Health Self Assessment
In order to improve one’s health and quality of life, it is important to be aware of an individual’s health status. Our textbook authors, Meeks, Hait & Paige (2009) describe the importance of self-appraisals and health behavior inventories in teaching students about their practices that will impact their health. In order to become an effective teacher who is enthusiastic about health education, the author of this paper focuses on gaining a comprehensive understanding of her health. After assessing my health through an internet tool available on the Council for Responsible Nutrition wellness campaign webpage, I have reached several conclusions and understanding of my current general health status. The health assessment tool on the webpage is called “my wellness score card”. The assessment analyzes nutritional choices, use of supplements, habits, exercise, and healthy weight relative to gender, height and age. Prior to this assessment of my lifestyle, I was aware of some of my bad habits but I was under the impression that I did enough to balance it. Once I read the results, I was somewhat shocked! After careful thinking, I believe that finding out where I stand now, even though I suffer from few illnesses, can be beneficial, almost a wakeup call. Being aware of my habits and lifestyle choices is the first step in the right direction toward improving my health status. Below is the graph of my assessment results from the Council for Responsible Nutrition assessment. Overall
My overall score is low average and my general health is below average. Both are accurate descriptions of my health status. I was recently identified as a pre-diabetic and my cholesterol levels were elevated. Additionally, nine months ago I was diagnosed with lupus, “a multifaceted disease which is often called the “great imitator,” as the symptoms of the disease mimic...
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Department of Health and Human Services. (2010). Healthy People 2010. Retrieved from http://www.healthypeople.gov/Document/html/uih/uih_4.htm
Lupus Foundation of America. (2010). About lupus. Retrieved from http://www.lupus.org/newsite/index.html
Meeks, L., Heit, P., & Page, R. (2009). Comprehensive school health education: totally awesome strategies for teaching health.(6th ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
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