Wholistic Health Initiative
The Wholistic Health Initiative involves doing our part in ministry to
make God’s gift of “abundant life” real in the various overlapping
dimensions of our lives: physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental.
Health Initiative (purposefully spelled with a W to emphasize the
“whole” person) is an outgrowth of the Festival for Fitness week begun
in 1998. Rather than focusing on a single week of events highlighting
health, the intention of the initiative is to sponsor and support events
centering on wholeness throughout the year. The Wholistic Health Fair
is the initial event in a yearlong series.
Student Health 101 Online Magazine (Current Issue - October 2011)
May 2011 Issue
March-April 2011 Issue
February 2011 Issue
Add'l Archived Issues (SH101 generic, NOT PTS)
Wholistic Happenings on Campus
Articles of Interest
the awareness of wholistic health as an integrated and interdependent
balance of physical, psychological, relational, and spiritual well being;
and empower students, faculty and staff to develop values, habits, and a
lifestyle which support health in all its dimensions;
educational resources and experiential opportunities to advance wholistic
health and balance as a lifelong orientation involving self-awareness,
responsibility, educated choice, and proactive behavior.
Ministers of the gospel are often
agents in promoting the health and well being of others, but are not always appropriately
attentive to their own wholistic needs.
God’s interest for us is that we have a life that “abounds” (II
Corinthians 9:8; John 10:10). In
ministry, as in parenting, we teach by example; we can facilitate the wholeness
of others most effectively when we take responsibility for the various
dimensions of what health and abundant life mean for us personally.
Perfection is not the goal of wholistic
health, but rather healing of what can be healed, prevention of what can be
prevented, and joy found in the fullness of life (III John 1:2; Jeremiah
The Wholistic Health Fair
To support the goals of the
Wholistic Health Initiative, the PTS community welcomes representatives of
various wholistic health practices from New Jersey
to participate in the annual Wholistic Health Fair each fall. The fair provides PTS community members with
an opportunity to learn about and sample local services and resources. Past fairs have included free massages,
chiropractic consultations, various health screenings, reiki, chi gong and
acupuncture demonstrations, free “mocktails”, the labyrinth prayer walk, and information
about counseling opportunities, eye health, fitness and yoga centers,
nutrition, alcohol, and much more.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to get involved with the
fair by volunteering to help at the fair and by attending the fair.
To Help with the Wholistic Health Initiative
We invite you to submit an article, reflection, health tips, photo, or information on wholistic events for the PTS Student Health 101 online wellness magazine and to help with organizing the 2011-2012 Health Fair.
Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Nancy Schongalla-Bowman, Director of Student Counseling and WHIStaff Advisor
Anjeanette Allen, WHI Student Coordinator
*The spelling of “holistic” with a “w” is to reinforce the idea of “wholeness”.