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.

Target Audience
Individuals in work, health or school settings who want to promote behavior change.

Expected Duration
4 hours

Lesson Objectives

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

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