Wellness over the years has been defined in many ways by many thinkers and organizations. Though wellness may mean different to different people, the underline thought is deeply rooted in the inherent human desire to remain healthy physically & mentally.
And what better time to start wellness awareness and wellness routines than school age. as they say the early you start the better you get.
Lets take a look at the various definitions and interpretations of Wellness around the world.
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
– The World Health Organization.
An approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
Dunn (196, p. 4) defined wellness as “an integrated method of functioning which is oriented toward maximizing the potential of which the individual is capable. It requires that the individual maintain a continuum of balance and purposeful direction within the environment where he is functioning.” He also stated that “wellness is a direction in progress toward an ever-higher potential of functioning” (p. 6). Dunn also described wellness as health being, “much more than the absence of disease remains a cornerstone concept of wellness today.”
-Dunn (196, p. 4)
Wellness, as a luxury pursuit, is found obviously in the more affluent societies because it involves managing the body state after the basic needs of food, shelter and basic medical care have already been met. Many of the practices applied in the pursuit of wellness, in fact, are aimed at controlling the side effects of affluence, such as obesity and inactivity. Wellness grew as a popular concept starting in the 19th century, just as the middle class began emerging in the industrialized world, and a time when a newly prosperous public had the time and the resources to pursue wellness and other forms of self-improvement.
Wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of choices and making decisions toward a more balanced and fulfilling life. Wellness involves choices about our lives and our priorities that determine our lifestyles. The wellness concept at ASU is centered on connections and the idea that the mind, body, spirit and community are all interrelated and interdependent.
Wellness is the conscious development of the whole self. Embarking on a wellness journey is a process of searching for the appropriate “tools” to make you a healthier and happier human being, plus discovering your own effective methods to use these “tools” for continued growth and development. As there is a greatvariety on all aspects of life, there are also countless ways to cultivate yourself on an ever changing path of wellness.
-University of Buffalo, The State University of New York
“An optimal state of physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
-Dorland’s Medical Dictionary
We view wellness as much more than just a state of physical health. It also encompasses emotional stability, clear thinking, the ability to love, create, embrace change, exercise intuition and experience a continuing sense of spirituality. Our mission is for all who enter our doors to take one step closer to this state of vibrant health and well-being.
-The Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine
In the end you as a reader are free to interpret and choose a definition of wellness that fits you and your child best. Lets move forward towards a wellness oriented life. Cheers!!