WELLNESS EDUCATION for LIVING and LOVING
“Going to the WELL”
What is the purpose for this nonprofit corporation?
The Wellness Education for Living and Loving will be a 501-(C3) called together to:
- Empower people to enjoy achieving holistic health, and sharing it with others,
- Teach healthier ways to deal with issues of truth, respect, concern, money, time & energy, sexuality, and physical health,
- Celebrate that this pathway and model for wellness has roots in and compatibility with many cultural backgrounds, and
- Demonstrate that education and counseling can produce higher scores on this test, and improved holistic health.
More concrete goals are to:
- Explore and promote individual and organizational wellness.
- Further establish the TAW as a free, anonymous online test of holistic wellness,
- Help many people live better lives and experience more of the good life God intends for us all, and
- Provide opportunities and incentives for TAW users to discover and develop their Christian faith.
The task of the board of directors is to network with other human resources, and to raise money for this project. The board would soon be given ownership and management of the TAW and this website, mynewlife.com. Funding and connections will initially be needed for:
- Technical assistance to streamline the online test, collect its incoming data, translate raw scores to percentiles, and establish test reliability and validity; and
- Social and traditional media promotion to interest more people in taking the TAW for personal wellness once it’s in its final form.
Then in the next phase we’ll be
- Performing research with the data that will compare our findings to the results of previous studies, generate articles in professional journals and mainstream periodicals, and fulfill the purposes of WELL above (including before and after studies showing how taking the TAW with feedback affects health), and
- Organizational networking to make institutions (schools, denominations, churches) and professional organizations (pastors, counselors, life coaches aware of how they can benefit from using the TAW and its research.
In more detail, WELL is being called together initially for:
- revising definitions of basic scales for interdisciplinary agreement with historical concepts,
- doing item revision to change items that don’t fit new definitions, and don’t correlate with TAW scale and total scores,
- changing the format from an 11-point scale to a 7-point Likert scale,
- establishing norms for all 41 scales of the TAW: means and standard deviations of all scales (dependent variables) and demographic factors (independent variables),
- using a hosting platform like LimeSurvey to give scores immediately as percentiles,
- establishing the reliability of the TAW by achieving and demonstrating internal consistency, and test-retest reliability, and
- establishing the validity of the TAW by doing factor analysis, demonstrating predictive validity, correlating it with other established wellness measures, and correlating it with reported wellness on the 13 demographic variables.
Later, in Phase 2, WELL would be
- demonstrating increases in wellness with individuals and groups who use the TAW,
- discovering groups and lifestyles which show signs of holistic health and illness,
- publishing our findings in professional journals, conventions, and traditional media,
- planning educational and media events to promote the experience of wellness,
- teaching professionals (therapists, pastoral counselors, life coaches) how to use the TAW,
- seeking business, nonprofit, and university partners in wellness promotion and research, and
- conducting other research to fulfill the purposes of WELL given above, to the glory of God.
To encourage academic partners to teach students to do the necessary research, university faculty who oversee the technical upgrades for the TAW will be honored and appreciated by being granted primary or secondary authorship of the test.
To encourage organizational participation, business, university, and nonprofit partners can use the TAW through their own website portals as long as data is shared with WELL, and administration is still free, online, and anonymous.