The best way to maintain health is to preserve it through a healthful lifestyle, rather than waiting until we are sick to put things right.
This state of enhanced well-being is referred to as wellness.
The McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois IL defines wellness as:
"A state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximizing an individual's potential. This is a life-long process of moving towards enhancing your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental well-being."
Wellness promotes an active awareness of and participation in health, as an individual and in the community.
Maintaining wellness and optimal health is a lifelong, daily commitment.
Steps that can help us maximize our health include: