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their health and yours supports a positive peer environment. Peers environment environment For more information on environmental influences on health, see Chapter 29, page 764. Climate is one factor that can influence health. What other aspects of a person’s physical environment can affect his or her health?
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14 Chapter 1 Living a Healthy Life CULTURE refers to the collective beliefs, customs, and behaviors of a group . This group may be an ethnic group, a community, a nation, or a specific part of the world. The language your family speaks, the foods you enjoy, the traditions you have, and the religion you prac- tice are all part of your cultural environment. Your culture gives you a sense of identity. Understanding culture can help you know yourself better and be tolerant of others. Attitude The way you view situations—your attitude—greatly affects the choices you make. For example, in order to practice good health habits, you must believe that there is some benefit to you and that problems may result if you don’t develop these habits. Attitude can play a major role in health and wellness. Studies have shown that people who tend to see the positive in situations are more likely to have better health than those who see only the negative. Try to view challenging situations positively and think in realistic terms. Doing so will help you make healthful decisions, reach your goals, and successfully manage your life. Behavior Although you have no control over your heredity and only lim- ited control over your environment, you have a great deal of con- trol over your behavior. Suppose your family has a history of heart disease. This doesn’t mean that you will “follow in their footsteps.” You can lower your risk of developing the disease by practicing healthy habits, such as reducing your intake of high-fat foods and engaging in regular physical activity. Culture Maintaining a sense of humor can help you handle the difficulties that inevitably occur in life. How can humor be used to ease tension during difficult times?
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15 Lesson 2 Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle Your behavior affects not only your physical health but also your mental/emotional and social health. For example, mastering a new skill can give you a sense of accomplishment and enhance your self-esteem. Learning how to resolve conflicts peacefully can have a positive influence on your relationships with others. Media The media is a major influence on health. , or the various methods of communicating information , includes radio, television, film, newspapers, magazines, books, and the Internet. Although the media’s main purpose has been to provide information and enter- tainment, it also plays a powerful role in shaping public opinion. Advances in information delivery systems, such as the Internet, have put access to thousands of information sources at your finger- tips. Unfortunately, not all health messages and sources are reliable.
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