Creating Inclusive Wellness Programs 

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In a recent webinar hosted by Burnalong, Reena Vokoun, founder and CEO of Passion Fit, shared valuable insights on how HR professionals can enhance the inclusivity of their corporate wellness programs. The session was an engaging exploration of strategies for assessing current programs, identifying areas for improvement, and fostering a more inclusive workplace culture. 

Assessing Inclusivity in Wellness Programs 

Reena emphasized the importance of starting with employee feedback to gauge the inclusivity of existing wellness programs. Surveys, particularly anonymous ones, can provide honest insights from employees about the effectiveness and inclusivity of fitness programs, online and on-site classes, gym memberships, nutrition workshops, and mindfulness sessions. 

Customization and DEI Integration 

A key point was the need for customization in wellness programs. Reena highlighted that a one-size-fits-all approach is inadequate in addressing the diverse needs of employees. Customizable programs should consider various factors, including different life stages, backgrounds, and abilities. Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) perspectives into wellness programs ensures they are not only inclusive but also equitable and reflective of the diverse workforce. 

Leadership and Corporate Culture 

The role of leadership is crucial in fostering a culture rooted in DEI principles. HR professionals should evaluate their company’s mission and vision to ensure they align with inclusive practices. Forming a task force or committee that represents different affinity groups within the company can be instrumental in gathering diverse perspectives and driving inclusivity initiatives. 

Leveraging Technology and Flexibility 

Technology can be an important tool to enhance accessibility and inclusivity. With the rise of remote and hybrid work models, offering live-stream and on-demand well-being classes, such as those provided by Burnalong, can reach employees regardless of their location. Digital platforms can also facilitate nutrition workshops, meditation sessions, and other wellness activities. 

Inclusivity Beyond Physical Wellness 

Inclusivity in wellness programs extends beyond physical health to include financial wellness, mental health, and cultural respect. Observing various cultural holidays and customs, providing closed captions for webinars, and offering programs tailored for differently abled employees are essential steps toward creating a holistic and inclusive wellness environment

Engaging Families in Wellness Activities 

Reena also addressed incorporating family-friendly wellness activities. Outdoor activities like bike rides, hikes, and swimming, as well as family fitness workouts available online, can encourage employees to involve their families in maintaining an active lifestyle. 

Equitable Competitions 

When designing wellness competitions, it’s important to ensure they are both inclusive and equitable. It is essential to create activities that everyone can participate in, regardless of their physical abilities, and maintain a friendly, supportive atmosphere with achievable goals and inclusive rewards. 


HR professionals should view inclusivity as an ongoing journey that requires continuous learning and adaptation. By fostering a culture of empathy, open-mindedness, and inclusivity, companies can create a positive impact on their workforce, enhancing employee well-being, loyalty, and overall company performance. Watch the full webinar here.  

Discover how Burnalong can support you in fostering a culture of inclusivity through your wellness initiatives. Learn more here

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Reena Vokoun, Founder and CEO of Passion Fit, is an entrepreneur, award-winning author, TEDx speaker, marketer, media spokesperson, TV host and contributor and certified consumer and corporate health and wellness expert. She graduated with a BBA in marketing and management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS in advertising and communications from Boston University. She spent years in marketing, sales and business development leadership roles for Google, Yahoo, Reebok, CNET, GE and Grokker. Today, she serves individuals, companies, non-profits, schools, universities and the media to help people transform their lives through a focus on fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, work-life balance, productivity and healthy lifestyles. Reena is a wife and mom of two boys and lives in San Diego, CA with her family. 

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