National Wellness Institute

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"The National Wellness Institute, Inc. (NWI) was officially formed in 1977, but held two wellness symposiums (1975 and 1976) prior to the official organizational launch. Originally, the organization was launched under the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) Foundation, as the Institute for Lifestyle Improvement. Three UWSP faculty at that time—Dennis Elsenrath, EdD, CWP, director of counseling services; Fred Leafgren, PhD, director of student life; and Bill Hettler, MD, CWP, director of health services—joined together with the idea that we, as humans, could live better, healthier lives through the principles of balance and awareness. "[1]


Accessed February 2013: [2]

  • President - William Baun - Manager, Wellness Program - UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Chair, CEO Cancer Gold Standard
  • Vice President - Craig Washington - Executive Director

Roseland Community Hospital Foundation

  • Treasurer - Marty Loy - Dean, College of Professional Studies

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, General Board



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  1. National Wellness Institute History, organizational web page, accessed February 22, 2013.
  2. National Wellness Institute Board, organizational web page, accessed February 22, 2013.