Theme : WELLNESS FOR HEALTH & PRODUCTIVITY
New Trends, Challenges and Opportunity
In recent years, people have come to recognize that a healthy lifestyle can promote wellness and prevent illness and diseases, allowing them to enjoy long, high quality lives. People strive to maintain homeostasis and achieve their potential by meeting their individual physiological, safety, cultural and spiritual needs. The body’s homeostatic balance is affected by diet. Consumption of massive amounts of sugar, salt, caffeine or fried foods can affect homeostatic balance.
Wellness is a state of health in which basic needs are being met and homeostasis maintained. Health problem can be any actual or potential concern or condition which must be resolved and prevented in order to maintain wellness. Unresolved problems will lead to the inability to meet basic needs and maintain homeostasis, eventually resulting in illness. Wellness technology can create healthy energetic environments that can optimize dynamic human system homeostasis targeting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balances.
In an organization, wellness programs can be incorporated to improve the health and well-being of employees (and their families), in order to enhance organizational performance and reduce cost. Wellness programs typically address specific behaviours and health risk factors, such as poor nutrition, hypertension, coronary heart disease, obesity and smoking. These factors commonly lead to serious and expensive health problems and have negative impact on workplace productivity. While the return on investment (ROI) varies for each employer, studies in the United States have shown that for every USD1 an employer spends on wellness programs, employers can expect a USD3 to USD6 return on their investment. Wellness programs not only improve an individual's short-term and long-term health, but they also help curb absenteeism, improve productivity, and aid quicker return to work for employees on disability leave.
This conference serves to provide a platform for people associated with the wellness industry to disseminate knowledge and share ideas. The conference aims to bring academicians, scientists, traditional practitioners, conventional health providers, complementary health providers, decision makers and policy makers forward for sharing of views and experiences. Experts in related fields will be invited to deliver talks. Compilation of all full papers presented in oral presentation and poster presentation will be reviewed by our Scientific Committee and published in the 4th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE WELLNESS INDUSTRY (4th ICBWI) PROCEEDINGS. UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA.
Forthwith, the conference intends to gather and promote active participation from various related sectors. Effective collaboration and knowledge sharing in the field would be beneficial to the industry.