A Scientific Approach to Wellness

Based upon research by Dr. Bill Hettler, the co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, Vincentian has adopted a Wellness Wheel with eight dimensions for wellness: physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, vocational, financial, and environmental. These dimensions serve as guiding principles for how our spaces are designed to support programs and operations that align to optimize these dimensions.

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Promotes the need for regular physical activity, focusing on diet and nutrition to benefit the body, sleep, and discouraging the use of substances like tobacco or drugs. Medical care – both prevention and clinical care – typically fall under physical wellness.



Promotes the use of one’s mind to create a greater understanding and appreciation of one’s self and others. Recognizes one’s creative side, stimulating mental activities and encourages an individual to expand his/her knowledge and skills-base through a variety of resources and activities.



Promotes one’s search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It involves developing a strong sense of personal values and ethics. It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe.



Promotes awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings and includes the degree to which an individual feels positive and enthusiastic about one’s self and life. It includes the capacity to manage feelings and behaviors, self-acceptance, development of autonomy, and ability to cope effectively with stress and life’s challenges.



Promotes creating and maintaining healthy relationships. It encourages contributing to one’s environment and community. It enhances interdependence with others and encourages the pursuit of harmony and feelings of connectedness.



Promotes the process of determining and achieving positive personal and occupational goals and interests. This dimension is linked to discovering an individual’s “calling” in life and encourages one to be a good giver and receiver of life’s gifts.



Promotes living in, and planning for, future financial health. It involves individuals managing resources to live within their means, making informed financial decisions and investments, setting realistic goals, and preparing for short-term and long-term needs or emergencies.



Promotes respect and preservation of nature. It includes self-awareness towards the impact of personal interactions with the environment and understanding how social, natural, and built environments affect health and well-being.


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