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A person with a balanced life is said to have a high

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A person with a balanced life is said to have a high degree of , an overall state of well-being, or total health . It comes from a way of living each day that includes making decisions and prac- ticing behaviors that are based on sound health knowledge and healthful attitudes. Achieving wellness requires an ongoing, lifelong commitment to physical, mental/emotional, and social health. wellness People on this side of the continuum usually exhibit a high degree of responsibility, discipline, and positive direction in life. They accept responsibility for maintaining their own health. People on this side of the continuum usually do not take responsibility for maintaining their own health. Loss of Health and Wellness Improved Health and Wellness Premature Death High Level of Health Lack of energy, inattention, minor aches and pains Free from aches and pains Moderate level of energy Optimal level of energy, feeling of well-being Chronic disorders Many people function below the wellness midpoint. 5 Lesson 1 Your Health and Wellness
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Promoting Your Health he decisions you make each day affect your health. T What you choose to wear, eat, and do can have personal health consequences that you may not have considered. For example, not wearing the proper safety gear when participating in a physical activity increases the chances of serious injury in the event of an acci- dent. Eating high-calorie snacks can result in un- healthful weight gain. Making responsible decisions about health and developing health-promoting habits are crucial to achieving and maintaining wellness and preventing disease. Lifestyle Factors Experts have identified habits that affect people’s overall health, happiness, and longevity , or how long they live. These habits, or lifestyle factors, are personal behaviors related to the way a person lives. They help determine his or her level of health. Certain lifestyle factors are linked to specific diseases—for example, smoking and lung cancer. Other lifestyle factors promote good health. These include: getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. starting each day with a healthy breakfast. eating a variety of nutritious foods each day. being physically active for at least 20 minutes a day, three or more days a week. maintaining a healthy weight. avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. abstaining from sexual activity before marriage. managing stress. maintaining positive relationships. practicing safe behaviors to prevent injuries. Fitting these health-promoting lifestyle factors into your life will help ensure a high level of wellness. Wellness and Prevention A key to your wellness is practicing health and safety habits to remain free of disease and injury . Wearing safety belts, applying sunscreen, and avoiding unsafe areas are just a few exam- ples of preventive measures. What other actions could you take to prevent illness and injury?
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