Beginning Your Wellness Journey

HealthWorld Online invites you to make 2008 your personal “Year of Wellness” – a time in which you make can a real difference in your level of vitality, health, and wellbeing.

In keeping with our philosophy of Self-Managed CareTM and our belief that individuals need to take greater responsibility for their health, we want to introduce you to our new online wellness program – a program that can help you make real changes in your life.

The Wellness Inventory ( is a pioneering “whole person” assessment and life-balance program designed to help you gain more personal insight into your state of physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Developed by HealthWorld and wellness pioneer John W. Travis, MD, MPH, the Wellness Inventory offers guidance and tools to transform this new awareness into lasting changes in your life, and a renewed sense of health and wellbeing.

Bringing More Balance into Your Life
The Wellness Inventory determines your state of balance in 12 key areas of your life, using Dr. Travis’ “Wellness Energy System” (summarized by the Wellness Wheel below). The program identifies specific areas that you are motivated to change and guides you in creating your personalized wellness action plan.

After completing the assessment and your wellness plan, you then gain access to valuable tools, resources and services to help you reach your wellness goals and bring more balance into your life.

This leading-edge program, currently licensed by leading hospitals and wellness centers, as well as world-renowned spas, is now available to you directly through HealthWorld Online, enabling you to experience the full benefit of the program in the comfort in your home.

What Can the Wellness Inventory Do for Me?
The Wellness Inventory can help you:

  • Assess yourself in 12 dimensions of personal wellness.
  • Identify the areas you are most motivated to change.
  • Create your personalized wellness action plan.
  • Access tools and resources to help you reach your goals.
  • Track the progress of your wellness journey.
  • Learn to manage your energy.
  • Create the desired changes in your life.
  • Achieve a higher level of vitality, health, and wellbeing.
  • Bring more balance into your life.

The Key Features of the Program
The Wellness Inventory takes you on a personal journey that features “5 Steps to Wellness”.

Step 1 – Take the Assessment:
Explore 12 dimensions of whole-person wellness – Self-Responsibility & Love, Breathing, Sensing, Eating, Moving, Feeling, Thinking, Playing & Working, Communicating, Intimacy, Finding Meaning, and Transcending.

Step 2 – Receive Your Wellness & Satisfaction Scores:
Review your results for each section. Discover the areas of your life you are most motivated to change.

Step 3 – Create Your Personal Wellness Plan:
Choose 3-5 simple wellness action steps based on the areas you are most motivated to change.

Step 4 – Tools to Support Your Wellness Action Plan: Put to use a suite of tools to help you follow your wellness plan and meet your goals:

  • Virtual Coach: Regular email reminders help you stay focused on your goals.
  • My Wellness Journal: Record your daily successes, challenges, and wellness insights.
  • Self-Study Center: Develop a deeper understanding of 12 areas of wellness by accessing commentaries on the 120 wellness statements in the assessment.
  • Progress Tracking: Retake the assessment after 6 months and monitor your progress with the Test Comparison feature.
  • Wellness Plan Update: Edit and update your plan to reflect your evolving wellness goals.

Step 5 – Resources for Ongoing Wellness:
Access resources to help achieve your wellness goals – audio courses, recommended reading, and related products and services.

For those deeply committed to their wellness journey, we provide access to experienced wellness coaches coaches that provide support and accountability for increasing the likelihood of success.

Subscribe to the Wellness Inventory

The $50.00 one-year subscription to the Wellness Inventory, including the initial assessment, your Personal Wellness Plan, access to My Wellness Journal, the Self-Study Center, and the Wellness Resource Centers, plus the ability to retake the assessment in 6 months to measure your progress. Subscribe now and begin your personal wellness journey to greater health and vitality. Go to:

Give a gift of wellness – the Wellness Inventory makes a great gift for a loved one or friend who wants to experience a higher level of health and wellbeing!


“This pioneering program gives individuals personal insight into 12 dimensions of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness, and provides tools to transform this new awareness into lasting lifestyle change and a heightened sense of health and wellbeing. An invaluable program for health professionals, clinics and hospitals, the Wellness Inventory is a powerful tool for 21st century integrative medicine.”

Larry Dossey, M.D., Author, Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words.
Executive Editor, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing

“I’ve been familiar with the Wellness Inventory and the work of John Travis for many years, and have found it to be enormously helpful. I’ve seen the Inventory open up new understandings and stimulate creative therapeutic responses for people with a wide range of clinical conditions. The Inventory also helps those who are still well to develop strategies for feeling even better. I highly recommend this program.”

James S. Gordon, M.D.
Founder and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, author of Manifesto for a New Medicine

“People are proactively looking for life and health enhancement strategies. The Wellness Inventory is a 21st century tool which helps people transform valuable insight into results-oriented action.”

Kathleen Hurley, CEO, Integral Health, Inc.

“The Wellness Inventory is a powerful tool for health and wellness coaches and their clients. Coaching is all about motivation, intention and follow through, and the Wellness Inventory provides clients with invaluable feedback and the ability to track progress in any of the 12 areas of life. This tool should be part of every coaches tool box.”

Patrick Williams, Ph.D.
Master Certified Coach
CEO, Institute for Life Coach Training (
Training professionals in life, health and wellness coaching

“This self-assessment tool offers new insights into what makes life worth living, and loving, and breathing. Medical care will never bring you to the brink of joyfulness, zest for life, and treating the environment responsibly. The Wellness Inventory puts the health back into health care.”

Kent W. Peterson, M.D., F.A.C.P.M., Former director, American College of Preventive Medicine; Past president, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; Clinical Associate Professor, New York University

“As one of the first people to computerize the Health Risk Appraisal, Dr. Travis saw its limitations early on and developed the Wellness Inventory to extend into the all important quality of life issues. For over 25 years, he has continued to keep it at the forefront of wellness.”

Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., M.D.(hc),Chairman, American Health Association

Clinical Professor of Medicine, Director, Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP), University of Arizona School of Medicine

Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine,

and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
University of California School of Medicine (USCF) San Francisco

The Wellness Inventory is based on the pioneering work of John W. Travis, MD, MPH, recognized as a founder of the modern wellness movement. Dr. Travis was a protégé of Lewis C. Robbins, creator of the Health Risk Appraisal, while a resident in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins and an officer with the US Public Health Service. In the early 1970s, influenced by Abraham Maslow’s concept of self-actualization, and other early leaders in the human potential movement, he decided to dedicate his life to “teaching people to be well” rather than treating patients.

He subsequently helped to pioneer the modern wellness movement, by opening the first wellness center in the US in 1975; writing the classic Wellness Workbook (1977, 1981, 1988, 2004), which has been used by wellness and health promotion educators in universities for over 30 years; and creating the first wellness assessment – the Wellness Inventory.

A key feature of his wellness center was seeing clients as the experts in their own lives. As a result, the center’s wellness facilitators’ role was to form a co-creative relationship with clients. This approach was a forerunner of the modern coaching model.

A member of the advisory board, Dr. Travis then partnered with HealthWorld Online to create the online Wellness Inventory.

Professional and Organizational Licensing Program

The Wellness Inventory may be licensed by health practitioners, wellness coaches, consultants and therapists to use with clients and patients. The program is also licensed by health, fitness, spa, and hospitality providers, as well as corporate wellness programs for their members, clients, patients, employees or managers.

For more information contact Jim Strohecker at HealthWorld Online at or

Wellness Inventory Certification Training Program

HealthWorld offers a Wellness Inventory Certification program for wellness and life coaches, health practitioners, and other wellness professionals via a 12-week tele-class. The course is approved by the International Coach Federation for coaching continuing education credits. As an option to the teleclass format, we offer 3-day weekend intensive trainings in Asheville, North Carolina.

For more information go to Certification Training Overview or contact HealthWorld Online at

Articles on the Wellness Inventory & Whole Person Wellness

The Wellness Inventory is a great tool to help you take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, and for your loved ones and family members as well. Come join us on your personal wellness journey to greater health and vitality.

In health,

Jim Strohecker
President, Co-founder
HealthWorld Online

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