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220: The Many Facets of Wellbeing with Dr. Jay Maddock, Co-Director of the Center for Health and Nature

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The scope of career paths open to wellness professionals varies far and wide, as evidenced by the resume of today’s guest, Dr. Jay Maddock, Co-director of the Center for Health and Nature and Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M.

Dr. Jay Maddock has done a little bit of everything – serving as the Director and Chair of the University of Hawaii Public Health Program, the Dean of the School of Public Health and Chief Wellness Officer at Texas A&M University, and most recently the Editor In Chief of the Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living.

In this episode, Jay discusses his background and aspects of his time with the Healthy Hawaii Committee. He shares a bit about his role as Chief Wellness Officer at Texas A&M and the creation of their successful wellness program, Flourish. 

Jay then delves into his real passion, the Center for Health and Nature and his fascination with how the outdoors affects everything from illness recovery to worksite wellness. Lastly, he leaves wellness professionals with a few tangible tips.

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Interview Highlights (with timestamps):
  • [6:24] Jay’s background and start with the Healthy Hawaii Committee 
  • [9:40] The socioeconomic state in Hawaii
  • [13:22] Considerations for corporate wellness professionals to support employees of lower socioeconomic status 
  • [15:17] The Healthy Hawaii Committee’s collaboration
  • [18:17] Jay’s role at Texas A&M and building Flourish
  • [27:24] The transition between Chief Wellness Officer and the Center for Health and Nature
  • [34:04] Nature and the worksite
  • [39:30] Center for Health and Nature Conference
  • [43:51] Jay’s tangible tip
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Dr. Jay Maddock is a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and co-director of the Center for Health and Nature. Previously he served as Dean of the School of Public Health and Chief Wellness Officer at Texas A&M University and as Director and Chair of the University of Hawaii Public Health Program. His research has been featured in several national and international media outlets including The Today Show, Le Monde, the BBC, Eating Well, Prevention and Good Housekeeping and he has authored over 125 scientific articles and has served as principal investigator on over $18 million in extramural funding.

He is internationally recognized for his research in health behavior and social ecological approaches to increasing physical activity. Dr. Maddock received his undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Rhode Island.

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