24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
(800)421-8825
Fax: (361)578-5500

Wellness and Personal Development
Basic Information

Wellness and Personal Development

Welcome to our Wellness topic area, which is all about how people can enhance the quality of their lives and avoid serious illness by making simple but sometimes surprisingly difficult changes to their lifestyles. Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention (the taking of steps to avoid getting ill at a future date), stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth.

At least as applied to healthcare, wellness is a newer idea. The western world's healthcare establishment has historically always focused on illness, and curing illness. Prior to the last decade, very little attention was ever paid to helping people who are not ill, disordered or diseased in some way learn how to further enhance the quality of their lives, or prevent the onset of future illness. Medical doctors, psychologists and other health professionals are primarily taught categories of disease and how to fix those diseases. The healthcare insurance sy...

 
Fast Facts: Learn! Fast!

How can my family and I maintain and improve our physical and mental health?

  • Wellness is all about how people can enhance the quality of their lives and avoid serious illness by making simple but sometimes surprisingly difficult changes to their lifestyles.
  • Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention (the taking of steps to avoid getting ill at a future date), stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth.
  • A balanced diet and regular physical activity are the building blocks of good health. Poor eating habits and too little physical activity can lead to overweight and related health problems.
  • Being healthy and active can help you stay fit and feel fabulous over the years.
  • Walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active. You can do it almost anywhere and at any time. Walking is also inexpensive.
  • To my mind, Yoga works best for people who are anxious or depressed or frantic or impulsive or obsessional and who are looking for stress relief, self-soothing and a calm way to get in some gentle exercise.
  • Eating well and being physically active are key to your child's well-being. Eating too much and exercising too little can lead to overweight and related health problems that can follow children into their adult years.
  • Because children grow at different rates at different times, it is not always easy to tell if a child is overweight. If you think that your child is overweight, talk to your health care provider.

For more information


 
Latest News
How to Get on Track When Weekend Eating Is Your Downfall
Every Minute of Exercise Counts When It Comes to Longevity
How Helpful Are Self-Help Programs?
City Parks Are a Mood Booster
The 4 Keys to Emotional Well-Being
Do You Know Your Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level?
Are You an 'Extreme Early Bird'?
Unplugging From Social Media on Vacation? It's Tough at First
How to Kickstart Your Creativity
What TV Binge-Watching Does to Your Brain
Giving Up Meat Could Help Your Health -- And the Planet's
Heart-Healthy Habits Good For Your Brain
Fast-Food Joints on Your Way to Work? Your Waistline May Widen
Plants on Your Plate Will Protect Your Heart
3 Ways to Improve Your Eating Habits
4 Tips for a Healthier Home
4 Personal Items You Probably Should Replace Today
Trees an Oasis of Mental Well-Being
Some Meds and Driving a Dangerous Duo
Americans Are Spending Even More Time Sitting, Study Shows
Can Your Smartphone Make You Fat?
Dirty Air Kills 30,000 Americans Each Year
Warm Bath Can Send You Off to a Sound Slumber, Study Finds
AHA News: Exercise Caution Outdoors in the Summer Heat
Sunglasses a Shield for the Eyes
Too Much Smartphone Time May Invite Host of Health Woes
The Happiness Dividend: Longer, Healthier Lives
Summer Can Be Hard on Your Hearing
Just 300 Fewer Calories a Day Brings a Health Benefit
Can a Budget Make You Happier?
Sleep : The Right Prescription for Your Health
Is Your Mattress Releasing Toxins While You Sleep?
Ageism Disappears When Young and Old Spend Time Together
How Protect Against Short- and Long-Term Sun Damage
Health Tip: Wear Sunglasses With UV Protection
How Are You Feeling? Check Your Wristband
Selfie Craze Has Young Americans Viewing Plastic Surgery More Favorably: Study
What Are the Most Dangerous Food Groups?
How to Move Past Life's Inevitable Speed Bumps
TV Watching May Be Most Unhealthy Type of Sitting: Study
Just How Harmful Is TV for Your Health?
How Does Your Diet Stack Up?
The Health Benefits of Sleeping on Your Side
How Much Work Brings Happiness? Not Much, Study Shows
2 Hours/Week in Nature: Your Prescription for Better Health?
Eating More Red Meat May Shorten Your Life
Scared Safe: Pics of Sun's Damage to Face Boost Sunscreen Use
Foods May Taste Better If You're Sitting
Should Air Quality Checks Be Part of Your Travel Planning?
Guard Your Skin Against the Summer Sun
 
Links
 
Resources
Basic InformationLatest NewsLinks
Related Topics

Anger Management
Stress Reduction and Management