What does wellness mean to you? Wellness is more than being free from illness. Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are many interrelated elements of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, and occupational. Wellness is ongoing, not something you attain and check off your to-do list. Each element contributes to your sense of wellness. Here is a brief description of the seven elements.
Wellness is a positive approach to living - an approach that emphasizes the whole person. It is the integration of the body, mind, and spirit; and the appreciation that everything you do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on your state of health.
"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." ~World Health Organization, 1948
The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990
The UNM HSC Wellness Community Portal is a project of the HSC Wellness Committee whose mission is to provide integrated programs and resources that promote quality of life and foster a culture of health, well being and balance. Initial funding for the Portal was provided by HSC Administrative Offices.