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Chapter 10: Taking Control of Your HealthFigure 10.1Jasmine Kaloudisweight-loss-yoa=synergybyjasmine.comCC BY-ND 2.0.348
CHAPTER 10: TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH • 349Where Are You Now?Assess your present knowledge and attitudes.1.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 my health.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 my academic success as astudent.Yes Unsure NoWhere 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?1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10In the following list, circle the three most important areas of health in which you think you can improve:NutritionWeight controlExerciseSleepSmokingAlcohol useDrug useStress reductionEmotional healthRomantic relationshipsNot very healthyVery healthy
350 • COLLEGE SUCCESSIntroductionHealth and wellness are important for everyonestudents included. Not only will you do better in school whenyour health is good, butyou’llbe happier as a person. And the habits you develop now will likely persist for yearsto come. That means that whatyou’re doing now in terms of personal health will have a huge influence on yourhealth throughout life and can help you avoid many serious diseases.Considerable research has demonstrated that the basic elements of good healthnutrition, exercise, not abusingsubstances, stress reduction—are important for preventing disease. You’ll live much longer and happier thansomeone without good habits. Here are a few of the health problems whose risks can be lowered by healthfulhabits:Cardiovascular issues such as heart attacks and strokes (the numbers one and three causes of death)Some cancersSexual 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 studentDeterming how much sleep your body and mind really needand how to get itDeveloping an appropriate and healthy attitude toward smoking, alcohol, and drugs and learninghow to change your habits if neededUnderstanding why everyone feels stressed at times and what you can do about itKnowing what to do ifyou’re

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