Creating Effective Behavior Change

M1D1: Creating Effective Behavior Change
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Module 1

An active discussion is the key to an interesting and engaging online course. Discussion in this course is designed to simulate a classroom discussion. As others join in the discussion, you should read what has already been posted and add substantively to the discussion.

The modules in this course are one week. Time goes quickly, so post early! Get in the habit of checking the discussions as often as you can to see what others have posted and to respond. Waiting until the last day to post means you miss out on learning from your peers, and they miss out on learning from you.

Please think about each of the following questions and respond not only to the question but also to what others are saying. The first question is opinion-based so that you can begin the discussion immediately without having completed all of your readings. As you progress, you will need to meaningfully apply the readings, using APA 6 formatting for any citations.

Understanding the behavior change model is imperative to creating physical activity programs, even your own. This activity will act to give you a higher level of comprehension of the complicated theories through application. To start, you will watch two short videos that will aid you in suggesting healthy behavior changes for Natalia and her Aunt Lea.

Please watch the following videos and then consider the vignette and questions that follow:

Films Media Group. (1998). Promoting healthy behavior (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [H.264]. [3:45] 2009). Piano Staircase (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. [01:48 min].
You are employed at an outpatient clinic that provides care to persons who are uninsured and underinsured. The vast majority of clients are Spanish-speaking. Natalia, a 13-year-old Hispanic female, is brought to the clinic for the first time by her Aunt Lea. Her aunt has full legal guardianship since Natalias mother died from cancer several years ago. Natalia is fairly proficient in English, but her aunt speaks only minimal English. Using an interpreter, Aunt Lea has expressed concern about Natalias weight. She has gained 18 pounds over the past six months. Aunt Lea is concerned that Natalia will continue to gain weight. Natalia watches TV in all of her spare time, and resists any efforts to engage her in physical activity, even chores around the apartment.

The family lives in an inner city development complex, and Aunt Lea worries about the unsafe conditions, particularly the high crime rate, in the community. The family uses all of its income for necessities (food, shelter, and clothing) and has little left for other endeavors.

Based on the videos and your opinion:

Why do you believe some people engage in physical activity and others do not? Which of these reasons might apply to Natalia?
Now lets apply your readings for the remainder of the module, using APA 6 formatting for your references:

Thinking about Natalias situation, which of the seven dimensions do you think is most influential in her lack of physical activity? How might you seek to modify that area, and to what extent would you consider involving Aunt Lea? How might modifying this area impact one or more of the other dimensions, and how might you address this?
What behavior changes do you feel would be most effective for Natalia and how might you assist her to move toward long-term behavioral change? Please explain.
This discussion will be graded using a rubric. Please review this rubric prior to beginning the discussion. You can view the rubric by clicking on \”Discussion Rubric\” on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here module. All discussions combined are worth 30% of your final course grade.

Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on \”Reply.\” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, an

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