Wellness is a state of being in good health, both physically and mentally, and of being free of (and not at risk for) illness. To maintain wellness, individuals need to follow a regimen of periodic risk assessment and adopt behavior changes that lead to a lower risk of acquiring certain diseases. Wellness is the goal behind efforts at health promotion and disease prevention and includes physical fitness, optimal nutrition , and spiritual, social, and emotional health.

Wellness exists on a continuum ranging from disease and disability to optimal health (the illness/wellness continuum). The promotion of wellness is intended to encourage people to change their high-risk behaviors in order to enjoy a disease-free and fulfilling life. Prescribed changes in behavior can result in the development of an individual's full potential.

SEE ALSO Health .

Simin B. Vaghefi

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