Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. It is: "...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." - The World Health Organization.
"A conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential." - The National Wellness Institute Wellness is more than being free from illness; it is a dynamic process of change and growth.
Why Wellness Matters
Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions.
Wellness programs are programs intended to improve and promote health and fitness.
Wellness programs can:
- Help us reduce pain and stress
- Be more physically active
- Eat healthier
- Use medications wisely
- Work with a health care team
- Make decisions about health care
- Everyone can improve their health regardless of age.
Some Examples of Effective Programs:
Learn more about these programs…
- Living Well with Chronic Conditions
- Tomando Control de su Salud
- Matter of Balance
- Enhance Fitness / Enhance Wellness
- Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
How do I find a Wellness Program?
- For any of the above programs, go to the Washington State Department of Health Living Well with Chronic Conditions webpage to find a workshop near you. This page also provides information on training for workshop leaders.
- WIN-211 lists a large number of wellness programs for persons of all ages. You can search by topic (e.g. Health Education) and county.
- CLC partners also retain lists of wellness programs provided through the local Area Agency on Aging.
How do I pay for a Wellness program?
Some sites may charge a small fee to cover the cost of the course materials.
Washington’s Community Living Connections staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.