Five Dimensions
of Health



Physical health is important, but it is not the only component of overall well-being. The Center for Health recognizes and seeks to improve five dimensions of health and well-being: physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial. The Center for Health also recognizes that each of the dimensions is inter-related.

Health affects the whole United Methodist connection: family, congregation, community and the broader Church itself. When you are healthy in all five dimensions, you are more effective in your pursuits. When one or more of the dimensions is impaired, your overall health and vitality suffers and your ability to thrive is diminished. Poor health may interfere with your ability to answer the call to serve God and your community.

Typically, individuals are healthier in some areas than others. Research suggests that improving health in any one dimension can have a positive influence on health in the other dimensions. It’s best to focus on one or two dimensions of health for improvement, adding goals for other dimensions over time.

Learn more about the five dimensions of health and ways to maintain or improve your own health in each dimension:

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