Wellness – what does it mean? What do you think of when you hear the word, “wellness?”
A fit, serene woman practicing yoga on the beach? The local massage center that promises to bestow vitality through the renewing power of touch? Those vitamin advertisements that guarantee a revamped metabolism and a rebalanced life?
The concept of wellness is ubiquitous in our culture—a term that is used loosely to do everything from shape our behavior to sell products. We are led to believe that wellness is both desirable and achievable.
Most of us would agree that wellness is desirable, but how do we achieve it?
At ConnectWell, we define wellness as well-being that optimizes an individual’s potential. Wellness is about promoting health, preventing disease and reversing the trend of chronic disease to achieve a high level of productivity, success and overall well-being.
The United States’ healthcare system is oriented toward treating illness rather than preventing its onset. This has contributed to the current state of national health in which many people are either living with a chronic disease or are on the path to developing a chronic disease.
The good news: most chronic disease is preventable, and if treated after onset, reversible. You can start improving your personal health and reducing your risk for chronic disease immediately by adopting healthy habits. Learning how to eat nutritiously, integrate activity into everyday life, and manage stress can enhance your well-being at every age while also lengthening your lifespan. Wellness is not a matter of chance; it is a personal choice.
Think about your life – what healthy habits can you adopt to optimize your well-being?
by Andrea Bloom, MBA
ConnectWell Founder and CEO