What is Wellness?

Wellness is the optimal state of health and well-being of individuals and groups. It is the ability of people and communities to reach their fullest potential, both in terms of health and fulfillment of purpose. We are all part of achieving a healthy New Brunswick where, together, we can live in a culture of wellness. New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy supports action on all dimensions of wellness and all determinants of health.

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What is a supportive environment for wellness?

Wellness is about more than individual lifestyle choices. It is shaped by the people around us and the places where we live, learn, work and spend our free time. Just like a tree, wellness needs the right conditions to grow. These people and places form the supportive environments that nourish our wellness like soil, water and sunshine.

Creating a supportive social environment in a home, community, school or workplace means building positive relationships that nurture the emotional well-being of everyone involved. When we feel supported by others, we are more likely to make healthier choices.

Creating a supportive physical environment means designing buildings, grounds, indoor and outdoor play or rest spaces in and around our homes, communities, schools or workplaces that are safe, encourage people to connect with each other, are accessible to everyone and support healthy choices.

When the social and physical environments (the people and places) around us are supportive of our wellness, we are more likely to be healthy and resilient and enjoy a great quality of life! There are many success stories about how people in New Brunswick are creating supportive social and physical environments for wellness. The Wellness Movement celebrates these efforts and inspires further action to create supportive environments in our homes, communities, schools and workplaces so people throughout New Brunswick can make healthy choices and are empowered to thrive!

What is The Wellness Movement?

The Wellness Movement supports New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy by being a common platform and connection point for wellness in New Brunswick. The Wellness Movement supports, connects, and celebrates all New Brunswickers – individuals, families, community groups, schools and workplaces – working on enhancing one or more aspect of wellness.

As part of their contribution to New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy, the Department of Social Development’s Wellness Branch supports these focus areas: mental fitness and resilience, healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco-free living.

The Wellness Movement celebrates the people and places that support our well-being. Everyone has a role to play. This website provides you with the inspiration to start your story by profiling stories in your community and directs you to tools and resources to help you, your family, your community group, school or workplace take your next step on your path to wellness. Help grow The Wellness Movement in New Brunswick. Share your story!

Annual Wellness Week in New Brunswick

Each year, from October 1st to 7th, Wellness Week is a special time to bring the spotlight on the people, groups, initiatives, places and all the things that support our wellness in our communities, schools, workplaces and at home. Events are being held in all corners of the province to celebrate!

As part of all the efforts being made to promote wellness and get the word out on annual Wellness Week, municipalities, towns, cities and villages across New Brunswick are officially proclaiming October 1st to 7th as Wellness Week in their community.

Wellness and community connections happen year-round in New Brunswick! Make sure to drop by the Wellness Events Calendar to find out what wellness-related event, activity or program is happening near you right now! Visit calendar.wellnessnb.ca