What makes someone healthy and well? Providing answers to this question is at the core of our ELEVATE strategy. 

ELEVATE focuses on helping members achieve optimal wellness. We seek to help members understand how to prevent problems or address issues early. We also provide information on how to develop and maintain healthy behaviors and habits. The wheel focuses on not just understanding behaviors to eliminate, but also promotes better, healthier choices. Learn more about the programs within the ELEVATE initiative here 

The Phi Kappa Psi Wellness Wheel has six dimensions of wellness  Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Professional, Spiritual and Social. Within each dimension, there are outcomes we believe each member should achieve for optimal wellness. In addition to working on health within each dimension, the wheel is a representation of the importance of understanding the interconnected nature of our health. We cannot be our best self in one area when we are not managing health well in another area. Maintaining and monitoring health is an active process. We seek to provide education, information and resources that allow brothers to do this. All member development programs from the Fraternity include a wellness component to allow brothers to see the importance of the topic. We cannot serve, lead, and reach our personal/professional goals if we are not also taking the time to care for self. 

ELEVATE and the focus on the Wellness Wheel is anchored in the undergraduate experience. However, we also believe that identifying and building these habits as an undergraduate can lay a foundation for better health across the lifespan. 

The model used is adapted from one first conceptualized by Dr. Bill Hetler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute and is widely used by numerous health organizations and educational institutions.  

Emotional Health

Can appropriately manage and express a range of emotions

Knows how to share feelings with others in healthy, productive ways

Comfortable seeking help when needed

Physical Health

Maintains lifestyle with healthy habits and routine

Maintains awareness of personal health risks and concerns

Sees a primary care physician for regular check-ups and seeks treatment in timely manner when feeling ill

Spiritual Health

Holds awareness of personal beliefs and values which guide his life

Respects the beliefs and values of others

Connects to the values of the Fraternity and seeks to embody them

Social Health

Has a network within and outside the Fraternity to provide connection and support

Understands how to cultivate and maintain relationships with others

Preserves his relationships without manipulation, distrust, or control

Intellectual Health

Values higher education and shows interest in chosen coursework

Seeks opportunities to deepen understanding of topics beyond classroom

Dedicated to learning new concepts, improving skills, and challenging himself throughout his lifetime

Professional Health

Finds enrichment from chosen coursework and subsequent career path

Continually develops skillset to be professionally competent and competitive

Seeks fulfillment and self-actualization through their profession

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