Definition of Terms

Health, well-being, wellness, and health promotion are inter-related concepts. “Well-being” is the most comprehensive and was chosen deliberately to express the broad nature of the President’s Council work. Definitions that have been adopted for consistent use by PCCW:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Well-being is the ongoing development of an individuals’ physical, social, and mental health within a supportive environment.

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence.

Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. 



Health : World Health Organization,
Well-being : 
Modified by NDSU President’s Council for Campus Well-Being Executive Committee (Apr 2018) from: Kobau, R., Sniezek, J., Zack, M. M., Lucas, R.E. and Burns, A. (2010), Well-Being Assessment: An Evaluation of Well-Being Scales for Public Health and Population Estimates of Well-Being Among U.S. Adults. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 2: 272-297.doi:10.1111/j.1758-0854.2010.01035.x
Wellness : National Wellness Institute,
Health Promotion : Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. WHO, Geneva, 1986; Bangkok Charter for Health Promotion in a Globalized World. WHO, Bangkok, 2005     

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