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HWE498 Week 5 – Discussion Forum 2

Week 5 – Discussion Forum 2

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 The Past and the Future

Congratulations on making it to the final discussion forum in this course and within your program! Your faculty members and support staff are very proud of you! Before ending this course, we would love to hear your feedback on the Health and Wellness program as well as your future goals and dreams.

After reflecting on your past few years at the University of Arizona Global Campus and your future dreams and goals, please discuss the following questions in your response:

  • What did you like about the Health and Wellness program?
  • What do you feel are the strengths of the program?
  • Explain any recommendations you have for improvement of the program.
  • Do you feel equipped to apply for job openings in your desired career field? Support your response with a rationale. If not, what do you anticipate needs to be done to get yourself prepared?
  • Do you feel confident in your abilities to work with individuals and groups by assessing their personal wellness challenges, needs, and goals? Support your response with a rationale.
  • Regarding cultural appreciation and competency, how did this program increase your skills in this area? How will this skill impact your future career and personal life?
  • Please share any other thoughts pertaining to your time at the University of Arizona Global Campus or your future.
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HWE 498 Week 5 – Discussion Forum 1

Week 5 – Discussion Forum 1

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Chronic Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2012), seven out of ten deaths are due to chronic diseases. The top chronic diseases in the United States are heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis. Unhealthy lifestyle habits are largely the cause of today’s chronic diseases and treating these diseases is costing the United States billions of health care dollars each year. Four modifiable lifestyle factors have been identified as having the strongest impact on our health and wellness status. These factors include lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, cigarette smoking, and alcohol abuse (CDC, 2016).

Choose one of the above modifiable lifestyle factors.

  • Analyze how the selected lifestyle factor can negatively affect the health and wellness of individuals
  • Explain how the lifestyle factor can lead to one chronic disease and provide statistical data to demonstrate the link between the two.
  • Create three specific strategies to reduce the impact of this lifestyle factor on an individual. For example, do not simply state exercise; instead, clearly explain specific parameters for exercise that would reduce an individual’s risk.

Use two scholarly sources to support your research and findings. The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.

All sources must be referenced (Links to an external site.) and cited (Links to an external site.) according to APA guidelines as outlined in the Writing Center. Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length.

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HWE498 Week 4 – Assignment 2

Interviewing

In order to prepare for an upcoming live interview, it is critical to practice interview techniques and commonly asked questions.

  • Review the Complete a Mock Interview on My Career (Links to an external site.) and the Interview Questions & Tips (Links to an external site.) modules and select seven questions for the purpose of this assignment.
    Tip: It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with all available questions (and create ideal responses) since each of these could be asked in your interview.
  • Paste your selected seven questions into a PPT presentation format (each question should be on a separate slide).
  • Create your personal responses to your selected questions (be specific and provide examples when applicable). This can be done by taking notes; however, do not paste your responses on the PPT slides as the slides should only include your questions. Instead, you will record your responses as you will see in the next step. Your response to each question should not exceed two minutes.
  • When you feel confident in your responses, record your mock interview session (state your questions and the appropriate responses) via one of the following options: Jing  downloador Screencast-O-Matic  download.
  • Submit the link to your recording on a word document to Waypoint for grading.

The Interviewing Assignment

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HWE498 Week 4 – Assignment 1

Creating your Resume

Creating a strong resume is a crucial component in any successful job search. Your resume serves as your personal marketing document, and it serves as your first impression to an employer about your skills and qualifications. In order to create a strong resume, you have to first identify what message you want to send with your document.

For this assignment, you will explore the components of a strong resume, reflect on your own career goals, and assess what action steps you can take to make your resume stronger. To prepare your resume,

Note: You may choose the position you selected in week 3 discussion 1 for the completion of your resume. 

  • Visit the University of Arizona Global Campus Career Services (Links to an external site.) page to update your existing resume and target the industry/occupation you’re seeking. If you do not have a resume, you may also visit this site for a resume template and other resources to help you create one.  
  • Your resume should be one to two pages in length. Submit your completed resume to Waypoint for grading.

Tip: My Career offers tremendous resources beyond the ones mentioned in this course; thus, it is recommended that you browse through them and use the resources, as desired.

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HWE498 Week 3 – Assignment

Corporate Wellness Question and Answer Assignment

One of the potential jobs you could have someday is working as a Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist for a large corporate organization. Corporate Wellness Practitioners or Certified Worksite Wellness Specialists work at organizations to assess, analyze, and improve the health of an organization’s employees. Employee wellness programs have been shown to have many benefits for the employee and employer.  Employees spend 36% (or more) of their time on the job (Texas Department of State Health Services (Links to an external site.), n.d.). Employees who participate in wellness programs can improve their physical and mental health, boost morale at work, and reduce stress, absenteeism, and healthcare costs. Therefore, the organizations’ cultural climate and productivity are improved as well (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013). 


Part A:

Part B:

  • Assume you are interviewing for a Corporate Wellness Practitioner position at Johnson & Johnson in two weeks. After reviewing the required resources for this week, use the template  downloadand discuss the following in preparation for the upcoming interview:
    • Analyze Johnson & Johnson’s current mission on wellness and prevention and the organizations’ wellness benefits for employees.
    • Evaluates available data regarding the effectiveness of the company’s wellness efforts.
    • Create two recommendations for improvement of the current wellness program. State your rationale for making these recommendations.
    • Prepare two recommendations to increase employee participation for the upcoming year.

The Corporate Wellness Assignment (Parts A and B)

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HWE 498 Week 3 – Discussion

Week 3 – Discussion Forum 2

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Certifications and Professional Organizations

The health and wellness arena is always evolving and thus, it is important to continue your educational journey through certifications and other professional development opportunities. Networking with other professionals in the field is also crucial for health and wellness providers. This can be done by attending conferences, meetings, or by joining professional organizations. There are many benefits to joining professional organizations within your field. Read the article by Scholnik (2013) on the benefits of joining a professional organization and review the BAHW Organization and Certification Resource Guide  download. Address the following elements:

  • Explain two benefits of belonging to a professional organization and how these benefits would be relevant to your professional goals.
  • Select two professional organizations you are interested in joining and explain their membership benefits. How would becoming a member with these organizations help you in your future career?
  • Assess two certifications or credentials that would be relevant to you and your future role. What are the requirements for certification or credentialing?

Use at least two credible sources to support your research and findings. All sources must be referenced (Links to an external site.) and cited (Links to an external site.) according to APA guidelines, as outlined in the Writing Center. Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length.

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HWE498 Week 3 – Discussion

Week 3 – Discussion Forum 1

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Health and Wellness Jobs and Career Goals

Use one of the job search engines (i.e. Monster, indeed, SimplyHired) to look for positions in the health and wellness arena. Also, many professional organizations post available positions on their websites.

Address the following elements:

  • Explain two jobs that you would consider applying to. Provide details about these positions. Next, select one position you want to hone in on and explore further.
    Tip: Paste the job description into a word document since web links may get deactivated.
  • Appraise three to five specific skills, abilities, behaviors, attitudes, and/or knowledge areas you believe are important for success in the position. Clearly define and provide examples of each.
    Tip: It is recommended that you review the responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities that are typically required for a specific occupation by visiting O*Net OnLine (Links to an external site.).
  • Evaluate certifications or credentials, if any, that are required or recommended for the jobs you selected. 
  • Discuss the target population that you would be working with.
  • State the salary range and any additional benefits as they apply for your selected positions.
  • Assess transferrable skills. Which skills, acquired from previous positions or academically, will be relevant to your selected job?
  • Create two specific short term and long term career objectives.

Include the link to your selected job so that your peers can also view this job opening and the particular requirements. Any sources used must be referenced (Links to an external site.) and cited (Links to an external site.) according to APA guidelines, as outlined in the Writing Center. Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length.

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HWE498 Week 2 – Assignment


  • Due
     May 24 by 11:59pm
  • Points 9
  • Submitting an external tool

Review of Behavior Change Theories

As a health and wellness professional, it is important to understand and apply behavior change theories in clinical practice.  Personal lifestyle choices and behaviors can have a positive or negative impact on health. By engaging in healthy lifestyles, one can better prevent or manage chronic diseases. A behavior change process may be necessary in order for individuals to be successful in developing long-term and positive health outcomes. Review the required weekly resources on behavior change theories and address the subsequent elements:

  • Choose one group you would like to work with after graduating from this program (i.e. children, adolescents, elderly, chronically ill).
  • Analyze three lifestyle factors (positive and/or negative) that affect your group’s overall health and wellness. Support your analysis with scholarly sources.
  • Select one of the Behavior Change Models (Health Belief Model; Stages of Change; Social Cognitive Theory; or Theory of Planned Behavior) and apply it to your chosen group. For example, you could apply the Health Belief Model to why some individuals with high cholesterol have not taken any action to change negative health behaviors to lower their cholesterol. Address how this behavior change model would aid you when working with this group.
  • Analyze two factors (i.e. interpersonal, intrapersonal, institutional, community, public policy) or barriers that may impact your group’s behavior.
  • Discuss your vision and role of how you could contribute to improving your group’s well-being. Address how self-efficacy relates to your role and your target population. 

The Review of Behavior Change Theories Assignment

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HWE498 Week 2 – Discussion

Week 2 – Discussion Forum 2

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Chronic Diseases in Children

Throughout this program, most assignments have focused on the adult population. Since children and adolescents are also greatly impacted by chronic diseases, let’s take some time to shift our attention toward this group.

  • Collect statistical data from three different scholarly sources (published within the past five years) pertaining to at least two chronic diseases directly impacted by poor diet and physical activity in children and adolescents.
  • Assess how these chronic diseases impact the health and wellness of this group.
  • Explain the lifestyle factors that contribute to the chronic diseases you researched.
  • Based on your findings and the chronic diseases you researched, which two areas (i.e. physical activity, exercise, nutrition, playtime/social engagement, sleep, stress management), should be focused on primarily when designing a wellness program for this group? Please create three specific recommendations. 
  • Assess the importance of role modeling and issues you may want to discuss with the parents or caregivers. Support your response to this bullet with one scholarly source.

Use at least three scholarly sources (Links to an external site.) to support your research and findings. The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.

All sources must be referenced (Links to an external site.) and cited (Links to an external site.) according to APA guidelines, as outlined in the Writing Center. Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length.

Forum 2

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Chronic Diseases in Children

Throughout this program, most assignments have focused on the adult population. Since children and adolescents are also greatly impacted by chronic diseases, let’s take some time to shift our attention toward this group.

  • Collect statistical data from three different scholarly sources (published within the past five years) pertaining to at least two chronic diseases directly impacted by poor diet and physical activity in children and adolescents.
  • Assess how these chronic diseases impact the health and wellness of this group.
  • Explain the lifestyle factors that contribute to the chronic diseases you researched.
  • Based on your findings and the chronic diseases you researched, which two areas (i.e. physical activity, exercise, nutrition, playtime/social engagement, sleep, stress management), should be focused on primarily when designing a wellness program for this group? Please create three specific recommendations. 
  • Assess the importance of role modeling and issues you may want to discuss with the parents or caregivers. Support your response to this bullet with one scholarly source.

Use at least three scholarly sources (Links to an external site.) to support your research and findings. The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.

All sources must be referenced (Links to an external site.) and cited (Links to an external site.) according to APA guidelines, as outlined in the Writing Center. Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length.

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HWE498 Week 2 – Discussion

Week 2 – Discussion Forum 1

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Health Literacy

The concept of health literacy is crucial to understand for any healthcare professional. In the future, you will be exposed to individuals from various cultures and backgrounds. Your clients may come from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds with varying skills and abilities pertaining to communication, reading, and writing. Their ability to understand and process health-related information could certainly impact their decisions and behaviors regarding chronic disease prevention and treatment interventions. In addition, your ability level to relay appropriate health-related information can directly affect the clients’ adherence to a health and wellness plan.

After familiarizing yourself with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Quick Guide to Health Literacy (Links to an external site.), address the subsequent elements:

  • Forecast how health literacy will be relevant in your future professional role.
  • Assess possible challenges that may arise relating to health literacy (i.e. with colleagues, adolescent and adult clients, and the community).
  • Create three strategies on how these challenges could be overcome.

Use two scholarly sources to support your research and findings. The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
All sources must be referenced (Links to an external site.) and cited (Links to an external site.) according to APA guidelines, as outlined in the Writing Center. Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length.