“Change is built on a rebuke of the status quo.”
The CHANGES Model is a biopsychosocial approach to transformation, created by Dr. David Christian from Utah State University. Dr. Christian was my major profession in my graduate program at the University of Idaho. The CHANGES Model has been validated in outcomes research for the treatment of obesity, academic problems, and chronic stress. It can be applied to both clinical problems and health maintenance.
The model is as follows:
C= Cognitions (thoughts, beliefs, assumptions, interpretations)
H= Health (physical fitness level, medical conditions)
A= Actions (behaviours, observable activities)
N= eNvironment (physical surroundings, situation, stimuli)
G= Goals (objectives, values, plans, aims)
E= Emotions (feelings and emotional reactions)
S= Social Environment (relationships with others; friends, family, etc.)
In our episode today, we reviewed in detail each element of the CHANGES Model, and provided examples within each for weight loss/maintenance. We also discussed who the model is best suited for, and pointing out that readiness and insight (awareness) are key in order to engage in meaningful change. In Part II, we will map each element in detail and provide a roadmap to our desired outcome.
Please leave you feedback for the podcast session today. I will be sure to incorporate any questions and comments in the follow-up episode.
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