Student Health and Wellness is dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of those who study and work within Lakehead University.

What is Wellness?

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

"...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."- The World Health Organization

"a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential." - The National Wellness Institute

Why Wellness Matters

Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.

The Dimensions of Wellness

Though most people associate wellness with physical and mental wellbeing, there are actually 8 dimensions of wellness.

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  • Emotional - relates to understanding your feelings and coping effectively with stress. It is important to pay attention to self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner resources so you can learn and grow from experiences.
  • Physical - relates to maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed. Physical health is attained through exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep and paying attention to the signs of illness and getting help when needed.
  • Intellectual - involves having an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continuing to expand your knowledge. It encourages active participation in scholastic, cultural and community activities.
  • Spiritual - allows you to develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose. Spirituality can be represented in many ways, for example, through relaxation or religion. But being spiritually well means knowing which resources to use to cope with issues that come up in everyday life.
  • Environmental - inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. This realm encourages us to live in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it. Environmental well-being promotes interaction with nature and your personal environment. Everyone can have a strong environmental consciousness simply by raising their awareness.
  • Social - helps you perform social roles effectively and comfortably and create a support network. This dimension of wellness allows you to not only develop encouraging relationships with peers, but also intimate relationships with romantic partners
  • Occupational - enjoying your occupational endeavours and appreciating your contributions. This dimension of wellness encourages personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work.
  • Financial - involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Money plays a critical role in our lives and not having enough of it impacts health as well as academic performance. Financial stress is repeatedly found to be a common source of stress, anxiety and fear for students.

For information about how you can improve and manage your health while completing your studies, visit out our Staying Healthy resource section.

To learn more about initiatives and campaigns on campus, visit the Health Promotion page.

If you want to take an active role in student wellness initiatives on campus, join the Student Wellness Advisory Team.

Our Trail to Wellness

Lakehead University is committed to supporting the holistic health and well-being of our Lakehead community, recognizing that investing in the enhancement of health and wellness interventions will better position us for success in both the classroom and the workplace. Our wellness strategy was developed through an iterative and multi-phased process which identified constructive themes and included opportunities for an increased focus: campus safety, physical and mental health, healthy eating, and overall healthy behaviour and habits.

Download an accessible copy of our 2020-2025 Wellness Strategy