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

The mission of the National Wellness Institute is to enrich professionals' lives and careers with competencies and connections to promote inclusive, whole-person wellness.

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Providing quality continuing education and resources
  • Promoting opportunities for life-long learning
  • Providing new and innovative professional development programs
  • Developing effective educational lifestyle assessments
  • Serving professionals and organizations that promote health and wellness


Our Vision

The vision of the National Wellness Institute, Inc. is to promote:
  • the understanding of the dynamic factors that contribute to health and well-being as they emerge through research and practice.
  • the sharing and development of strategies to positively influence those factors that support a worldwide population with healthy, balanced lifestyles.

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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.