Medical Journal - Houston (Internet / Print) May 2006 Column by Dr. Victor Sierpina: Wellness promotion emphasizes those activities, attitudes, and behaviors that promote optimal well being. Wellness is more than a state of “not being sick” but rather utilizes a model focused on function and thriving rather than one predominantly occupied with disease treatment or even disease prevention. While it is true that optimal human function can best occur in the absence of disease or at least maximal possible control of the morbidities associated with illness, wellness promotion emphasizes what we actually do with good health to best optimize our personal goals and potentialities. In the personalized health care and wellness promotion of the future, genetics and genomics will play an increasingly important role.