Wellness: A Question of Balance

An Educator Resource

The Wellness Wheel Model is the core of the Resource. It provides a framework for lifelong learning about health and becomes the anchor for a school community culture.


  • Developmentally suitable for ages 15 to adult.
  • Holistic in design by including all of the dimensions of health.
  • The Wellness Wheel has eight spokes with the hub of personal responsibility.
  • Adaptable to meet the needs of diverse groups.
  • Supports a re-invigoration of a school health and wellness agenda.
  • Measures program success (what works, what doesn’t and what’s missing).
  • Addresses topics related to all of the health dimensions.
  • Encourages individual development and commitment to a long-term healthy living plan.

A comprehensive set of programs that address barriers to learning and enhance healthy development can be woven into the tapestry of every school. A school can become a key element of its community.

“Wellness: A Question of Balance” can be disseminated broadly in the community. An orientation promoting ongoing learning will help increase the community’s knowledge capacity.

The Wellness Wheel is the core (or central piece) of the Resource. The 8 Spokes reflect the dimensions of health, Personal Responsibility is the hub (nuts and bolts) of the Wheel and the outer rim is the glue. The Wellness Wheel provides a framework for lifelong learning that is reviewed time and again. The model can bring together pieces of a puzzle by implementing meaningful school change and school improvement. The Wellness Wheel, therefore, can be fully integrated into a school community culture. The Wheel supports the implementation of meaningful school change and school improvement with authentic community collaboration.

Actively promoting “W:AQB” in a school community can improve both educational and health outcomes for young people, staff, parents and community partners. There is evidence that health promotion in schools can support and give added value to schools as they strive to meet a whole host of social aims through their curriculums and a whole-school approach.

The original “Wellness: A Question of Balance” is on the recommended list of health curriculum in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The resource has been significantly revised and requested for use.

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