Title

Treating entire populations for behavior risks for chronic diseases

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

12-1-2003

Abstract

Treating entire populations for multiple behavior risks can produce unprecedented impacts for the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Two principles are needed to produce such impacts. The first is to have health promotion programs that are matched to each of the stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance. The second is to proactively reach out to populations to let them know that interactive and individualised programs can help them whether they are ready, getting ready, or not ready to take action on major behavior risks for chronic disease and premature death. Evidence demonstrates how such programs with single risks like smoking and multiple behavior risks can be effective with entire populations.

Publication Title

Homeostasis in Health and Disease

Volume

42

Issue

1-2

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