Center for Wellness Integration

The Center for Wellness Integration represents Southwestern Adventist University's commitment to serve our community and surrounding areas. To do this, our faculty, staff, and students are working together to:

  • Advocate for the health and wellness of community resident.
  • Utilize the experience and expertise of campus leaders and professors in collaboration with students to serve area communities in meaningful ways.
  • Support and partner with area initiatives and agencies in pursuit of assessing needs and developing and implementing interventions to promote all aspects of health and socialization.

Our Mission is to: 

Partner with community representatives and agencies to provide support for the well-being of our neighbors.

Our Vision is focused upon: 

Collaboration with the community to support engagement in whole-person wellness enterprises.

The 5 Pillars of Wellness


Economic Wellness

Why is economic wellness important?
  • Money isn’t everything, but it does have a huge influence on our well-being. Many people experience financial hardships and struggle with having the resources they need to enjoy life and experience wellness. 
How does one acheive economic wellness?
  • Be content with what you have and try not to compete and compare with others.
  • Identify a reasonable budget and live within that budget. This may include cutting out expenses that are not necessary.
  • Trust and honor God as the Bible suggests in Malachi 3:10 and Psalm 50:14.
What is economic wellness?
  • Being satisfied with what you have, living within your means, having sufficient money to manage life, food, clothing, medical care, and a little left over to share with others and offer as an offering to God.

Emotional Wellness

Why is emotional wellness important?
  • Nearly 1 of 20 American adults are affected by a mood disorder every year. Once a person has had an occurrence of depression, subsequent episodes tend to occur. It is normal to feel sadness occasionally, but depression is a mood disorder that affects an individual’s life in many aspects. Depression is a widespread issue that ranks high among the causes of disability and suicide.

How is emotional wellness achieved?
If characteristics above sounds familiar or if you are experiencing similar feelings and symptoms, we encourage you to do the following:

  • Seek professional health and support.
  • Do things that make you feel good and are positive choices that enhance healthy living.
  • Implement things that you can do to help yourself . This includes:
    • Regular physical activity.
    • Use of light therapy. (Learn More)
  • Find gems of inspiration that will support your journey to optimal health and well-being.

These are just a few of the possible actions you can take to improve your emotional health and quality of life. Please do not hesitate to call for help if you feel life is not worth living:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  800-273-8255

What is emotional wellness?
  • According to the NIH, “emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times.” Being able to sleep well, have a positive outlook on life, and engage in healthy relationships with others all relate to emotional wellness. (Learn More)

Physical Wellness

Why is physical wellness important?
  • More than 80% of chronic conditions could be avoided by adopting health lifestyle behaviors (Bodai et al., 2018). These conditions include cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, obesity, and many cancers.  
How does one acheive physical wellness?
  • Participate in regular daily exercise, including aerobic, stretching, and toning activities. Varying activities from day to day is helpful.
  • Primarily eat a diet that is whole food and plant based. Fill your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, add some whole grains, and include some protein such as legumes, all in moderate amounts.

Most experts suggest individuals need 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night. Additionally, the Bible encourages us to rest one day a week (24-hours) by setting aside our normal responsibilities and tuning into God and relationships.

What is physical wellness?
  • We are physical beings. We have bodies that need food, physical activity, and sleep. To be physically well, we need to engage in healthy habits.

These are just a few of the things you can do to be physically healthy. Click here for great suggestions and more details.

Social Wellness

Why is social wellness important?
  • Regardless of their influence on others, all of us have been influenced in some way by our surroundings in some form or another.
  • Think about this the next time you are feeling down and speaking about how difficult life is. Or the time you were so happy about what was happening and the others around you were all smiles as well.
  • It is known that we need each other. Research indicates that that when people have others in their life that care about them, they do better in life. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs includes love and belonging as most important following the physiological needs or water, food, and sleep, and the need for safety according to Frates et al, 2019.
  • God knows that we need each other and encourages us not to forsake the gathering of ourselves together in Hebrews 10:25.   
How is social wellness achieved?

There are actions that can be taken to overcome the loneliness and isolation that people feel. Frates et al. provides suggestions that can be taken:

  • Accept other individuals as they are. Try to build trust with them gradually.
  • Have an uplifting attitude and be confident. Most people prefer to associate with positive individuals.
  • If you live alone, consider getting a roommate or pet.
  • Be aware that loneliness is a signal that something needs to change.
  • Consider volunteering for community service or another activity that you enjoy.
  • Focus on developing quality relationships with people who share similar attitudes, interests, and values.

These are just a few suggestions-there are many more. According to Frates et al. Social Connectedness Chapter. Lifestyle Medicine Handbook.

What is social wellness?
  • Social wellness is having healthy, satisfying, and mutually beneficial relationships with other.

Spiritual Wellness

Why is spiritual wellness important?
  • Life is challenging. Yet, we don’t have to manage life alone. God cares about us and wishes to be in relationship with us. Research indicates that those who have a faith connection feel supported and can manage life better.
  • David asked God for a clean heart and renewed spirit in Psalm 51. In Ezekiel 36:26-29 God promises that we will give us a new heart and spirit. In Hebrews 4:15-16 we are challenged to come boldly before God’s throne of grace and recognize that Christ does sympathize with us-knowing our weaknesses and temptations. Believe that God will do as He promises, for you today!
How is spiritual wellness achieved?
  • Spend time in reflection, contemplating who you are in relation to those around you. Consider what is your purpose in life and how are you living out your most important values. When you can define the values that are most important to you and determine your purpose, life is less stressful and reactive. A good place to start is with God.
  • The Bible encourages us to take time to know who God is Psalms 46:10
  • Slow Down, pause, and enjoy the experiences life presents to you.
  • Many of us hurry through life and miss opportunities that would enhance life and our enjoyment of it. Wise King Solomon suggested there is a time for everything.
What is spiritual wellness?
  • According to Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America “spiritual wellness is being connected to something greater than yourself and having a set of values, principles, morals and beliefs that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to life, then using those principles to guide your actions.” (Read More)

Wellness Challenge

Watch how Barbara was able to take control of her health!

Want to take control of YOUR health?
Then join us to learn the keys to a full, happy, and long life. 

Learn More!


*Barb continues to do well, three years later. While we are not currently offering health education seminars, we will post information when we are able to resume hosting these seminars.*

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About The Center

  • 100% of junior and senior nursing students served thousands of DFW residents at the dental, vision, and medical care focused Your Best Pathway to Health.
  • Members of our faculty lead a grant-funded community assessment research project which has guided recent community health education programming.
  • Nursing students received Hearing, Vision, and Scoliosis training and regularly lead out in providing these screenings for students in the community.
  • Statistically significant results were realized for reduction in weight, BMI (body-mass index), HgbA1c, and systolic blood pressure for two cohorts of attendees of our Reversing Diabetes program.
  • Our students participated in Service Day in 2018 and 2019, helping our neighbors and other community residents in a variety of ways.      


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Reversing Diabetes program

The Center's Leadership

Terri Gibson, DNP, MSN

Department of Nursing

Ana Patterson, MBA

Office of the President

Lynette Frantzen, PhD

Department of Education & Psychology

Paulino Santos-Andino, Ed.D.

Department of Kinesiology

Amy McHenry, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences

Michael Gibson, M.DIV.

Department of Religion