What comes to mind when you think of this word? The type of foods you eat? The amount of exercise you do (or don’t do)?
The Child and Family Learning Network seeks to broaden the definitions of well-being and wellness beyond nutrition and physical activity. An individual’s well-being also encompasses finances, relationships, emotional health, lifespan development, community interaction, and so much more. The Foundation for Child Development (2012) seven domains of well-being:
- Family Economic Well-Being
- Safe/Risky Behavior
- Social Relationships
- Emotional/Spiritual Well-Being
- Community Engagement
- Educational Attainment
As suggested by this list, well-being includes much more than physical activity and nutrition.
The Child and Family Learning Network embodies a multifaceted approach to well-being through the expertise, resources, and tools available through the five Communities of Practice, (1) eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care; (2) Family Caregiving; (3) Families, Food, and Fitness; (4) Financial Security for All; (5) Just in Time Parenting. Collectively, the CFLN addresses many, if not all, of these domains.
A long-term goal of the CFLN is to foster a culture where positive behavior change and well-being is supported by research-based information, thus leading to stronger families (and eventually stronger communities) who apply knowledge gained by implementing healthy behaviors in daily life. This culture begins with YOU!
The Child and Family Learning Network cares about your well-being and seeks to expand your knowledge and provide you with tools and resources to make positive behavior changes.
You can find research-based information from the Child and Family Learning Network at http://www.extension.org/families_and_child_well_being
Foundation for Child Development (2012). National child and youth well-being index (CWI). Retrieved from http://eric.ed.gov.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/?id=ED542868