Begin with Who, Not What, Why or How for Health and Wellness


Monday, February 6, 2023
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Creating intrinsic motivation is the secret to producing sustainable health and wellness daily behaviors. Understanding “who” we are doing these health and wellness activities is when we create sustainable healthy behaviors. Your physical and mental health is foundational to your success on the job and at home. When departments provide incentives for healthy behaviors, they are giving perks that produce some results. To instill sustainable healthy behaviors, officers and staff must understand “who” will benefit from them doing these healthy behaviors. Once they know their family, themselves, and their co-workers will benefit, they will internally create their motivation to practice healthy behaviors habitually.


Dr. Donnie Hutchinson
Work-Life Balance and Self-Care Instructor,

Dayton professor, Podcaster, and a Work-Life Balance instructor who works with public safety professionals on self-care and work-life balance strategies to improve their success at home, work, and life. Dr. Donnie has been the work-life balance trainer and presenter for the past six years at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF/ALTS) annual conferences and has delivered numerous workshops and webinars for law enforcement departments, EMS, local fire districts, state organizations, and the IAFC_ SHS division. Dr. Donnie wrote Lead with Balance: How to Master Work-Life Balance in an Imbalanced Culture and co-authored Diversity and Inclusion in the Global Workplace: Aligning Initiative with Strategic Business Goals. His chapter on work-life balance addresses generational and cultural differences in managing employee work-life balance friendly policies. Dr. Donnie is an active and proud father of four children and resides in Palm Coast, Florida with his wife Marlene. His son, Donnie III is a public safety professional and a U.S Army combat veteran.