Jon holds a doctorate in health education/human performance and master’s degrees in exercise physiology and human nutrition. He has spent his career working to shift health promotion away from its traditional, biomedical, control-oriented focus, with a particular interest in why people do what they do and don’t do what they don’t do.
Jon has authored numerous articles and book chapters and has been a sought-after presenter at conferences throughout North America. He is co-author of The Spirit & Science of Holistic Health – More than Broccoli, Jogging and Bottled Water, More than Yoga, Herbs and Meditation,” a college textbook for practitioners who wish to incorporate holistic principles and practices into their work. This book provided the foundation for Kailo, one of the first truly holistic employee wellness programs. Kailo won prestigious awards in both Canada and the United States, and the creators lovingly claim Jon as its father.
Jon has been a national leader in the Health At Every Size Movement for more than 2 decades. He has implemented Health for Every Body® — a unique alternative to weight loss programs at the worksite in some 25 cities across the United States in the past 5 years. His 2015-released book, How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work: Featuring The 7 Points of Transformation co-written with Dr. Rosie Ward gives organizations a realistic, step-by-step blueprint to accomplish the difficult task of transforming their cultures to be healthier and more productive — “from the inside out.” The book was selected by Employee Benefit News as one of the top must-reads for 2016.
As a Certified Intrinsic Coach, Jon understands that behavior is the outward manifestation of thinking and feeling – and that behavior modification approaches that focus on extrinsic motivation rarely result in sustained change and, in fact, often inhibit intrinsic motivation.
Aside from his work Jon’s passions include his wife Jerilyn, their son Joshua, music, humor, and an 11-pound “living teddy bear,” a dog named Ginger.