The Three Pillars of Health and Well-Being

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At its core, Community 3.0 is about health and well-being, both individually and collectively. We must embrace a civic policy that is centered around improving the human condition of all our fellow citizens, no matter what their socioeconomic level. Each resident, and Community 3.0 Member, must have the opportunity to better themselves physically, mentally and socially in order to realize their dreams and aspirations.

While all of us have goals; life is really the experience of getting there … the journey. This journey is best traveled on ones own terms with personal agency engaging positively with those around us. The higher our levels of engagement are – the stronger we become; physically, mentally and socially. Engagement creates self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is defined as the extent one believes in their own ability to complete tasks and reach goals. The more a person believes their actions will help their situation, the more likely they are to do. And the more they do, the more they feel what they’re doing is helping – creating a cascade of positive results and well-being. Our focus should be then not on our destination in life … but rather our ability to push forward on our journey, and developing it along the way.

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The 3.0 Health Map and Three Pillars of Well-being

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Many organizations have created models that attempt to assess our health and well-being. There are assessments that determine your real age (physiological speaking), assessments that claim how self-actualized you are and assessments that gauge your emotional intelligence (EQ). The range is endless.

At Community 3.0, we’ve created a model that maps our ability to affect change in our health and well-being, and how these changes will modify the terms of our own personal journey of life.

The 3.0 Health Map consists of a list of questions that aims to address ten areas of behavior focus that can be addressed to better your journey going forward. From the answers to these questions we attribute you a score for each of the three pillars; physical, mental and social. Answers to a single question may affect more than one pillar. For example, alcohol consumption can affect both your physical and mental health (and possibly even you socially). Below are the components we used to determine each pillar score as well as the suggestions we provide to guide you on your journey (see Initial Action Suggestions below).

Physical

  • Food and nutrition
  • Movement and exercise
  • Sleep
  • Drinking and drug usage
  • Financial situation

Mental

  • Work situation
  • Formal learning
  • Casual learning
  • Media consumption (social and conventional)
  • Stress reduction
  • Drinking and drug usage
  • Financial situation

Social

  • Relationship with significant other
  • Friends and family relationships
  • Stranger interactions
  • Work situation
  • Volunteering and civic and church engagement
  • Political activism

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Imagine if you had a virtual assistant that gathered communications and means to engage on how you could improve yourself, develop your assets and better the community you live in. And imagine if these were sorted, prioritized and “nudged” you to do things that best helped your physical, mental and social self.

Once you become a 3.0 Member you are urged to take The 3.0 Health Map, assessing you on each of the three pillars of health. From this, your virtual assistant will make Initial Action Suggestions (IASs), suggestions to help you improve your agency within each pillar by prompting you to engage uniquely with yourself physically, mentally and socially with family and friends or even strangers through serendipitous encounters in your community.

But these initial suggestions (IASs) are just a start. As you journey through the 3.0 world, you will be encouraged to join the network of participating Merchants and other community organizations (Front Porches). Every morning and evening you will receive an email guide of six nudges from the Front Porches you’re networked with. These emails are your conduit to activities in the community as well as personal tasks you can undertake that will directly help you elevate your personal well-being. These messages could be a reminder from your doctor or healthcare provider, special deals from your neighborhood small businesses or even alerts of volunteer opportunities sponsored by a community non-profit you want to engage with.

Being well is not just something you do … it must be a basic function of your life, like breathing. Community 3.0 provides you with a vehicle that conditions your decision-making process – giving you the opportunity to automatically act healthy and enriching through a ubiquitous immersion of positive engagement prompts as you venture on your journey through life.

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