​​Welcome and thank you for your interest in Student Wellness. The Office of Residence Life is committed to your development and lifelong well-being. Wellness is a lifelong journey toward optimal health. Wellness consists of six dimensions: physical, intellectual, occupational, emotional, social and spiritual. These six dimensions complement and interact with each other. When talking about wellness people often refer to a "wellness wheel," like a bike wheel, if all of the spokes or dimensions are functioning at optimal levels, the wheel rolls along smoothly. If, however, one of the spokes or dimensions becomes weak or if the tire loses air, the wheel will run off course. Throughout the year, the Residence Life staff along with many departments across campus, put on programs to assist you in achieving your own personal wellness.

  The Six Dimensions of Wellness

Physical~  Physical wellness encourages participation in regular physical activities which improve cardiovascular strength and endurance, flexibility and muscular strength.  This dimension involves understanding and appreciating the relationship between sound nutrition and how the body performs.  It involves practicing medical self-care for minor illnesses and knowing when professional medical attention is needed.

Intellectual~  Intellectual wellness encourages continued learning, problem solving and creativity.  This dimension involves improving verbal skills, showing interest in scientific discoveries, keeping abreast of social and political issues and reading books, magazines and newspapers.

Occupational~  Occupational wellness centers on a person's attitude about work and career.  This dimension involves preparing for and participating in work which provides personal satisfaction and life enrichment.  This dimension includes continued development of occupational skills, finding balance between work and leisure activities, participating in paid and volunteer activities and finding challenging work.

Emotional~  Emotional wellness involves feeling positive and enthusiastic about ourselves and life.  Development in this dimension includes recognition of feelings and the ability to manage feelings, being able to develop autonomy, maintain satisfying relationships and cope with stress.

Social~  Social wellness encourages taking an active part in improving the community by supporting a healthy living environment and initiating better communication wtih others.  This includes contribution of time and /or money to community projects, participating in recycling and other conservation efforts and developing family harmony.

Spiritual~  Spiritual wellness involves seeking meaning and purpose in human existence.  Development in this dimension includes developing a deep appreciation and acceptance for things that cannot be completely understood.  It involves the tolerance of values and beliefs of others and participating in activities. ​