CHAPTER 6: A Brief History of Wellness
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Now that we have some sense of the general understanding of health and its determinants, we will now take a look at how the wellness concept developed and evolved. Healthy living practices involving regimen and lifestyle change have been practiced for centuries and indeed concepts about fitness, personal responsibility, and health can be traced to the ancient Greeks and winds their way through the 19th century, the 1950s, the 1970s, and into the present day.
The first written record of the word is in a diary entry of Archibald Johnston in 1654 referring to his daughter no longer being ill: “I … blessed God … for my daughter’s wealnesse.”
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