Model for Wellness

The Circle of Health describes health in holistic terms, taking into account the patient's life and community as factors of care.Whether you are trying new ways to enjoy physical activity, restore balance to your life, manage stress better or eat healthier, the UW Health Center for Wellness can support you on your journey to better health.


Circle of Health


The Circle of Health can help you think about your whole health. All of the areas in the circle are important and connected. The human body and mind have strong healing abilities. Improving one area can help other areas in your life, including your physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being.


The inner circle represents your values, aspirations, and what really matters to you. Mindful awareness allows you to be more tuned in and connected to your life and health. The green area is self-care and the choices you make in your everyday life.


The next ring represents professional care including tests, medications, supplements, surgeries, examinations, treatments, and counseling. It also includes complementary approaches such as acupuncture and mind-body therapies. The outer ring represents the people and groups who make up your community.


Areas of Whole Health

  • Working the Body: Includes movement and physical activities like walking, dancing, gardening, sports, lifting weights, yoga, cycling, swimming, and working out in a gym.
  • Recharge: Getting enough rest, relaxation, and sleep.
  • Food and Drink: Eating healthy, balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables each day. Drinking enough water and limiting sodas, sweetened drinks, and alcohol.
  • Personal Development: Learning and growing. Developing abilities and talents. Balancing responsibilities where you live, volunteer, and work.
  • Family, Friends, and Co-Workers: Feeling listened to and connected to people you love and care about. The quality of your communication with family, friends and people you work with.
  • Spirit and Soul: Having a sense of purpose and meaning in your life. Feeling connected to something larger than yourself. Finding strength in difficult times.
  • Physical and Emotional: Feeling safe. Having comfortable, healthy spaces where you work and live. The quality of the lighting, color, air, and water. Decreasing unpleasant clutter, noises, and smells.
  • Power of the Mind: Tapping into the power of your mind to heal and cope. Using mind-body techniques like relaxation, breathing, or guided imagery.
  • Professional Care: How up-to-date you are on prevention and understand your health concerns, care options, treatment plan, and role in your health.