May Cover Story: Integration of the Wellness Model

18 May 2018

May Cover Story: Integration of the Wellness Model

By Mariah Weber, SDSU Wellness

“Enriching the quality of life is our passion”. The SDSU Wellness Center believes that wellness is much more than physical health, exercise, and nutrition. Wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of choices and making decisions toward a more balanced and fulfilling life. The wellness model used by the SDSU Wellness Center includes seven dimensions: social, physical, spiritual, financial, emotional, environmental and intellectual. Employees at the Wellness Center understand the interconnectedness of each dimension and teach others how to apply the seven dimensions in order to maximize potential.  Here are some ways we practice worksite wellness and encourage you to fully integrate the wellness model into your life to enhance your state of well-being:


A healthy body maintained by good nutrition, regular exercise, the avoidance of harmful habits, informed and responsible decisions about health, and medical assistance when necessary.

  • Engage in physical activity by making it fun! Find a buddy and make up your own workout.
  • Be in tune with your body and learn to recognize warning signs when your body doesn’t feel right.
  • Make sleep a priority and maintain a regular sleep schedule.


The ability to relate well to others, both within and outside the family unit. 

  • Reflect on yourself and your social needs. What aspects of your social life do you enjoy? What parts would you like to improve?
  • Make an effort to keep in touch with supportive friends and family.
  • Practice self-disclosure.


The sense that life is meaningful and has a purpose; the ethics, values, and morals that guide us and give meaning and direction to life. 

  • Explore your inner self. Take time to think about who you are.
  • Spend time meditating or practicing mindful relaxation.
  • Practice acceptance.


Intricate balance of the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of money. This unique combination is an ideal to strive towards in our dealings with money.

  • Don’t put it off - identify and address any financial problems before they start.
  • Keep organized records of your finances and maintain a budget.


The ability to understand your own feelings, accept your limitations, achieve emotional stability, and become comfortable with your emotions. 

  • Remind yourself to stay positive and smile.
  • Seek or accept help and support from others when needed.
  • Employ gratitude to your life in order to strengthen relationships with family and friends.


The capability to live in a clean and safe environment that is not detrimental to health.

  • Volunteer with environmental organizations.
  • Spend time outdoors and boost your vitamin D at the same time!


A state in which your mind is engaged in lively interaction with the world around you.

  • Be open-minded.
  • When you participate in active listening you are able to fully comprehend the information that is being given to you.
  • Express your creative side by exploring different avenues of creativity and artistic expressions.

Wellness places responsibility on the individual; it becomes a matter of self-evaluation and self-assessment. Wellness involves continually learning and making changes to enhance your state of wellness. The SDSU Wellness Center caters to all ages and offers programs for all generations by certified professionals.  Corporate worksite wellness consultation and programs are available.

For more questions please contact Mariah Weber, Wellness Coordinator, Registered Dietitian and Certified Wellness Coach at 605.688.4585 or Shari Landmark, Wellness Center – Recreation and Fitness Director at 605.688.5386.