Wellness is a multidimensional concept that is still evolving. The multiple dimensions of wellness are evident in the convergence of existing industries and disciplines. The wellness industry has emerged as a trillion dollar melting pot for a whole host of products and services that encourage enhanced health and wellbeing. Rather than merely selling products, wellness industries ultimately involve raising consciousness and thus must address issues of environmental sustainability, ecological design, social responsibility, corporate ethics, health and spirituality.
As an academic discipline, wellness represents an intersection of many disciplines including; the biological, health and physical sciences, engineering, business and design. This presentation will provide the background behind the development of Wellness as a new academic discipline and discuss future directions.