2012-04-05 / Lifestyles

Just for the "Well" of it

To many people, wellness simply means “not being sick” or “exercising and eating healthy.” Most people don’t realize that wellness involves much more than that. Wellness is a mix of many different dimensions that all work together to create your total well being. This includes not only the physical dimension (exercising and eating right) but many other areas such as social, environmental, spiritual, occupational, intellectual, emotional, and financial, plus more. Each of these dimensions add quality depth, and meaning to our lives, and they work together in amazing ways to make our lives better.

In this column, as a Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist, I hope to enlighten the masses to the meaning of each dimension and how to put wellness practices to good use in everyday life. Each week, I will discuss a different aspect of wellness and give you lots of tips and ideas that will make your everyday life less stressful, more rewarding, and lots more enjoyable.

Chronic diseases are those which will be with you for a long period of time, such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, etc… As a Chronic Disease Self-Management Master Trainer, I will guide you through the ups and downs of your conditions with tools you can use to make your life exciting and fulfilling as you deal with the everyday obstacles that your condition presents.

I hope to be able to offer you everything you need to make informed decisions regarding your overall wellness and motivate you to be the best you can be. You can consider this column to be your own personal mini wellness program with results being realized from your personal involvement and participation. Remember according to Carl Sandburg… “The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.”

So do something today, just for the “Well” of it!

You can reach Cathy Kaltz, Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist, at (906) 286-0985 for information on individual or worksite wellness programs, wellness seminars and presentations for your group, or information on chronic disease self-management programs that are available in our area.

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