Innovative Wellness Systems

Everyone wants to live healthy! Whether it’s going to the gym, clearing your mind, staying engaged on tasks or even trying some yoga, one of our goals as human beings is to maintain a state of well-being. Jordan Taradash, President of Innovative Wellness Solutions (IWS), strongly believes in this idea.

Innovative Wellness Systems
Jordan Taradash, Innovative Wellness Systems Founder

Taradash’s company emphasizes its own framework, called Wellness 4D, in hopes of strengthening one’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Taradash said the idea for IWS came to him while in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied epidemiology and prevention of chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

“The people I was studying with were some of the folks who developed the Diabetes Prevention Program, which was a landmark clinical trial that showed that behavioral lifestyle intervention effectively prevents Type 2 diabetes,” Taradash said.

“The successful research that was done there proved two things: that the interventions were effective at preventing Type 2 diabetes, but also that the worksite was an effective and efficient place to implement these programs.”

Taradash said his goal was to take a typically public health science and turn it into a financial and business model that could translate to the workplace.

IWS is made up of a coordinated network of health practitioners, exercise physiologists, athletic trainers and mindfulness professionals who forge face-to-face relationships with clients. Once the relationships are established, technology is brought into play through programming and messaging.

“The first thing the [technology] platform does is communicate the design of the program and aggregate all of the elements of the well-being program,” Taradash said. “Secondly, our coaches have a robust coaching platform, and all of the employees who they are coaching and guiding through the behavioral lifestyle change are able to communicate directly back and forth and securely through the platform.

“The successful research that was done there proved two things: that the interventions were effective at preventing Type 2 diabetes, but also that the worksite was an effective and efficient place to implement these programs.”

“That technology allows our human-based relationship to be effective and available at all times during the day.”

Starting in June, IWS will secure a global-exclusive license to train lifestyle coaches and trainers to implement Group Lifestyle Balance, a diabetes prevention program developed at Pitt. IWS can then aim to spread the program throughout the U.S. and the world.

According to the CDC’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 29.1 million people, or 9.3 percent of the population, have diabetes in the U.S. At least one out of three people will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.

“Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services will start reimbursing practitioners for delivering diabetes prevention programs,” Taradash said. “So we will be one of those organizations which will be able to train practitioners to deliver CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programming developed at the University of Pittsburgh, a clinically proven program.”

According to Taradash, what sets IWS apart is its commitment to its clients on a personal level.

“We didn’t ignore the fact that putting human beings and coaches face to face with folks and driving relationships is crucial to helping folks live a healthier lifestyle,” he said. “It’s really what distinguishes us out in the market.”