“Wellness is about the whole person and all aspects of their lives. While physical fitness and nutrition are very important, they are only two of the dimensions of wellness. The paradox of any holistic concept is that to be inclusive enough, and to really understand it, we usually have to break it down into its component parts. The gestalt maxim that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is quite true, every aspect of our lives affects every other part. An emotional conflict at home will affect our day at work and may even contribute to a headache or some such symptom showing up. An improvement in our diet may result in more sustainable energy all day long, or a better night’s sleep.” – Michael Arloski
In this learning unit we look at the dimensions of health and wellness in more detail and we explore a variety of models that can be used to assist us in our quest for better health God’s way.
You’ll also design your own Wheel of Life and start using it to see how balanced your life is.
Upon completion of this learning unit you will be able to:
- Describe the Illness/Wellness Continuum and its use in your quest.
- List a variety of wellness models that can be helpful in ones quest.
- Explain the different dimensions of health and disease using the Iceberg Model of Health and Disease.
- Design your own personal Wheel of Life.
- Define wellness in your own words.
1. The Elusive Wellness Definition – What is Wellness?
2. Wellness Models
2.1 Why Do We Need Models?
2.2 Apostle Paul’s Temple of God
2.3 The Ace Cycle of Change
2.4 The Illness/Wellness Continuum
2.5 Ardell’s Model
2.6 Hetler’s Model
2.7 Travis’ Wellness Wheel
2.8 The Iceberg Model of Health and Disease
2.9 Michael Arloski’s Ten Tenets Of Wellness
3. Designing Your Own Holistic Wheel of Life
* The information provided is for educational purposes only. Used as a reference; not as a means of diagnosis and/or treatment, it can act as a guide, but only with the cooperation and advise of trained professionals. It is not within the scope of any collection of information to perform the medical duties of the health care profession.
* Always consult with your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before embarking on a new wellness program. If you are pregnant or lactating, taking medications, have a health condition or are planning a medical procedure, consult your health professional before beginning this program. If you have any specific questions about these matters you should consult your doctor or other healthcare provider.
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First Edition: August 2009
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