Health Course

Chapter 1 - Taking Charge of Your Health


The first step in taking charge of your health is to be informed
about how your body functions (physiology) and what it needs
to keep functioning efficiently. Once informed, you can make
the right choices about your health.


Changes won't occur if you are not motivated to change
behaviour that may prevent good health, so how do you get
motivated about giving up something that you enjoy but is
not good for you?


We all need something to aim for to keep us motivated. Think
aboutthe following goals to get yourself motivated:

  • Gain more energy to do more things you enjoy,
    such as travelling, sports, etc.
  • Lose weight and feel better about yourself.
  • Live longer, independently.
  • Gain a sense of well-being and feel in control of
    your life.


Often, commitment to change is brought about by our
frustration with a situation, or anger at past experiences that
could have been prevented. Commitment to change provides
a turning point when you bring the full force of your resolve
to a particular situation.

Sense of Control

Most of us like to be in control of our lives, not controlled by
our circumstances. When you are successful in making changes
in your life, you are clearly demonstrating to yourself that you
are in control.