John W. Travis, MD, MPH


According to the CDC, "Well-being integrates mental health (mind) and physical health (body) resulting in more holistic approaches to disease prevention and health promotion." Results from cross-sectional, longitudinal and experimental studies find that well-being is associated with:

*Self-perceived health * Longevity * Healthy behaviors * Mental and physical illness * Social connectedness * Productivity *Factors in the physical and social environment *Physical well-being *Economic well-being *Social well-being *Development and activity * Emotional well-being *Psychological well-being *Life satisfaction *Engaging activities and work.

Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is a multi-dimensional concept that goes beyond direct measures of population health, life expectancy, and causes of death, and focuses on the impact health status has on quality of life.

Healthy People 2020 approaches the measurement of health-related quality of life and well-being from a multidisciplinary perspective that encompasses 3 complementary and related domains: 1. Self-rated physical and mental health; 2. Overall well-being; 3. Participation in society

One of the objectives of Healthy People 2020 is to Increase the proportion of adults who self-report good or better health.

I believe that working together, we can achieve this objective, reduce disparities in health for populations at-risk, overcome or reduce chronic diseases, and improve quality of life.