The Six-Stage Changing for Good Program Overview
Healthy Aging: Preventing Age-Related Chronic Diseases
Healthy aging is achieved by developing a lifestyle that focuses on behavioural changes that prevent or delay age-related chronic diseases.
Of the top 10 leading causes of death and disability each year, 7 are preventable age-related chronic diseases: heart and stroke disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, and respiratory disease.
Healthy Aging: The Fab 5 of Bad Lifestyle Habits
Here are the Fab Five Bad Lifestyle Habits that contribute to developing these age-related chronic diseases and the Action Criteria (end goal) that constitutes recovery:
- Sedentary Life – Action Criteria: 60 minutes of physical activity every day, light effort
2. Poor Eating – Action Criteria: Up to 15% calories from protein sources, up to 55% from carbohydrate sources, 20 to 35 grams of fibre daily and up to 30% from fat sources and no more than 10% as saturated fat
3. Overweight/Obesity – Action Criteria: Less than 20% over standard weight tables or BMI between 18.5 to 24.9
4. Troubled Drinking – Action Criteria: Abstinence, at times; or no more than 14 drinks per week, no more than 5 drinks at any one sitting (1 drink = 12 ounces of beer or 5 ounces of wine or 1 ½ ounces of spirits)
5. Tobacco use – Action Criteria: Abstinence
The Six-Stage Changing for Good Program: Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward for Healthy Aging
Stage 1 Pre-Contemplation – resisting change
Stage 2 Contemplation – change on the horizon
Stage 3 Preparation– getting ready
Stage 4 Action – time to move
Stage 5 Maintenance – staying there and fending off relapses
Stage 6 Termination – ultimate goal, behaviour will never return
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