Open Conference Systems, 2017 Utah Integrative Health & Resiliency Conference

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Integrative and Applied Resilience Model
Gregory Paul Anderson

Last modified: 2017-02-07


Health educators have used the six or seven dimensions of health or wellness since Bill Hettler introduced the Wellness Wheel model in the mid-seventies at the National Wellness Institute conference. While this model presents a multidimensional approach to health it fails to encapsulate the interdependent and fluidity of human health. Contemporary ideas of health typically focus solely on the physical dimension. Our Applied Resilience and Integrative Health Model proposes a more inclusive and integrative approach. The model is meant to help us be more aware of existing internal and external energy sources available to us. Energy in this context refers to principles of psychoneuroimmunology, string theory in quantum physics or Eastern healing arts, etc. These sources of energy help us to fulfill and surpass our own capacity for well-being in all dimension. Optimal human health consists of constant communication of body, mind, spirit and the ecosystem.




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