Wellness or Wellbeing?

Wellbeing is a more accurate term for our program than “wellness” in today’s common vernacular. During the past twenty years, wellness has become closely aligned with the disease management and clinical interventions, e.g. “wellness programs” now widely discussed related to the workplace.

The word “wellbeing” now implies what we refer to as the whole-person model – all aspects (dimensions) of life, from mind-body connection to relationships, financial issues, and work-life balance. The Wellness Program goes a step further to demonstrate how all dimensions interconnect (e.g. eating, breathing, moving), and how a person can gain clarity for managing those connections to create more balance and better health.

Resource: Galllup-Healthways publishes a Wellbeing Index online, including a monthly report: http://www.well-beingindex.com
Book. Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath and Jim Harter. Many excellent points relevant to our model:

The Wellness Program

  • is a comprehensive personal development program.
  • It’s not an “assessment” or “wellness assessment,” and definitely not a “wellness test.”
  • It’s for people with average health, but who want a fresh approach to improve their degree of wellbeing – moving forward on the wellness continuum (e.g. more energy, less stress, improved focus, finding more meaning);
  • It’s for people with known issues such as weight problem or high blood pressure based largely in lifestyle choices, but who are ready to take a fresh approach to improve their wellbeing;
  • It’s for people with chronic health problems, but who want to make the most of their ability to self-manage their wellbeing (e.g. ability to cope, reduce stress, diligence about maintaining treatment or medication).
  • It’s never a substitute for emotional or behavioral issues requiring therapeutic assessment, intervention or management (e.g. conditions identified in the DSM-IV).
    It’s never a substitute for physical conditions requiring assessment, treatment or management by a medical professional.