The term wellness has been applied in many ways. Although there might be different views on what wellness encompasses, the National Wellness Institute–along with the help of leaders in health and wellness–shared many interpretations and models of wellness.
Through this discussion, there appears to be general agreement that:
The definition of wellness long used by the National Wellness Institute is consistent with these tenets:
Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.
Wellness at Salem focuses on promoting awareness and education, motivation for positive behavior changes, and influencing campus practices and policy to support a healthy environment.