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Your Wellness. Taking Responsibility for your Health. What to Know about the Health Triangle. Shows relationships among the 3 kinds of health. 1. Physical Health 2. Mental-emotional Health 3. Family-social Health

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Your wellness

Your Wellness

Taking Responsibility for your Health

What to know about the health triangle

What to Know about theHealth Triangle

  • Shows relationships among the 3 kinds of health.

    • 1. Physical Health

    • 2. Mental-emotional Health

    • 3. Family-social Health

      Each of these relationships forms a point on the triangle and each side supports the other

Physical health

Physical Health

  • Physical health is the condition of a person’s body.

    • Eat a well-balanced diet

    • Participate in regular exercise

    • Get at least 8 hours of sleep

    • Take care of your personal hygiene

    • Have regular medical and dental check ups

    • Avoid unnecessary risks

    • Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and drugs

Mental emotional health

Mental-emotional Health

  • Mental-emotional health is the condition of a person’s mind and the ways that a person expresses feelings.

    • Face difficult situations with a positive and realistic outlook

    • Express your feelings clearly and calmly to others

    • Set priorities so that you can handle all of your responsibilities

    • Use your talents effectively to achieve your goals

    • Be patient with yourself as you learn new skills. If you make a mistake think about how you can do better next time

    • Accept responsibilities for your actions

Family social health

Family-Social Health

  • Family-social health is the condition of a person’s relationships with family members and with others.

    • Respect and care for members of your family

    • Have a friendly, open attitude toward other people

    • Pay attention to what you say and how you say it. Body Language

    • Be loyal, truthful and dependable

    • Learn to disagree without arguing and show respect for others.

Unbalanced health triangle

Unbalanced Health Triangle

What happens if one of the points of the health triangle is missing?

Expressing feelings is a skill that helps maintain which side of the triangle?

If this skill is lacking, the triangle can begin to lose its balance and the other 2 sides are affected.

What might happen to physical health? Social health?

Stress. Family. Difficulty expressing your feelings.

These factors diminish your health status.

Health challenge thinking about good health

Health ChallengeThinking About Good Health

  • Read each story carefully. Have a group discussion on which triangle goes with the story. Then choose the health triangle that best illustrates the young person in the story. Put the stories with the correct triangle.

    • Make sure all voices are heard and then make a decision.

Factors t hat affect health status

Factors That AffectHealth Status

1. Health Knowledge2. Accessing health information

3. Behaviors4. Influences: culture, media, technology

5. Communication6. Decisions a person makes

7. Health Advocacy Skills8. Heredity

9. Environment10. Random Events

Health knowledge the information and understanding a person has about health

Health KnowledgeThe information and understanding a person has about health.

When you understand information about a health product and use it correctly, you promote your own good health and prevent disease.

Example: (Outside/ Sun Screen / Skin Cancer)

Can you think of other examples?

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Accessing Health InformationTo access something means to obtain, get, or find what you are looking for.

  • When you access useful health information,

    • You help yourself make decisions about products or services.

    • You choose behaviors that will keep you healthy.

    • A health service is help that is provided by a health-care facility or health-care provider.

    • If you have access to these providers quickly, your chances of recovery are improved.

    • A product is something that is used to restore or maintain health.

    • Example: (toothbrush, sunscreen, prescription drugs

Behaviors the way a person chooses to act or respond to a situation

BehaviorsThe way a person chooses to act or respond to a situation.

  • 2 Types of Behavior that can Affect Your Health

  • 1. Healthful Behaviors2. Risk Behaviors

    • Promotes health.Threatens health.

    • Prevents injury, illness and Can cause injury,

    • premature death.illness and premature death.

    • Improves the quality of the Damages and destroys the environment.Environment.

    • Examples: wearing a seat belt,Examples: playing sports without

    • exercising regularly, and eatingsafety equipment, smoking and

    • healthy foods.drinking alcohol.

Influences such as culture media and technology

Influences such as culture, media, and technology

Culture is the arts, beliefs, and customs that make up a way of life for a group of people at a certain time.

What beliefs does your family have about eating breakfast, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes?

Media are the various forms of mass communications.

If you watch a TV commercial for pizza and then order one from that shop, it is safe to say that your behavior was influenced by the advertisement.

Technology is the practical application or use of knowledge.

Suppose you log on to the internet and read an article on ways to protect yourself from violence. As a result you decide to start locking your doors of your home & car. By doing this you can conclude that your health status has been influenced by technology.

What other ways can culture, media and technology influence you?

Communication activity

Communication Activity

Pass Right – Pass Left

Topic: communication

Concept: Skill of listening: This activity will show the importance of listening and how difficult that is when you are not concentrating on what is being said because you are busy doing something else.

Method: Classroom Activity

Time Frame: 10 minutes plus discussion

Materials Needed: The Wright Family Story; paper clip for each student.

Activity: Have the group form a circle. Give each person a paper clip. Tell the group that you are going to read them a story and every time they hear and word that sounds like right or left, they are to pass the paper clip in their hand to the person on their right or left depending on what they heard. Start reading the story slowly so that they have a chance to catch on to what you want them to do. After a few passes stop the story and ask them how they are doing. Check to see that everyone has a button in his hand. If your group is typical, some will have 2 or 3 paper clips and others will not have any. Redistribute the paper clips and continue reading the story, faster as you go. Stop the story a couple more times to check on how they are doing.

Discussion ideas

Discussion Ideas

What was happening during this activity?

What made the activity difficult to accomplish?

What impact did what other people do have on your ability to stay up with the story?

How did you feel during the activity?

What would have made the activity easier to accomplish?

How hard was it to listen and pass the objects at the same time?

How much of the story can you remember?

How seriously did everyone take the activity?

What impact did the level of seriousness have on the activity?

What can this activity tell us about communication?

How hard were you concentrating during this activity?

How hard were the people concentration on either side of you?

Describe a situation you have had where someone was not really listening to you when you were telling them something?

How did that make you feel?

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Communication SkillsThe ways in which a person chooses to share feelings, thoughts and information with others.

Your ability to speak clearly and listen carefully affects your relationships. This may affect your health status or the health status of others.

Example: Suppose you keep angry feelings bottled up inside you. Eventually, this choice of behaviors can have a negative effect on your health status because you still feel angry. Often, talking things out will help reduce your anger.

Communication skills that can affect your h ealth status

Communication Skills that can Affect your Health Status

  • Resistance Skills – are methods a person can use to say no to an action or situation that could damage health status.

    • What do you do when a friend asks you to do something you don’t want to do? Do it or resist?

  • Conflict-Resolution – are steps that you can take to settle a disagreement in a responsible way.

    • Disagreement with a friend – Choose to fight or communicate?

Decisions involve c hoices

Decisions Involve Choices

Many decisions are made automatically, or are of little consequence to your health (what to wear).

Many decisions have long-term consequences. (what you choose to eat, whether you choose to smoke or drink and you choose to spend time with) are decisions that can affect your health status now & later.

Responsible irresponsible decisions

Responsible & Irresponsible Decisions

Responsible DecisionsIrresponsible Decisions

Promote healthCan harm health

Keep safety in mindResult in unsafe behaviors

Follow lawsMay be illegal

Show respect for self and othersShow disrespect for self and others

Follow guidelines of parents/adultsShow disregard for guidelines of parents and others

Demonstrate good characterAre part of normal character development

Behavior choices

Behavior Choices

(Need sticky notes & Chart Paper)

List examples of responsible and irresponsible decisions based on what you saw on the previous slide.

Explain how each example is related to personal health status or health status of the environment.

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Health Advocacy SkillsSkill used to influence the health behavior and decisions of others and to advance health-related beliefs and concerns.

A health advocate is a person who influences the health behavior and decisions of others and advances certain health-related beliefs and concerns.

What other people do in your community, nation, and world affects your health status.

Illegal drug use is linked to violence, accidents, and crime. (If you become a health advocate for teens to be drug free, and more teens actually do turn away from drugs as a result of your actions, then you have helped improve the health status of people in your country.

What other examples do you have of a health advocate?

Whenever you work to improve the health of others, you act as a health advocate. At the same time, you improve your own health status.

Heredity the passing of characteristics or traits from biological parents to their children

HeredityThe passing of characteristics or traits from biological parents to their children.

Characteristics passed to you either promote your health status or do not promote your health status.

Inherited characteristics may therefore be protective factors or risk factors.

Protective factors – something that increases the odds of a positive outcome, such as healthful traits.

What happens if you engage in harmful habits, such as smoking and living on a high-fat diet.

Risk factors – something that increases the odds of a negative outcome.

When you know you are at risk for something you make choices that offset this factor.

Primary health risk factors

Primary Health Risk Factors



High blood Pressure

High levels of Cholesterol

Stress and Tension





Which ones can you control?

Environment everything around a person

EnvironmentEverything around a person.

Environment includes the air you breathe, the water you drink and the place in which you live.

What would be some environmental factors that might compromise your health status?

Random events is an incident over which a person has little or no control

Random EventsIs an incident over which a person has little or no control

What would be an example of a random event?

Health triangle project

Health Triangle Project

“Tab Book”

Materials Needed:

Paper, Magazines, Colored Pencils, Glue, Scissors, Pictures, Clip Art, Pencil, Markers

Create your own personal triangle using the information that you learned about the Health Triangle and the self inventory you took in class (What Level is your Wellness?). Use the space below to make your plan. Label the sides of the triangle. (Physical Health, Social Health and Mental/Emotional Health)

Brainstorm ideas on each side of the triangle and write the ideas down. Collect photos, clip art, drawings or magazine pictures that represent your physical, social and mental health.

Bring supplies to your next class to put your Health Triangle together.

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