The Human Factor

Wouldn't it be great if we could wish away our health issues? That bum shoulder, those sleepless nights, the diabetes diagnosis, the silent anxiety. As health educators, we're charged with finding effective strategies for improving all the dimensions of health. We like science-based programs, framed in behavior change theories, with integrated educational and motivational elements. The heady stuff. But the reality is, the human factor, that unique set of biological, environmental, and behavioral traits, creates significant barriers to success if we don't spend some time identifying the factors that are standing in the way of healthy living. Our challenges are unique and they are real, requiring a tailored approach to change.

This is the time of year that we begin to evaluate our past habits. It may seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Give some thought to the big picture, especially if your goal is to remain active as an older adult. A few small behavior changes can bring big results that will increase your quality of life. I'll be discussing some of those health dimensions in the next few months, so stick around, ask some questions, and begin crafting your unique plan.