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Office of Wellness, Intervention, and Prevention


The mission of the Office of Wellness, Intervention, and Prevention is to create and maintain a holistic and comprehensive culture of wellness on campus, through inclusive health promotion initiatives.

Key Terms Defined

Health: State of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Health Education: Any combination of learning experiences designed to help individuals and communities improve their health, by increasing their knowledge or influencing their attitudes.

Health Promotion: The process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.

Public Health: The art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts of society.

Well-being: The state of being happy, healthy, or successful.

Wellness: The optimal state of health of individuals and groups. There are two focal concerns: the realization of the fullest potential of an individual physically, psychologically, socially, spiritually, and economically and the fulfillment of one’s role expectations in the family, community, place of worship, workplace, and other settings.

*Definitions provided by the World Health Organization (WHO),  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Merriam Webster.