Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Good Health Series (Intro.)


The Good Health Series
EatingWell.com

The Good Health Series focuses on some of the dimensions of wellness. The goal is to promote health prevent disease, and inspire others to engage in matters of their own health. Health and wellness looks/is differently from person to person. There isn't any one way to achieve optimal health, and instead, many different ways. The Good Health Series hopes to challenge all of us (including) myself to think outside the box when it comes to health & wellness.

The Good Health Series will focus on:

Physical- involves taking care of the body by making healthy & positive choices that affect the physical body
Social – involves creating & sustaining relationships with others, your community and yourself
Spiritual – involves having a sense of purpose, meaning making, faith
Emotional – involves stress management, and being self-aware of emotion and its effects on you & others

The first installment of the series (which will be posted in a few days) will look at ways we can increase fiber in our diets.

***If you would like for me to cover any topics on health/wellness, please let me know***

 
Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease. The definition is clear; yet, it can be quite difficult to achieve this complete state of well-being.

Wellness
Wellness is encompasses various aspects of health. It takes into consideration all dimensions of health: spiritual, social, physical, occupational, environmental, emotional, and intellectual. Moreover, wellness drives an individual to engage in health promoting and disease preventing behaviors. 



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Sources:
Medical Wellness Center. University of Miami. http://wellness.med.miami.edu/x80.xml#

Majette, G. (2011). PPACA and Public Health: Creating a framework to focus on prevention and wellness and improve the public's health. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 39(3), 366-379.

Be healthy,