well·​ness | \ ˈwel-nəs How to pronounce wellness (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Instead of a corporation, the Kings’ partner is the California HOPE Crisis Counseling Program, a mental health and wellness initiative funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and run by the California Department of Health Care Services. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Biden’s ‘rescue’ plan," 15 Jan. 2021 New technologies can improve the health and wellness of these and other underrepresented groups. Gary Shapiro, STAT, "Using technology to help heal health care disparities," 13 Jan. 2021 The Lakewood Foundation received $1,300 to support first responders in Greater Cleveland, encouraging mental health and wellness by fostering healthy lifestyles. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Mastick Road hill open to traffic once again: A Place in the Sun," 12 Jan. 2021 Activewear has been one bright spot in the fashion gloom as interest in health and wellness continues to rise and homebound workers trade their business casual for plain casual. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The shelter-at-home era poses a fundamental challenge to fashion," 29 Dec. 2020 Provides individuals access to general health and wellness information and answers via live chat with health advisers who provide immediate responses. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Calendar: Virtual community, entertainment events beginning Dec. 30," 28 Dec. 2020 And a handful have amped up the health and wellness factor, bringing in Eastern medicine gurus and running general health assessments as part of their fitness and spa programs. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "In High-End Real Estate, Are Doctors the New Doormen?," 27 Dec. 2020 Kara Lee, a certified health and wellness coach with Kaiser Permanente, echoed Meister’s view. Washington Post, "Health and wellness coaches are fairly new. Here’s what you need to know about them.," 22 Dec. 2020 Devon Dalio also served on the board of the Dalio Philanthropies and his philanthropic interests included health and wellness, veteran support, disaster relief and animal welfare. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "Ray Dalio family in mourning after car crash kills son in Greenwich," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of wellness

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wellness was in 1653

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20 Jan 2021

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“Wellness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wellness. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wellness

chiefly US : 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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