Healthy Change Made Easier<br />Chip and Dan Heath’s Change Model and <br />5 Tools to make healthy living easier<br />Kev...
What enables change? <br />“Each person has a rational side (rider) and an emotional side (elephant).  You’ve got to reach...
Wear a pedometer<br />Primary Change Mechanism: “Direct the Rider” <br />Why it works: Seeing how many steps you took<br /...
Put up an inspiring photo<br />Primary Change Mechanism: “Direct the Rider”<br />Why it works: Giving yourself a visible d...
Watch a video on<br />Primary Change Mechanism: “Motivate the Elephant”<br />Why it works: Learning how to cook can be dau...
Carry a water bottle<br />Primary Change Mechanism: “Shape the Path” <br />Why it works: Remembering to drink and finding ...
Buy a Rice Cooker<br />Primary Change Mechanism: “Shape the Path” <br />Why it works:  A rice cooker makes cooking as easy...
What about you?<br />“Each person has a rational side (rider) and an emotional side (elephant).  You’ve got to reach them ...
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Chip and Dan Heath’s Change Model and
5 Tools to make healthy living easier

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  • I noticed the adaptation in slide 4. :-)
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  • I love the allegory of the guy riding the elephant down the path. Good stuff. You inspired a blog post on the the topic: http://www.kevinholmes.org/2010/04/tools-for-personal-development.html
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  • Great post Kevon and nice tips.

    Making health a lifestyle choice is one of most important decisions one can make and it's essential to keep it fun, chunkable, and realistic.

    For example, I have already printed out slide 4 and put it on my wall for inspiration.
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  • Kevon, I really appreciate your ideas here. I think that keeping the changes small, simple and manageable is key. When health goals become associated with being too expensive or cumbersome, it makes it a whole lot easier to make excuses for putting off the healthy lifestyle pursuit for another day--instead of doing one or two helpful, small tasks to help improve one's health. I see this with some of my health coaching clients or clients I see in therapy: all or nothing thinking. It's a huge enemy to making small, positive, incremental steps toward a healthier life.
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  1. 1. Healthy Change Made Easier<br />Chip and Dan Heath’s Change Model and <br />5 Tools to make healthy living easier<br />Kevon Saber<br />habits.stanford.edu<br />
  2. 2. What enables change? <br />“Each person has a rational side (rider) and an emotional side (elephant). You’ve got to reach them both. And you’ve also got to clear the way (path) for them to succeed. In short, you must do three things.” <br /> - Chip and Dan Heath<br />
  3. 3. Wear a pedometer<br />Primary Change Mechanism: “Direct the Rider” <br />Why it works: Seeing how many steps you took<br />each day enables you to make an informed decision to exercise. You can’t keep telling yourself “I got enough exercise today walking around” when the pedometer tells you otherwise. A networked pedometer helps you see your activity over time on your computer. <br />
  4. 4. Put up an inspiring photo<br />Primary Change Mechanism: “Direct the Rider”<br />Why it works: Giving yourself a visible destination illustrates and reminds you how healthy decisions benefit you. Whether you’re getting in shape for a summer vacation, to feel more energized, or to prevent disease, visualizing your goal helps you persevere when you’re feeling discouraged. An inspiring photo also motivates “the elephant.” <br />Full disclosure: This is not a picture of my former self – Photoshop does wonders. <br />Photo source: http://www.mensfitness.com/lifestyle/entertainment/300<br />
  5. 5. Watch a video on<br />Primary Change Mechanism: “Motivate the Elephant”<br />Why it works: Learning how to cook can be daunting. Shrink the change by learning basic knife tools – arguably the easiest way to reduce cooking time. Search for “knife skills” on YouTube today and start chopping and dicing like Julia Child tonight. <br />
  6. 6. Carry a water bottle<br />Primary Change Mechanism: “Shape the Path” <br />Why it works: Remembering to drink and finding clean water and something to drink from eight times per day can be difficult. A full bottle is a constant reminder and ensures you can hydrate on the go.<br />
  7. 7. Buy a Rice Cooker<br />Primary Change Mechanism: “Shape the Path” <br />Why it works: A rice cooker makes cooking as easy as putting food in the microwave. Throw almost any grain (e.g. rice, barley, quinoa, amaranth) and water in the rice cooker. Then go exercise, surf the web, or call a friend. Come back twenty minutes later and like magic, your food is ready. <br />
  8. 8. What about you?<br />“Each person has a rational side (rider) and an emotional side (elephant). You’ve got to reach them both. And you’ve also got to clear the way (path) for them to succeed. In short, you must do three things.” <br /> - Chip and Dan Heath<br />Change is never trivial. But it doesn’t have to be so hard. <br />A little thinking about the Heath’s three levers can make change easier for you or your team. <br />These slides contain some of my favorite health tools. <br />What tools have helped you? Please share them below so we can all benefit from your experience . <br />

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