BeWELL defines wellbeing as a sense of wholeness and harmony that, in addition to physical and mental health, encompasses a number of other factors. Depending upon the individual, these may include but are not limited to: cultural, emotional, social, the natural environment, security, relationships, community, self-acceptance, purpose in life, the workplace, intellectual, and spiritual.
Wellbeing in interprofessional health students may call for a greater need to emphasize stress reduction, self care, and resilience-building in order to find balance. Finding community with peers in your program, as well as with students across other health professional programs, may enhance your ability to thrive—both as a student and in your future career as a health professional. We invite you to explore your own definitions of what wellbeing means to you.
BeWELL is committed to providing space, activities, and programming to support the cultivation of community and wellbeing in interprofessional health students at the University of Minnesota.
HSEC Wellbeing Programming Committee
BeWell is overseen by the HSEC Wellbeing Programming Committee. The committee has been working since March 2020 to establish recommendations for wellbeing programming for health science students at the University of Minnesota.
The committee regularly emphasizes the importance of guiding wellbeing programming and communications that:
- Are complementary to existing wellbeing initiatives both within and outside of the health sciences, aiming to fill gaps in rather than compete with existing programming,
- Promote a sense of belonging, community and connectedness and that are resonant and accessible to students across programs, schools and identities,
- Operate with a broad definition of wellbeing, encouraging students to define wellbeing in their own way,
- Frame wellbeing opportunities broadly and encourage integration of wellbeing into students’ current activities, as opposed to adding to their to-do lists