Personal Health Assessment

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Personal Health Assessment and Health Promotion Plan

Abstract

The purpose of this assignment is to gain a greater understanding of the health promotion concepts through self reflection. I plan to do this by identifying three self-assessment tools; a food journal, exercise log and sleep log, along with providing rationale for the chosen instruments. I will also address the Transtheoretical Model (TM), which stages I have gone through and which stage I am currently in. These tools and stages along with a wellness diagnosis will help me to develop a personal health plan. The outcomes of the interventions will be discussed and will include personal achievements and success.
Personal Health Assessment and Health Promotion Plan
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In developing my health promotion plan, I want to decrease stress in my life through diet, exercise and improved sleep cycle. I plan on doing this by monitoring my nutritional intake, increasing my daily physical activity and developing an appropriate sleep schedule. According to HELPGUIDE.org, stress management strategy #6 is to develop a healthy lifestyle; including a healthy diet, regular exercise and getting enough sleep ("Stress management," 2011). My eating schedule can be off at times due to working three, twelve hour night shifts each week. Some days I may get in one or two meals with lots of unhealthy snacking and other days I may get in 3 meals with 2 healthy snacks. By keeping a food journal (Appendix B) I will be more aware of what I eat and if it is healthy for me. I like to exercise but use my work schedule or lack of sleep as an excuse to not exercise. By keeping a daily exercise log (Appendix C), it will help me realize I need to get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 times a week, which is necessary in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a night shifter for the last 14 years, I know I do not get adequate sleep. By keeping a sleep log (Appendix D), I will actually see I am getting less than 5 hours of sleep a night which is less than the doctor recommended of 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep a night (Shaw, 2011).
Assessment Tools
The food journal (Appendix B) I
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