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HEALTH TRIANGLE
SIDES OF THE WELLNESS TRIANGLE
 Mental Health – feelings about yourself
 Social Health – how you get along with others
 Physical Health - how your body systems work together
MENTAL HEALTH
 How you relate to others, how well you meet
the demands of everyday life,
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Develop thinking skills
See mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow
Accept responsibility for your actions
Stand up for beliefs and values
In touch with your feelings and express them
appropriately
 Can deal with frustrations and disappointment
 Don’t dwell on negative thoughts
SOCIAL HEALTH
 Ability to make and keep friends
 Work and play in cooperative ways
 Can seek and lend support when you need to
 Show RESPECT for yourself
 Good communication
PHYSICAL HEALTH
Can cope with stresses of everyday life
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Need proper nutrition
Regular physical activity
Enough rest and sleep
Practice good hygiene
Regular medical and dental check-ups
Resisting harmful substances
WELLNESS
 All three sides of the triangle must be
balanced to be considered in good health
standing.
 When all three sides are balanced, that is
considered wellness.
3 equal sides
3 uneven sides
WELLNESS CONTINUUM
 A way of living each day that includes choices
and decisions based on healthy attitudes.
 Health and Wellness Continuum (pg 7)
 List your favorite activities or hobbies.
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Get into groups of three and then put them into
the three categories of wellness.
WHAT CAN WELLNESS AFFECT?
 How you look, feel, act
 Attitudes
 School, Work and Recreation Performance
 How you feel about YOURSELF
 How successful your relationships are
 Determines your goals AND your ability to
accomplish them
STEPS TO RESPONSIBLE HEALTH
 Determine how much you know about your health
 Obtain accurate information about how to stay
healthy or IMPROVE your health
 Take action!!!
 What are YOUR strengths and weaknesses???
 Pair up and discuss, then we will go around the room
and your PARTNER will say one of your strengths
AND one of your weaknesses
LIFESTYLE FACTORS
 Personal behaviors and habits that are
related to how a person lives, which can
determine their level of health.
 7-8 hours of sleep per night
 Eat nutritious food from each food group each day
(balanced daily diet)
 Refrain from tobacco products
 Eat breakfast daily
 20-30 minutes of nonstop vigorous activity 3x’s per
week
 Do not use alcohol or drugs
 Maintain recommended weight
In order to practice good
health habits you need to
believe that there is some
benefit for you.
OPTIMISTS ARE LESS LIKELY TO SUFFER
ILLNESS AND DIE YOUNG THAN
PESSIMISTS. SEE THE POSITIVE!!!
WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF BEING FIT???
 At ease with yourself
 More confident and self-assured
 Emotionally stable
 Future success
 Confidence
THINGS THAT CAN AFFECT
YOUR LEVEL OF HEALTH
 Heredity
 Behavior
 Environment
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Physical
Social
Cultural
How do each of these
things affect your
health and wellness??
HEREDITY
 All the traits and properties that are passed
along biologically from both parents to a child.
 Disease can be hereditary!!!
 Think of things that “run in your family” these are
aspects of your health that you want to pay CLOSE
attention to…heart disease, diabetes, cancer…
ENVIRONMENT
 SOCIAL  family and people you come into daily
contact with
 PEERS….PEER PRESSURE (trying to fit in and become
part of the group)
 CULTURAL  beliefs, customs and behaviors of a
group.
 Understanding different cultures may improve your
SOCIAL health
 PHYSICAL  air quality, area you live in, medical
care, immunizations
 Can contribute to your sense of WELLBEING
BEHAVIOR
 Is the aspect of your life that you have the most CONTROL over
 This is the way you CHOOSE to act within your environment
Think of things that “run in your family”….how can you change
or control whether or not that happens to you???