The World of Wellness and the Wellness of the World

Bill Hettler, MD

Presented at the Symposium on Adolescent Health

Best Western Bridgewood Resort

Neenah, Wisconsin  2-5-2010

World of Wellness

Bill Hettler's Definition of Wellness

Wellness is an active process through which people
become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.

(Click on any triangle below for a short definition of that wellness dimension.)


History of Wellness by Bill Hettler Meaning of Life FREE Assessments
What do You Believe?
How Do You Behave?
Wellness Bibliography Shift Happens!  (over 2,000,000 views)
Social Dimension Occupational Dimension Spiritual Dimension
Physical Dimension Intellectual Dimension Emotional Dimension

Worksite Wellness Resources

American Institute of Preventive Medicine American Journal of Health Promotion WELCOA
National Wellness Institute American College of Sports Medicine CDC

 Wellness of the World

OK, What about the Wellness of the World?

And What about the Stars and Space?

 Carl Sagan has a short message for us!


EPA proposes stricter limits on smog pollutants EPA to Overhaul Air Pollution Standards
Groups Challenge Weak Air Pollution WHO challenges world to improve air quality


Ground Water and Drinking Water Water Quality Standards
U.S. States Face Water Shortage Water Shortages in Southeast United States


Sustainable Agriculture SARE Sustainable Table
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Central Rivers Farmshed


Project NatureConnect Ecotherapy and Nature
Children & Nature Network (C&NN) Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D


Northeast Sustainable Energy Association California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE)
Institute for Sustainable Energy Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)


Handling Wastes The Story of Stuff
George Carlin on Stuff EPA Information Resources

But, You already know this stuff!


Leadership Act Educate Join II
Vote Join Love Love II


Shift Happens!  (over 2,000,000 views) Digital Generation CBS Brian's Links
How Cuba Survived Peak Oil Growing Up Online Transcript Buy the Video Growing up Online
Brian Luke Seaward Net Addiction INTERNET ADDICTION GUIDE
If You Run A Summer Camp Camping YMCA



What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of of its recipients.


Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

Herbert Simon

Scientific American, September 1995, Page 201

From a Poem by Edgar A. Guest: Sermons We See

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me than merely show the way.
The eye's a better pupil, And more willing than the ear;
Fine counsel is confusing, But example's always clear.
I soon can learn to do it, If you'll let me see it done;
I can see your hands in action, But your tongue too fast may run;
And the lectures you deliver, May be very fine and true;
But I'd rather get my lesson, By observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you, And the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

Poem by Edgar A. Guest

Hettler Family