Practicing healthy behaviors, such as eating well and exercising while limiting alcohol and tobacco, can have an enormous effect on a person’s life. Every good habit is associated with a reduced risk for heart attack, type 2 diabetes, and other preventable conditions. Learning about and sticking with good habits can be a challenge, which is why it’s important to convey principles and strategies for success. This course introduces the concepts behind maintaining a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle, such as nutrition, fitness, preventative healthcare, and behavioral health.
Individuals in work, health or school settings who want to promote behavior change.
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
- Understand major health and wellness concepts
- Identify local resources for promoting healthier lifestyles, including tobacco cessation, weight control and preventative screening
- Improve the ability of clients to eat a healthful diet
- Increase awareness of benefits of physical activity
- Discover ways to improve behavioral and mental health
- Understand the link between stress and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity
- Apply goal-setting techniques and communicate ways to make committed change
- Create and maintain a week-long journal as a way to understand food planning, exercise, goal-setting and external effects on healthier lifestyles
- Understand how lifestyle relates to risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity
- Identify barriers to change and how to address them