well·​ness | \ˈwel-nəs \

Definition of wellness 

: the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal lifestyles that promote wellness

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Examples of wellness in a Sentence

Daily exercise is proven to promote wellness. discounted gym memberships are part of the company's employee wellness program

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The family has started the Hilinski's Hope Foundation to raise awareness about mental health wellness for student-athletes. CBS News, "Tyler Hilinski, Washington State football player, had brain damage at time of suicide," 26 June 2018 Player health and wellness, remember, have been top priorities during Silver’s four years in charge. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Finally Free From LeBron’s Reign, the N.B.A. East Has No Reason to Change," 5 July 2018 That may be part of the reason Lake Nona has gotten endorsements from some big names in the health and wellness realm. CBS News, "Inside a huge community where yoga is free and events promote neighborhood bonding," 16 June 2018 As the Journal article noted, the bowl trend gained strength in parallel with the craze for wellness. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Comfort of Bowl Food," 13 July 2018 Hospital offers an evening of wellness Methodist Hospital will host Healthy Night Out with the Girls Thursday on the Southlake campus, Pavilion A, Breast Care Center, 101 E. 87th Ave., Merrillville. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 3 July 2018 All in all, the new shop is the perfect way to fill your home with more things — because wellness is the new luxury. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Anthropologie Is Getting Into Wellness," 19 June 2018 As the concepts of wellness and skin care increasingly overlap, drinkable beauty supplements have become an undeniable trend. Marci Robin, Allure, "Woman Claims Drinking Her Dog's Urine Cleared Her Acne in Nauseating Viral Video," 11 June 2018 Quarterly health challenges and free massages contribute to a culture of wellness. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2018-Large Companies," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of wellness

1653, in the meaning defined above

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10 Nov 2018

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The first known use of wellness was in 1653

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English Language Learners Definition of wellness

: the quality or state of being healthy



Medical Definition of wellness 

: the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal lifestyles that promote wellness

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