The Office of Housing and Residential Life defines Wellness as an active, life-long process of becoming aware of choices and making decisions toward a more balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.
Wellness combines seven dimensions of well-being into a quality way of living: (1) Physical—diet, sleep, strength, and endurance; (2) Intellectual—acquisition of knowledge, creativity, and awareness; (3) Emotional—stress management and self-awareness; (4) Social—interpersonal relationships, and community welfare; (5) Spiritual—value and belief system, hope, and optimism; (6) Environmental—resource awareness, environmental programming, enjoying nature, and enhancement of safety; and (7) Occupational—balance of work and leisure. Furthermore, the Office of Housing and Residential Life believes Wellness is the ability to live life to the fullest and to maximize personal potential in a variety of ways and is committed to supporting residents who choose healthy, substance-free lifestyles, encompassing healthy mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions.
The Wellness floor will address issues such as nutrition and dieting, exercise, depression prevention, stress management, alcohol consumption, body image, emotional well-being, psychological welfare, and overall healthy living choices. Although there is already a strongly enforced expectation that first-year halls at Kenyon College are "alcohol and drug free," the Wellness floor offers an additional measure of support for those individuals who choose not to drink or use drugs. Substances are defined to include alcohol, cigarettes, and other smoking materials as well as all illicit drugs.
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