Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

What goes into helping a person change their lifestyle behaviors?

Changing a lifestyle behavior can be challenging, but taking the steps to having a healthier and happier lifestyle is always worth the effort.

By taking small steps to change lifestyle behaviors, you can prevent diseases and the need to take medications for a long time.

To help you stick with your lifestyle changes, the American Psychological Association (APA) recommends you:

  • Change one behavior at a time – Sometimes people have trouble sticking with health goals when they try to do too much, too fast. Picking one behavior at a time can help improve your chances of success. Once you are used to the first change, then you can start adding new healthy changes into your day-to-day lifestyle.
  • Choose a buddy – Having a partner who will listen to you and remind you why these changes are so important can be your biggest asset. For some people, this can be a friend or a family member. For others, joining a support group can help them stick with their commitment to change.
  • Find professional help – If you feel overwhelmed by your goals or are struggling to be able to meet them, it can be helpful to reach out to a psychologist, counselor or nutritionist to help you focus on next steps. The professionals are trained to help, and even a few visits can help you get past any emotional issues and find a path back toward success.
  • Make a plan – Determine what you want your end goal to be, then break that down into smaller, less overwhelming steps. Having realistic goals posted as a visible reminder can help you stick with your plan.
  • Start small – Don’t let your goal become overwhelming. If you have a long-term goal of, for example, losing 25 pounds in the next year, it can be helpful to break that down into more manageable weekly goals. Having small achievements along the way can help motivate you to keep going.

Talk to your doctor for more ideas about what steps can be helpful in keeping your goals of changing lifestyle behaviors.

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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group