The mission of Alpha Sigma Tau is to invest in women by instilling the skills necessary to navigate life and inspire members to enrich their own lives and the lives of others. With this in mind, we are proud to offer the Women’s Wellness Initiative – a far-reaching philanthropic endeavor.
What is the Women’s Wellness Initiative?
Alpha Sigma Tau’s National Philanthropy is the Women’s Wellness Initiative. The Initiative empowers Alpha Sigma Tau members to improve women’s wellness through service activities and projects.
Through the Initiative, we have an established relationship with the national nonprofit Dress for Success, which members can engage to impact women’s wellness in their communities. We are also building similar relationships with other networked nonprofits committed to this purpose.
Why women’s wellness?
Our members have spoken loudly – they want more opportunities for community service and philanthropy that are relevant to Alpha Sigma Tau’s mission. They want opportunities that will have an impact on their local communities, as well as globally. They want an exceptional national brand identity as it relates to philanthropy while maintaining the independence to choose projects most relevant to their chapters.
Six Dimensions of Wellness
The Women’s Wellness Initiative is grounded in the Six Dimensions of Wellness of the National Wellness Institute – a nationally-recognized leader in promoting optimal health and wellness in individuals and communities. These dimensions are the result of decades of research, which shows that individuals who achieve and maintain wellness are considerably more likely to lead successful, fulfilling lives.
Occupational wellness is the ability for one to function at an optimum level of physical, mental, and social well-being in her professional and volunteer settings. A woman who exhibits occupational wellness is challenged and supported in her place of work; contributes her unique gifts, skills, and talents toward the greater good; and is often rewarded with meaningful and fulfilling career and leadership experiences.
Physical wellness is the commitment to care for one’s body to achieve optimal health and performance. A woman who respects her body’s uniqueness and practices healthy habits while avoiding destructive behaviors can achieve optimal physical wellness. Exhibiting physical wellness can result in a state of physical, mental, and social well-being that enables women to be joyful, healthy, and confident.
Spiritual wellness is faithfulness to a personal value system to act purposefully and explore the meaning of one’s existence and experiences. A woman who embraces a value system of self-forgiveness, acceptance, tolerance for the beliefs of others, and an acknowledgement of the developmental benefits of experiencing feelings is spiritually well. A woman who exhibits spiritual wellness balances her own needs with the needs of others while cultivating sincere and lasting relationships.
Emotional wellness is the awareness and management of one’s feelings and behaviors that result in positive self-esteem and healthy communication. A woman who exhibits emotional wellness develops and maintains positive relationships with others; is self-reliant while also recognizing and welcoming the support of others, and holds herself accountable and learns from her mistakes. Emotional wellness includes cultivating an optimistic attitude and being willing to tackle challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict as having healthy aspects. Through self-awareness and self-control, emotions are expressed appropriately and stress is managed effectively.
Intellectual wellness is the pursuit and cultivation of knowledge, wisdom, and culture. There is an ongoing commitment to the development of lifelong curiosity while challenging one’s mind. A woman who exhibits intellectual wellness seeks opportunities for personal intellectual growth while inspiring other people to enrich her own life and the lives of others
Social wellness is considering the greater good in all of one’s actions and taking an active part in society. In order to contribute our share to the progress of mankind, one must think of others rather than only thinking of one’s self. A woman who exhibits social wellness develops healthy relationships in order to impact positive change in her community, career, and other environments.
How will the Women’s Wellness Initiative work at my chapter?
Members and chapters will work directly with nonprofits in their own backyards – like Dress for Success – conducting philanthropy, service projects, and other activities that benefit women where our members live, work, and go to school.
In fact, many chapters are already supporting local causes that encourage or are related to wellness. This is exciting because it gives our chapters the independence to support causes that are near and dear to their hearts, all with a common goal of promoting women’s wellness.
How can I learn more?
Check out the fall 2015 issue of The Anchor, which is about wellness and how Alpha Sigma Taus are already achieving wellness for themselves and others.
Six Dimensions of Wellness Model
© 1976 Bill Hettler, MD
© National Wellness Institute, Inc.