Senior Project: The Beginning

Last week I met up with Dr. Anthony Mattei, executive director of Tolentine Community Center, to discuss what I can do to help regarding design. Meeting Anthony was very interesting. He is retired, but is a volunteer who is helping his wife (President of Tolentine) take care of the community center. Anthony takes care of maintenance of their old building and helps create events for children. He is very old school and traditional so he wanted no changes to their logo, but he said it was acceptable if I wanted to add some color. What he would like me to design is their:

  • Brochure
  • Add color to the logo
  • Soccer Club T-Shirt
  • Website Layout
  • Possibly come up with a headline

Tolentine’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all people in South Philadelphia, with emphasis on educational, cultural social and recreational services. It is Tolentine’s goal to provide an opportunity for all constituents within our catchment area to develop their full potential as productive members of society while at the same time creating a better community in which to work and live. With much respect on what Tolentine does to improve people’s lives, I developed a paper which consists of the health related quality of life and well-being.

Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being is a topic area for healthy people ever since the beginning of time. Health-related quality of life is a multi-dimensional concept that includes domains related to physical, mental, emotional and social functioning. It goes beyond direct measures of population health, life expectancy and causes of death, and focuses on the impact health status has on quality of life. (Kobau R)

There is not a greater energy sucker in life, than negativity. A healthier mind becomes a happier life. (Campbell) Helping others, loving others, and supporting others to be a happier or a more successful version of who they are is a pathway to increased fulfillment for us. As we stay busy, moving towards a goal, being creative and innovative, we wake up with a purpose. Inspiration keeps us motivated and active in our lives. Find that purpose that is uniquely yours and don’t wait one more minute to start your journey.

The significance of quality of life and well-being as a public health concern is not new. Since 1949, the World Health Organization (WHO) has noted that health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely an absence of disease and infirmity.” Because people are living longer than ever before, researchers have changed the way they examine health, looking beyond causes of death and morbidity to examine the relationship of health to the quality of an individual life. (Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being)

By creating events and bringing people together in a community, we have the capability to help each grow through positive activities such as sports, games, and other fun programs. It’s healthy to see life as full of opportunity. Learning to see and appreciate all that we do have, makes us grateful. This attitude gets noticed by others, make us more attractive and more opportunities open up.

People with higher levels of well-being judge their life as going well. People feel very healthy and full of energy to take on their daily activities. People are satisfied, interested, and engaged with their lives. People experience a sense of accomplishment from their activities and judge their lives to be meaningful. People are more often content or cheerful than depressed or anxious. People get along with others and experience good social relationships.

Physical activities also improve quality of life. Physical activity may also help encourage you to spend some time outdoors. Becoming more active can help lower your blood pressure and also boost your levels of good cholesterol. Without regular physical activity, the body slowly loses its strength, stamina and ability to function well. People who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about 7 years longer than those who are not active and are obese. (Physical Activity Improves Quality of Life)

During the past century, psychology has helped unlock many of the mysteries of human behavior and clarified the sources of many illnesses of the mind. But, until recently, this young science did not have much to say about what made life worth living. Happiness, hope, courage, and other positive experiences that are so important to our private existence were considered too subjective to be amenable to rigorous investigation. Only in the last decade have scholars recognized that quality of life is too important to be ignored any longer. (Eunkook)

Campbell, Sherrie. 10 Ways to Improve the Quality of Your Life in 2015. Huffingtonpost. Jan 9, 2015. Web.

Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being. HealthyPeople. Feb 9, 2015. Web.

Kobau R, Sniezek J, Zack MM, Lucas RE, Burns A. Well-being assessment: An evaluation of well-being scales for public health and population estimates of well-being among U.S. adults. Health and Well Being. 2010;2(3):272-297.

Physical Activity Improves Quality of Life. HeartOrg. Jan 8, 2015. Web.

Suh M, Eunkook. Culture and Subjective Well-Being. Feb 9, 2015. Book.

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Senior Project: The Beginning

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