The Concept of Wellness
The Concept of "Wellness"
The Concept of Wellness as self defined optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being, is both a historic and contemporary dream of American civil society. Fueled by the power of the words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, Americans (and other societies) have consistently strived to ensure both the individual and societal achievement of personal and national levels of well being. Through an empowering balance of individual initiative and societal responsibility to each other, American society has come close to achieving a sustainable quality of life unmatched in human history.
While defining and measuring “wellness” has posed a challenge to both academics and advocates, the more formidable task has been understanding and facilitating the American path to higher levels of personal, organizational or community wellness. Inspired by the Global Healthy Communites movement and the 1989 launch of the USA Healthy Communities movement by the National Civic League (www.NCL.org ) the challenge of “Creating Healthy Communities” formed the strategic basis for the founding (1989) of The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and the substance of the Institute’s interdisciplanary work, learning, sharing and contributions to achieving our community's Vision for its citizens personal wellness and enhanced quality of life.
PHILP L HABERSTRO - Founder of The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and Western New York USA