About NWI

The National Wellness Institute (NWI) is the leader in providing professional development and engagement opportunities that support individuals from a variety of disciplines in promoting whole–person wellness.

At the core of NWI’s offerings is its Six Dimensions of Wellness model, developed by NWI co-founder Dr. Bill Hettler in 1976.

Our Mission

NWI enriches the lives and careers of wellness professionals by:

  • Serving as the global professional network for connecting to all disciplines of wellness
  • Providing education and training that promotes life-long learning
  • Identifying and representing inclusive whole-person professional standards and competencies

Our Vision

The Vision of the National Wellness Institute (NWI) is to be the worldwide voice of the wellness community.

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Our Story 

NWI William B. Baun Lifetime Achievement Award winner Fred Leafgren, PhD, shares how he and his colleagues launched the first National Wellness Conference in 1977, from which the National Wellness Institute (NWI) was born. NWI continues to realize the mission of providing unparalleled resources and services to wellness and wellness promotion professionals to fuel professional and personal growth. Today the annual National Wellness Conference is the most highly acclaimed professional conference in health and wellness.