PolicyWell.com, an internet tool and new website now in development here at WellnessWarrior, will hold Congress accountable for votes on national wellness policies. Recently we teamed up with the innovative crowd-funding website Barnraiser.us and launched a campaign on July 19, 2016. We targeted a one-month, $20,000 goal necessary to finish website development, and—YES!—thanks to the support of many, many readers of The Well we made this goal and beyond.
You try to eat well. You try to exercise regularly. You buy products that are healthy for you and the planet. You try to stay up-to-date on the latest wellness ideas, scientific findings and trends. You try to make decisions that support the health and wellness of you and your family. But, when it comes to public policy do you know if your federal legislators are voting with your health & wellness in mind?
PolicyWell.com is a non-profit effort. It will soon launch as a website that helps all health- and wellness-conscious voters see how their values are being considered by their representatives. PolicyWell.com will provide a bridge between wellness consumers and our Federal legislative branch. It will also give real and actionable information to voters so they can confidently go to the polls in November and vote with wellness policy in mind.
How does it work?
Voting records and bills are public information. What’s missing is a way for the average American to quickly survey every wellness bill in Congress—and every representative, especially theirs. PolicyWell identifies which legislators are working for (or against) our health and wellness; tracks the progress (or lack of progress) on key bills; ranks all politicians by their commitment to wellness; helps the public stay informed about the issues that concern them the most; supports legislation that puts health first; and connects users with other like-minded Americans who prioritize health and wellness.
Why is Wellness Policy so important now?
We are at the intersection of coalition that stands for a WELL nation. It’s happening all around us… and it’s happening from the inside outward…on yoga mats, in our homes, schools, places of work, and every time we choose to make wellness a part of our everyday life. We are transforming ourselves, the health and wellbeing of our families, and our communities. Isn’t it time we transformed the health and wellbeing our nation as well?
PolicyWell.com is for all of us who believe that...
- Everyone has a right to good health and wellbeing.
- One of the keys to living a long and healty life is not getting sick in the first place.
- Good health begins with a food system that regenerates natural ecosystems while providing access to healthy food for all people.
- Our air, soil, water, food, and consumer products must be free of untested chemicals that have not been proven to be safe.
Although other vote and donation-tracking web tools exist to shine their lights on Congressional action, PolicyWell is the first to focus on wellness issues.
We expect PolicyWell to be extremely useful and powerful for members of the spa community in particular,” says Damon Cory-Watson, Executive Director. “Spa professionals are leaders when it comes to preventing illness, injury and various diseases of poor lifestyle. They want to be up-to-date on national wellness issues, and will soon be able to track bills closely via PolicyWell in order to share information with their customers, and even encourage them to take action via letter writing and petitions.”
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It just might happen! With PolicyWell’s help, national policies that govern the health of millions may soon change for the better. If you haven't joined us already, please do... and be among the first to know when we launch the PolicyWell scorecard.