Mister Rogers (1928-2003) Through the Holistic “Health & Wellness” Lens: Current and Historiographic Lessons

Document Type



In the 1960s, Fred Rogers created Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (MRN), a television shows for children. Although Rogers may not have been aware that his series carried the potential for a public health model, such an observation becomes apparent in contemporary terms. This transdisciplinary narrative explores MRN through the lens of holistic “health & wellness.” Several themes come in perspective as they relate to health as defined by the World Health Organization for present and future communities. Targeting a young population, Rogers focuses on emotional nurturing and health with safety for all and within a happy and healthy community—themes that are the core of public health. Through the “health & wellness” lens, the footprints for a child's behavioral and social model are evident; a model particularly relevant to present and future generations with emotional growth, health, and community spirit as essential. In MRN, children are learning through the visual and audio arts, self-esteem, caring, and positive behaviors for personal and social health. Through this lens, besides the footprints to an educational model, another evidence manifests itself, which is the timeless impact of the content of Rogers' life lessons that are constantly adjusting to the next audience of this age group by updating its format in parallel with an advancing technology, which supports the validity of MRN' potential for a holistic public health model toward complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being, and as previously proposed by the World Health Organization.


© 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink service to offer a variety of options for reusing this content.

Citation/Publisher Attribution

Judith Bijaoui, Nadia PhD, DHEd, MA; Aboul-Enein, Basil H. EdD, MPH, MSc, MA, FACN, FRSPH; Deranek, Jennifer PhD, LAT, ATC; Blankinship, Lisa Ann PhD; Kruk, Joanna PhD Mister Rogers (1928-2003) Through the Holistic “Health & Wellness” Lens, Holistic Nursing Practice: May 11, 2022 - Volume - Issue - 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000518 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000518