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Dimensions of Wellness
What is really important in health class.
What is health?
 Health: is a combination of physical, mental/emotional
and social well-being. These things are all related to
your total health. These parts are all what health is
made up of. When you consider all of them, it is
Isn’t wellness health?
 Wellness: is a state of well-being or total health. Think
of it as a combination of all the parts of health.
(mental, social and physical)
So fitness is physical?
 Fitness: The state or condition of being physically
sound and healthy, especially as the result of exercise
and proper nutrition.
The Health Triangle:
 Physical: Making exercise a regular part of ones life, also by
eating nutritious meals and snacks. It also includes regular check
ups by doctors and dentists as well as avoiding bad things such as
drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
 Mental: Being able to handle challenges that are presented,
finding positive solutions to problems are both a part of mental
health. It also involves how one handles feelings, thoughts and
the situations they are faced with each day.
 Social: Includes communicating with, respecting and valuing
people. The ability to make friends is another mark of good social
health. When you have good relationships with others, you feel
cared for and respected.
95210 Healthy habits:
 9 hours of sleep
 5 Fruits and veggies per day
 2 hours of screen time per day
 1 hour of exercise per day
 0 sodas or sweets per day
Don’t touch me dude: Refusal
 Refusal skills: communication strategies that help you
say not to others effectively. This is especially
important during the teens years as you may be
exposed to things such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco,
unwanted sexual behavior or peer pressure. They can
help you stick to your values and beliefs
Refusal Skills: STOP Method
 S: Say no in a firm voice
 T: Tell why not
 O: Offer another idea
 P: Promptly leave
You are stressing me out!
 Stress is defined as your body’s response to
change. Stress is normal. Anything that causes stress
is called a stressor.
 Stress management is how people handle the stress
in their lives.
 Ways to deal with stress: relaxing, laughing,
physical activity, time management. What other ideas
do you have?
Sources of stress in teens:
school demands and frustrations
negative thoughts and feelings about themselves
changes in their bodies
problems with friends and/or peers at school
unsafe living environment/neighborhood
separation or divorce of parents
chronic illness or severe problems in the family
death of a loved one
moving or changing schools
taking on too many activities or having too high
 family financial problems
I can’t make up my mind!
The decision making process:
 The decision making process is: the process of
making a choice or finding a solution. There are six
1. State the situation
2. List the options
3. Weigh the possible outcomes :
1. HELP model Healthful, Ethical, Legal and Parent approval
4. Consider your values
5. Make a decision and act
6. Evaluate your decision afterwards
Goals, more than just scoring.
 Goal: the process of working toward something that
you want to accomplish.
 Short term goal: Goals you plan to accomplish in a
short period of time, i.e. hours, days or weeks. They
can include doing well on tests or simple things like
emailing friends.
 Long term goal: Goals you plan to accomplish within a
period of months or years. These may include things
such as: learning to play an instrument, earning a
college degree.
Be “SMART” with your goals!
Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To
set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
Measurable: Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal
you set.
Attainable: When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you
can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach
them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the
achievement of your goals.
Realistic: To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and
able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high
your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.
Timely: A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense
of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if
you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to
begin working on the goal.
What is your character like?
 Character: the way in which a person thinks, feels and
6 main traits of good character:
1. trustworthiness
2. respect
3. responsibility
4. fairness
5. caring
6. citizenship
Character building:
 Integrity: the quality of doing what you know is right.
 Empathy: the ability to understand and show concern for
another person’s feelings.
 Accountability: the willingness to answer for your actions
and decisions.
 Tolerance: the ability to accept other people as they are.
 Values: beliefs and principles that guide the way a person
 Unless otherwise noted, all information was taken from
the textbook: Glencoe Teen Health: Course 3