Iâ€™m working on a Public Health exercise and need support.
You may choose either:
- improving your handwashing (great for avoiding catching flu this season),
- dental hygiene (flossing optimally to clear bacteria leading to many illnesses) OR
- water conservation (ways to recycle water in our current drought in your household).Â
Step 1: Get a Behavioral Baseline: Observe your behavior to see what you are doing and what needs improvement. Â Take 3 days or so.Â
Step 2: Educate Yourself & Set a Specific Goal: Â Find out from reliable sources what the optimal health behavior is, then focus on a specific personal goal to move your health habit in that direction. Â (See educational resources below or find your own). Do these quickly in 1 day.
To start off, please describe what you learned from your self monitoring of your habit of interest before you try to change anything.Â
Succinctly describe what the habit is like, where it happens, and what might be contributing factors which may also need to be changed.Â
Note any barriers or challenges you found, just from recording. Note where you are and who is with you when the habit occurs Â or should occur.Â
Did paying attention change the habit at all ?Â
When a behavior is observed or monitored, very often the mere fact of keeping track does change it, if you know you will be monitored. This is called the Hawthorne Effect.Â
Did you encounter the Hawthorne Effect ? Â If so, did it help you start to change your health habit ?Â
Here you will post about how you got good quality health information to educate yourself about the optimal habit to have.Â
What was the most compelling form and type of education – video, in person chat, reading articles or searching out website, etc.Â