Balance Your Life

Tom Seaman, BS, CPC

What is Health and Wellness?

Health and wellness means something different to everyone so there really is no cookie cutter definition or description. Generally speaking, health and wellness is a combination of lifestyle choices in areas such as nutrition, exercise, relationships, work/career, religion/spirituality, among other things, that provide people with the highest quality of life possible for them. Each term is explored in a bit more detail below.



The World Health Organization defines health as, “A state of optimal physical, mental and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Please understand that a balance of all three is the ideal; hence the word “optimal”. What matters most to you will be evident in the lifestyle choices you make. If you feel you are unbalanced or having difficulty in one or more of these areas and would like to explore options for making a shift, coaching will be of great benefit.

Wellness is characterized by problem avoidance and prevention. Wellness is proactive in that people pursue activities, products, and services to feel healthier, reduce the effects of aging, look better, and prevent illness. Mosby’s Medical Dictionary(1) defines wellness as, "A dynamic state of health in which an individual progresses toward a higher level of functioning, achieving an optimum balance between internal and external environments."

This is similar to the meaning of health, but wellness is more of a perspective or mindset. What are you striving to be “well” with or do “well” with in your life? This differs for everyone but every activity, thought and behavior has an impact on our physical, mental, and social well being.

1. Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.

- Buddha -