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Six Dimensions of Health Worksheet

Part 1

For each of the following six dimensions of health, list at least one characteristic, activity, belief, or attitude that reflects that dimension in your life. Provide a brief explanation with each example. Refer to Ch. 1 in Health for explanations of these dimensions.

Physical health: Physical wellness is more than simply freedom from disease. The physical dimension of wellness concentrates on prevention of illness and encourages exercise; healthy diet; and knowledgeable, appropriate use of the health care system.


Social health: Social wellness is acting in harmony with nature, family, and others in the community.


Intellectual health: Intellectual wellness emphasizes knowledge, learning, creativity, problem-solving, and lifelong interest in new ideas.


Environmental health: Environmental health is focused on the natural and built environments for the benefit of human health, whereas environmental protection is concerned with protecting the natural environment for the benefit of human health.


Emotional health: Emotional wellness refers to awareness, sensitivity, and acceptance of feelings and the ability to successfully express and manage one\'s feelings.


Spiritual health: Spiritual wellness involves finding meaning in life and acting purposefully in a manner that is consistent with one\'s deeply held values and beliefs.


Part 2

In approximately 125- to 200-words, describe health and wellness in your own words using the ideas and concepts for each of the six dimensions of health.

1. Emotional wellness refers to awareness, sensitivity, and acceptance of feelings and the ability to successfully express and manage one\'s feelings. Emotional wellness enables people to cope with stress, maintain satisfying relationships with family and friends, and assume responsibility for their actions. 2. Intellectual wellness emphasizes knowledge, learning, creativity, problem-solving, and lifelong interest in new ideas. 3. Occupational wellness relates to preparing for and pursuing work that is meaningful, satisfying, and consistent with one\'s interests, aptitudes, and personal beliefs. 4. Physical wellness is more than simply freedom from disease. The physical dimension of wellness concentrates on prevention of illness and encourages exercise; healthy diet; and knowledgeable, appropriate use of the health care system. Physical wellness requires individuals to take personal responsibility for actions and choices that affect their health. Examples of healthy choices include wearing a seatbelt in automobiles, wearing a helmet when bicycling, and avoiding tobacco and illegal drugs. 5. Social wellness is acting in harmony with nature, family, and others in the community. The pursuit of social wellness may involve actions to protect or preserve the environment or contribute to the health and well-being of the community by performing volunteer work. 6. Spiritual wellness involves finding meaning in life and acting purposefully in a manner that is consistent with one\'s deeply held values and beliefs. The concept of wellness is broader and includes more facets of human life than the traditional definition of health, and the two differ in an important way. When defined as the absence of disease, health may be measured and assessed objectively. For example, a physical examination and the results of laboratory testing enable a physician to determine that a patient is free of disease and thereby healthy.