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Health and Wellness
At COA the concept of Human Ecology extends beyond the classroom walls. Because we are invested in examining the complexity of relationships between humans and their environment, and because we are concerned with what it means to be sustainable, we advocate a holistic approach to health. We recognize that 'health' is not defined merely by a lack of disease, but rather is itself a complex state that takes into consideration a variety of dimensions. If we endeavor to affect positive change in the world, we are best equipped to do so when we are at our healthiest. COA advocates taking a proactive approach to health, supporting individual and community well being through a variety of resources and programs.
THE DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS MODEL
Wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of choices and making decisions toward a more balanced and fulfilling life. Wellness combines eight dimensions of well-being into a quality way of living. Overall, wellness if the ability to live life to the fullest and to maximize potential in a variety of ways. Wellness involves continually learning and making changes to enhance your state of well-being.
A healthy body is achieved and maintained through good nutrition, regular exercise, avoiding harmful habits, making informed and responsible decisions about health and seeking medical assistance when necessary.
To remain well, physical wellness requires that you take steps to protect your health by eating a well-balanced diet, getting plenty of physical activity and exercise, maintaining proper weight, getting enough sleep, avoiding risky sexual behavior, trying to limit exposure to environmental contamination and restricting intake of harmful substances.
A state in which your mind is engaged in lively interaction with the world around you.
Intellectual wellness involves unbridled curiosity and ongoing learning. This dimension of wellness implies that you can apply the things you have learned, that you create opportunities to learn more and that you engage your mind in lively interaction with the world around you.
The ability to understand your own feelings, accept your limitations, achieve emotional stability and become comfortable with your emotions.
Emotional wellness implies the ability to express emotions appropriately, adjust to change, cope with stress in a healthy way and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustration.
Social (Family, Friends and Relationships)
The ability to relate well to others, both within and outside of the family unit.
Social wellness endows us with the ease and confidence to be outgoing, friendly and affectionate toward others. Social wellness involves not only a concern for the individual, but also an interest in humanity and the environment as a whole.
Occupational (Career, Skills)
Preparing and making use of your gifts, skills and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness and enrichment in your life.
Occupational wellness means successfully integrating a commitment to your occupation into a total lifestyle that is satisfying and rewarding. The development of occupational satisfaction and wellness is strongly related to your attitude about your work.
Environmental (Air, Water, Food, Safety)
The capability to live in a clean and safe environment that is not detrimental to health.
The quality of today's environment has a direct effect on personal wellness. To enjoy environmental wellness, we require clean air, pure water, quality food, adequate shelter, satisfactory work conditions, personal safety and healthy relationships.
Spiritual (Values, Purpose, Intuition, Vitality)
The sense that life is meaningful and has a purpose; the ethics, values and morals that guide us and give meaning and direction to life.
Spiritual wellness is a search for meaning and purpose in human existence leading one to strive for a state of harmony with others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world.
Financial (Current, Future)
The ability to make informed choices about finances and consumption commensurate with a socially responsible quality of life, including awareness of the relationship of personal economics to the whole of one's life.
Financial wellness includes successful managing of personal finances (debt, credit, insurance), with an understanding of ethical investment and long-range planning.
hEALTH & WELLNESS uPDATES
A prevention specialist from the Down East AIDS Network (DEAN) will be on campus April 24th from 10:00am-2:00pm, offering free, anonymous and confidential HIV testing for students. If you are interested in being tested, please sign-up for a half-hour time slot (with your initials only) on the wall to the right of the Nurse's office in Deering Common. Questions? Contact Lauren Rupp at firstname.lastname@example.org or DEAN at 207-667-3506.