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Definitions of the dimensions of health

Define and explain each of the six dimensions of health:

a. Physical Health

b. Psychological Health

c. Spiritual Health

d. Social Health

e. Intellectual Health

f. Environmental Health

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Six Dimensions of Health

Physical Health

Solid knowledge of the body, its functions, and maintenance, develop and maintain cardiovascular health, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, health self-care, nutritional awareness and a comprehension of the dangers of addictive substances.

The physical dimension recognizes the need for regular physical activity. Physical development encourages learning about diet and nutrition while discouraging the use of tobacco, drugs and too much alcohol. Optimal wellness is met through the combination of good exercise and eating habits. As you travel the wellness path, you'll strive to spend time building physical strength, flexibility and endurance while also taking safety precautions so you may travel your path successfully. This includes medical self-care and appropriate use of a medical system. The physical dimension of wellness entails personal responsibility and care for minor illnesses and also knowing when professional medical attention is needed. By traveling the wellness path, you'll be able to monitor your own vital signs and understand your body's warning signs. You'll understand and appreciate the relationship between sound nutrition and how your body performs. The physical benefits of looking good and feeling terrific most often lead to the psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination and a sense of direction. Physical wellness follows these tenents:

? It's better to consume foods and beverages that enhance good health rather than impair it.

? It's better to be physically fit than out of shape.

Levels of physical fitness are determined by interacting genetic, environmental and individual factors. It is also affected by many interacting variables such as age, sex, diet, disease, stress, sleep, physical activity, medical and dental services, and by one's life cycle and lifestyle.
A physically fit person can carry out usual daily activities without undue fatigue and have enough energy to enjoy leisure time and to meet common emergencies.
The human organism has developed in such a way that frequent use strengthens and disuse weakens the human body and its organ systems. Furthermore, there is mounting experimental and clinical evidence that regular, suitable exercise is one of the cardinal factors in the prevention and control of heart disease, some cancers, and osteoporosis.
Physical wellness is being recognized by medical clinicians and scientists, as well as lay people, as an essential dimension of health development and maintenance throughout life.
Here are some questions to ponder:
? Can a person be physically fit and unhealthy? Explain....
? If regular physical activity is so important, why is it a low priority in schools?
? To what other dimensions of health is physical wellness linked?
? What conditions enable persons to achieve physical wellness?
? How are physical well-being and health related?

Spiritual Health

Finding purpose and meaning in human existence, conscious awareness of the depth and expanse of life. A humble appreciation of nature.

The sense that life is meaningful and has a purpose; the ethics, values and morals that guide us and give meaning and direction to life.

The spiritual dimension recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and the natural forces ...