Healthy Living

What is Healthy Living?

Healthy living refers to the practice of improving, maintaining and/or enhancing health and health behavior.  It means that we have the power, or the physical, mental and spiritual capacity to make choices about how we live our lives on a daily basis.

Healthy Living involves making the right choices that positively impact our health and wellness not only for today but for the future as well. We all potentially have the power to take the necessary steps and actions to achieve optimum health.

Eating right, staying physically active, enhancing emotional and spiritual wellness, and focusing on disease prevention are all part of creating a healthy lifestyle.  To achieve optimum health, all aspects of one’s self must be in harmony:



Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get the most out of our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. Physical wellness promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning. Overall physical wellness encourages the balance of physical activity, nutrition and mental well-being to keep our bodies in top condition. In becoming more conscious of our physical health, we are able to discover ways in we can change our behavior patterns that lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Emotional Wellness is more than just handling stress. It also involves being attentive to our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative.  Emotional Wellness implies the ability to be aware of and accept our feelings, rather than deny them, have an optimistic approach to life, and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations. It also inspires self-awareness, self-care, the ability to manage stress and the ability to learn and grow from life experiences.

Mental Wellness refers to a way of life oriented toward optimal health and well-being in which body, mind, and spirit are integrated in a purposeful manner with a goal of living life more fully. Mental wellness should not be viewed as being completely separate from physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. They all work together to create balance, overall wellness, and optimal health.

Spiritual Wellness is comprised of many parts that include our religious faith, beliefs, values, ethics, principles and morals. It enables us to find the inner calm and peace needed to get through whatever life experiences we encounter, whether good or bad.  Enhancing our spiritual wellness enables us to experience a higher level of meaningfulness and sense of peace and purpose.  Ultimately, spiritual wellness enables our mind, body and soul to be in harmony with each other, and enables us to survive and thrive with grace and consciousness.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Tips for Healthy Living

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Tips for Healthy Living

The CDC has developed Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tips to you learn steps you can take in five minutes or less to be safe and healthy with these weekly health tips! Be sure to click on the link below for more information, including steps that can you live healthy in 5 minutes time or less.

Tools for Healthy Living

MyHealthOC: Eat, Play, Breathe

MyHealthOC’s goal is to help residents in Orange County make three small changes in their daily lives that can have a significant impact on overall health and quality of life – EAT fresh, PLAY some way, and BREATHE smoke-free, every day. MyHealthOC has compiled the best available resources on the web that provide access to simple tools and information to help people live a healthier lifestyle. Here you can find:

  • Information and tips for healthy eating
  • Fun physical activity ideas and local active events and places
  • Information and local support for smokers wanting to quit


Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions Program

The Healthier Living (or Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a FREE evidence-based program developed by Stanford University and has been shown to improve health and well-being of adults with different chronic conditions. The Healthier Living program is offered free to Orange County residents over the age of 18 years old.

Healthy Living Resources in Orange County

OC Healthcare Agency Healthy Living

The Orange County Healthcare Agency (HCA) works in partnership with the community to protect and promote the health and safety of individuals and families in Orange County through: assessment and planning, prevention and education, and treatment and care. The HCA’s Healthy Living resources include where to go for support regarding:

  • Community Alcohol & Drug Prevention
  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Mental Illness Prevention & Intervention
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Smoking ‘Quit Line’


Healthier Together

Orange County’s Healthier Together is a community-wide initiative that aligns public and private resources within the public health system to improve health for all communities in Orange County.  This initiative is led by the Health Improvement Partnership (HIP).


Orange County Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (NuPAC)

The Orange County Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (NuPAC) is a countywide community collaborative providing leadership and coordination in the areas of nutrition and physical activity. Over 200 members are part of the collaborative. Membership is open to all who have a professional or personal interest in promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles.


Children’s Power Play! Campaign

The Network for a Healthy California – Children’s Power Play! Campaign is a public health initiative led by the California Department of Public Health. Its purpose is to motivate and empower California’s elementary school-aged children to eat 3 to 5 cups of fruits and vegetables and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. These objectives are designed to improve children’s short-term health and reduce their long-term risk of chronic diseases, especially cancer, heart disease, and obesity. Children’s Power Play! is currently funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps), known in California as CalFresh, to target children from income-qualifying families.


Community Action Partnership of Orange County

The Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC) believes in the power of Community Action:  Helping People. Changing Lives.  The CAPOC works to help families and communities understand how healthy eating and active living is within their reach and also empower them to utilize their voice to create change. The CAPOC implements nutrition education, physical activity promotion, policy, systems, and environmental change, advocacy, community building and sustainability efforts, and training, with the ultimate goal of creating a healthier Orange County.