Well-Being Education

Health, Wellness, and Well-Being – What’s the difference?

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

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

Well-being is an optimal and dynamic state that allows people to achieve their full potential. Well-being can be broken down into two categories: individual well-being and community well-being

  • Individual well-being
    • the individual assessment of life as being generally happy and satisfying
    • having basic needs met and human rights
    • one’s contribution to the community
  • Community well-being
    • relationships and connectedness
    • perceived quality of life for all people in the community
    • how well the community meets the needs of all members

Both individual and community well-being are essential for a healthy and satisfying life. The Health Promotion team provides the NDSU community with the knowledge and skills needed for community members to take ownership of their individual and community well-being. We provide students with education and connection to campus and community resources through both in-person and virtual events, social media, classroom or club presentations, policy updates, and more!  On this page you will find information to help you take control of your health and well-being and NDSU campus resources. If you would like the Health Promotion team to visit your classroom or organization, or you have questions, please email ndsu.healthpromotion@ndsu.edu.

To learn more about other well-being work on NDSU’s campus check out:

President's Council for Campus Well-Being 
PCCW Resources
Related Research



Health : World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/about/governance/constitution
Well-being : NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education & ACHA - American College HealthAssociation (November 2020). Inter-association definition of well-being. Retrieved from www.nirsa.org/hands-in
Wellness : National Wellness Institute, http://www.nationalwellness.org/?page=six_dimensions
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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