Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by Takashi Oshio, Frances Kay-Lambkin, David Rehkopf

This section aims to publish studies looking at the processes enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants and the actions taken by them to maintain, attain, or regain good health and prevent illness. The section also welcomes studies looking at the social determinants of health.

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  1. Study protocol

    The health Oriented pedagogical project (HOPP) - a controlled longitudinal school-based physical activity intervention program

    The prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is increasing worldwide, also among children. Information about primary prevention of NCD’s is increasing; however, convincing strategies among children is ne...

    Per Morten Fredriksen, Ole Petter Hjelle, Asgeir Mamen, Trine J. Meza and Ane C. Westerberg

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:370

    Published on: 28 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Findings from a prospective cohort study evaluating the effects of International Health Advisors’ work on recently settled migrants’ health

    Several interventions have been carried out to tackle health inequalities between migrant groups, especially refugees, and native-born European populations. These initiatives are often address language or cult...

    Susanne Sundell Lecerof, Martin Stafström, Maria Emmelin, Ragnar Westerling and Per-Olof Östergen

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:369

    Published on: 28 April 2017

  3. Research article

    Knowledge attitude and practice regarding diabetes mellitus among Nondiabetic and diabetic study participants in Bangladesh

    Increased awareness amongst large population groups is a major determinant for the prevention of diabetes and its complications as well as related metabolic disorders. Knowledge and attitude are the principal ...

    Kaniz Fatema, Sharmin Hossain, Khurshid Natasha, Hasina Akhter Chowdhury, Jesmin Akter, Tahmina Khan and Liaquat Ali

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:364

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  4. Research article

    Health literacy in childhood and youth: a systematic review of definitions and models

    Children and young people constitute a core target group for health literacy research and practice: during childhood and youth, fundamental cognitive, physical and emotional development processes take place an...

    Janine Bröder, Orkan Okan, Ullich Bauer, Dirk Bruland, Sandra Schlupp, Torsten M. Bollweg, Luis Saboga-Nunes, Emma Bond, Kristine Sørensen, Eva-Maria Bitzer, Susanne Jordan, Olga Domanska, Christiane Firnges, Graça S. Carvalho, Uwe H. Bittlingmayer, Diane Levin-Zamir…

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:361

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  5. Study protocol

    Development and effectiveness of a mobile phone application conducting health behavioral intervention among men who have sex with men, a randomized controlled trial: study protocol

    Behavioral intervention is a key approach to HIV prevention among men who have sex with men (MSM). Widespread use of mobile phones provide us with novel opportunities to decrease HIV infection and transmission...

    Jin Yan, Aidi Zhang, Liang Zhou, Zhulin Huang, Pan Zhang and Guoli Yang

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:355

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  6. Research article

    Delivery of alcohol brief interventions in community-based youth work settings: exploring feasibility and acceptability in a qualitative study

    Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABIs) are increasingly being delivered in community-based youth work settings. However, little attention has been paid to how they are being implemented in such settings, or to the...

    Martine Stead, Tessa Parkes, Avril Nicoll, Sarah Wilson, Cheryl Burgess, Douglas Eadie, Niamh Fitzgerald, Jennifer McKell, Garth Reid, Ruth Jepson, John McAteer and Linda Bauld

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:357

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  7. Research article

    Strategies to improve engagement of ‘hard to reach’ older people in research on health promotion: a systematic review

    This systematic review aimed to identify facilitators, barriers and strategies for engaging ‘hard to reach’ older people in research on health promotion; the oldest old (≥80 years), older people from black and...

    Ann E. M. Liljas, Kate Walters, Ana Jovicic, Steve Iliffe, Jill Manthorpe, Claire Goodman and Kalpa Kharicha

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:349

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  8. Research article

    Strengthening the role of Community Health Representatives in the Navajo Nation

    Strengthening Community Health Worker systems has been recognized to improve access to chronic disease prevention and management efforts in low-resource communities. The Community Outreach and Patient Empowerm...

    Caroline King, Alex Goldman, Vikas Gampa, Casey Smith, Olivia Muskett, Christian Brown, Jamy Malone, Hannah Sehn, Cameron Curley, Mae-Gilene Begay, Adrianne Katrina Nelson and Sonya Sunhi Shin

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:348

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  9. Research article

    Neo-Marxian social class inequalities in self-rated health among the employed in South Korea: the role of material, behavioral, psychosocial, and workplace environmental factors

    The aim of this study was to examine the pattern of social inequality in self-rated health among the employed using the Wright’s social class location indicator, and to assess the roles of material, behavioral...

    Kyoung Ae Kong, Young-Ho Khang, Hong-Jun Cho, Sung-Mi Jang and Kyunghee Jung-Choi

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:345

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  10. Research article

    Lifestyle-related factors that explain disaster-induced changes in socioeconomic status and poor subjective health: a cross-sectional study from the Fukushima health management survey

    Socioeconomic status (SES) and lifestyle-related factors are determinants of subjective health. However, changes in SES are inevitable in times of natural disaster, while lifestyle-related factors remain modif...

    Masato Nagai, Tetsuya Ohira, Wen Zhang, Hironori Nakano, Masaharu Maeda, Seiji Yasumura and Masafumi Abe

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:340

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  11. Research article

    National Alcohol Survey of households in Trinidad and Tobago (NASHTT): Alcohol use in households

    To determine the patterns of alcohol use among households in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) and to estimate the association between alcohol use and negative psychological, social, or physical events experienced by ...

    R.G. Maharaj, M.S. Motilal, T. Babwah, P. Nunes, R. Brathwaite, G. Legall, S.D. Reid, M.E. Canavan and E.H. Bradley

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:347

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  12. Study protocol

    The Stepping Stones and Creating Futures intervention to prevent intimate partner violence and HIV-risk behaviours in Durban, South Africa: study protocol for a cluster randomized control trial, and baseline characteristics

    Preventing intimate partner violence (IPV) remains a global public health challenge. Studies suggest urban informal settlements have particularly high levels of IPV and HIV-prevalence and these settlements are...

    Andrew Gibbs, Laura Washington, Samantha Willan, Nolwazi Ntini, Thobani Khumalo, Nompumelelo Mbatha, Yandisa Sikweyiya, Nwabisa Shai, Esnat Chirwa, Michael Strauss, Giulia Ferrari and Rachel Jewkes

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:336

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  13. Research article

    A cross-sectional survey assessing factors associated with reading cancer screening information: previous screening behaviour, demographics and decision-making style

    There is broad agreement that cancer screening invitees should know the risks and benefits of testing before deciding whether to participate. In organised screening programmes, a primary method of relaying thi...

    Alex Ghanouni, Cristina Renzi and Jo Waller

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:327

    Published on: 18 April 2017

  14. Study protocol

    Kā-HOLO Project: a protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a native cultural dance program for cardiovascular disease prevention in Native Hawaiians

    As a major risk factor for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease (CVD), hypertension affects 33% of U.S. adults. Relative to other US races and ethnicities, Native Hawaiians have a high prevalence of hype...

    Joseph Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula, Mele A. Look, Thomas A. Wills, Māpuana de Silva, Tricia Mabellos, Todd B. Seto, Hyeong Jun Ahn, Ka‘imi A. Sinclair and Dedra Buchwald

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:321

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  15. Research article

    Effect of the PREPARE intervention on sexual initiation and condom use among adolescents aged 12–14: a cluster randomised controlled trial in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Unsafe sexual practices continue to put adolescents at risk for a number of negative health outcomes in Tanzania. While there are some effective theory-based intervention packages with positive impact on impor...

    Elia John Mmbaga, Lusajo Kajula, Leif Edvard Aarø, Mrema Kilonzo, Annegreet Gera Wubs, Sander Matthijs Eggers, Hein de Vries and Sylvia Kaaya

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:322

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  16. Research article

    Moving to business – changes in physical activity and sedentary behavior after multilevel intervention in small and medium-size workplaces

    Regular physical activity (PA) promotes and excessive sedentary behavior (SB) deteriorates health. Yet the Finnish working-aged population spends most of the day sitting. A 1-year Moving To Business (MTB) -int...

    Minna Aittasalo, Matleena Livson, Sirpa Lusa, Ahti Romo, Henri Vähä-Ypyä, Kari Tokola, Harri Sievänen, Ari Mänttäri and Tommi Vasankari

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:319

    Published on: 17 April 2017

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