Physical Wellness (8 Dimensions of Wellness Series)

Graceful strength by KMoFoto on Flickr. Used unmodified under CC-BY 2.0 license
Photo Credit: KMoFoto on Flickr.
Used unmodified under the CC-BY 2.0 license.

Physical wellness is broader than physical health because it includes general medical health plus the ability to do activities of daily life activities, and safety. It can be increased and maintained through exercise and physical activity, nutrition, regular medical care and screenings, and sufficient (and quality) sleep.

Prevention is Key for Optimal Wellness

The emphasis is often on prevention when talking about physical wellness. There are many resources to help you prevent physical illnesses and to maintain optimal health and wellness.

The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) put together a list of 27 free resources in 6 categories to help you manage your health through prevention. It includes resources on diet and exercise, as well as tobacco, alcohol, violence, traveler’s health, and contaminants affecting health.

The HHS also has another health site called, with health topics, news, a free app called myFamily, and a services finder that locates healthcare providers, facilities, and organizations near you.

This post is part of the 8 Dimensions of Wellness series focusing on each aspect of wellness and providing related resources. To get more free resources and information about wellness, click here to get each post by email.


Author: Shelly Najjar

MPH in Public Health Nutrition, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist // Freelance Writer, Community Builder // I have a very long Goal List (Bucket List) and I enjoy doing nail art.

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