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Your Tahoe Health: Steps to achieve the Seven Dimensions of Wellness

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Group fitness or yoga classes can be a great component of a holistic intentional wellness program.
Courtesy Incline Village Recreation Center. |

In 1976, Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute in the U.S., developed a model that included six dimensions of wellness — physical, intellectual, social, transcendent, expressive and professional.

Recently, researchers have added a seventh dimension — environmental health — to the list.

Fitness, health and wellness experts agree: by incorporating daily intentional choices affecting the Seven Dimensions of Wellness we can vastly improve all facets of our lives; those who take a holistic approach to their wellbeing live more prosperously and productively. Since the Seven Dimensions are interrelated, pursuing growth in one dimension inherently enhances the likelihood of growth in another.

Comprehensive fitness, health and wellness is more than counting calories, logging hours on a treadmill, or monitoring steps on your Fitbit.

As Dr. Jennifer Hunter, a senior research fellow at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine in Sydney, Australia suggests, holistic wellness is about “the whole person, not the parts.”

Intentional Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices that lead to a fulfilling life. It is not merely the absence of disease, but a state of physical, mental and social wellbeing achieved through deliberate choices.

The IVGID Parks & Recreation team applies this holistic philosophy while striving to deliver state of the art wellness opportunities for you and your family. Our staff offers a plethora of opportunities that include an Annual Community Fitness Challenge, social group and aqua fitness classes, personalized trainings and workouts, nutrition counseling and programs, competitive sports leagues and clubs, as well as arts mediums such as dance, music and art, inspirational Yoga and Tai Chi workshops, and more.

We invite you to visit the Recreation Center (980 Incline Way) to learn more.

This article was provided by the Incline Village General Improvement District.