New Compass Health Program Creates Healthier Businesses

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Julian Varela Takes on New Role to Boost Health of Local Organizations

Central Coast businesses can improve overall morale, culture and work/life satisfaction of its employees, thanks to a new program designed to boost corporate wellness locally.

Compass Health Wellness & Prevention integrates a multi-faceted workplace program into local businesses and organizations, and is led by Wellness Director Julian Varela, MS-CSCS, MA-MFT-I. Integrating workplace programs like this one has shown to reduce absenteeism, improve efficiency, reduce workplace injuries and worker’s compensation claims and provide a ROI of $2.50 to $3.50 for every $1 invested.

“If we can help just one person avoid a cardiac event, for example, it can help ensure they continue living a healthy life and helps the organization continue to move forward,” Varela said. “An employer shows they really care about their staff when they spend time and resources to provide support and education.”

Compass Health Wellness & Prevention works to create healthier employees by providing integrative and holistic wellness services. It’s made up of a team of health care, fitness and wellness professionals that work with local companies and organizations, their health plans and their employees to enhance overall health through ongoing services. The program gives groups and individuals physician access 24 hours a day, seven days a week; education and services; and online tools including nutrition and exercise toolboxes, weekly recipes and shopping lists for healthy eating at home, and health risk assessments.

As a certified strength and conditioning specialist and therapist, Varela has both the experience and expertise to improve the health of individuals, families and communities. He has had nearly two decades of experience in the health and wellness industry, and is well-known locally as the co-founder of Equilibrium Fitness in San Luis Obispo.

“One of my favorite hats to put on is that of a therapist and wellness coach as I get to blend my experiences and expertise and help people in a way I've never thought possible,” Varela said. “We act as an extension of a team and are onsite regularly to help champion the program. Essentially that's what organizations need, a team of people aligned with their team that's going to be around every step of the way helping to improve overall health and culture.”

For more information about this new program or to explore wellness options for your company, visit or call (805) 994-0954.

Compass Health Wellness & Prevention is a program of Compass Health, one of the largest health care providers on the Central Coast. Made up of a team of health care, fitness and wellness professionals, the program’s mission is to create healthier employees by working with companies to provide integrative and holistic wellness services to enhance overall individual and organizational health. For more information, visit or call (805) 994-0954.

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