Kristine Barnett, EdD
Assistant Provost, Division of Student Engagement and Liberal Studies; Dean of Liberal Studies
Moving your body daily, being passionate about your future career, knowing how to relieve your stress, allowing a few minutes for daily reflection, being engaged in your community, have a desire for learning new things, finding balance financially, and connecting with others are just some of the ways that achieving wellness has proven to impact your success through college. That is why we have a whole Health and Wellness team here to support you in all aspects of your journey to a well balanced life.
The Health and Wellness Department of Bay Path seeks to enhance the college’s central mission of creating confident and resourceful participants to our increasingly interdependent world by endorsing a collaborative approach to promote wellness through facilitating programming, advocating for individuals, educating and supporting those in their pursuit of wellness.
From the National Wellness Institute we have adopted a holistic model of wellness which contains seven dimensions of wellness including:
OCCUPATIONAL: Recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work.
INTELLECTUAL: Recognizes one’s creative side and encourages engagement in stimulating mental activities. A well person expands his or her knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing his or her gifts with others.
EMOTIONAL: Recognizes awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings.
PHYSICAL: Recognizes the need for regular physical activity and encourages learning about diet and nutrition. Recognizes the need to take optimal care of your physical body so you may travel your path successfully.
SOCIAL: Encourages contributing to one’s environment and community. It emphasizes the interdependence between others and nature.
FINANCIAL: Recognizes the intricate balance of the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of money. Encourages having an understanding of your financial situation and taking care of it in such a way that you are prepared for financial changes.
SPIRITUAL: Recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence.
Wellness is measured using the 7 dimensions, but how you get there is through the 5 pillars. What is one thing you can do today that will make you feel better tomorrow?