HAdisc4 400 words Overview
As the chapters in our lives unfold our patterns and routines change; as do our interests, energies and activities. In this module we will explore the opportunities that are present today for us to enhance the place physical activity has in our personal and professional lives, in our workplaces, families and communities.
The importance of physical activity has been spotlighted by its selection as one of the Healthy People 2020 goals, specifically to improve health, fitness, and quality of life through daily physical activity. The Healthy People 2020 campaign has identified that, “More than 80 percent of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.” Retrieved from Healthy People 2020 http://healthypeople.gov/2020.
Begin this week’s activities by viewing the Healthy People 2020 website at http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/physical-activity. Review the material on the overview, objective, and national snapshot tabs on this webpage. Select and review at least 1 of the consumer information resources on the interventions and resources tabs. Consider: What is my level of physical activity? How does it impact how I function at work, in school, and in the community? When my patients look at me what do they see? Am I a role model for physical activity and health? Consider the impact on your credibility as a patient educator.
We have all “heard” it before. Physical activity is good for us. It reduces the risk of and mitigates against the effects of chronic illness. It improves mood by stimulating the release of the body’s natural antidepressants-endorphins. It helps relieve stress and it helps us maintain a healthy body weight. It helps maintain our strength and stamina. Take a moment to reflect: Do you do more than just “hear it”? What effects have your level of physical activity had on your life? Your career? Your family and social relationships?
Consider this week’s module an opportunity for deeper reflection, self-assessment and personal and professional renewal. The Centers for Disease Control website http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/index.html offers readings, educational videos, tools and strategies for improving and enhancing personal, family, workplace and community physical activity. Conduct a comprehensive review of each of the sections. Prior to completing your review on the above, also turn your attention to the state physical activity indicator report for 2014 at https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/downloads/pa_state_indicator_report_2014.pdf These reports will provide community wide assessment updates and information.
Questions (Use the information posted up there to answer the questions below.
Complete a self-assessment regarding your own physical activity based on the website information in Overview and Readings. Analyze if you are meeting the recommendations and achieving the goals. In your reflection, consider these questions:
· How you are meeting the goals?
· What are the barriers if you aren’t meeting the goals?
· What you could implement to meet those goals?
· What are some creative ideas for physical activities that you could include in your life?
Share with the class a physical activity you have always wanted to engage in but just never have completed. What are some creative ideas to eliminate barriers in engaging in this physical activity?
at least 400 words in length and utilize at least one scholarly source. APA format 7th edition.