Integrative health—an approach to promoting, protecting, and understanding health—respects the complex interrelationships that influence the health of individuals and populations.
Integrative health views human beings as dynamic organisms in which the body, mind, and spirit are linked. It recognizes that health is influenced not only by medical care but by behaviors, such as dietary, exercise and sleep habits, as well as by stress, genetics, socio-economic status, and other factors. Integrative health acknowledges that these factors are shaped by public policies, economic conditions, social and cultural values, and physical environments.
Integrative health is concerned with health across the lifespan, from gestation through old age, and the cumulative impact of health-shaping factors and experiences.
As a practice, integrative health empowers individuals and communities to live in ways that foster health and well-being and prevent disease. It advocates for person-centered health care that’s informed by scientific evidence and uses all appropriate preventative and therapeutic approaches.
Integrative health also carries out population-based strategies, such as public education campaigns and in-school programs, to improve health and prevent disease.