Safety and Wellness work together to enhance mutual goals. For example, reducing risks with safety measures helps keep the body well by avoiding injury or contamination, while being well helps keep the body alert to be aware of risks and bolster the body’s protection that reduces the potency of some risks that actually occur.
Safety is the state of being “safe” or the condition of being protected against physical, social, spiritual, financial, political, emotional, occupational, psychological, educational or other types or consequences of failure, damage, error, accidents, harm or any other event which could be considered non-desirable. Safety can take the form of a person being protected from an event or protected from exposure to something that causes health or economical losses. Safety includes protection of people and possessions. Safety involves avoidance of danger and it also involves designing and eliminating danger in manufacturing and maintenance.
Safety is relative. Eliminating all risk, if even possible, would be extremely difficult and very expensive. A safe situation is one where risks of injury or property damage are low and manageable.
Wellness has been defined as an active process of becoming aware of healthy options and making choices toward a more successful existence. Wellness permits a shift in focus away from illness in viewing human health, since priorities are not overwhelmed with illness or injuries. However, wellness requires foresight and awareness and discipline to make choices that promote health before the signal of pain or symptoms evolve. Wellness is a view of health that emphasizes the state of the entire being and its ongoing development. “Wellness” can also be seen as an analogue to the medical term “homeostasis.”
Wellness uses basic science and medicine to promote a state of well-being for longevity, performance and comfort. Topics of wellness include physical well-being for longevity, performance and comfort; physical health; mental health; nutrition for performance, alertness, mood and longevity; physical fitness and exercise; hygiene and defense from exposure to contaminants and biological vectors; immune system enhancement; symbiosis with beneficial organisms, and optimization of genetic expression for health and longevity. For some individuals, attractive and healthy appearance would be a goal or a fringe benefit of wellness.
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