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The American Journal of Health Promotion  is a peer-reviewed journal on the science of lifestyle change. The editorial goal of the American Journal of Health Promotion is to provide a forum for exchange among the many disciplines involved in health promotion and an interface between researchers and practitioners.
The Art of Health Promotion is a newsletter for practitioners published in each issue that provides practical information to make programs more effective. 

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From the Editor

Editor's Notes: January/February 2016


Michael P. O'Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH



How Do Your Spell Audacious? D-A-V-I-D space K-A-T-Z and the True Health Initiative

David Katz is kind of an amazing guy, a Renaissance man: prolific author, gifted speaker, association leader, innovative physician, nutrition activist, scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, teacher, poet, athlete, father of talented kids, telegenic broadcaster, and visionary. Audacious visionary.
David just launched one of the most audacious public service ventures I have ever encountered, the True Health Initiative. Its Web site describes the vision of the True Health Initiative as ‘‘a world where all people live long and healthy lives, free of preventable chronic disease.’’ (1) When David says ‘‘world,’’ he means the whole world. It is important to point out that David is keeping a low profile in the public face of the True Health Initiative, but he is the spark that ignited its emergence and the driving force pushing it forward.
The slogan of the True Health Initiative is ‘‘a global consensus on lifestyle as medicine.’’ The consensus is backed up by the work of the more than 250 health experts David has engaged from nearly 30 nations to serve as council members.  <<Read full article>>




Definition of Health Promotion


Health Promotion is the art and science of helping people discover the synergies between their core passions and optimal health, enhancing their motivation to strive for optimal health, and supporting them in changing their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health. Optimal health is a dynamic balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health. Lifestyle change can be facilitated through a combination of learning experiences that enhance awareness, increase motivation, and build skills and, most important, through the creation of opportunities that open access to environments that make positive health practices the easiest choice.

Michael P. O'Donnell (2009) Definition of Health Promotion 2.0: Embracing Passion, Enhancing Motivation, Recognizing Dynamic Balance, and Creating Opportunities. American Journal of Health Promotion: September/October 2009, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. iv-iv.

 Physical     : Fitness. Nutrition. Medical self-care. Control of substance abuse.
  Emotional  : Care for emotional crisis. Stress Management
  Social         : Communities. Families. Friends
  Intellectual : Educational. Achievement. Career development
  Spiritual     : Love. Hope. Charity.