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Personal Health Vision, Obstacles, and Strategies

My health vision is…

After taking the time to conduct a self-analysis of personal health risks, I concluded that specific changes were required to improve my physical and psychological well-being. Behavioral aspects are systematic determinants of healthy wellness, co-existing with psychosocial factors that cause various risk factors (Phillips et al., 2014). My personal health vision seeks to address critical risk factors that impact patient health in modern society to reduce the potential prevalence of diseases which may be deadly or limit the quality of life as I get older.

My motivators are…

My education has impacted me to be aware of personal health after understanding the consequences and prevalence of diseases which emerge from chronic risk factors based on daily lifestyle. Furthermore, the rising costs of healthcare are a tremendous burden on those facing these health issues. I have taken an approach that personal health is vital to overall happiness and satisfaction in life. Therefore, if I can significantly impact my health through rather minor (in the scope of things) changes, I should take the initiative.

My obstacles are…

Psychological and social factors remain the biggest obstacle to improving health behavior. Risk factors such as high stress or anxiety lead to poor adherence to physical aspects such as disciplined diet or exercise routines. Furthermore, social factors lead to pressures to engage in behaviors that are detrimental such as consumption of alcohol or an unhealthy diet. Leading a healthy lifestyle would mean I have to sacrifice or modify certain social aspects of my life.

My strategies to overcome my obstacles are:

Participating in some method of wellness coaching would be beneficial. It has been found to improve health behaviors and quality of life in large-scale studies. Wellness coaching has led to positive change by addressing psychological aspects that were critical to long-term change. This includes motivational, confidence, and satisfaction factors of positive health behavior. Wellness coaching supports collaboration with trainers and others focusing on similar goals; thus, ensuring active participation through support and accountability (Clark et al., 2016). One strategy of wellness is to participate in full engagement by managing energy which is necessary for high performance. This includes identifying sources and distribution of energy amongst physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of our life and redirecting it towards highly positive factors (Duskey, 2006).

3 Month Goals

Goal #1

I want to establish a healthy, well-balanced diet. This includes a wide variety of products that contain nutrients and vitamins as recommended by the USDA. It can be measured by keeping track of food intake since many web resources allow to research information on the distribution of caloric and micronutrient intake in all types of foods. It is actionable by requiring me to keep a controlled consumption of foods in my daily diet. This is a realistic goal because it is a recommended step by health professionals to improve well-being and manage health risks such as BMI. Ultimately, it is a long-term goal that I would like to maintain for the rest of my life. However, it is most likely going to be a difficult transition which would require conducting research and form new habits that can be achieved in a three-month time period.

Goal #2

I want to engage in a more healthy and active lifestyle in terms of physical activity. This includes participation in various sport and fitness-related activities as well as avoiding leading a sedentary lifestyle on a daily basis. The goal can be measured by keeping track of active minutes and calories burned using a variety of fitness tracking technologies. It is actionable since it would require me to dedicate a portion of my time to physical activity. It is a realistic expectation since physical activity does not have to be intense participation in sports. Basic exercise and more focus on choosing healthier solutions (walking or taking the stairs) are some of the steps I could take. Similar to diet, this goal will require a transition period to establish disciplined habits. However, a time period can be set to achieve specific objectives for physical performance as a measurable target.

References

Clark, M. M., Bradley, K. L., Jenkins, S. M., Mettler, E. A., Larson, B. G., Preston, H. R., … Douglas, K. S. (2016). Improvements in health behaviors, eating self-efficacy, and goal-setting skills following participation in wellness coaching. American Journal of Health Promotion, 30(6), 458-464. Web.

Duskey, H. (2006). The power of full engagement. Web.

Phillips, S. M., Glasgow, R. E., Bello, G., Ory, M. G., Glenn, B. A., Sheinfeld-Gorin, S. N., … Krist, A. H. (2014). Frequency and prioritization of patient health risks from a structured health risk assessment. Annals of Family Medicine, 12(6), 505-513. Web.