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Title: Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy Lifestyles
  • Designed by
  • Mary Lou Gamble

What is Wellness?
  • It means different things to different people,
    but true wellness involves the whole person
    body, mind, and spirit and it requires that we
    make healthy choices to take care of ourselves in
    many important ways.

A Wellness Lifestyle
  • A lifestyle is a series of choices about how we
    live and how we take care of ourselves or do
    not take care of ourselves. Some of the choices
    we make may sap our energy and undermine
    wellness. We may drink too much coffee, eat too
    much fat, not get enough sleep, work too hard, or
    isolate ourselves emotionally from others.

Making Healthy Choices
  • Personal wellness depends on the choices that
    each one of us makes. In order to make healthy
    choices, however, we need some way to measure
    where we are and where we want to go. It is
    important for each individual to develop goals
    for his or her own wellness and to find ways to
    measure progress.
  • Wellness comes from making healthy choices in
    many different areas of our lives. Those areas
    include healthy eating, healthy exercise, healthy
    stress, healthy relationships, and making healthy

Healthy Eating
  • Healthy eating does not mean dieting and denial
    rather, it means listening to our bodies and
    learning what food gives us energy and makes us
    feel our best. There are many simple ways to
    improve the way we eat, from increasing the
    amount of fresh fruits and vegetables to learning
    how to read nutrition labels.

Healthy Exercise
  • Healthy exercise means a balance of activities,
    including stretching, strength-building, and
    aerobic activities. Activities such as vigorous
    dancing, aerobic weed pulling, and other active
    pursuits work just as well as hard exercise in a
    gym. The opportunities are all around us.

Healthy Stress
  • Stress can be healthy. Feeling excited and
    challenged is the best way to learn and grow.
    Unhealthy stress, however, constantly nags at us
    and never seems to go away. Unrelenting stress
    can cause problems such as backaches and
    headaches. If it goes on for too long, stress
    can lead to serious illness including heart
    attacks and ulcers.
  • It is important to make stress management a
    normal part of our daily life. Techniques like
    deep breathing and guided imagery help combat
    stress and its effects.

Healthy Relationships
  • The choices we make about how we build
    friendships with others can affect our whole
    sense of well-being. Healthy relationships work
    both ways we give to others and we receive from
    them. It is important to develop relationships
    in which we can trust the other person enough to
    share how they really feel.

Healthy Changes
  • Wellness is always about change making healthy
    changes in our own lives, as well as dealing with
    the changes that occur constantly around us. We
    prepare for change by clarifying our central
    values and sense of purpose. Once we are clear
    about what is really important to us, we can use
    those values to select the changes we will choose
    to make.

Wellness and Illness
  • What is the relationship between wellness and
    illness? Rather than relying on health care to
    keep us well, it is vitally important that we
    make the choices that can help us remain healthy.
  • No one is one hundred percent well at all times.
    Even if we always make healthy choices in all
    areas, we may become ill. But remember, it is
    still possible to work toward wellness and to be
    well even when we are faced with illness.

Four Steps to Wellness
  • Wellness is a way of life that is not only good
    for you, but is also enjoyable! However, while
    the rewards of a wellness lifestyle are great,
    many negative forces can sabotage your good
    intentions to improve your living patterns. That
    is why it is so important to make a plan for
    wellness. Here is your chance to begin
    developing a four-step personal wellness plan
    that will lead you toward making healthy choices.
  • Wellness is a desirable goal that can sometimes
    seem out of reach. It may be easier to think of
    the path to wellness in four steps

Get the Facts
  • Learn as much as you can about every aspect of
    wellness. The more you know about each area of
    wellness, the better the judgments you can make
    about taking care of yourself. As you learn
    more, your interest will increase, and the
    greater your interest, the more likely you are to
    choose to live well.

Develop a Personal Wellness Plan
  • A plan is an organized systematic strategy for
    how you can get from where you are to where you
    want to be. It is a road map. Before you can
    develop your plan, you have to know what you
    want. What would you like to do differently?
    How would you like to feel? How would you like
    to live? Stop for a minute and think about what
    you want.

Develop Supportive Cultures
  • Good intentions are fine, but it is tough to make
    healthy choices unless you get some
    encouragement. If your environment fights
    healthy behaviors and encourages self-destructive
    ones, your good intentions will lose out to the
    power of the old bad habits.
  • So, if you want to stop smoking, put yourself in
    places where you cannot smoke. If you want to
    start exercising, get together with people who
    like to exercise. Surround yourself with people
    and places that encourage your healthy behaviors
    and you will be far more likely to succeed.

Keep Track of Your Progress
  • Pay attention to the changes you make and how
    they affect your well-being. Keep a chart to
    measure your progress over time. And remember,
    think long-term! Do not be impatient. After
    all, wellness is a journey, not a destination.

Personal Assessment
  • Your choices contribute to your well-being.
  • Consult your internal wisdom.
  • Sort out your values and priorities.
  • Live according to your belief system.
  • Gather interpersonal support from family and

Six Major Areas of Wellness
  • There are six major areas of wellness in pursuing
    a healthy lifestyle
  • Personal Responsibility Do you believe that you
    are the key to your well-being? Have you been
    taking charge of taking care of yourself? How
    responsible have you been? What about your
    health habits (e.g., smoking, alcohol, seat
    belts, attention to symptoms, regular checkups)?

  • Nutrition - How do you feel about your eating
    habits? Do you eat quality food? Is it healthy
    for you? Are you eating about the right amount
    of food? What about your eating style? How do
    you eat? What is your mood? Your pace?
  • Exercise Are you satisfied with your general
    energy level and your fitness status? Have you
    been exercising, within your bodys safe limits,
    to keep physically fit? Could you work out
    harder? More often? Is exercise fun or
  • Stress Management How is your stress level?
    Too high? Too low? About right? Do you relax?
    How? How do you cope? Is the way you typically
    handle pressure healthful or harmful to you?

  • Relationships Are you surrounded by family and
    friends? Do the people around you support you
    with caring? Have you been building and
    maintaining friendships that are satisfying,
    stimulating, and supportive? Do you regularly
    reach out to others around you?
  • Personal Balance Is your life in balance? Are
    you clear about what is most important to you
    your purposes, goals, and values? As you juggle
    your responsibilities, do you manage to spend
    your time in ways that reflect these priorities?
  • What do you need to find out more about? What
    facts do you need to gather? What improvements
    would you like to make? Check your environments
    Home, School, Work, Play. Are each of them
    supportive to a wellness lifestyle? How could
    you change your environments to support your
    healthy habits.

Your Wellness Challenge
  • List at least one goal in each area. Measure
    your progress after one week, one month, one
  • Keep track of progress. Pay attention to your
  • Give yourself a grade for each goal that you
    listed. Record your results. You will soon be
    noticing steady progress toward a healthy

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