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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Taking Responsibility for your Health
Each of these relationships forms a point on the triangle and each side supports the other
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.
1. Health Knowledge 2. Accessing health information
3. Behaviors 4. Influences: culture, media, technology
5. Communication 6. Decisions a person makes
7. Health Advocacy Skills 8. Heredity
9. Environment 10. Random Events
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?
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?
Pass Right – Pass Left
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.
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?
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.
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 DecisionsIrresponsible Decisions
Promote health Can harm health
Keep safety in mind Result in unsafe behaviors
Follow laws May be illegal
Show respect for self and others Show disrespect for self and others
Follow guidelines of parents/adults Show disregard for guidelines of parents and others
Demonstrate good character Are part of normal character development
(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.
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.
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.
High blood Pressure
High levels of Cholesterol
Stress and Tension
Which ones can you control?
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?
What would be an example of a random event?
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.