roadmap to Full-Spectrum Wellness
Introduces high-level wellness and how it illuminates the limits of disease treatment and prevention. Portrays twelve dimensions of wellness, emphasizing personal life-choices. Entertaining and motivational for all audiences.

Presentation 2: Creating Greater Wellness in the World by Optimizing the Way We Raise Our Children
Emphasizes the connection between the wellness of the world and how children are treated, not only by parents, caregivers, and teachers, but all of society's institutions. A call for radical change in how we interact with children and each other.

Presentation 3: Why Men Leave: The Epidemic of Disappearing Dads
Reveals the unrecognized epidemic of fathers leaving their families shortly after the birth of a child - emotionally, if not physically. The hypothesis of Postpartum Male Abandonment Syndrome is explained, along with suggestions of what we can do, individually and collectively, to heal and prevent this systemic problem.

Presentation 1: Beyond Prevention: A Roadmap to Full-Spectrum Wellness
Presentation 2: Creating Wellness in the World by Optimizing the Way We Raise Our Children
Presentation 3: Why Men Leave: The Epidemic of Disappearing Dads
Past Presentations (partial listing)

Personal Wellness
Personal Wellness Lite
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Global Wellness
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Premises and Objectives
The culture in which we live plays a major role in shaping our beliefs and behaviors. more...
An Introduction
Meryn and John candidly share how they came to the field of child/family wellness from their background in adult wellness. more...
Over the past decade, revolutionary discoveries in neuroscience and developmental psychology have shattered long-held misconceptions about fetal devel more...


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