Personal Health and Wellness

health

The combination of physical, mental/emotional, and social well-being

health education

the providing of accurate health information to help people make healthy choices

Wellness

an overall state of well-being or total health

Prevention

practicing health and safety habits to remain free of disease and injury

Heredity

Passing of traits from parents to offspring

Peers

people of the same age who share similar interests

Culture

Beliefs, customs, and traditions of a specific group of people.

media

various methods for communicating information

risk behaviors

actions that can potentially threaten your health or the health of others

enviroment

The sum of your surroundings

cumulative

increasing, building upon itself

abstinence

a deliberate decision to avoid high-risk behaviors, including sexual activity and the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs

healthy people 2010

a nationwide health promotion and disease prevention plan designed to serve as a guide for improving the health of all people in the United States

health literacy

a person's capacity to learn about and understand basic health information and services, and to use these resources to promote one's health and wellness