The 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 of Phi Psi’s member development programs include a wellness component to allow brothers to see the importance of the topic and where it fits on the wheel.
Phi Psi’s ELEVATE initiative 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.