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Components of a Healthy Lifestyle

At Double S Instructional systems ( we are busy developing programs to help people with developmental disabilities and their care providers live healthier lifestyles. But what is meant by healthy lifestyle?  It seems that it is important to first define what a healthier lifestyle is and why it is important. To put it simply a lifestyle is how we live our lives. Our individual lifestyle is composed of a variety of habits. In later blogs we will go more into habits, why they are important, how they are formed, and how to form new healthy ones. But for now let’s just look at the components of a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle consists of both making healthy choices and avoiding unhealthy ones. Let’s start first with the healthy choice:

  1. Choosing healthy foods
  2. Exercising
  3. Getting enough sleep
  4. Reducing stressors
  5. Keeping your mind active
  6. Maintaining a strong social network

Some of the unhealthy habits to avoid include:

  1. Overeating and eating junk food
  2. Sitting too much
  3. Watching too much TV
  4. Smoking
  5. Drinking too much alcohol
  6. Taking dangerous drugs -- both legal and illegal


We will go into detail on each component of a healthy lifestyle in future blogs. We will also cover ideas on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle by developing healthy mini-habits.


Update on our activities

We are currently still recruiting subjects for our Abuse Risk Reduction Study. We have submitted two grant applications that are in the area of living a healthy lifestyle for people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. We are hopeful that our “Healthy Eating and Lifestyle” program will be funded this year. This is a year of budget uncertainty given the current funding status of our major funding institute (NIH) is still unknown. Our grant application on Mindfulness and Direct Support Staff will be reviewed in the next few weeks. Until we know what score it received, we have no idea on whether it too could be funded. And finally our Dangerous Drug Prevention Program for People with Developmental Disabilities is now online at our Healthy Lifestyle Learning Academy --


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