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

    A school-based physical activity promotion intervention in children: rationale and study protocol for the PREVIENE Project

    The lack of physical activity and increasing time spent in sedentary behaviours during childhood place importance on developing low cost, easy-toimplement school-based interventions to increase physical activi...

    Pablo Tercedor, Emilio Villa-González, Manuel Ávila-García, Carolina Díaz-Piedra, Alejandro Martínez-Baena, Alberto Soriano-Maldonado, Isaac José Pérez-López, Inmaculada García-Rodríguez, Sandra Mandic, Juan Palomares-Cuadros, Víctor Segura-Jiménez and Francisco Javier Huertas-Delgado

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:748

    Published on: 26 September 2017

  2. Study protocol

    An intervention strategy for improving residential environment and positive mental health among public housing tenants: rationale, design and methods of Flash on my neighborhood!

    In Canada, public housing programs are an important part of governmental strategies to fight poverty and public exclusion. The Flash on my neighborhood! project is a four-year multiphase community-based participa...

    Janie Houle, Simon Coulombe, Stephanie Radziszewski, Xavier Leloup, Thomas Saïas, Juan Torres and Paul Morin

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:737

    Published on: 25 September 2017

  3. Research article

    Medicine use practices in management of symptoms of acute upper respiratory tract infections in children (≤12 years) in Kampala city, Uganda

    Medicines are commonly accessed and used for management of illness in children without a prescription. This potentially increases the risk of unwanted treatment outcomes. We investigated medicine use practices...

    Moses Ocan, Mary Aono, Clare Bukirwa, Emmanuel Luyinda, Cathy Ochwo, Elastus Nsambu, Stella Namugonza, Joseph Makoba, Enock Kandaruku, Hannington Muyende and Aida Nakawunde

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:732

    Published on: 21 September 2017

  4. Research article

    Feasibility of a low-cost hearing screening in rural Indiana

    Hearing loss remains a neglected public health issue in the rural and agricultural communities in the United States and therefore, promotion of a low-cost hearing screening may be important for these underserv...

    Khalid M. Khan, Sylvanna L. Bielko, Priscilla A. Barnes, Sydney S. Evans and Anna L.K. Main

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:715

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  5. Research article

    Accessing physical activity among young adults attending a university: the role of sex, race/ethnicity, technology use, and sleep

    Identifying factors associated with recommended physical activity (PA) levels are critical in efforts to combat the obesity epidemic and related comorbidities.

    Samuel D. Towne Jr, Marcia G. Ory, Matthew Lee Smith, S. Camille Peres, Adam W. Pickens, Ranjana K. Mehta and Mark Benden

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:721

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  6. Research article

    Positive mental health literacy: development and validation of a measure among Norwegian adolescents

    Mental health literacy (MHL), or the knowledge and abilities necessary to benefit mental health, is a significant determinant of mental health and has the potential to benefit both individual and public mental...

    Hanne Nissen Bjørnsen, Mary˗Elizabeth Bradley Eilertsen, Regine Ringdal, Geir Arild Espnes and Unni Karin Moksnes

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:717

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  7. Research article

    The role of self-control and cognitive functioning in educational inequalities in adolescent smoking and binge drinking

    Large differences in substance use between educational levels originate at a young age, but there is limited evidence explaining these inequalities. The aim of this study was to test whether a) smoking and bin...

    Lisa E. M. Davies, Mirte A. G. Kuipers, Marianne Junger and Anton E. Kunst

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:714

    Published on: 16 September 2017

  8. Study protocol

    Project LifeSkills - a randomized controlled efficacy trial of a culturally tailored, empowerment-based, and group-delivered HIV prevention intervention for young transgender women: study protocol

    Transgender women in the U.S. have an alarmingly high incidence rate of HIV infection; condomless anal and vaginal sex is the primary risk behavior driving transmission. Young transgender women are the subpopu...

    Lisa M. Kuhns, Matthew J. Mimiaga, Sari L. Reisner, Katie Biello and Robert Garofalo

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:713

    Published on: 16 September 2017

  9. Research article

    Evaluating the impact of a walking program in a disadvantaged area: using the RE-AIM framework by mixed methods

    The positive health impact of physical activity (PA) is well known, yet a large proportion of the world’s population remains sedentary. General PA programs are common as health promotion initiatives. However, ...

    Camila Tiome Baba, Isabela Martins Oliveira, Adriele Evelyn Ferreira Silva, Leonardo Moreira Vieira, Natalia Caroline Cerri, Alex Antonio Florindo and Grace Angélica de Oliveira Gomes

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:709

    Published on: 15 September 2017

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:822

  10. Research article

    Neighborhood-resources for the development of a strong SOC and the importance of understanding why and how resources work: a grounded theory approach

    Providing individuals with psychosocial resources such as sense of coherence (SOC) seems a beneficial strategy for health promotion in the neighborhood. In order to become a supporting theory for health promot...

    Ruca Maass, Bengt Lindström and Monica Lillefjell

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:704

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  11. Research article

    The indirect and direct pathways between physical fitness and academic achievement on commencement in post-compulsory education in a historical cohort of Danish school youth

    Some studies have found positive associations between physical fitness and academic achievements. Pupils’ academic achievements should indicate scholastic abilities to commence a post-compulsory education. How...

    Mikkel Porsborg Andersen, Liis Starkopf, Maurizio Sessa, Rikke Nørmark Mortensen, Henrik Vardinghus-Nielsen, Henrik Bøggild, Theis Lange and Christian Torp-Pedersen

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:699

    Published on: 11 September 2017

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:742

  12. Research article

    Perspectives of Aboriginal women on participation in mammographic screening: a step towards improving services

    Early detection of breast cancer using screening mammography provides an opportunity for treatment which can lead to significantly improved outcomes. Despite considerable efforts having been made, the rate at ...

    Leanne Pilkington, Margaret M. Haigh, Angela Durey, Judith M. Katzenellenbogen and Sandra C. Thompson

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:697

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  13. Research article

    Electronic cigarette use behaviors and motivations among smokers and non-smokers

    The use of electronic cigarettes (EC) has risen exponentially over the past decade, including among never smokers, and ECs are now the most popular tobacco product among teenagers in the US. While, EC manufact...

    Thomas E. Sussan, Fatima G. Shahzad, Eefa Tabassum, Joanna E. Cohen, Robert A. Wise, Michael J. Blaha, Janet T. Holbrook and Shyam Biswal

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:686

    Published on: 8 September 2017

  14. Research article

    Methodological barriers to studying the association between the economic crisis and suicide in Spain

    The hypothetical relationship between economic recession and the increase in suicides in Spain is subject to various arguments. In addition to the inherent complexity of capturing and explaining the underlinin...

    Javier Alvarez-Galvez, Jose A. Salinas-Perez, María Luisa Rodero-Cosano and Luis Salvador-Carulla

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:694

    Published on: 6 September 2017

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