What is the Difference Between Health and Wellness?

Shelley SmithBlog, Workplace Culture

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Health and wellness are not synonyms. Health refers simply to a physical body being free from diseases, but wellness is an overall balance of your physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, and occupational well-being. Wellness is a lifestyle and is not an end to be achieved. Wellness means that one strives for balance throughout his whole life. On the other hand, health would be that a person wants to lose weight and lower blood pressure. Once he does this, he is considered healthy. Health is a goal one can achieve, while wellness is a dynamic concept that continues for a lifetime.

Are you a leader at work, at the expense of your health? Did you give up exercise after college, and stop watching your diet when you made it to senior partner? Are too little sleep, fast food, and a hectic, catch-up lifestyle all you allow yourself?

The results are not just looking and feeling better, but performing better on the job, becoming a more effective leader, and inspiring others to follow your lead.

Our employees are our greatest asset and must be physically and mentally WELL. They must be cared for as a complete package – mind, body, and spirit. We should expect every leader at every level to demonstrate passionate care for our employees. When leaders demonstrate care and compassion through dignified, fair, and respectful treatment, their sense of self-worth soars and increases ability to accomplish anything, no matter how demanding.

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Contact Premier Rapport so you can walk through an alternative approach on how corporate wellness can help you take the sting out of health care reform, leading to healthier, more engaged, productive, and loyal employees.