Wellness IS Prevention
Written by Editor   
Monday, January 08, 2018 03:13 PM

What people mean by “wellness” is primary prevention. Overlooking, ignoring, or curtailing any of the components of individual or public health is not conducive to wellness or prevention.

For the individual this means maintaining the normal function of the body through:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biochemistry
  • Hygiene

Biomechanics is the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms.  Closely allied to biomechanics is biochemistry, the branch of science concerned with the chemical and physicochemical processes that occur within living organisms. Body chemistry will effect body function.  Hygiene is simply conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease.

The most effective way to improve the health of a population is to improve the social determinants of health that are addressed by public health — education, income, employment, environment, social supports, etc. 

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases. Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of populations.

Wellness takes in  the whole picture.  Overlooking, ignoring, or curtailing any of the components of individual or public health is not conducive to wellness or prevention.