Lesson 1 - West Essex High School

Your Health & Wellness
Chapter 1
Lesson #1 pg 4-9
Today’s Lesson Objectives:
Objective 1: Explain how the nation’s health goals relate to
individual, family, and community health.
Objective 2: Describe the criteria for evaluating health information.
Objective 3: Understand the importance of health literacy for
achieving and maintaining good health.
In-Class Assignment:
Write your answers on your own paper
List the most important things in your life.
From your list, are any more important than
your health or the health of those you care
most about?
In-Class Assignment:
Define Health:
Define Wellness:
Describe in your own words the difference
between health and wellness.
List lifestyle factors that affect your health.
If you were to pick one lifestyle factor to
improve on, how would you do so?
A combination of physical, mental/emotional,
and social well-being.
Health is dynamic, meaning it is subject to
constant change.
Think of your health at any moment as a
point along a continuum spanning the
complete spectrum of health.
Wellness: an overall state of well being, or
total health
It comes from making decisions and
practicing behaviors that are based on sound
health knowledge and healthful attitudes.
Achieving wellness requires an ongoing
lifelong commitment.
The decisions you make every day effect
your health and wellness.
Positive lifestyle factors include:
Getting 8-10 hours of sleep each night
Starting each day with a healthy breakfast
Maintaining a healthy weight
Avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful
Abstaining from risky sexual behaviors
Managing stress
Practicing safe behaviors in all other areas
Practicing health and safety habits to remain
free from disease and injury
 “An ounce of prevention is worth
10 pounds of cure”
Question: Are we a country that promotes
prevention or cure?
Learning how to become and stay healthy
should be a top priority.
Health Education provides accurate health
information for people to use as a guide to
make healthy choices
Web site:
National Health Goals
Healthy People 2020
A Nationwide plan to promote health and prevent
illness, disability, and early death
1st goal: Attain high quality, longer lives free of
preventable disease, disability, injury and premature
2nd goal: Achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and
improve the health of all groups
3rd goal: Create social and physical environments that
promote good health for all
4th goal: Promote quality of life, healthy development,
and healthy behaviors across all life stages
As more individuals take charge of their
own wellness, global health can improve
Individuals: play an active role in their own
health through daily decisions
Families: shape the attitudes and beliefs that
result in healthful individual behaviors
Communities: provide health services and
ensure a safe environment
Health Literacy
A person’s ability to learn about and
understand basic health information and
services, and how to use these resources to
promote his/her health and wellness
A health literate person knows how to access
resources from home, school, and the community
In class activity…
In regards to your health, where are you on
the spectrum right now?
Where do you want to be a month from now?
Where do you want to be a year from now?
What can you do to make these changes?
Explain how being health literate can help
you to achieve and maintain these health
related goals.
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