Five Dimensions of Health: Physical

This dimension of health focuses on the importance of moderate daily physical activity, proper nutrition, maintaining a healthy weight, getting recommended preventive screenings (based on age, gender and health history) and managing conditions to prevent them from getting worse.

Increasing physical activity is one of the most effective ways to improve and maintain your health. Research shows that physical activity lowers the risk for many chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, obesity, bone and joint problems, and cancer), improves mood and boosts energy. Engaging in physical activities such as walking, bicycling or swimming with another person can provide a framework for a friendship, as well as afford accountability for physical wellness.

Learn more from the following Center for Health articles, studies and programs that may help individuals begin or sustain a physical health program:

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