At COA the concept of Human Ecology extends beyond the classroom walls.  Because we are invested in examining the complexity of relationships between humans and their environment, and because we are concerned with what it means to be sustainable, we advocate a holistic approach to health.  We recognize that ‘health’ is not defined merely by a lack of disease, but rather is itself a complex state that takes into consideration a variety of dimensions.  If we endeavor to affect positive change in the world, we are best equipped to do so when we are at our healthiest.  COA advocates taking a proactive approach to health, supporting individual and community well being through a variety of resources and programs. 

The dimensions of wellness model

Wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of choices and making decisions toward a more balanced and fulfilling life. Wellness combines eight dimensions of well-being into a quality way of living. Overall, wellness if the ability to live life to the fullest and to maximize potential in a variety of ways. Wellness involves continually learning and making changes to enhance your state of well-being.

  • Physical (body)
  • Intellectual (mind)
  • Emotional (feelings)
  • Social (family, friends, relationships)
  • Occupational (career, skills)
  • Environmental (air, water, food, safety)
  • Spiritual (values, purpose, intuition, vitality)
  • Financial (current, future)