Wellness is more than just being physically healthy; it is a preventative and proactive approach to health in which individuals make choices that lead to a successful existence (Locke, 2001). Originally there were 6 dimensions of wellness created by Dr. Bill Hettler, MD. They included social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, physical and occupational wellness (“Health & Wellness”, 2010). Since then the health promotion field has expanded wellness to include other sub categories.
The dimensions adopted by New York Institute of Technology, and used by the U.S Department of Health & Human Services include:
The goal of NYIT's Health Promotion activities is to help students achieve wellness in all dimensions and create healthy lifestyles during college that can be continued post-graduation.
The office regularly holds workshops and activities on various topics such as stress, sleep habits, sexual health, nutrition and safe driving.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – US Department of Health & Human Services. (2010). (Publication NO. 10-4568). Washington, DC: U.S. Retrieved from http://store.samhsa.gov/
Mental Health & Recovery Board – Erie & Ottawa County. (2011). Wellness & Mental Health. Retrieved from www.mhrbeo.org/