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HWE 200: Introduction to Health and Wellness

Personal Behavior Change Plan

[WLOs: 4, 5] [CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

For your Final Project, you are to develop a personal behavioral  change plan. After completing the assessments throughout the course, you  should have a good idea of your wellness strengths and your weaknesses.  Choose one dimension of wellness that you would like to change. (The  dimension should be clearly stated. For example, state “physical  dimension” instead of “exercise”).

Discuss each of the following areas in your plan:

  • Identify the wellness dimension you want to improve. Explain why you  chose this dimension. In your response, describe your previous  assessments and examine at least three lifestyle factors (diet,  exercise, substance use, etc.) responsible for low assessment results in  the dimension of wellness you chose to improve.
  • Compare your current behaviors to the ideal behaviors for each of  the lifestyle factors that you identified. For example, if you selected  stress as a lifestyle factor that contributes to your low assessment of  emotional wellness, then compare your current stress-related behaviors  (fighting with family, eating sweets, watching TV, drinking alcohol,  etc.) to ideal stress management behaviors (appropriate  conflict-resolution, meditation, daily exercise, massage, deep  breathing, etc.). Select a minimum of one current behavior and one ideal  behavior for each of the three lifestyle factors that you identified.
  • Describe the health risks and diseases associated with your current  behaviors. Explain how your current behaviors would lead to these  negative consequences if left unchanged.
  • Review the Stages of Change (Transtheoretical model) in Chapter 1 of  your course textbook. Explain this model and discuss your readiness to  change. Include which stage of change you are in currently and why you  feel this way.
  • Imagine that you were ready to plan for change, and identify three  behaviors you could adopt to decrease your health risk and improve your  specified dimension of wellness. Use the previous information to help  with your selection.
  • Review the supplemental material on the social cognitive theory,  theory of planned behavior, health belief model, and Transtheoretical  model provided in Week 1. Using these theories and models, discuss how  each one may be able to predict your success in making this change. In  your reply, explain the use of models and theories in health and  wellness.
  • Describe three barriers (one barrier per behavior change) that may  prevent you from making these changes. Barriers to behavior change are  discussed in Chapter 1 of the course text.
  • Discuss one way to overcome each of your barriers.
  • Refer to the development of SMART goals in Chapter 1 of your text  and develop three of your own SMART goals. Be sure to include all the  parts of a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and  Time Frame) for each goal set. As you discuss these in your assignment,  explain your objectives and why you chose these goals.
  • Finally, develop a wellness philosophy based on your own values and beliefs and from what you have learned in this class.

Create a PowerPoint presentation. Within the presentation, include  detailed speaker notes for each slide. See the How to Make a PowerPoint Presentation (Links to an external site.)  resource for additional guidance. Your behavioral change plan should  use a minimum of four scholarly sources in addition to the course text,  cited in APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

The Final Project

  • Must be formatted according to APA style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
  • Must include a separate title page with the following: 
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introduction that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must address the topic of the presentation with critical thought.
  • Must use at least four scholarly sources in addition to the course text. 
    • The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.)  table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you  have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this  assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the  final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a  particular assignment.
    • To assist you in completing the library research required for this assignment, view the How Do I Begin? (Links to an external site.)  tutorial, which provides an overview of conducting searches in the  library, generating keywords, and understanding your assignment prompt.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
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