Part IThe most popular excuse for not committing to New Year resolutions is lack of time, a form of resistance that could be lessened by providing relevant information. Your Personal Agenda (PA) 2017 is a tool designed to invite you to create and build your road to success for 2017. For best results, your performances are optimized when corresponding to your level of prevention. This article introduces the concept of your Personal Agenda for 2017. Specific steps consist of assessing your objectives, planning, establishing a personalized blueprint, a daily formula, and implementing your resolutions.ObjectivesThe Health Prevention Model classified three degrees of physical illness.Primary Prevention – A person has no symptoms.Secondary Prevention – A person is at risk, symptoms appear.Tertiary Prevention – Symptoms are fully blown.Your Personal Agenda objectives are based on your self-assessment:Primary Prevention (P1) – You are healthy and happy.Secondary Prevention (P2) – You have concerns about your wellness.Tertiary Prevention (P3) – You are diagnosed with one or more conditions: Your life needs adjustments.Be reassured that your success is not based on your level of prevention, but on the belief that you can and want to improve your life, regardless of your level.I propose corresponding objectives: physical objective (PO), emotional (EO), social (SO), and a work objective (WO), an extension of SO – objectives to be applied to a level of prevention in your blueprint.PlanningGet a notebook or a journal, your PA 2017 to be. Some recommendations apply to everyone. Guidance for personalization is included under Daily Formula.Getting ready for your PA 2017 probably involves changes. Changes are often challenging. There is no urgency to start until you are ready. Before starting, prepare for changes according to your personal readiness and your PA 2017. There is no time limit, no right or wrong. Each step is a little success towards a satisfying result.BlueprintThe blueprint defines your physical, emotional, and social situations. Perform your self-assessment. Record your results (PA 2017).Physical Objective (PO)PO1 – You are satisfied with your physical appearance and your health.PO2 – You need to lose or gain a few pounds or may be at risk of developing a health problem.PO3 – You have developed a serious condition affecting your physical appearance. (Obesity? Anorexia? Bulimia? Skin disorder?)Emotional Objective (EO)EO1 – You feel mostly emotionally balanced and happy.EO2 – You feel okay but occasionally experience emotional ups and downs.EO3 – You feel mostly depressed and/or experience extreme mood swings.Social Objectives (SO)SO1 – You are satisfied with your familial/personal relationships and your circle of friends.SO2 – Your familial/personal relationships or your circle of friends need improvements.SO3 – You feel lonely and/or misunderstood.Work Objectives (SO)WO1 – You are satisfied with your educational/professional achievements.WO2 – Work is okay, it pays the bills, but…WO3 – You are totally dissatisfied with your educational/professional achievements.Select your level of prevention that best defines each objective. Enter it in your PA 2017.Daily FormulaGuidelines are based on your circadian cycle (24-hour), a sort of body regulator based on physiological, environmental, and cultural preferences.Thus, purchase a notebook to design your PA 2007. Assess your level of prevention in function of your objectives. Observe your circadian cycle. Next article will focus on establishing your Daily Formula.
Never underestimate the benefits of a good education. Thomas Jefferson would have hit the nail right on the head if instead of putting, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” in the Declaration of Independence, he instead penned the words, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health and Education.”Education, health and happiness are inextricably linked, according to an increasing number of studies pointing to a direct connection between education and quality of life. A conversation about quality living would most assuredly have to include references to strength, stamina, vigor… all by-products of good health.The highway of education is paved with a fundamental and far-reaching approach to learning that forges knowledge in a variety of subjects, including health. Once you have the knowledge, it then becomes much easier to make the right decisions throughout life about health and everything else.”Knowledge is power,” wrote author Veronica Roth. Knowledge opens doors, breaks down barriers and levels the playing field. Without it, we wander through life unaware of the possibilities around us and unsure of the decisions in front of us. With it, we are able to recognize the good and bad in things and make decisions based on observation, intelligence and informed judgment.After learning about the concept of healthy living, and as happens with many of life’s daily responsibilities when accompanied by knowledge, a process of education ignites within us. Because our brain has absorbed information important for being healthy, we begin the process of learning how to be healthy. The cycle continues.To answer the questions introduced from this new awareness, we then focus on those things which help us accomplish our goal of achieving and maintaining wellness. Suddenly, our brain prompts our body to make the necessary adjustments which can promote a healthy lifestyle in us. In a short amount of time, health becomes something you think about more than only when you must.Health is primarily defined as ‘a state of complete emotional and physical well-being’. Achieving optimum health and wellness is a challenge for everybody, educated or not. However, having the knowledge necessary to attain and maintain good health, is a perfect example of how learning can positively affect every aspect of your daily existence.Dr. Seuss had it right, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more things you learn, the more places you’ll go.”Ideally a life-long process, learning stimulates the brain, triggers a physical response, and helps to identify almost unlimited avenues of education. Education, in turn, creates a foundation for life which translates, almost unconsciously, across limitless aspects of life, including health and wellness.Numerous studies have established the importance and long-term benefits of early childhood education on a person’s well-being. According to the Economic Opportunity Institute, “Early childhood learning plays a crucial role in primary education. By focusing early in childhood on prevention and protective factors, quality care and information can help children to grow up healthy.”The report went on to state, “… quality early learning and care before the age of five has found it is associated with improvement in a range of educational and social measures, some of which have been documented many years after the care.”While it has been proven that genetic characteristics structured in our DNA do certainly play a role in health and longevity, addressing the core issue of education – early and continued engaged learning – can provide a wide array of positive benefits for the brain, the body, and for society in general.