The answer is simple. Don’t just get your feet wet; take a deep dive, and then just keep swimming. Health & Wellness is no longer a fad, nor is it a trend. Health & Wellness is a lifestyle that is here to stay.
The wellness movement has been around for a very long time; however, it has now become a part of our daily, mainstream culture that is shaping our attitudes, values, lifestyle, and consumer purchasing behaviors. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in its 1948 constitution as:
“a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
In the early 1970s, a young resident in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins, John Travis, MD, MPH, had recently discovered Dr. Halbert L. Dunn’s book, High Level Wellness, and was inspired to expand upon WHO’s definition because of Dunn’s vision.
According to the National Wellness Institute in Stevens Point, WI, Dr. Dunn, often referred to as the “father of the wellness movement,” introduced the concept of wellness in a series of lectures in the 1950s. The lectures provided the basis for his book, High Level Wellness, which was published in 1961. The National Wellness Institute’s Halbert L. Dunn Wellness Award is the most prestigious award presented by the Institute and is regarded as one of the highest honors in the health promotion and wellness fields.
Dr. Travis came up with a new concept called the Illness-Wellness Continuum. According to this concept, the definition of health today goes beyond mere freedom from disease or infirmity and emphasizes the proactive maintenance and improvement of health and well-being.
Expressed on a continuum that extends from reactive to proactive approaches to health, his belief is that wellness falls firmly on the proactive side, incorporating attitudes and activities that:
- prevent disease
- improve health
- enhance life quality
- bring a person to increasingly optimum levels of well-being
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