with levels of employment, poverty
issues, early childhood development
There’s a direct link between poverty
and mental health. Also fundamental
to wellness are nutrition and activity in
In terms of our health-care system,
we need to talk more about health and
dr. Gerry Predy
Senior medical health officer
Alberta Health Services
Wellness includes intellectual,
emotional and physical health.
On the emotional side, if someone
can’t sleep because he is worried, it will
affect his wellness and his ability to
Intellectual wellness has nothing
to do with your IQ. It is the ability to
cognitively think things through to
organize and steer yourself though the
The environment plays a role in
wellness. Air pollution and noise
pollution, or a sense of unease
because you are living in an unsafe
neighbourhood, all have a negative
influence on wellness.
At AHS, our role in wellness includes
influencing various sectors to create
appropriate social and environmental
conditions so people can experience
a sense of wellness. For example, we
advocate for good road systems that
help reduce collisions, we support
people who want to quit smoking and
we’re working to offer healthier food
choices in our facilities for patients, staff
Children’s Hospital Foundation
Chair in Parent-Infant Mental
Health, Faculty of Nursing,
University of Calgary
Wellness revolves around children
having the best possible start in life.
Children become adults and their early
experience makes or breaks their health
and wellness as adults.
Wellness is a societal responsibility.
If children receive parental support as
they develop, as adults they will have
the best chance of living with good
mental and physical health and having
healthy relationships that positively
contribute to their sense of self, well-being and productivity as citizens.
Not surprisingly, they are also more
prepared to be supportive parents to
their own children.
To have healthy individuals in society,
we need to value and support the role of
parents in raising the next generation.
We need to understand and support
parents’ importance in the health of
children—society’s future workforce
and source of economic prosperity.
All we have is our children and if we
don’t support parents, we hurt our own
Manager, Health and Wellness
At WestJet, wellness is defined broadly
as achieving one’s optimal state of
personal well-being both at work and in
the home environment.
WestJet was built on the premise that
if we take care of our people, our people
will take care of our guests, who will
in turn take care of our business. Our
wellness program is part of offering our
employees a world-class employment
We believe that investing in the health
of our most valued assets, our people, is
simply the right thing to do.
To that end, we offer our employees
a variety of facilities and services,
including a gym, fitness studio, fitness
classes, and massage and physical
therapy. We also offer healthy meals
through an on-site Sunterra market.
We have a well-used employee
and family assistance program that
offers individual counselling and
monthly lunchtime learning sessions
on a variety of physical and emotional
wellness issues. Our robust disability
management and return-to-work
program is managed internally by a
team of health professionals.
My personal definition of wellness is
about achieving the right balance in my
physical, emotional, social, spiritual and
Giving people hope is the main driving
force behind wellness.
When people work as one community,
it gives them hope for the future and
allows them to press through the tough
times. They have a purpose as an
individual in a family and as part of a
community. That’s part of wellness.
Wellness is not just about feeding
children in Haiti. It’s about giving
them an education so they see they
have a future and giving their lives
meaning beyond mere survival. It
means providing gainful employment
for people and not just giving them food
or medicine. Then they have something
to live for.
To ask people to give of themselves
provides a sense that they are needed
and also supports wellness. I feel better
in my wellness when I can help.