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.
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
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
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
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
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
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