launching cohealth, a wellness knowledge co-op

January 7, 2010

in cohealth,wellness

note: updated 2.15.11. read this for all of the ways cohealth helps you connect with others and stay informed.

about a month ago, jason lauritsen—hr leader and one-half of the talent anarchy blogging team—tweeted to ask whether others were interested in a discussion forum about workplace wellness. as you know, that’s right up my alley, so i raised my hand and reached out to greg matthews to pique his interest.

cohealth logo

since then, greg and i’ve been plotting. we’re now ready to introduce cohealth, a wellness knowledge co-op. the intent is to offer individuals interested in improving the effectiveness of company wellness efforts a space to share and learn.

monthly cohealth twitter chat
greg and i’ll co-facilitate cohealth chats every third wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. (EST). we’ll cover one or two topics each chat, with the community bringing questions, ideas, and perspectives based on their experience. topics will be set by the community, yet i think it’s safe to say they’ll include at least the following:

  • effective workplace wellness design
  • influencing behavior change
  • communication strategy
  • use of social media
  • peer-to-peer influencing and support
  • health gadgets and other shiny objects
  • innovators in the field
  • measurement and roi

inaugural chat, wednesday, january 20, 2010
for our first chat, we want to talk about what bothers and inspires us about workplace wellness. we also want to define our purpose and review guidelines. at the moment, the working rules are:

  • tag all of your tweets for the chat with #co_health (unfortunately for us, the simpler “cohealth” has been taken).
  • we’ll use the @co_health twitter account to moderate the chat, with greg or me guiding the conversation.
  • if you have questions you want discussed, DM @co_health any time throughout the month. we’ll keep a log of requested topics.
  • this is a co-op, which means we all share the load to make it successful. no selling, no attacks. respectful dialogue and debate are always welcome.

i use tweetchat during chats. for more tweet chat tips, read this.

employee wellness network
if you miss a chat, look for our recaps on the employee wellness network.

please spread the word and invite others to join. the community will be stronger with more voices and experience represented.


p.s. i want to acknowledge the dakota group for their pro bono graphic services. dakota develops strategic communications for print and web. as you can see, they do beautiful work. they’re also good people. thanks, peter et al!

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Crystal Peterson January 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Fran – how exciting! Love the idea and I’m looking forward to the chats.


fran January 10, 2010 at 8:31 am

crystal, thanks.
glad you’ll be joining.



Jan Zoucha January 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I plan to join – keep me up to date. Getting my twitter and ning set up now –



fran January 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm

super! once your twitter account is all set, be sure to follow @co_health for updates. we’ll also facilitate the monthly twitter chat from that account.



Mike Klein January 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Mazel tov–and at some point, I’d like to pick your brain about how to make best use of a Ning site.

All the best from Brussels,



fran January 14, 2010 at 11:37 am

thanks, mike. be happy to chat about ning. let’s set something up.


Deborah Barber January 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm

This sounds great! I am new to twitter and have never followed a chat…please help!


fran January 14, 2010 at 11:39 am

deborah, great! happy to help. i really like as a tool for twitter chats. once you log in, it automatically adds the chat’s hashtag to every tweet you write. it also shows you only tweets from others who are in the same chat. it’s virtual blinders. give it a try and let me know what you think.



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