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IDS 402 - Wellness

Course guide to assist students with research in IDS-402.

What is Wellness?

According to Wilson (2018), the term wellness can be defined as "the process of actively seeking good health" (para. 1). Thinking about health in multiple dimensions such as in the physical, social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial and occupational is a tenant of the current understanding of this term (Wilson, 2018, para. 1). Looking at the graph below, U.S. adults believe being healthy can range from having no to few health problems, eating healthy and being fit. Our current understanding of the term wellness encompasses much more than just physical heath. 


The statistic shows the results of an online survey in which U.S. adults were asked what "healthy" meant to them. According to the survey, approximately 34 percent of respondents define "healthy" as having no or few health problems. The next largest categories in order are: eating healthy 19.2%, being fit in good shape not overweight 17.2%, body functioning properly sufficient energy 16.2%, capable of exercise and physical activity 13.2%, fully independent capable mobile 12.1%, maintain an active and social lifestyle 9.1%, health issues under control 9.1%, generally happy comfortable optimistic 5.1%, in good mental and or emotional condition 5.1%, simply being alive living longer 3.2%, religion spirituality meditation 1.1%




Statista. (November 1, 2017). What does being “healthy” mean to you? [Chart]. In Statista. Retrieved July 25, 2019, from 

Wilson, B. R. A. (2018). Wellness. Salem Press Encyclopedia of Health. Retrieved from