HEALTH GOALS PROJECT

By: LeeAnn Lawrence

NUTRITION

PERSONAL GOAL FOR HEALTH AND IMPROVEMENT:
  • MY GOAL: My goal is to eat healthier foods and to eat a more balanced diet, I would also like to eat less meat, and become more physically active and fit.
  • TIME: I think a good time to re-evaluate my diet would be about 3-4 weeks after I have started my new eating habits, to see if there are any results and to see if I'm staying on track. As for being physically fit, I think a good time to re-evaluate how I'm doing would be in about a month or a little bit over a month.
  • SPECIFIC CRITERIA: As for eating healthier foods and eating a more balanced diet, I can start to include different food groups into my meals and snacks throughout the day. In addition to this, I can start to drink more water throughout the day, to help me feel better overall. As for eating less meat, I can try to eat beans and nuts in place of meat, although I don't want to go totally vegetarian. Lastly, for my physical fitness, I can begin exercising more often.

PLAN OF ACTION:

  • I will start eating healthier by cutting junk food out of my diet and replacing it with things that are good for me, like fruits and vegetables
  • I will add more fruits and vegetables to my snacks and meals because I need more of them in my diet
  • I will start drinking more water at school and at home
  • I will replace meat in some of my meals with beans, tofu, nuts, etc.
  • I will start running more often with my dad and also begin lifting weights

FACTS:

  • You can get all the essential amino acids by eating a variety of plant based foods that are rich in proteins
  • Vitamins and minerals are found in fruits in vegetables which are essential for your body
  • Water is the most important of the 6 categories of nutrients

MENTAL HEALTH

PERSONAL GOAL FOR HEALTH AND IMPROVEMENT:

  • MY GOAL: My goal is to control my stress better because I tend to get very freaked out over little things and it's exhausting
  • TIME: Well right now I think a good time to re-evaluate this is at the end of every week or so because it's the end of the year and there are so many exams, tests, and EOCs happening right now. These things stress me out a lot so it would be a I think it would be a good idea to reflect at the end of the week and see how I handled my stress that week.
  • SPECIFIC CRITERIA: To help control my stress better, I can start exercising more, eating healthier foods, and develop coping strategies that are personal and specific to me.

PLAN OF ACTION:

  • I will start running more with my dad as well as lifting weights, to help blow off some stress
  • I will start eating better and healthier, to help control my stress
  • I will start reading and writing more, because these things are very calming to me and always calm me down
  • I will start listening to more relaxing music when I'm stressed

FACTS:

  • Stress can be very damaging both physically and mentally
  • Some ways to deal with stress are: improving your level of fitness, eating right, developing coping strategies, talking to someone about it, etc.
  • A person suffers from exhaustion when they do not handle their stress well/they do not handle it at all

DISEASE AND DISEASE PREVENTION

PERSONAL GOAL FOR HEALTH AND IMPROVEMENT:

  • MY GOAL: My goal is to take good care of my body, so that I can prevent diseases and not get sick often.
  • TIME: I think a good time to re-evaluate how good a job I am doing at this would be every few months, because certain diseases and sicknesses tend to come up around certain seasons or times of the year. However with this being said, I will take the precautions to prevent these diseases daily.
  • SPECIFIC CRITERIA: To prevent disease and illness, I can start having better hygiene (especially washing my hands), I can protect myself from vectors, and I can take other precautions, such as eating well and exercising

PLAN OF ACTION:

  • I will wash my hands before I eat, after using the restroom, after handling pets, before applying makeup, and after handling an object that may have been in contact with an infected person
  • I will wear limit my time out at dusk and dawn, use repellent, and avoid contact with dead birds (vector born diseases)
  • I will eat healthy, exercise, cover my mouth when I sneeze or cough, and avoid alcohol, tobacco, etc.

FACTS:

  • Respiratory diseases such as the cold and the flu can be spread through the air through coughs, sneezes, etc. as well as sharing objects with an infected person
  • You cannot totally avoid getting ill but taking precautions greatly decreases your chances of getting sick
  • Washing your hands is the single most effective way to protect yourself/to prevent spreading diseases

SAFETY AND FIRST AID

PERSONAL GOAL FOR HEALTH AND IMPROVEMENT

  • MY GOAL: My goal is to be able to respond properly in an emergency situation and to know what to do
  • TIME: I think a proper time to re-evaluate this would be in a couple of months or so, to see if I still remember and am familiar with my knowledge of safety and first aid.
  • SPECIFIC CRITERIA: To be able to respond properly in an emergency situation, I can better familiarize myself with what steps to take, what makes something an emergency, and how to act in these situations.
PLAN OF ACTION:

  • I will look into taking an online or live safety and first aid course so I can be ready to help in an emergency
  • I will research and read about how to react in emergencies, what makes something an emergency, etc.
  • If presented in an emergency, I will take all the steps that I have learned...call 911, perform cpr, use an AED if available, etc.

FACTS:

  • calling authorities is one of the most important things you can do in an emergency
  • 5 common emergencies include: dizziness or fainting, chest pain, choking, bleeding, and seizures
  • performing cpr can save someone's life in an emergency and should always be done (if that's what the person needs based on the type of emergency)