ERIC Number: ED188840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Building Wellness Lifestyles: Counselor's Manual.
Koss, Larry; Ketcham, Michael
A camp program is described which reflects the Young Men's Christian Association's traditional commitment to the development of the whole person, introducing the development of a "wellness" lifestyle. A wellness lifestyle is described as one that involves living fully and abundantly while recognizing and assuming responsibility for one's own health--and for the way things turn out in one's life. Written for counselors, this guide maintains that the counselor must present and model wellness information in a way that emphasizes the enjoyment and popularity various health enrichment practices allow. Several principles which can be used in building a wellness program are discussed (e.g., effecting long term changes and involving young people in the change process). Most of the manual is devoted to 47 wellness activities related to each of 6 wellness dimensions; each activity is outlined according to purpose, age of camper (7-12 and up), materials, and procedures. Activities range from tracing blood flow through the heart to building a nutritional cooking center; exemplary activities include: a calf heart dissection; blood pressure measurement; caloric intake and expenditure measurement; alcohol abuse and drug abuse discussions; assessment of advertising media influence on self-image; stress management relaxation techniques; a "blind" walk; a silent walk; and a night hike. (AN)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Camping, Children, Counselors, Day Camp Programs, Drug Abuse, Experiential Learning, Health Education, Learning Activities, Life Style, Mental Health, Nutrition Instruction, Outdoor Education, Perception, Physical Fitness, Physical Health, Relaxation Training, Resident Camp Programs, Self Concept, Sensitivity Training, Social Influences, Summer Programs, Values Education, Wellness
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: YMCA of Frost Valley, Montclair, NJ.; Human Resources Inst., Morristown, NJ.