Healthy lifestyle choices, including better nutrition and increased physical activity, can pay many dividends not just now but in the future as well. Wellness is a “whole person” lifetime approach.
- Lowers stress
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps control weight
- Combats depression and anxiety
- Increases enjoyment of daily life
- Increases opportunities for pleasant interaction with others
Long term benefits:
- Increases enjoyment of life throughout the lifespan
- Decreases amount of disabilities or discomforts associated with aging
- Delays the onset of those disabilities or discomforts
- Delays loss of independence
Research also indicates that attention to wellness can help reduce the risk of injury as well as the associated costs to employees and the university. Information regarding the association between wellness and injuries was presented to the WWU Central Health and Safety Committee in May, 2009.