The Wardens and House Committees of Allan Webb Hall are concerned about the wellness of the students within the Hall. Rhodes University offers many avenues for students to develop themselves into healthy well-rounded leaders of tomorrow.

How do you define health? The World Health Organization provides the following definition: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Health really means maximizing your potential by making choices to maintain your emotional, physical, social and spiritual well being. The concept of Wellness refers to this positive approach to living, which is necessary for the high levels of individual performance expected at University. Choices you make now about tobacco use, dietary habits, exercise, sexual behaviours, alcohol and other drug use also contribute to your short- and long-term risk for physical and emotional health problems.

Wellness involves a balanced, controlled approach to the various dimensions of life: physical, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, emotional and social. The success you achieve in each of these areas is determined by choosing behaviours that improve the quality of daily life and eliminate destructive behaviour. By making informed choices you take charge and maintain control of your life. Wellness has the potential to improve academic progress, success after graduation and happiness in personal life.

Steps to Wellness

Health and well-being are dependent upon:

  • Choosing healthful behaviours (regular exercise, balanced diet)
  • Participating in healthful situations (avoiding unnecessary stress, learning to be assertive)
  • Developing healthful relationships (avoiding dating partners who abuse you, being a good listener)
  • Using resistance skills (assertiveness training, communication skills)
  • Making responsible decisions (sexual health, avoiding alcohol abuse, stop using tobacco)

The six dimensions to Wellness


  1. Emotional Wellness involves an awareness and acceptance of a wide range of feelings in oneself and others (Emotional Intelligence!). An emotionally-well person has the ability to express and manage his or her feelings in order to arrive at personal decisions. An emotionally-well person functions independently yet is aware of personal limitations and the value of seeking support and assistance.
  2. Intellectual Wellness is evidenced by self-directed behaviour, which includes continuous acquisition, development, creative application and articulation of critical thinking and expressive/intuitive skills and abilities realised in the achievement of a more satisfying existence. An intellectually-well person assimilates what is learned in the classroom with what is experienced outside the classroom in order to enhance his or her potential for living a more fulfilled life.
  3. Occupational Wellness is seen in the personal satisfaction and enrichment of one's experiences through work. The occupationally-well person has integrated his or her commitment to work and career planning into a total lifestyle that is rewarding and seeks to express personal values through that involvement.
  4. Physical Wellness is demonstrated by the willingness to take time to pursue activities that increase physical flexibility and endurance. The physical-well person understands and employs the relationship between sound nutrition and body function, and between mental and physical health.
  5. Social Wellness is evidenced by one's willingness to participate in, and contribute to, efforts which promote the common welfare of one's community. A socially-well person lives in harmony with fellow human beings, seeks positive inter-dependent relationships with others, develops healthy sexual behaviours and generally works for harmony in both the personal and community environments.
  6. Spiritual Wellness is shown by the willingness to seek meaning and purpose in human existence, to question everything and to appreciate the intangibles, which cannot be readily explained or understood. A spiritually-well person seeks harmony between that which lies within and the forces which come from without.

    If you would like any assistance in becoming well at Rhodes and developing yourself, please do not hesitate to contact the members of you House Committee or your Wardens who will be glad to help you.

Last Modified: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:01:06 SAST