A society that truly applies a wellness approach as a pathway to optimal living is by nature inclusive and multicultural. The Mission of theNational Wellness Institute (NWI) Multicultural Competency Committeeis to support NWI with increasing inclusiveness by advancing multicultural competency within wellness best practices, and to assist with the development of knowledge, awareness, and skills to deliver equitable and culturally appropriate programs and services for wellness practitioners, organizations, underserved populations, and communities.
Click herefor information about NWI’s Multicultural Competency Committee and the Wellness Wheel we have created to advance the fulfillment of the committee’s mission.
Applying the Six Dimensions of Wellness model brings forth awareness of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they contribute to living a healthy life. This holistic model explains:
- How one can develop and direct self-awareness, self-regulation, curiosity, and motivation.
- How one can develop their belief systems, identify their values, and create a strong worldview.
- How one benefits from regular physical activity, nutrition, strength, vitality, and self-care.
- How one can enrich life through work and recognize its connectedness to living and playing.
- How one can use creativity and stimulating mental activities to share their gifts with others.
- How one can enhance their environment by building better living spaces and social networks.
- How one can positively contribute to their environment and engage in their community.
NWI also developed three questions to help wellness professionals and organizations assess the degree to which they are successfully incorporating wellness into their strategies and initiatives:
- Q1: Does this help individuals achieve their full potential?
- Q2: Does this recognize and address multiple dimensions of wellness?
- Q3: Does this affirm and mobilize an individual’s unique qualities and strengths?
Applying a multidimensional wellness approach that considers the WHOLE PERSON can be useful in nearly every human endeavor. As a pathway to optimal living, wellness is now being activated in a variety of associated fields, including health promotion, holistic health, clinical care, and multiple “helping professions,” including coaching, counseling, consulting, training, and instruction.