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 Here's what to expect The plan prioritizes five objectives: connectivity, safety, wellness and quality of life, community benefit and collaboration and education. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "This map reveals a lack of pedestrian-safe infrastructure in Central Indiana," 14 Jan. 2020 For years, experts have said that Goop, the wellness and lifestyle brand founded by the actor and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, markets pseudoscience and overblown cures. Michael Schulson/undark, Popular Science, "Scientific backlash only makes Goop stronger," 14 Jan. 2020 Knowing the school could never hire its way out of the resource shortage, she and Bob Clark, a seasoned software developer and veteran health-care executive, created a wellness and mental health app for students. Washington Post, "Colleges want freshmen to use mental health apps. But are they risking students’ privacy?," 27 Dec. 2019 For Black women especially, wellness is a sector in business that has grown significantly as more and more women are putting themselves and their mental health first. Gene Hunter, Essence, "Entrepreneurs Behind Popular Brands That Are Changing The Way Black Women Think About Wellness Share Their Insights," 17 Dec. 2019 Other topics discussed during the day were personal finance, preparing for the unexpected, embracing risk, learning from failure, mental wellness and more. NBC News, "Mika takes the Know Your Value message to Philadelphia," 20 Nov. 2019 Her nonprofit, the Pure Heart Foundation, helps metro Detroit children of incarcerated parents with aspects such as mental wellness and family reunification. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "State task force on jails hears concerns as it develops recommendations for reform," 19 Oct. 2019 Everyone should check out Nana Konamah, who is based in Ghana and is really into wellness and health. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Jessica Nabongo on What Visiting 195 Countries Has Taught Her," 16 Oct. 2019 It’s more about health and wellness and lifestyle versus being just a refreshing summer drink. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Now that the “Summer of White Claw” is over, will Colorado drinkers leave hard seltzer behind?," 15 Oct. 2019

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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 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wellness.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wellness?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=wellne01. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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to assert without proof or before proving

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