Small Steps to Health and Wealth


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  • Welcome to the [name of program provider] program, 25 Days to Health and Wealth . Your attendance (being here) today is an indication of your interest in improving both areas of your life: your health and your personal finances. Note to Instructor: Ask how many participants want to be healthy? Wealthy? Are you going to be healthy and wealthy in 25 days? Well…no, not exactly. However, what we do hope will happen is that, each day for 25 days, you’ll review one of the 25 behavior change strategies contained within the Small Steps to Health and Wealth ™ workbook. Afterwards, we encourage you to pick out those three or four strategies that you feel most comfortable following to achieve your health and wealth goals. The descriptions of the strategies in the workbook are short so it should take you no more than 15 to 20 minutes per day to read each one and complete the worksheet for each strategy. The content of the Small Steps to Health and Wealth ™ work book can also be found online at . Note to Instructor: Ask if there are any questions? Okay...let’s begin to get healthy and wealthy.
  • This slide explains the three objectives of the 25 Days to Health and Wealth presentation, which is part of Small Steps to Health and Wealth ™ (SSHW). First, it is one of very few educational programs that intentionally blends health and personal finance topics. This is because, what happens in one area of life, often affects the other. For example, if you practice healthy habits, you are more likely to live longer than the average life expectancy and will need to save more money to sustain yourself during retirement. On the other hand, if you have poor health habits, you are more likely to have high medical bills, and thus, less money to invest for the future. Second, 25 Days to Health and Wealth will introduce you to 25 behavior change strategies that can be applied simultaneously to improve your health and personal finances. For example, if you decide to “meet yourself halfway,” you can eat less and spend less at the same time. Most programs discuss health or personal finances as separate topics but here they are integrated. Lastly, this program was designed to motivate you to take action! Simply reading or hearing about the change strategies will not change anything. Rather, we encourage you to complete the Small Steps to Health and Wealth ™ Planning Worksheet , found in the SSHW workbook or online, and develop a plan to achieve your health and personal finance goals.
  • This slide lists the titles of each of the 25 Small Steps to Health and Wealth ™ program behavior change strategies. While the strategies are all written in user-friendly “plain English” words, they are actually grounded in dozens of empirical research studies and research models related to changing behavior, as well as recommended health and financial practices. Note to Instructor: Review several of the behavior change strategy titles.
  • The Small Steps to Health and Wealth ™ program was developed by Cooperative Extension faculty at Rutgers University in New Jersey. If you’ve ever been to a good old-fashioned Jersey Diner, you know that the menus are enormous with pages and pages of menu options to choose from. Similarly, Small Steps to Health and Wealth ™ includes 25 possible behavior change strategies. Think of these 25 strategies as a “menu” from which you will choose the ideas that work best for you. Just as you would choose only a few items from a large Jersey Diner menu, choose no more than three or four Small Steps to Health and Wealth ™ behavior change strategies at a time. Start “small,” or you will feel overwhelmed.
  • This class described 25 strategies to consider to improve your health and personal finances. You’ve also heard about the small steps that others have taken to get healthy and wealthy. What happens next is up to you. Note to Instructor : Refer learners to the planning worksheets in Chapter 5 and Appendix 1 of the Small Steps to Health and Wealth ™ workbook. This is where they will identify the 3 to 4 behavior change strategies that they will follow and their goals, potential obstacles, obstacle avoidance strategies, up to five small action steps, and progress indicators. Note to Instructor : Ask if there are any additional questions and distribute/collect class evaluation forms.
  • Small Steps to Health and Wealth

    1. 1. Small Steps to Health and Wealth Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP® Karen Ensle, Ed.D., RD, FADA
    2. 2. SSHW Elevator Statement Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ encourages participants to make positive behavior changes to simultaneously improve their health and personal finances.
    3. 3. Program Objectives <ul><li>Integrate health/nutrition and personal finance subject matter into one class </li></ul><ul><li>Explore common behavior change strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Motivate participants to improve their health and wealth </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct impact evaluation and health-wealth research </li></ul>
    4. 4. Program Components <ul><li>Two consumer presentations </li></ul><ul><li>SSHW workbook (132 pages) </li></ul><ul><li>35 SSHW fact sheets at </li></ul><ul><li>The SSHW Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Online registration and impact evaluation system (University of AZ server) </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing impact evaluation and health and wealth research </li></ul>
    5. 5. Huge Potential to Quantify and Aggregate Impact Data From SSHW™ <ul><li>Statewide </li></ul><ul><li>Nationwide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Savings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Debt Reduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Savings From Healthy Behaviors (CDC Estimate) </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. SSHW™ Framework: 25 Health & Wealth Behavior Change Strategies <ul><li>Track Your Current Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Unload Your Childhood Baggage </li></ul><ul><li>Put Your Mind To It </li></ul><ul><li>Commit to Making a Change </li></ul><ul><li>Defy Someone or Defy the Odds </li></ul><ul><li>Think Balance-Not Sacrifice </li></ul><ul><li>Control Your Destiny </li></ul><ul><li>Make Progress Every Day </li></ul><ul><li>Get Help and Be Accountable </li></ul><ul><li>Meet Yourself Halfway </li></ul><ul><li>Say “No” to Supersizing </li></ul><ul><li>Convert Consumption Into Labor </li></ul><ul><li>Compare Yourself With Benchmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Use Easy Frames of Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Automate Good Habits and Create Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Live “The Power of 10” </li></ul><ul><li>Take Calculated Risks and Conquer Fears </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate Teachable Moments and Wake-Up Calls </li></ul><ul><li>Weigh the Costs and Benefits of Changing </li></ul><ul><li>Step Down to Change </li></ul><ul><li>Kick It Up a Notch </li></ul><ul><li>Control Your Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor Your Progress & Reward Success </li></ul><ul><li>Expect Obstacles & Prepare For Relapses </li></ul><ul><li>Set a Date & Get Started…Just Do It! </li></ul>
    7. 7. “The Jersey Diner Approach” <ul><li>Adopt strategies that work for you </li></ul><ul><li>Choose 3 to 4 (max) strategies </li></ul>
    8. 8. What Will YOU Do to Get Healthy and Wealthy?
    9. 9. Source of SSHW Materials <ul><li>Workbooks will be available from the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES) at Cornell University ( </li></ul><ul><li>Web site will be hosted by RCE and University of AZ </li></ul><ul><li>Class CDs available from Dr. O’Neill or materials can be downloaded for free </li></ul>
    10. 10. 100 100 200 300 400 500 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 200 200 200 200 300 300 300 300 400 400 400 400 500 500 500 500 100 100 100 Changing Behavior Odds and Ends Food and Health Personal Finance Small Steps Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ Game
    11. 11. SSHW Journal Article For Background Information See The Forum For Family and Consumer Issues
    12. 12. Why Participate in SSHW? (WIIFM) <ul><li>Turn-key program: SSHW program support materials are done and available for free! </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for high-dollar impact </li></ul><ul><li>Can teach nutrition and money management together if you have responsibility for both topics </li></ul><ul><li>Very marketable to media (New Years resolutions) </li></ul><ul><li>Your colleagues are (9,000 book pre-orders) </li></ul><ul><li>Can adapt to meet local audience needs </li></ul>