MEN'S HEALTH & WELLNESS
What would be a pro-active (preventative) approach to Sickness? How do we study and practice Wellness? One view suggests that five components of Wellness are:
- Nutritional awareness.
- Stress reduction.
- Environmental sensitivity.
- Physical fitness.
What would constitute a holistic approach to Wellness? One view is that each of us is a whole-body-mind-in-an-environment. The body-mind is best able to heal itself given a supportive environment. Holistic health in support of wellness focusses on nurturing our immune systems. Balance becomes paramount:
- Sleeping restfully.
- Maintaining balanced nutrition:
- macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates)
- micronutrients (dozens of essential vitamins, minerals, and elements).
- phytonutrients (tens of thousands of the available plant compounds in our food sources).
- Maintaining clear (unblocked) energy paths in the body (yoga, acupressure/acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment).
- Mindful Meditation.
- Maintaining a balance on time spent in these aspects of our lives:
Two excellent books address the body-mind model of health:
You might find these Wellness tips (largely contributed by Twin Cities men) helpful:
- Dave Mueller's AwareNet Tips for the Body, Mind and Spirit at <www.creatingreality.com>.
- Jim Lovestar's Men's Institute for Men's Health and Well-Being
Twin Cities Wellness Resources
Wellness Directory of Minnesota a non-profit directory maintained by Minnesota Wellness Publications, Inc. dedicated to creating the most useful, understandable, and informative information concerning our health and wholeness.
Essential Wellness newspaper exploring 21st century options in health and medicine. Monthly information on Body-mind Medicine, natural health, integrative/complementary healthcare, and changing healthcare paradigms. P.O. Box 897, Stillwater, MN 55082, 612/338-0164.
Minnesota Touch-Movement Network (formerly Minnesota Therapeutic Massage Network) Promotes therapeutic and non-sexual massage services. 3010 Hennepin Ave S. #275,Minneapolis, MN 55408, 612/822-5003.
Common Ground Meditation Center Programs in yoga, qi gong, meditation, stress management, and holistic health. 27000 E 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406, 612-722-8260.
The Meditation Center Programs in yoga, meditation, stress management, and holistic health. 631 NE University Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55413, 612-379-2386.
Wellness and Holistic Health Websites
Men Alive Blog, by Jed Diamond, Santa Rosa, CA. Articles on relationships, stress, sexuality.
National Wellness Institute serves professionals and organizations that promote optimal health and wellness in individuals and communities by providing professional education, furnishing information and resources and developing and distributing wellness-related products and services
HealthWorld Online Wellness Center a collection of resources about the Tenets of Wellness, Mind/Body Health, Spirituality & Health, Healthy Aging, Healthy Stress and Healthy Brain.
Holistic Health & Healing News Online holistic, natural, and alternative healthcare and wellness. Featuring aromatherapy, herbs, nutrition, book reviews, and pet care.
Holistic Health Care Online Directory of Practitioners offers a search directory for reputable practitioners by state, country, city, or specialty listing. Chat rooms, bulletin boards, stop-smoking, healthy 911.
American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) - is a national clearinghouse for self-help resources promoting health and well-being.