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1: Healthy Behaviors and Wellness

  • Page ID
    11117
  • By Jonathan Howard

    Learning Objectives

    • Define the nine dimensions of wellness
    • Identify health problems in the United States
    • Identify the behaviors that promote wellness
    • Behavior Modification: how change occurs, barriers to change, and how to successfully
    • overcome barriers and make lasting lifestyle changes

    • 1.1: Why Study Wellness?
      Wellness is a familiar term, but what is its true definition? Is it simply the absence of disease? This chapter will define all the components of holistic wellness and describe the factors that contribute to not only a person’s physical and mental health.
    • 1.2: Dimensions of Wellness
      Americans today experience health problems that people who lived 100 years ago did not encounter.
    • 1.3: Health Problems in the United States
      Americans today experience health problems that people who lived 100 years ago did not encounter. What are the factors that account for these health problems that have arisen over the past 100 years? Most health problems faced by people in the U.S. are chronic diseases that are preventable and caused by everyday choices and unhealthy lifestyles.
    • 1.4: Behaviors That Promote Wellness
      Making permanent lifestyle changes is one of the greatest challenges a person can face. This section will explore how changes to behavior occur, the psychological barriers that hamper efforts to change, and tips for making lasting change.
    • 1.5: Behavior Modification
      Making permanent lifestyle changes is one of the greatest challenges a person can face. This section will explore how changes to behavior occur, the psychological barriers that hamper efforts to change, and tips for making lasting change.
    • 1.6: Lifestyle Modification Barriers
      Lifestyle changes are a process that take time and require support. Once you are ready to make a change, the difficult part is committing and following through. So do your research and make a plan that will prepare you for success. Careful planning means setting small goals and taking things one step at a time.
    • 1.7: Assessing Your Personal Lifestyle Behaviors