The physical dimension requires eating well, exercising regularly, avoiding harmful habits and making responsible decisions about your lifestyle. By being proactive in your health, your positive daily choices will:
- Give you more energy and endurance.
- Enhance your self-esteem.
- Affect how many years you live, and how well you live your years.
Practices that demonstrate physical wellness include
- Exercise at least 150 minutes a week, which is about 30 minutes most days of the week.
- Eat whole foods, mostly plants, including 5 fruits and vegetables per day.
- Maintain an appropriate weight.
- Practice good hygiene.
- Get enough sleep.
- Avoid drinking more than 1 or 2 alcoholic beverages per day.
- Abstain from tobacco products and avoid exposure to people who smoke.
- Visit your health care provider and dentist for the appropriate well-checkups.
- Pay attention to any signs or symptoms of disease and seek medical attention when appropriate.
Tips and resources for enhancing your physical wellness
How healthy are you? Take one or more of these online assessments and receive a customized report with action plan. Results are completely confidential.
As a Clark College employee, you have access to a robust suite of free fitness and nutrition resources through our Employee Assistance Program provider, MHN. Ready to take a serious step toward positive change? Sign up, free-of-charge, for a Mayo Clinic Certified wellness coach to help you reach your personal goals.
Consider joining the Clark College Thompson Fitness Center. For a small fee, faculty, staff and students can enjoy using fitness equipment, and receive fitness testing and personal training services.
Learn a new sport, refresh your skills, and engage with the college community by participating in Intramural Sports at Clark College.
Walking is a simple, inexpensive and effective way to get and stay in shape. Visit everybodywalk.org for education and inspiration.
Take your exercise outdoors and explore Vancouver and Clark County! Vancouver Parks and Recreation provides maps and information on local parks, trails and recreational opportunities.
For national activities look at Running In The USA to see what you can participate in when you travel, or to help you plan an active vacation.
Many people have found that a special diet is required for future wellness. Use the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to identify nutritional components for any type of dietary needs.
If you are looking for a place to learn about what to eat and how to become active all in one place visit Health.
Looking for low-cost medical services? Visit the Clark College Counseling and Health Center.