Wellness Education

Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness Education’s aim is to have all Allegheny College Community Members be healthy persons living in a healthy community and contributing in meaningful ways to the world around us. This is why we offer services and coordinate programs that increase every student’s education, skills, supports, and practices needed to build a holistically healthy lifestyle. Wellness Education seeks to foster connection, collaboration, and community with others across campus.

The various dimensions of wellness have evolved over time to include the following:

  • Caring for your body to stay healthy now and in the future

  • Growing intellectually, maintaining curiosity about all there is to learn, valuing lifelong learning, and responding positively to intellectual challenges
  • Expanding knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing your gifts with others

  • Understanding and respecting your feelings, values, and attitudes
  • Appreciating the feelings of others
  • Managing your emotions in a constructive way
  • Feeling positive and enthusiastic about your life

  • Maintaining healthy relationships, enjoying being with others, developing friendships and intimate relations, caring about others, and letting others care about you
  • Contributing to your community

  • Finding purpose, value, and meaning in your life with or without organized religion
  • Participating in activities that are consistent with your beliefs and values

  • Preparing for and participating in work that provides personal satisfaction and life enrichment that is consistent with your values, goals, and lifestyle

Putting It All Together

In attempting to balance each dimension of wellness it is important to acknowledge that they are all intertwined. Given this, it is vital to recognize that commitments to work, friends, family, and other social groups should in most cases contribute to wellness and not take from it.  While we all have obligations and duties to fulfill, regardless of our desire to do them, the subjects you study, work you commit to, and relationships you form should, on the whole, allow you to treat your body well with regular physical activity and nutritious foods. If they do, then you’re off to a good start. Beyond that, if these things provide you purpose, positive reciprocal relationships, and mental stimulation and do not require you to compromise your values or ethics, you’re way ahead of the pack.  Wellness is not a given; it requires a mindful pursuit dependent upon honest reflection and evaluation of one’s life.