Health Of Achieving Health And Wellness

2104 Words Aug 18th, 2015 9 Pages
Achieving health and wellness is a highly individualized, dynamic process that is characterized by six interrelated dimensions: physical, social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and environmental health. The focus of this paper is my physical health as it relates to wellness.
Furthermore, the objective of focusing on my physical health is to identify current health behaviors and factors that may be impacting and prohibiting me from achieving optimal physical health. Using the Transtheoretical Model for Stages of Change1 as a guide, I will identify a specific health behavior I am seeking to improve, and outline an action plan to achieve and maintain good physical health.
In assessing my health behaviors, I have identified three specific
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3 A stainless steel, mesh-like tube that is inserted to prop open the artery (Donatelle, 2013, p. 263).

Improving Health Behaviors 3 intensity4 aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week, in addition to muscle-strengthening activities5 two or more days a week that work all the major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms), so as to avoid another acute cardiovascular event.
As Dontelle (2013) explains in the text, My Health: An Outcomes Approach, the lack of physical activity is “[a behavior6] that is considered to be a modifiable determinant7….[and is] responsible for nearly 1 in 10 deaths…”, (p. 6, p. 7). Unfortunately, because my mother has not adhered to the suggested cardiac health guidelines, statistically she has jeopardized her life expectancy by reducing it approximately 1.3-3.5 years respectively, (Franco, OH et al. 2005), and has placed herself at risk for yet another heart attack, (Donatelle, 2013, p. 253). I have found that it is very hard to overcome this particularly dangerous behavior I have established, because although I know I can improve my physical health if I make a consistent, concerted effort to engage in physical activity, it would be easier if my mother, whom I love and care about, would support me in improving my physical health by displaying concern for her own.
In assessing my poor nutrition, I cannot fully attribute this health behavior to the nutritional value of the

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