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Week 1

Understanding the Process of Change

STAGES OF CHANGE THEORY

Meaningful change regarding most things, including the habits that impact our health, don’t just happen instantly. Making changes that last is a process that takes time, practice, trial and error, and patience. Research has shown that there are clear steps or “stages” that we all navigate on our way to real change.

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Week 1

Understanding the Process of Change

STAGES OF CHANGE THEORY

Meaningful change regarding most things, including the habits that impact our health, don’t just happen instantly. Making changes that last is a process that takes time, practice, trial and error, and patience. Research has shown that there are clear steps or “stages” that we all navigate on our way to real change.

MINDFULNESS

John Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “The awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” Think of it as choosing to pay attention, right now, to what you are currently thinking, feeling and experiencing in your body and calmly observing these without judging them, but instead with an attitude of openness, curiosity and acceptance.

One of the primary goals of this program is to help you raise your awareness – with openness and curiosity, NOT judgement, of where you are regarding each of the healthy habits, and what may be getting in your way. This awareness will allow you to more effectively make real changes that truly work for you. Maintaining this awareness throughout your life will allow you to more quickly recognize challenges or set backs so that you can get back on your healthy habits plan faster – and that is the key to success in improving maintaining your health long term!

GOAL SETTING STRATEGIES

Macro vs. Micro goals: Create an idea, or mental picture of what you envision your overall healthy lifestyle looks like for you. Then, break big ideas into smaller manageable pieces involving each of the 5 core healthy habits.

Implementation goals instead of outcomes goals: As you go through this course learning and discussing the concepts, focus on the things you want to do to live healthier (Ex: plan healthy balanced meals, or exercise 3-5 times per week).

KEEPING TRACK

Research shows that people are more successful when they consistently keep track of behaviors they are trying to change. It requires you to focus on and mark in some way what you eat, drink and do – increasing awareness and accountability. There are many ways to keep track – try different methods to find what works for you.

HEALTHY HABITS COACH TIP

Getting off track will happen, and shouldn’t be viewed as failure. Progress includes beingable to recognize where you have gotten off track more quickly, and then problem-solving what you need to do to get back on track in a way that works well for you.

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