WISER Research Program
The Wellness Institute Services Evaluation Research (WISER) Program (1998–2011) was a longitudinal research program at the University of Manitoba in cooperation with the Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital.

The primary goal of the WISER Program was to evaluate the extent to which health promotion programming and services (such as those offered by the Wellness Institute) foster behaviours that promote health and improve general health status. This multi-phase study also provided a chance to assess whether community health promotion programs help to change the use of the formal health care system and contribute to reducing health care costs.

Research collection phases

Phases I, II of the WISER Program were conducted in affiliation with the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute, University of Manitoba. The interdisciplinary research team included researchers from the Faculties of Arts (Departments of Sociology and Psychology), Kinesiology and Recreation Management, Medicine (Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine), and Nursing; as well as representatives from the Manitoba Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat and the Wellness Institute.

Funding was provided by the Winnipeg Foundation, Max Bell Foundation; Norlien Foundation; Manitoba Health; and the University of Manitoba.

Phases III, IV were conducted in affiliation with the Centre on Aging. During these phases, long-term follow-up data related to changes over time in personal health practices and health status were collected to learn more about the factors that contribute to healthy, active aging.

Funding was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Project Investigators

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Research summaries

*Summaries are published in PDF format

Phase I summaries

Phase II summaries

Phase III summary

Phase IV summary


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Bailis, D.S., Fleming, J., and Segall, A. (2005).  Self-determination and functional persuasion to encourage physical activity.  Psychology and Health, 20(6), 691–708.