BioBehavioral Health Journal - Fairbanks Aja Fairbanks Dr...

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Fairbanks Aja Fairbanks Dr. Gettel Bio Behavioral Health March 4, 2011 Bio Behavioral Health Journal How often do people document positive and negative health behavior? I assume the average person does not document positive and negative health behaviors. On the other hand, scholars, health professionals, and college professors do keep health journals. Prior to the bio behavioral health journal project, I have never kept a journal noting positive and negative health behaviors. The observations in my health journal focus on the activities of others along with my own personal behavior. Each date in my health journal has an entry for positive and negative behaviors of others. For each journal entry, there is also positive and negative behaviors noted for my personal activity. While completing my journal, I noticed that more than half of the positive and negative behaviors of others referred to college students. My personal negative behaviors were caused by irresponsibility. Furthermore, the events and settings of the Mont Alto Penn State campus are the focal point of the behaviors I have documented. Activities such as smoking and drinking are commonly observed in others and reported as detrimental to health. In addition, such behaviors as failing to walk after eating a meal and not thinking positively when coping with stress are not closely examined as activities detrimental to health in others and myself. However, I made it a point to note these behaviors and explain why these behaviors are detrimental to health or fail to promote healthy behavior. January 9, 2011 Observation of others:
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Fairbanks Positive: I watched my friend stop her car when she saw a cat going across the street. This type of activity promotes healthy behavior because my friend is preventing the death of an animal. Not continuing to drive in this situation eliminates the chance of a dead cat lying in the street spreading unwanted disease, bacteria, and pollution in the air. Negative: I observed as a college age male sneezed in his hand. Then about five minutes later, the college age male shook hands with his roommate. This type of activity is detrimental because the college age male is causing his germs to spread. This type of activity is detrimental to others because they are at risk of contracting the germs of the college age male who has no problem touching others after sneezing is his hands. Personal behavior: Positive: I brought two plants to school for my room. This promotes healthy behavior because plants decrease stress, headaches, and colds. Plants also clean the air, produce energy, and are a great source of oxygen. Negative: I walked across the street on my way to Mont Alto campus talking on my cell phone. This type of behavior is detrimental because for a split second, I could get caught up in conversation, not seeing or hearing what’s going on around me, and I could be hit by a moving vehicle.
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Fairbanks January 14, 2011 Observation of others: Positive: I observed a college age male exercising in a fitness room. This type of
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