Seven Dimensions of Wellness at UW-Stevens Point

The term wellness has been applied in many ways. It is much more than just physical health, exercise, and nutrition. Wellness is multidimensional including: Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Career, Intellectual, Environmental, Social. Wellness is a full integration and the pursuit of continued growth and balance in these seven dimensions of wellness.

Each dimension contributes to our own sense of wellness or quality of life, and each affects and overlaps the others. At times, one may be more prominent than others, but neglect of any one dimension for any length of time has adverse effects on overall health.

Find out more about each dimension by expanding the links below!



PhysicalThe physical dimension recognizes the need for regular physical activity. Physical development promotes learning about diet and nutrition while discouraging the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption. It is better to consume foods and beverages that enhance good health rather than those which impair it. Physical wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows one to get through daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. Optimal physical wellness is met through a combination of good exercise and eating habits. Improving physical wellness consists of building physical strength, flexibility and endurance while taking safety precautions including medical self-care and appropriate use of a medical system as well as protecting oneself from injuries and harm. The physical dimension of wellness involves personal responsibility, disease prevention, and care for minor illnesses and also knowing when professional medical attention is needed. Being physically fit and feeling physically well often leads to the psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self control, determination and a sense of direction.

Tips and suggestions for optimal physical wellness:

1. Exercise daily.

3. Prevent injuries by using seat belts, wearing helmets, and other protective equipment.
4. Learn to recognize early signs of illness and prevent diseases.
5. Practice safe sex, if sexually active.

7. Use alcohol in moderation if at all.

8. Quit smoking or continue to refrain from smoking and protect from second-hand smoke.







Everyone will find happiness through wellness with a slightly different approach. Take a look at how these people have increased their happiness by improving their quality of life: 

My Philosophy For a Happy Life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic

People Are Awesome 2014

Visit the National Park Service Website to help find a way to integrate all the dimensions of wellness at once:

National Park Service

What is the meaning behind recreation? It is an activity done for enjoyment when one is not working.  It also means an activity that refreshes and recreates; activity that renews one’s health and spirits by enjoyment and relaxation. Here are some parks and recreation activities located right here in Stevens Point:

Stevens Point Parks, Recreation and Forestry

We know we don’t know it all. Here’s a look at what multiple wellness experts have collaborated to be a comprehensive definition of wellness:

National Wellness Institute Definition of Wellness

Wellness has always been around and will always be essential. Browse around to see what physical and social wellness looks like on a global level:

Olympic Movement