Derived from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word that means “to make whole,” health means wholeness. To be whole means to have energy and an overall sense of satisfaction and contentment physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

If you want to be healthy or “whole,” you have to take the steps required to obtain and maintain your health. In other words, you have to take care of yourself.


Healthcare is the preservation of mental and physical health by preventing or treating illness through services offered by the health profession.

Healthcare includes preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, maintenance, palliative care, and counseling, among other services.


Self-care is what people do to establish and maintain their health, and prevent and deal with medical conditions. It includes activities that impact the mind, body, and spirit.