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What is “Wellness”?

What do you think about when you hear the words “wellness” and “health”? Doctors? Medications? Healthy lifestyle choices? While these things are important, they do not paint the whole picture of wellness and healthy communities.

Wellness is the optimal state of health and well-being of both individuals and groups. It is the ability of people and communities to reach their fullest potential, both in terms of being healthy and feeling fulfilled in their lives.

Health and wellness doesn’t just happen in hospitals and doctors’ offices. It begins in the places where people live, work, learn, and play — and not all members of our communities have the same opportunities to be well. In fact, our communities can only truly become healthy when our environments support our wellness.

Why is Wellness Important?

Wellness is about all the things that support us — as individuals and groups — on an emotional, mental, physical, social, spiritual, occupational, and environmental level. It helps us thrive, with or without the presence of illness, and it helps us achieve our greatest potential at any time. Wellness is different for every person or group. It doesn’t always stay the same and it must always be nurtured.

To better understand what helps us to be healthy and well, we must first understand the factors that play a role in a person’s — and a community’s — wellness. These factors, known as the “Determinants of Health”, are mostly outside of healthcare and outside of an individual’s control. They include social support, income, early life experiences, and more.

These Determinants matter not only for our individual health and wellness, but for the health of everybody. Our opportunity to stay healthy and be well is impacted by them everyday. Statistics show that communities that encourage health and wellness — socially and economically — are home to healthier, happier people. In turn, these supportive social and economic conditions help reduce the likelihood of poor health, and ease the pressure on the healthcare system (the need for more doctors, hospitals, and medications).

So, you can see how the people, places, and conditions we live with and that surround us have a great impact on our ability to be “well”. We are all part of the effort to achieve a healthy New Brunswick where, together, we can live in a culture of wellness. Wellness Lives with Us.


Factors that Contribute to Health and Wellness

As you rethink wellness and how Wellness Lives with Us, consider how the following Determinants of Health influence a person’s — and a community’s — wellness:

Social support all throughout our lives

Strong personal connections with family, friends, and neighbours. Positive social interactions and support where we live, work, learn, and play.

Ability to fully participate in society

Having the opportunities and resources to contribute. Feeling that we are respected, included, have a voice, and that we are heard.

Natural and human-built environments

Healthy, safe indoor and outdoor spaces and buildings to live, work, learn, play, and connect.

Regular source of income and public benefit programs

Opportunities for everyone to not only meet the needs of everyday life — such as secure housing, healthy food, clothing, safe transportation, education, and more — but to thrive.

Free, accessible, and high-quality healthcare services for all

Preventing disease while promoting, maintaining, and restoring health for everyone in our communities and our province.

Opportunities for learning

Reaching the highest level of education desired, learning the skills needed for everyday life, trying new things, and participating in hobbies and interests that are enjoyable and fulfilling.

Good, safe, reliable jobs and working conditions

Respectful and supportive working environments that are physically and psychologically safe, where there are opportunities for skill-building and chances to move into better jobs.

Early life experiences

Positive events and circumstances before birth, in early childhood, and adolescence that shape our experiences later in life.

Experience in society based on gender, race, cultural identity, or social class

A just and inclusive society where all members of our communities have equitable access to what they need, and the opportunity to be healthy.

Please explore our website to learn more about what it means to be well.