Welcome to the Engineering Wellness Program (ENGWellness)
The wellbeing of our students (graduate and undergraduate), staff, and faculty matters! The ENGWellness Program was created to support and promote the wellbeing of our community throughout the year.
What does it mean to have “wellbeing”? The words “health” and “wellbeing” are difficult to define. In many ways, it is easier to describe the absence of health and wellbeing, than it is to describe what it means to have them.
The World Health Organization defines health as: "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Wellbeing goes beyond the aspects of physical health to include other social, psychological, and personal aspects. Having wellbeing includes the ability of “an individual or group to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment.”
From this perspective, wellbeing can be seen as a “resource” or “asset” that helps people live their everyday lives. The University of Waterloo Engineering Wellness Framework includes nine dimensions of wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, relational, spiritual, vocational, cultural, financial, and environmental. The ENGWellness program seeks to provide resources, support, and referrals to staff, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to assist in the strengthening of their nine dimensions of wellness.
Our offices are a place where human rights are respected and where LGBTQ+ people, and their friends and allies, are welcome and supported.