Diet and exercise have been shown to have significant importance in predicting both physical and psychological well-being. However, there is little empirical evidence examining the effects of regular practices which encourage awareness on an individual’s health-related identity and self- efficacy. This study examined the effects of a daily awareness-based intervention on health-related identity and self-efficacy. Fifty-four adults were allocated into either an 8-week control or intervention group and all completed a battery of measures designed to assess their health-related identity and self-efficacy. The intervention group were sent a daily email reminder for 8 weeks to log on to a computer website and answer a series of reflective questions. These questions related to the quality and volume of food and liquids consumed throughout the day, their mood, the type, intensity and duration of exercise which they engaged in throughout the day, and the amount of paid or unpaid work hours which they were engaged in throughout the day. Finally, participants were asked daily whether they aimed to achieve balance in any of their regular roles. The control group did not engage in any intervention during the 8-week phase. The ‘daily diary’ website and questions aimed to promote awareness of health behaviours, and results indicated the intervention group displayed a significant improvement in all variables, when compared with the control group.

Dino Urzi is a qualified psychologist and published author, specialising in the treatment of adolescents, young adults and older adults. Dino Urzi is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Dino Urzi is the director and principal psychologist of the Urzi Psychology Trust.

Dino Urzi is a Psychologist at Varsity Lakes, Dino Urzi is a Psychologist at Varsity Lakes in Queensland, Urzi Psychology is in Varsity Lakes, Queensland

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