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.
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.