Wellness: Meaning, History and Economy

American and European of the nineteenth century (eg. New Thought, Christian Science and Lebensreform), aimed at optimize the general state of health of the whole person.

Note: the term wellness is often misused by various pseudoscientific schools of thought in an attempt to demonstrate the effectiveness of their means and methods.

For further information: Fitness: What it is and who it is for physical, mental and social and not simply the absence of disease or infirmity". [Zimmer, Ben (2010-04-16)."Wellness". The New York Times.].

Initially spread in the United States by Halbert L. Dunn (1950s), it was defined as "an integrated method of functioning, aimed at maximizing the potential of which the" individual is capable ".

The noun was later adopted in the mid-1970s by John Travis, who opened a "Wellness Resource Center" (alternative medicine) in Mill Valley, California, as part of the hedonistic culture of Northern California.

Travis's concept was made even more popular by Robert Rodale, through "Prevention Magazine", by Bill Hetler, a physician at the "University of" Wisconsin-Stevens Point "- who organized an annual academic conference on wellness - and by Tom Dickey, who instituted the Berkeley Wellness Letter in the 1980s.

The term was accepted as a standard usage in the 1990s.

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Recently, manufacturers of wellness items, industrial researchers and doctors have observed that there are specific keys linked to the economic spending of US consumers in the field of wellness; the main ones are:

  • healthy eating;
  • weight management and slimming;
  • preventive medicine;
  • fitness;
  • correlation between mind and body;
  • e-commerce;
  • last generations.

Let's delve into some of these points.

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