Redefining Terms for a New Way – Courtney Townley

Posted on July 9, 2009 by

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“Wellness” is a word that has become inescapable in the past few years in the American media culture.  Our gyms now promote “fitness and wellness programs”.  Supplements are often labeled as “wellness formulas” and medical professionals now refer to their own industry as “the health and wellness industry”.    So, what does the word “wellness” mean and does it differ from the word “health”?
There is no denying that we are living in fast and uncertain times.   Technology is providing us with gobs of information at an ever-accelerating rate, disease is rampant, schedules are jam packed, and our children are being diagnosed with conditions like obesity and depression in record numbers.  BUT…it seems that at the most challenging times, the human spirit often finds a way to rally and persevere in the name of hope.  We know we can do better than we have been and so enters the widespread use of the word wellness, “the condition of good physical AND mental health especially when maintained by proper diet and exercise”, as defined by American Heritage Dictionary.   “Health”, interestingly, is defined as “the overall condition of an organism at any given time”.
In a steady bout of trial and errors, professionals in the medical and fitness industries have come to the realization that health is not the result of just one facet of our lives.   What we eat, how we exercise, who we associate with, what we believe, how much time we dedicate to our family and friends, how many hours we sleep at night, how many times we laugh in a day, and how much gratitude we have are all contributing factors to our overall health.   Health is now perceived as the result of living a BALANCED life.    For years, however, we associated the word health with doctors, medical institutions, pharmaceutical drugs, and invasive procedures.  We have ultimately, in the past, associated the word with putting the responsibility for our “overall condition” in someone else’s hands.   Wellness, it seems, has emerged in our effort to reclaim our responsibility for our health.  Not just in how we regain it, but in how we maintain it and even how we define it!

Courtney Townley

Courtney Townley

Genesis Transformation is a lifestyle transformation program that promotes balance.  In the age of quick fix diets, Genesis takes consumers down the “road less traveled” and teaches the ready student how to reclaim their health by taking responsibility for finding balance in their life!   Fat loss is the result of health which is the result of a balanced life.  Yes, eating clean healthy foods is important, and exercise equally so, but if eating right and exercising are the only positive focal points in a stress ridden, sleep deprived life… wellness or health (whichever term works best for you) cannot be achieved which means fat loss will not be a bi-product of your efforts!
Health and wellness are one in the same by definitions.  For some, the word wellness offers a little more optimism…a different way from the past.   Regardless of the word you use or associate with, BALANCE is the key to living the fullest life and Genesis Transformation can help show you the way.

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