Manager, Patient & Family Centred Care,
South Health Campus
Alberta Health Services
When it opens later this year, the South
Health Campus will be far more than
Alberta’s newest hospital. It is a work
in progress to engage the community
and to provide a place where people can
connect and be well—not just a place to
We believe a person struggling with
an illness or health condition is still
capable of achieving a strong sense of
Calgary’s South Health Campus
was designed to embody wellness as a
mindset among patients, families, staff,
physicians, students and the broader
We will strive to create opportunities
at the campus for wellness and healing
through physical activity, healthy
eating, stress control and providing
access to health information and
As examples, our wellness kitchen
will teach nutrition and cooking to
help improve wellness and foster
social connections. The courtyards and
pathways will create an environment
that inspires better staff, patient and
Professor, Faculty of Physical
Education and Recreation
University of Alberta
Laughter helps keep us well. When you
laugh with other people or smile, there’s
a social connection we share without
language. We also take in more oxygen,
release and reduce stress, and improve
our immune function. When we laugh,
we create a child-like atmosphere and
we have joyful thoughts.
We need to be well spiritually.
That means kindness, compassion,
gratitude, forgiveness, cultivating
joy and connecting with something
bigger than the self. That could be a
charitable cause or anything that offers
a broader horizon beyond yourself.
Connecting with things that connect us
all is associated with a greater sense of
Edmonton Sled Hockey Club
I am a double amputee and I’ve been
like this for the past 18 years.
Wellness means being comfortable
with who I am, accepting my limitations
and being able to get out and do things,
like playing and watching sports.
Physical wellness and emotional
wellness go hand in hand. If I don’t
feel well, I don’t want to go out and
do activities. Once I’m out, I feel better
being with people doing exercise. I
laugh and smile.
Wellness includes having family and
friends you can count on and having
Wellness is finding your joy.
dr. michael trew
Senior medical director
Addiction and Mental Health
Alberta Heath Services
In a poetic sense, wellness is about
standing in front of the palette of life
and having many colours that are
distributed in pleasing ways.
It’s hard to imagine wellness without
a modicum of optimism. Being well
is about working with what you have,
opposed to yearning for what you don’t
Wellness is about being physically
active to your ability and being socially
active. On the emotional line, you have
to be able to be positively invested in
things interesting and enjoyable to you.
Spiritual wellness encompasses some
sense of meaning beyond what we see
in the immediate present.
In that spectrum of the emotional and
spiritual is a sense of hope for ourselves
and the world around us.
Alberta Health and Wellness
On a societal level, we can only move
ahead and be productive economically
if we have a population with a high
degree of wellness.
That means society offers more
than just opportunities for career
advancement. It takes leisure time
seriously and invests in cultural and
leisure centres, and it makes the best
use of them to reach out to citizens.
To be well, society needs income
support to help people today as an
investment for healthy populations
down the road.
Our publicly funded health-care
system needs to focus on wellness over
the long term to improve the health of
existing generations and to contribute
to future generations. We also need to
promote wellness and to build a society
that has a common understanding of
what it means to be well.
Independent director, Brookfield
Asset Management Inc.
Wellness is about making an investment
in our own health by dedicating
ourselves to keeping a positive attitude
and remaining physically and mentally
active on a regular basis. We can’t take
anything for granted.
I also feel part of wellness is
contributing to my community.
There’s a social dimension to
wellness, too. Wellness has a lot to do