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What is meant by a positive or holistic view of health and well being?

There are several different ways of thinking about health and well being.

Candidates should know that :
  • health and well-being can be described as the absence of physical illness,disease and mental distress. This is a negative definition of health and well-being.

  • health and well-being can be described as the achievement and maintenance of physicalfitness and mental stability. This is a positive definition of health and well-being.

  • health and well-being as being the result of a combination of physical, social, intellectual and emotional factors. This is a holistic definition of well being.

Candidates should know that:

  • the ideas about health and well being change over time and vary between different cultures and life stages.