Based on any dimension of health and wellness as discussed in class (or agreed to by the instructor), you will be asked to make one lifestyle change that you believe would benefit your own health, wellness and potential. You are encouraged to begin this project within the second week of class so you can complete this assignment by the due date.
• A short introduction to societal health and wellness issues.
• A short section describing your personal lifestyle change and reasons for your choice of a change process.
• Your personal definitions of health, wellness and human potential and how these definitions compare to health and wellness experts’ definitions.
• Project Overview and Presentation of Findings
• A section that will include specific goals and objectives that you hope to achieve. The use of a goal setting model such as the SMART Goal model in Chapter 1 is required.
• A section on how your lifestyle change project links to one or more of the 7 Dimensions of Wellness as presented in Chapter 1 of our textbook or other health and wellness models.
• A section describing a lifestyle change model you adopted or adapted. Examples include: Prochaska’s Stages of Change Model; Mark Allen’s 3 Step Model, the 5 Change Agent model or other change models you discovered through personal research. Information must include how your lifestyle change process followed the model or was different than the model.
• An in-depth discussion on the ‘HOW, WHAT, and WHY’ of your project. These are NOT Section heading titles – but can guide you as you describe your lifestyle change process.
• The HOW component would include a description and discussion on goal setting sessions, personal planning sessions, program planning, tracking, journal writing, questionnaires, and email correspondence.
• The WHAT component would include a description and discussion about the specific activities or processes you engaged in to support your lifestyle change. You would include an analysis of the personal data you collected over the term.
• The WHY component would include a discussion about your lifestyle change process – why were you successful or not? Again, you would include information from your personal data.
• Project must also include current research information and classroom session and textbook information related to the specific aspect(s) of Personal Health, Wellness and Personal Potential you worked on. (i.e. benefits of physical activity, the latest nutrition information (Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating), stress management models and theories, self-esteem /self-concept theories, spirituality literature, smoking cessation literature, organizational wellness information, human potential and human wellness models and theories. Critical Thinking and a demonstration of linking theory and practice are valued here.
• Discuss the meaningfulness of this project to you as an individual and how it links to your own personal and professional health, wellness and potential. Describe possible future personal health, wellness and potential projects.
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