A woman doctor is using a stethoscope as she performs a checkup on a young girl.
A teddy bear is buckled up in the seat of a car.
There are three steps you can take to help you reach your personal health goals gain awareness, gain knowledge, and build health skills.
Step 1: Gain Awareness Some health problems are easy to recognize, such as when you suffer an injury or when you are sick with a cold or the flu. However, other health problems such as high blood pressure or social and emotional problems are not so obvious. This is why it is important to visit your doctor for regular checkups in order to find health problems before they become more serious.
Step 2: Gain Knowledge When you become aware of a health problem, it is important to learn about the causes, warning signs, and even what to expect in the future. You should learn if the problem can be prevented and how it is treated to make you feel better. Prevention – taking action to avoid health problems, including disease and injury plays a very important role in achieving your health goals.
Step 3: Build Health Skills There is much more to being healthy than simply being aware of health issues and learning about them. Knowledge is great, but it is not very useful if you do not have the skills to use that knowledge. For example, a piano student may know how to read all of the notes of the music, but do you think this student will be able to actually play the piano without practicing? Can you think of some examples in your own life when practicing a skill is important? Next you will find a list of skills to help you achieve your health goals. Throughout this course, you will have opportunities to practice these skills.
•Analyzing Influences Sometimes it is difficult to make healthy choices when you are being influenced by friends, family, the media, and even your culture. A good skill to have is to be able to recognize how all of these factors affect your health choices.
•Accessing Information What should you believe? Whom should you believe? It is important for you to find a good doctor and good sources of reliable information.
•Communicating Being able to talk to others, express your feelings, and show you care are all important skills for maintaining healthy relationships and emotional health.
•Making Decisions It is important to be able to look at your alternatives and think about the possible outcomes of a decision you make. This requires you to understand your values, or the standards and beliefs most important to you.
•Setting Goals When you set goals, you can develop an action plan – a set of steps you take to reach a specific goal. Think of an action plan as a map that helps you get where you want to go.
•Practicing Healthful Behaviors Think back to the chart you made at the beginning of this lesson. Are all of your habits healthy? You may need to come up with some new strategies for being healthy, and you may need to practice these strategies so that they become habits.
•Advocacy When you recognize a problem that negatively affects your or someone elses health, it is important to speak up about it. Advocacy refers to using some form of communication to raise awareness about an issue. For example, you may suggest to the principal at your school that you would like to have healthier options on the lunch menu.
So far we have discussed the importance of gaining awareness, gaining knowledge, and building health skills. All of these steps will increase your health literacy – the ability to gather, understand, and use information to improve health.
The health triangle is made up of(choose all that apply)? 3 points
A. Monetary health.
(B.) social health.***
(C.) physical health.****
(D.)mental and emotional. ****
Your friend spends most of his free time eating junk food and playing games on the computer. which way on the health continuum is moving?
B. long life expectancy
Visiting your doctor for regular check-ups is an example of which step you might take to meet take to meet your health goals?
A. gain awareness.****
B. gain knowledge.
C. build health skill.
D. set goals.
Developing an action plan is part of which of the seven health skills?
C. Setting Goals ****
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