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Health behavior, health promotion and society

This section aims to publish studies examining the cultural, economic and societal influences that inform lifestyle choices and health behaviors, from drug, alcohol and cigarette consumption, to perceptions of safe sexual behavior and vaccine uptake, enabling all communities to increase control over their health, and empower them to maintain, attain, or regain good health and prevent disease.

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  1. The United States needs to increase access to effective obesity prevention and treatment programming for impoverished youth at risk for health disparities. Although recommended, schools have difficulty consist...

    Authors: Jessica Rieder, Jee-Young Moon, Joanna Joels, Viswanathan Shankar, Paul Meissner, Elicia Johnson-Knox, Bailey Frohlich, Shelby Davies and Judy Wylie-Rosett

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:672

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  2. The misuse of illicit substances is associated with increased morbidity and mortality; thus, substance abuse is a global health concern. The Arabian Gulf region is considered a crossing point and a consumer of...

    Authors: Abdullah Al-Matrouk, Mohammed Al-Hasan, Husain Naqi, Neamat Al-Abkal, Hanan Mohammed, Meshaal Haider, Dalal Al-Shammeri and Haider Bojbarah

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:671

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  3. Although evidence suggests that functional endurance capacity is the most important component associated with future health, little is known of how it is associated with multiple other physical fitness compone...

    Authors: Mario Kasović, Lovro Štefan, Vilko Petrić, Vesna Štemberger and Iva Blažević

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:669

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  4. Despite overall good vaccination coverage in many countries, vaccine hesitancy has hindered full coverage and exposed groups to the risk of outbreaks. Somali immigrant groups have been known to have low measle...

    Authors: Sherin Marie Jenness, Preben Aavitsland, Richard Aubrey White and Brita Askeland Winje

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:668

    Content type: Research article

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  5. High rates of unintended adolescent pregnancy are a significant health problem in Uganda. To improve access to family planning (FP) services, community-based Village Health Teams (VHTs) are widely employed in ...

    Authors: Robert Kalyesubula, Jessica Mitter Pardo, Stephanie Yeh, Richard Munana, Ivan Weswa, Joseph Adducci, Faith Nassali, Mennen Tefferi, John Mundaka and Sahai Burrowes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:666

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  6. The present study was conducted to design and evaluate the software and web-based curriculum based on Pender Model in order to promote students’ physical activity.

    Authors: Sahar Sabooteh, Awat Feizi, Parivash Shekarchizadeh, Hossein Shahnazi and Firoozeh Mostafavi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:657

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  7. HIV testing and counseling (HTC) services are key for HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support. Although the prevalence of HIV infection is high among adolescents and young adults, evidence suggests the ut...

    Authors: Adugnaw Zeleke Alem, Alemneh Mekuriaw Liyew and Habtamu Alganeh Guadie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:644

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Nonrestorative sleep is a common sleep disorder with a prevalence ranging from 1.4 to 35%, and is associated with various psychological and physical health issues. Noise exposure and noise sensitivity have bee...

    Authors: Sha Li, Daniel Yee Tak Fong, Janet Yuen Ha Wong, Bradley McPherson, Esther Yuet Ying Lau, Lixi Huang and Mary Sau Man Ip

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:643

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The role of physical activity in the promotion of children’s well-being and health is widely known. However, research indicates that the time spent physically exercising and participating in organized sport ac...

    Authors: Stefanie Wessely, Dagmar Starke, Simone Weyers and Christine Joisten

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:642

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. Community engagement (CE) is a well-established practical and scholarly field, recognised as core to the science and ethics of health research, for which researchers and practitioners have increasingly asked q...

    Authors: Samantha Vanderslott, Manya Van Ryneveld, Mark Marchant, Shelley Lees, Sylvie Kwedi Nolna and Vicki Marsh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:633

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Physical activity (PA) is known to be associated with lipid profiles and the risk of both cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of objectively measured PA, s...

    Authors: Sonja Aho, Meri-Sisko Vuoristo, Jani Raitanen, Kirsi Mansikkamäki, Johanna Alanko, Henri Vähä-Ypyä, Riitta Luoto, Pirkko-Liisa Kellokumpu-Lehtinen and Tommi Vasankari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:629

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  12. With the advancing age of the population, and increasing demands on healthcare services, community participation has become an important consideration for healthy ageing. Low levels of community participation ...

    Authors: Claire Gough, Lucy K. Lewis, Christopher Barr, Anthony Maeder and Stacey George

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:612

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The Prime-Time Sister Circles® (PTSC) program is a multifaceted, community-based peer support intervention targeting African American women who are 40 to 75 years of age. It aims to reduce hypertension dispari...

    Authors: Chidinma A. Ibe, Danielle R. Haywood, Ciana Creighton, Yidan Cao, Angel Gabriel, Hossein Zare, Wehmah Jones, Manshu Yang, Michele Balamani, Marilyn Gaston, Gayle Porter, Denise L. Woods and Darrell J. Gaskin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:610

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  14. The relationship between sleep duration and physical fitness is one aspect of sleep health. Potential factors associated with sleep duration interfere with physical fitness performance, but the impact trends o...

    Authors: Ming Gu, Chia-Chen Liu, Chi-Chieh Hsu, Chi-Jie Lu, Tian-Shyug Lee, Mingchih Chen and Chien-Chang Ho

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:594

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  15. Parents play a pivotal role in adolescent sexual health and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. Nurses are on the frontlines of healthcare and play a critical role in promoting HPV vaccination and parent-c...

    Authors: D. Santa Maria, C. Markham, S. M. Misra, D. C. Coleman, M. Lyons, C. Desormeaux, S. Cron and V. Guilamo-Ramos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:585

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  16. Emotional eating (EE), defined as eating in response to a range of emotions, has been previously associated with poor diet and obesity. Since there are limited data from non-Western populations, this study aim...

    Authors: Katherine Y. P. Sze, Eric K. P. Lee, Rufina H. W. Chan and Jean H. Kim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:583

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  17. Obesity, overweight and unemployment are interlinked, with debilitating effects on mortality, health, wellbeing and quality of life. Existing interventions to reduce overweight, obesity and unemployment have a...

    Authors: Sophia D. Amenyah, Jane Murphy and Lee-Ann Fenge

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:582

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. Global population data suggest that physical activity levels in children remain unacceptably low. Improved participation in organised sport has been recommended by the WHO as one strategy to improve population...

    Authors: Kathryn Reilly, Adrian Bauman, Lindsey Reece, Christophe Lecathelinais, Rachel Sutherland and Luke Wolfenden

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:570

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  19. Alcohol use is common among persons living with HIV (PLWH), who often experience chronic pain, yet its impact on pain and opioid misuse is not fully characterized.

    Authors: Belle Ngo, Jane M. Liebschutz, Debbie M. Cheng, Jonathan A. Colasanti, Jessica S. Merlin, Wendy S. Armstrong, Leah S. Forman, Marlene C. Lira, Jeffrey H. Samet, Carlos del Rio and Judith I. Tsui

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:564

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  20. Black men are more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) compared to non-Hispanic White men, and this disparity increases among men over the age of 55. A growing body of literature demonstrates the...

    Authors: Jaclynn Hawkins, Katherine Kloss, Martha Funnell, Robin Nwankwo, Claudia Schwenzer, Fonda Smith and Gretchen Piatt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:562

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. Before the COVID-19 pandemic occurred in January 2020, the number of overseas visitors to Japan had increased threefold over the last decade. To minimize the risk of health problems, visitors should be able to...

    Authors: Mariko Nishikawa, Masaaki Yamanaka, Akira Shibanuma, Junko Kiriya and Masamine Jimba

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:558

    Content type: Study protocol

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  22. Assisted partner notification services (APNS) may increase HIV testing, early diagnosis, and treatment, but they are not formally implemented in Mexico, where the HIV epidemic is concentrated in men who have s...

    Authors: Heleen Vermandere, Santiago Aguilera-Mijares, Liliane Martínez-Vargas, M. Arantxa Colchero and Sergio Bautista-Arredondo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:555

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  23. Hypertension control remains a major challenge globally. A recent systematic review suggested that yoga has beneficial effects on reducing blood pressure. However, the role of yoga in hypertension management i...

    Authors: Raja Ram Dhungana, Zeljko Pedisic, Suira Joshi, Mahesh Kumar Khanal, Om Prakash Kalauni, Anu Shakya, Vijay Bhurtel, Savyata Panthi, K. C. Ramesh Kumar, Binod Ghimire, Achyut Raj Pandey, Bihungum Bista, Shiva Ram Khatiwoda, Craig Steven McLachlan, Dinesh Neupane and Maximilian de Courten

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:550

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  24. Brief scales to measure parental self-efficacy (PSE) in relation to children’s obesogenic behaviours have not been developed and validated using more rigorous methodology such as invariance testing, limiting t...

    Authors: Åsa Norman, Julie Wright and Emma Patterson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:540

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  25. Accurate perception of body weight is necessary for individuals with a high body mass index (BMI) to initiate strategies to improve their health status. Furthermore, identifying factors that influence accurate...

    Authors: Sharain Suliman, Leigh L. van den Heuvel, Sanja Kilian, Erine Bröcker, Laila Asmal, Robin Emsley and Soraya Seedat

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:534

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  26. Evidence on whether leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) facilitates individuals’ adoption of multiple healthy behaviors remains scarce. This study investigated the associations of diverse longitudinal LTPA t...

    Authors: Irinja Lounassalo, Mirja Hirvensalo, Sanna Palomäki, Kasper Salin, Asko Tolvanen, Katja Pahkala, Suvi Rovio, Mikael Fogelholm, Xiaolin Yang, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Olli T. Raitakari and Tuija H. Tammelin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:533

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  27. Area-level deprivation is well known to have an adverse impact on mortality, morbidity, or other specific health outcomes. This study examined how area-level deprivation may affect self-rated health (SRH) and ...

    Authors: Takashi Oshio, Hiromi Kimura, Toshimi Nishizaki and Takashi Omori

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:523

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  28. SARS-CoV-2 lacks sentience and can only be spread through human behaviour. Government instructions to the general public include: (a) limiting time spent outside the home, (b) staying more than 1 m away from p...

    Authors: Christopher J. Armitage, Chris Keyworth, Jessica Z. Leather, Lucie Byrne-Davis and Tracy Epton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:522

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  29. Many studies have addressed influenza vaccine uptake in risk-group populations (e.g. the elderly). However, it is also necessary to assess influenza vaccine uptake in the active adult population, since they ar...

    Authors: Githa Fungie Galistiani, Mária Matuz, Nikolett Matuszka, Péter Doró, Krisztina Schváb, Zsófia Engi and Ria Benkő

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:521

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  30. Physical activity has many health benefits for children and adolescents. However, the prevalence of physical inactivity in school-aged children and adolescents remains high in China. Many factors impact the le...

    Authors: Wei Huang, Xiangrong Shi, Yujie Wang, Xiaoling Li, Pengpeng Gao, Jieguo Lu and Jie Zhuang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:512

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  31. Stroke prevalence is increasing in sub-Saharan Africa and has been partly attributed to the rapid economic and population growth that have contributed to changes in lifestyle and increased the prevalence of mo...

    Authors: M. Elmberg Sjöholm, G. Eriksson, A. Bii, J. Asungu, L. von Koch and S. Guidetti

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:511

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  32. Low health literacy is believed to be associated with behaviours that increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. But there is limited knowledge on the relation between health literacy (HL) and diabetes risk, and wh...

    Authors: Daniel Tajdar, Dagmar Lühmann, Regina Fertmann, Tim Steinberg, Hendrik van den Bussche, Martin Scherer and Ingmar Schäfer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:510

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  33. Healthcare workers (HCWs) in South Africa widely use job-aids as practical tools to enhance the provision of HIV services, thereby improving patient-provider interactions during the care process. Job-aids are ...

    Authors: Chipo Mutambo, Kemist Shumba and Khumbulani W. Hlongwana

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:508

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  34. Self-rated health (SRH), a subjective perception of an individual’s overall health, is widely used in public health assessment. The transition from adolescence to young adulthood is a critical period involving...

    Authors: Makoto Ohtsuki, Yusuke Wakasugi, Takuhiro Narukawa, Shunsuke Uehara and Takeshi Ohkubo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:505

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  35. In a recent issue of the BMC Public Health journal, Littlewood et al. described the results of a systematic review of interventions to prevent or treat childhood obesity in Māori or Pacific Island peoples. The...

    Authors: Cervantée E. K. Wild, Tami L. Cave, Esther J. Willing, José G. B. Derraik, Cameron C. Grant, Paul L. Hofman and Yvonne C. Anderson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:501

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    The original article was published in BMC Public Health 2021 21:500

    The original article was published in BMC Public Health 2020 20:725

  36. In a correspondence to BMC Public Health, Wild et al. respond to our systematic review that synthesised results of interventions to prevent or treat childhood obesity in Māori and Pacific Islanders. Our review...

    Authors: Robyn Littlewood, Oliver J. Canfell and Jacqueline L. Walker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:500

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    The original article was published in BMC Public Health 2021 21:501

  37. Chronic diseases are responsible for over 70% of all deaths globally. While some self-management programs have been shown to be efficacious in preventing or altering trajectories for some chronic conditions, s...

    Authors: Magali Girard, Janusz Kaczorowski, Marie-Thérèse Lussier and Vivianne Martin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:497

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  38. The purpose of this study was to: 1) examine the maintenance of Physical Education and physical activity during the distance learning time, 2) determine the resources educators are utilizing to deliver PE curr...

    Authors: Andjelka Pavlovic, Laura F. DeFina, Breanna L. Natale, Shelby E. Thiele, Timothy J. Walker, Derek W. Craig, Georgina R. Vint, David Leonard, William L. Haskell and Harold W. Kohl

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:485

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  39. Inconsistencies are evident in definitions and interpretations of theory, application of theory, and reporting of theory use within the behaviour change field impeding cumulative knowledge advancement. Standar...

    Authors: Taylor Willmott and Sharyn Rundle-Thiele

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:479

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  40. Temporal discounting, the tendency of individuals to discount future costs and benefits relative to the present, is often associated with greater engagement in risky behaviors. Incentives such as conditional c...

    Authors: Jessica Londeree Saleska, Abigail Norris Turner, Maria F. Gallo, Abigail Shoben, Bienvenu Kawende, Noro Lantoniaina Rosa Ravelomanana, Harsha Thirumurthy and Marcel Yotebieng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:477

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  41. In Palestine, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a rapidly growing health concern. This study evaluated knowledge, attitude, and practice of patients with T2DM with regard to their disease. The study also inve...

    Authors: Ramzi Shawahna, Saed Samaro and Zaid Ahmad

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:472

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  42. Sexual reproductive health communication between parents and children has been shown to promote safer sexual choices. In many South African households, third-generation female caregivers, often grandmothers or...

    Authors: Jane E. Simmonds, Charles D. H. Parry, Fareed Abdullah, Nadine Harker Burnhams and Nicola Christofides

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:470

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  43. In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda inclusive, implemented lockdowns, curfew, banning of both private and public transp...

    Authors: Elizabeth Katana, Bob Omoda Amodan, Lilian Bulage, Alex R. Ario, Joseph Nelson Siewe Fodjo, Robert Colebunders and Rhoda K. Wanyenze

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:467

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  44. The high prevalence and mortality of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have made it the most important health and social challenge around the world. However, this disease can be largely prevented by adherenc...

    Authors: Roghayeh Ezati Rad, Shokrollah Mohseni, Hesamaddin Kamalzadeh Takhti, Mehdi Hassani Azad, Nahid Shahabi, Teamur Aghamolaei and Fatemeh Norozian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:466

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  45. Poor sleep and poor mental health go hand in hand and, together, can have an adverse impact on physical health. Given the already disproportionate physical health inequities experienced by people with a mental...

    Authors: Alexandra P. Metse, Caitlin Fehily, Tara Clinton-McHarg, Olivia Wynne, Sharon Lawn, John Wiggers and Jenny A. Bowman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:463

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2021 21:646

  46. Hospitals’ emergency rooms (ERs) are generally the first point of contact of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) victims to the health care system. For efficient management and resource allocation for ERs to man...

    Authors: Sonica Singhal, Sarah Orr, Harkirat Singh, Menaka Shanmuganantha and Heather Manson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:461

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  47. Online Food Delivery Services (OFDS) have rapidly expanded in North America, but their implications for geographic access to food and potential dietary outcomes of their use are poorly understood. The purpose ...

    Authors: Keshbir Brar and Leia Michelle Minaker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:458

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  48. Tobacco smoking using a hookah (i.e., waterpipe) is a global epidemic. While evidence suggests that sexual minorities (SM) have higher odds of hookah use compared to heterosexuals, little is known about their ...

    Authors: Mary Rezk-Hanna, Ian W. Holloway, Joy Toyama, Umme Shefa Warda, Lorree Catherine Berteau, Mary-Lynn Brecht and Linda Sarna

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:445

    Content type: Research article

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