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Wellbeing: A Holistic Approach to Health

Posted By Alliance of Community Health Plans, Friday, October 27, 2017
Updated: Friday, October 27, 2017

What if there was a way to think more positively, be more productive at work and build stronger relationships? Enhancing your wellbeing could be the key.

Wellbeing is a measure of how you feel you’re doing mentally, physically and spiritually.

It’s made up of the six elements below — which are also depicted in this fun video:


  1. Career: Enjoying how you occupy your time; liking what you do every day
  2. Financial: Managing and planning your personal finances effectively to avoid stress
  3. Physical and mental: Being in good health and having enough energy to get things done each day
  4. Social and interpersonal: Having strong, positive relationships in your life
  5. Community: Having a sense of engagement with the areas where you live and work
  6. Emotional: Being resilient; able to handle everyday stresses

 

Research shows that wellbeing boosts creativity, collaboration and contributes to a culture that helps people thrive. It also boosts productivity and is directly tied to a highly-engaged and high-performing workforce. Business and health care leaders are moving toward this holistic approach to address mental health, emotional connection and opportunities to thrive. Communities, businesses and policymakers are also seeing the benefits and getting on board the movement.

Strengthening your wellbeing takes work — fortunately, there are organizations that are here to help.

Two nonprofit, regional health plans are helping people fight stress, improve relationships, manage mental health and access the tools to stay healthy.  

In Minnesota, HealthPartners is working to change the way people think. Emotional resilience helps you combat stress and bounce back after a difficult event, but it takes practice. An eight-week, online program, Beating the Blues helps participants build skills that lead to healthier thinking — offering tips on how to identify negative thoughts and replace them with positive feelings and behaviors. The program is FREE for HealthPartners members and patients. Of the more than 5,000 people who have taken the course, more than 90 percent found the program to be helpful in their work and personal lives.

Through their WELLfluent campaign, Florida-based AvMed is helping people focus on the things that matter most — health, happiness, and a balance of mind, body and soul. AvMed fosters access to diverse and personalized programs to help all community members achieve a balanced life. This includes supporting activities like bike shares, road races and programs to get kids moving; social connections, entertainment and learning opportunities for seniors; rewards for healthy behavior; access to care management programs for health support; and through a mobile pantry, healthy food options in areas that need them most.

While we often put physical health first, diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to strengthen our total wellbeing. All the elements of wellbeing work together to help you realize your full potential. By going beyond just the physical, strengthening your wellbeing could help you lead a healthier and happier life.

To learn more, click here.


The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care.

Tags:  emotional resilience  wellbeing 

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