The Five Health Pillars

Are you healthy? Health is not simply the absence of disease or injury. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well being and NOT merely the absence of disease or injury.”

Because most of us need a roadmap to get the things we want, at Catalyst, we take time to educate on our 5 health pillars as the basic elements of well being.  The premise of these elements was developed by Pro-Activity & Associates and later adopted by the Academy of Prevention and Health Promotion Therapies (APHPT), an organization that we are proud to partner with!

In our effort to help YOU become the happiest, healthiest version of yourself, we have aligned all of our services and programs to connect to these health pillars.

The Five Health Pillars

  • Move

  • Fuel

  • Recover

  • Endure

  • Connect

Below you will find each pillar along with its definition and some articles to help you better understand how that pillar will help you on your journey to becoming your healthiest.



Our expertise and experience show that when you move often and move well, you enjoy greater health. The sad fact is that injuries, illness, and disease get in the way, making basic things like getting around the house or playing your favorite sport difficult. It doesn't have to be that way.  Let’s get you moving again.

Watch for future blog posts about the following topics:

  • Move well (flexibility, mobility, stability, balance, strength)

  • Move often

  • Movement Intensity 




Who doesn’t love food!?  And with good is what nourishes our body.  It’s actually fuel. The food we eat greatly impacts whether we are healthy or ill.  As Physical Therapists, we can perform a nutrition screen to determine if your diet is possibly impacting your pain, movement dysfunction, illness, or limiting your performance or ability to heal.  If your dietary needs are beyond our scope of practice, we will refer you to a Registered Dietician who can develop a more comprehensive dietary plan of care.

Look for future blog posts on the following FUEL related topics:

  • Food/Mood log

  • NTA Healthy eating tips PDF

  • NTA Foundations of Health PDF

  • Start the conversation tool




You know exactly what it feels like to need to get away - under the blankets, in a closet, or to the beach. It’s not weakness. Your body systems all require recovery. Recovery refers to our need for restorative practices both physically and emotionally.  Recover practices include:

  • Sleep hygiene

  • Mindfulness

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Tai Chi




Endurance is everything. It's what keeps you steady during good stress (weddings, job promotions...) and bad stress (well, you know what those are!) If  you feel overwhelmed or like you can't bounce back from difficult times you are in the midst of our Endure pillar.  Emotional and physical stress can make us feel out of control, culminating to breakdown of our body. Instead of choosing to throw your hands up and walk away we teach you to build resiliency and employ grit.  Endure relates to emotional and physical load management.




It’s been our experience that people who are well and living their best life, have strong social connectedness. We are not talking about being popular or having lots of friends.  We are not talking about being outgoing. Connectedness refers to having quality mutually beneficial relationships resulting in a high perceived degree of social support.