How To Change (UHC)

A Model for Behavior Change Success

Seth Serxner, PhD
Free Online Course
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Most of us have something we’d like to change. Some of us want to get healthier— we want to lose weight, eat better, or exercise more. Some of us want to curb unhealthy habits like excessive drinking, gambling, or smoking tobacco. Some of us want better relationships—maybe more romance, more friends, or better connection with our children. And some of us just want to get our lives in order with better jobs, better finances, or cleaner homes. These are often things we’ve been working at for a long time. Things we’ve tried to improve, but have not been completely successful at changing. And that can be discouraging. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

More often than not, our lack of success is not because we’re weak or ineffective. It’s because up to this point, behavior change has mostly been trial and error. Nobody actually teaches behavior change. Until now.

In this course, we’re going to show you that behavior change is a process – that there’s an actual science to making significant change in your life. And it’s a science you can learn. In the next several minutes, we’re going to show you how behavior change works and what it takes to make lasting changes in your life. And we’re going to give you a few simple yet powerful exercises to help put you on the right path toward that sustained change.

Regardless of the change you seek in your life, you can achieve it with the right tools, skills, and support. Take this course to find out how.

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Unit 1 : The ASM Model

In this one-lesson course, Dr. Seth Serxner guides you through the Awareness-Skills-Maintenance (ASM) behavior change model, so you can begin practicing the skills that our evidence shows can enhance your ability to make long lasting changes to your life.

Lesson 1 How To Change

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Seth Serxner, PhD

Seth Serxner, PhD is the Chief Health Officer and Senior Vice President of Population Health for Optum. He is a recognized thought leader and expert in the areas of behavior change, population health management, productivity, and more. In his more than 25 years experience in health and productivity management, Seth has helped countless organizations and communities develop and implement innovative programs to promote community and individual health and wellness.    Seth has a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles and a doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, where his research focused on health promotion and disease prevention. 

He is a board member, executive committee member and vice president of the C. Everett Koop Health Project as well vice chairman for HERO. He is a reviewer for peer review journals such as the, American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Health Affairs.

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