Personal Health Promotion
Never before has health promotion been more important than it is today. Living healthy and practicing healthy behavior is part of being a healthcare professional. In this paper I assessed my own health with the help of my family history and implemented a plan to improve my possible health risks. A major area of my own health that required intervention was my weight. Being overweight can have a negative impact on one’s health and puts a person at higher risk for heart disease and diabetes (Potter, 2006). Although my family history did not show any signs that I have a predisposition for health related diseases (My Family Health Portrait, 2004), it does not mean I will not get them. Through my research and understanding of healthy weight loss, I was able to lose 10 pounds in two months through practicing my own health promotion. Although I could have chosen one of the other areas to improve in because the score was lower, I chose the physical assessment. This is due to the fact, that others and myself immediately see weight loss. More often than not a person is judged on appearance, which can lead to self-esteem issues. My plan at the beginning of this health promotion was to lose no less than one pound per week and no more than two pounds per week. By committing to walking three to five times per week, I will be strengthening a healthy lifestyle that I am trying to achieve. I will also be adding the Weight Watchers diet plan to round off my implementation. One goal of the diet plan is to increase my water intake to 64 oz. every day. My current intake of water is about half of this. Overall, I believe this plan has a great start to a beginning program. After seeing my success at the end of the two months, I was armed with the knowledge that implementing a plan and sticking with it resulted in positive outcomes in my lifestyle. I can now preach what I practice. My perceived benefits of my weight loss...
References: Potter, P., Perry, A. (2006). Fundamentals of nursing. 7th ed. St.Louis: Elsevier Mosby.
My Family Health Portrait. (2004, November). A tool from the Surgeon General. Retrieved November 14, 2010, from http://familyhistory.hhs.gov/
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