Limited family and social support and lack of community involvement are associated with increased morbidity and early mortality. Furthermore, social support networks have been identified as powerful predictors of healthy behaviors. Research suggests that individuals with a strong social network that supports healthy behaviors are more likely to participate in healthy lifestyle choices themselves. 

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Definition of Wellness
Wellness Wheel Components

The term wellness has been applied in many ways. Although there might be different views on what wellness encompasses, the National Wellness Institute--along with the help of leaders in health and wellness--shared many interpretations and models of wellness.


The definition of wellness, long used by the National Wellness Institute is consistent with these tenets. Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.



Through this discussion, there appears to be general agreement that:


  1. Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential
  2. Wellness is multi-dimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment
  3. Wellness is positive and affirming



The wellness wheel shows how the dimensions work together.  


Like a bike wheel, if all of the spokes or dimensions are functioning at optimal levels, the wheel rolls along smoothly.  If however, one of the spokes or dimensions becomes weak or if the tire loses air, the wheel will run off course.


The origin of the six dimensional model of wellness is credited to Dr. Bill Hettler in 1976
Several wellness model images exist. This eight dimensional model was developed by University Health Service at
University of Michigan (University of Michigan, 2012)
(National Wellness Institute, 2012).
The origin of the six dimensional model of wellness is credited to Dr. Bill Hettler in 1976
Several wellness model images exist. This eight dimensional model was developed by University Health Service at
University of Michigan (University of Michigan, 2012)
(National Wellness Institute, 2012).
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Wellness is a lifelong journey toward optimal health.  

It is an ongoing process that involves personal time and commitment.  Traditional wellness activities focus on basic physical fitness and nutrition.  A person is considered well if they are free of illness or disease.

While physical wellness is important, it is only one of eight dimensions of wellness. When one dimension is strong, it strengthens and positively affects the other dimensions.
Several wellness model images exist. This eight dimensional model was developed by University Health Service at
University of Michigan (University of Michigan, 2012)
(National Wellness Institute, 2012).

Several wellness model images exist. The origin of the six-dimensional model of wellness is credited to Dr. Bill Hettler in 1976. This eight-dimensional model was developed by University Health Service at University of Michigan (University of Michigan, 2012)(National Wellness Institute, 2012).

Several wellness model images exist. (The origin of the six dimensional model of wellness is credited to Dr. Bill Hettler in 1976.)

This eight dimensional model was developed by University Health Service at University of Michigan (University of Michigan, 2012)(National Wellness Institute, 2012).

Several wellness model images exist. (The origin of the six dimensional model of wellness is credited to Dr. Bill Hettler in 1976.)

This eight dimensional model was developed by University Health Service at University of Michigan (University of Michigan, 2012)(National Wellness Institute, 2012).

ENVIRONMENTAL-1 OF 8 DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
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References - Dunn, H. (1961). High-level wellness. Arlington, VA: R. W. Beatty