Saylor URL:Saylor.org374Chapter 10Taking Control of Your HealthWhere Are You Now?Assess your present knowledge and attitudes.Yes Unsure No1. I usually eat well and maintain my weight at an appropriate level.2. I get enough regular exercise to consider myself healthy.3. I get enough restful sleep and feel alert throughout the day.4. My attitudes and habits involving smoking, alcohol, and drugs are beneficial to myhealth.5. I am coping in a healthy way with the everyday stresses of being a student.6. I am generally a happy person.7. I am comfortable with my sexual values and my knowledge of safe sex practices.8. I understand how all of these different health factors interrelate and affect myacademic success as a student.Where Do You Want to Go?Think about how you answered the questions above. Be honest with yourself. On a scale of 1 to 10, howwould you rate your level of personal health at this time?Not very healthyVery healthy12345678910In the following list, circle the three most important areas of health in which you think you can improve:NutritionWeight control
Saylor URL:Saylor.org375ExerciseSleepSmokingAlcohol useDrug useStress reductionEmotional healthRomantic relationshipsSexual healthAre there other areas in which you can improve your physical, emotional, and mental health and becomehappier? Write down other things you feel you need to work on.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________How to Get ThereHere’s what we’ll work on in this chapter:Eating well to stay healthy and at a weight you feel good aboutFinding regular physical activities you enjoy that will make you healthier and cope better with thestresses of being a studentDetermine how much sleep your body and mind really need—and how to get itDeveloping an appropriate and healthy attitude toward smoking, alcohol, and drugs and learning howto change your habits if neededUnderstanding why everyone feels stressed at times and what you can do about itKnowing what to do if you’re feeling lonely or anxious about school or your personal life and how tostay balanced emotionallyFeeling good about your sexuality, having safe sex, and protecting against unwanted pregnancy andsexual assault
Saylor URL:Saylor.org376IntroductionHealth and wellness are important for everyone—students included. Not only will you do better in schoolwhen your health is good, but you’ll be happier as a person. And the habits you develop now will likelypersist for years to come. That means that what you’re doing now in terms of personal health will have ahuge influence on your health throughout life and can help you avoid many serious diseases.