Seven Dimensions of Change – Why It Matters?
The mandala is a circular-shaped object symbolizing unity, or wholeness. Awareness as to the possibilities of change occur by understanding dimensions of wellness. People and organizations have more than one dimension. Therefore, through basic assessments a holistic strategy is formulated integrating all aspects of wellness to create growth.
7 DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
The physical dimension focuses on health aspects related to fitness, nutrition, self-care and control of substance abuse.
Fitness. Nutrition. Medical self-care. Substance abuse.
The occupational dimension involves personal satisfaction and enrichment through one’s work.
Career. Personal Satisfaction. Professional Growth.
The intellectual dimension provides the educational resources and acknowledgements of individual achievements.
Education. Achievement. Transformation.
The spiritual dimension involves seeking meaning and purpose in human existence.
Love. Hope. Encouragement. Charity.
The emotional dimension suggests balancing the stresses of daily living, as well as care during an emotional crisis.
Balance. Control. Expression. Cope.
The social dimension gives individuals a focus on family, involvement in the community and support from friends.
Communities. Families. Friends. Volunteers.
The environmental dimension helps each one of us understand our responsibility to the quality of air, land and water that surrounds us.
Air. Water. Land. Planet.
Take AIM on Health & Wellness
D Group takes individuals, employers and communities through a three-step process to: assess the level of need, implement the best designed strategy with tools and resources, and measure the results-scorecards. To take AIM on health and well-being use these three goals:
- Encourage participation through innovative programs supporting needs and interests;
- Implement on-site and online strategies to create a culture of health and well-being;
- Prepare for setbacks, measure milestones and progress towards goal attainment.
Benchmarks for Wellness Programs and Wellness Amenity Buildings
Components of a Wellness Program should MAPthePATH:
Employers are combing evidence-based health guidelines with the design of newly constructed wellness buildings. These include new technologies for air, water, light, healthy nourishment, mind/fitness activities and comfort of each property. The new type of wellness amenity creates impact in occupant activities, safety, healthy living and walkable community, reductions in morbidity and health-related absenteeism.
Whatever the size population – health and wellness programs are possible!
For companies with no budget, no professional staff and no on-site resources – assess the needs of your employees and participate in complementary community programs: walks, runs, blood drives, smoking cessation, and other health screenings, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
For companies with some budget, some resources think S.M.A.R.T. – specific, measureable, action-oriented, realistic and time-sensitive. Employees or communities with an enthusiasm for health and wellness on top of their full-time positions host health fairs, family days, use subject matter experts from the local health organizations, provide health challenges of interest, or have insurance companies provide screenings.
For companies with budget should develop a comprehensive program with brand marketing dedicated professional staff and on-site resources to include on-site occupational clinics, wellness services, employee assistance programs, industrial hygiene, ergonomics and safety initiatives.
Bottom Line: For any size company maximize the use of complimentary community resources with programs and services paid for through insurance providers.
With clearly defined goals various scorecards can be created to determine appropriate intervals of measurement for health and wellness programs. Seven recommended areas: