Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, was strongly committed to the idea of mens sana in corpore sano, which means “a sound mind in a healthy body.” Aristotle also proclaimed, “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
In most cases, we can choose to be healthy by making healthy choices every day. Healthy people usually lead productive and satisfying lives at work, school, and home. At UMBC, we take a holistic view of what it means to be healthy. In addition to the important strategies of exercise, healthy eating, smoking cessation, and stress management, we include financial health, safety, ergonomics, and good teamwork. We also stress the importance of leaders creating an environment that enables people to be their best in their personal, academic, and work lives, and that encourages people to support one another in developing and sustaining healthy lifestyles.
I encourage all of our faculty, staff, and students to make healthy choices. Please consider UMBC’s Wellness Initiative website a portal to healthy living.
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III