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Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by Frances Kay-Lambkin

This section aims to publish studies examining the cultural, economic and societal influences that inform lifestyle choices and health behaviours, from drug, alcohol and cigarette consumption, to perceptions of safe sexual behaviour 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. Content type: Research article

    The growing number of sport-based youth development interventions provide a potential avenue for integrating sport meaningfully into the U.S. public health agenda. However, efficacy and quality must be reliabl...

    Authors: Meredith A. Whitley, William V. Massey, Martin Camiré, Mish Boutet and Amanda Borbee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:89

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Daily behaviours such as active commuting to school (ACS) could be a source of physical activity, contributing to the improvement of youth cardiovascular health, however, the relationship between ACS and other...

    Authors: Emilio Villa-González, Francisco J. Huertas-Delgado, Palma Chillón, Robinson Ramírez-Vélez and Yaira Barranco-Ruiz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:85

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  3. Content type: Research article

    There is limited and conflicting evidence for associations between use of screen-based technology and anxiety and depression in young people. We examined associations between screen time measured at 16 years a...

    Authors: Jasmine N. Khouja, Marcus R. Munafò, Kate Tilling, Nicola J. Wiles, Carol Joinson, Peter J. Etchells, Ann John, Fiona M. Hayes, Suzanne H. Gage and Rosie P. Cornish

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:82

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  4. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to describe the most recent prevalence estimates of adolescent body mass index (BMI) and physical fitness from thirteen regions in Shandong Province, China and to examine differences by social...

    Authors: Xiangren Yi, You Fu, Ryan D. Burns, Yang Bai and Peng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:81

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer in Bolivia are the highest in Latin America. Vaginal cell self-sampling can improve screening coverage. Information on common reasons for low screening coverage...

    Authors: Gustavo Allende, Pedro Surriabre, Leyddy Cáceres, Diego Bellot, Neli Ovando, Andrea Torrico, Pamela Calle, Carla Ascarrunz, Sophie Alexander, Michel Bossens, Véronique Fontaine and Patricia Rodríguez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:80

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  6. Content type: Research article

    As health is influenced by the social, economic and environmental conditions in which individuals live, local communities are an ideal setting to promote health and wellbeing. However, up to now various health...

    Authors: Jennifer Hilger-Kolb, Claudia Ganter, Maren Albrecht, Catherin Bosle, Joachim E. Fischer, Laura Schilling, Claudia Schlüfter, Maria Steinisch and Kristina Hoffmann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:75

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    Voorstad on the Move (VoM) is a community health promotion program implemented in a socioeconomically deprived city district in the Netherlands. Based on exploration of the health situation, concurrent views o...

    Authors: Marja A. J. G. de Jong, Annemarie Wagemakers and Maria A. Koelen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:72

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Sickness absence in pregnancy accounts for a large part of sickness-related absenteeism among women. Exercise in pregnancy is associated with a lower level of sickness absence, however little is known about ho...

    Authors: Idunn Brekke, Kåre Rønn Richardsen and Anne Karen Jenum

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:71

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Surveying support for various regulatory options relating to e-cigarettes can assist policymakers to identify those that have broad support and are therefore likely to be easier to implement. However, data on ...

    Authors: Michelle I. Jongenelis, Caitlin Kameron, Daniel Rudaizky and Simone Pettigrew

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:67

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Antibiotic resistance is a global health threat. Public knowledge is considered a prerequisite for appropriate use of antibiotics and limited spread of antibiotic resistance. Our aim was to examine the level o...

    Authors: Marit Waaseth, Abdifatah Adan, Ingrid L. Røen, Karoline Eriksen, Tijana Stanojevic, Kjell H. Halvorsen, Beate H. Garcia, Lone Holst, Karen M. Ulshagen, Hege S. Blix, Hilde Ariansen and Hedvig M. E. Nordeng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:66

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  11. Content type: Research article

    In Myanmar, HIV is concentrated among key populations, yet less than half of the estimated 250,000 men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TW) report recent HIV testing. As many as 50% of MSM an...

    Authors: Vanessa Veronese, Emily Clouse, Andrea L. Wirtz, Kaung Htet Thu, Soe Naing, Stefan D. Baral, Mark Stoové and Chris Beyrer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:63

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Adolescent school-going mothers return to school in the rekindled hope of obtaining an education. However, their re-introduction into the school environment requires adequate support from teachers, fellow pupi...

    Authors: Shanny Nkwemu, Choolwe N. Jacobs, Oliver Mweemba, Anjali Sharma and Joseph M. Zulu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:62

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The current study investigates the extent to which an adolescent-specific lifestyle risk factor index predicts indicators of the leading causes of adolescent morbidity and mortality.

    Authors: Louise Mewton, Katrina Champion, Frances Kay-Lambkin, Matthew Sunderland, Louise Thornton and Maree Teesson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:60

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have investigated the association between screen viewing (SV) and sleep duration among young children. This study aims to examine the association between total and device-specific SV and sleep dura...

    Authors: Bozhi Chen, Rob M. van Dam, Chuen Seng Tan, Hwee Ling Chua, Pey Gein Wong, Jonathan Y. Bernard and Falk Müller-Riemenschneider

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:59

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Generally, health care utilization in developing countries is low particularly rural community have lower health care utilization. Despite this fact, little is known about the magnitude and determinants of hea...

    Authors: Muluneh Alene, Leltework Yismaw, Yebelay Berelie and Bekalu Kassie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:57

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Mothers in Motion (MIM), a community-based intervention program, was designed to help young, low-income women with overweight or obesity prevent further weight gain by promoting stress management, healthy eating,...

    Authors: Mei-Wei Chang, Susan Nitzke and Roger Brown

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:56

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Urban form interventions can result in positive and negative impacts on physical activity, social participation, and well-being, and inequities in these outcomes. Natural experiment studies can advance our und...

    Authors: Yan Kestens, Meghan Winters, Daniel Fuller, Scott Bell, Janelle Berscheid, Ruben Brondeel, Michael Cantinotti, Geetanjali Datta, Lise Gauvin, Margot Gough, Karen Laberee, Paul Lewis, Sébastien Lord, Hui ( Henry) Luan, Heather McKay, Catherine Morency…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:51

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Understanding reasons for and against vaccination from the parental perspective is critical for designing vaccination campaigns and informing other interventions to increase vaccination uptake in Canada. The o...

    Authors: Deborah A. McNeil, Melissa Mueller, Shannon MacDonald, Sheila McDonald, Vineet Saini, James D. Kellner and Suzanne Tough

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:49

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  19. Content type: Research article

    To date, little is known about the association between the use of online social network sites and social isolation among individuals in the second half of life. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to e...

    Authors: André Hajek and Hans-Helmut König

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:40

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Although Australia is a country cited as having generally low health inequalities among different socioeconomic groups, inequalities have persisted. The aim of this analysis was to highlight how inequalities h...

    Authors: Stefano Campostrini, Eleonora Dal Grande and Anne W. Taylor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:37

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The acute out-of-hours healthcare services are challenged by increasing demand in many countries. We aimed to examine factors influencing the intended help-seeking in out-of-hours care for acute health problem...

    Authors: Ellen Keizer, Morten Bondo Christensen, Anders Helles Carlsen, Marleen Smits, Michel Wensing, Oliver Senn and Linda Huibers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:33

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  22. Content type: Research article

    People who inject drugs (PWID) are at increased risk for HIV acquisition and could benefit from antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). However, PrEP has been underutilized in this population, and PrEP...

    Authors: Angela R. Bazzi, Mari-Lynn Drainoni, Dea L. Biancarelli, Joshua J. Hartman, Matthew J. Mimiaga, Kenneth H. Mayer and Katie B. Biello

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:31

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Few representative sample studies have reported estimates of bullying and sexual abuse in Australia. By using face-to-face interviews and self-labelling questions, we investigated the prevalence of these forms...

    Authors: David Alejandro González-Chica, Julio Licinio, Michael Musker, Mali Wong, Jacqueline Bowden, Phillipa Hay, Catherine Chittleborough and Nigel Stocks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:26

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Youth smoking continues to be a significant global public health concern. To ensure healthier lives for youths, healthcare professionals need to increase awareness among the youth of the health risks and addic...

    Authors: Oi Kwan Chung, William Ho Cheung Li, Ka Yan Ho, Antonio Cho Shing Kwong, Vienna Wai Yin Lai, Man Ping Wang, Katherine Ka Wai Lam, Tai Hing Lam and Sophia Siu Chee Chan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:23

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Regular physical activity (PA) promotes health and decreases mortality. The positive relationship between PA and perceived health (PH) is well known. However, previous research in the field has often used self...

    Authors: Maisa S. Niemelä, Maarit Kangas, Riikka J. Ahola, Juha P. Auvinen, Anna-Maiju Leinonen, Tuija H. Tammelin, Eeva S. Vaaramo, Sirkka M. Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi, Raija I. Korpelainen and Timo J. Jämsä

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:21

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of obesity has increased significantly worldwide within the last decade. As obesity is recognised as a contributing factor when developing various health threatening chronic diseases, prevention...

    Authors: Jeanette Reffstrup Christensen, Majda Pajevic, Pia Maria Ilvig, Karen Søgaard and Christina Jessen-Winge

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:20

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Sedentary behaviour has been closely linked to metabolic and cardiovascular health and is therefore of importance in disease prevention. A user-friendly tool for assessment of sitting time is thus needed. Prev...

    Authors: Kristina Larsson, Lena V. Kallings, Örjan Ekblom, Victoria Blom, Eva Andersson and Maria M. Ekblom

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:17

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  28. Content type: Research article

    While in school, girls require an environment that is supportive of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in order to ensure regular school attendance and participation. Little is known about schoolgirls access t...

    Authors: Joyce Chinyama, Jenala Chipungu, Cheryl Rudd, Mercy Mwale, Lavuun Verstraete, Charity Sikamo, Wilbroad Mutale, Roma Chilengi and Anjali Sharma

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:16

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  29. Content type: Research article

    HIV testing and counselling (HTC) is an essential component for HIV prevention and a critical entry point into the HIV continuum of care and treatment. Despite the importance of HTC for HIV control, access to ...

    Authors: Soori Nnko, Evodius Kuringe, Daniel Nyato, Mary Drake, Caterina Casalini, Amani Shao, Albert Komba, Stefan Baral, Mwita Wambura and John Changalucha

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:15

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Treatment guidelines for antiretroviral therapy (ART) have evolved to emphasize newer regimens that address ageing-related comorbidities. Using national Australian dispensing data we compare ART regimens with ...

    Authors: Nila J. Dharan, Tomas Radovich, Samuel Che, Kathy Petoumenos, Prabhjot Juneja, Matthew Law, Robin Huang, Hamish McManus, Mark N. Polizzotto, Rebecca Guy, Peter Cronin, David A. Cooper and Richard T. Gray

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:13

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Household food insecurity is a potent social determinant of health and health care costs in Canada, but understanding of the social and economic conditions that underlie households’ vulnerability to food insec...

    Authors: Valerie Tarasuk, Andrée-Anne Fafard St-Germain and Andrew Mitchell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:12

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Increasing awareness of the complexity of public health problems, including obesity, has led to growing interest in whole systems approaches (WSAs), defined as those that consider the multifactorial drivers of...

    Authors: Anne-Marie Bagnall, Duncan Radley, Rebecca Jones, Paul Gately, James Nobles, Margie Van Dijk, Jamie Blackshaw, Sam Montel and Pinki Sahota

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:8

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Tobacco smoking is one of the most serious modern civilization threats. According to WHO identifying patterns of tobacco use is essential for implementing effective preventive policies. The aim of the paper wa...

    Authors: Katarzyna Połtyn-Zaradna, Katarzyna Zatońska, Alicja Basiak, Barbara Sozańska, Dagmara Gaweł-Dąbrowska, Maria Wołyniec, Andrzej Szuba and Witold Zatoński

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:6

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Socioeconomic disadvantage is a fundamental cause of morbidity and mortality. One of the most important ways that governments buffer the adverse consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage is through the provis...

    Authors: Faraz V Shahidi, Chantel Ramraj, Odmaa Sod-Erdene, Vincent Hildebrand and Arjumand Siddiqi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:2

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  35. Content type: Research article

    In the last decade, the attention for health literacy has increased in the European Union. This is due to three main reasons. First, reviews have shown that inadequate health literacy is associated with worse ...

    Authors: Boudewijn B. Visscher, Bas Steunenberg, Monique Heijmans, Jolien M. Hofstede, Walter Devillé, Iris van der Heide and Jany Rademakers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1414

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  36. Content type: Research article

    In 2004, a World Health Report on road safety called for enforcement of measures such as seatbelt use, effective at minimizing morbidity and mortality caused by road traffic accidents. However, injuries caused...

    Authors: Nicole Fouda Mbarga, Abdul-Razak Abubakari, Leopold Ndemnge Aminde and Antony R. Morgan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1413

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Research supports the association between adult sexual violence (SV) and poor mental health. However, most studies focus on rape and physical sexual assault. Little is known about how more subtle forms of SV a...

    Authors: Laura Tarzia, Sharmala Thuraisingam, Kitty Novy, Jodie Valpied, Rebecca Quake and Kelsey Hegarty

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1410

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Effective prevention and care for type 2 diabetes requires that people link healthy behaviours to chronic disease-related wellbeing. This study explored how people perceive current and future wellbeing, so as ...

    Authors: R. W. Mayega, E. Ekirapa, B. Kirunda, C. Nalwadda, J. Aweko, G. Tomson, C. G. Ostenson, J. Van Olmen, M. Daivadanam and J. Kiguli

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1409

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of knee osteoarthritis is increasing worldwide. Obesity is an important modifiable risk factor for both the incidence and progression of knee osteoarthritis. Consequently, international guidelin...

    Authors: Kate M. O’Brien, Johanna M. van Dongen, Amanda Williams, Steven J. Kamper, John Wiggers, Rebecca K. Hodder, Elizabeth Campbell, Emma K. Robson, Robin Haskins, Chris Rissel and Christopher M. Williams

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1408

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  40. Content type: Research article

    “We Act” is a health-promoting school intervention comprising an educational, a parental and a school component. The intervention was implemented in 4 Danish public schools with 4 control schools. The objectiv...

    Authors: Ane Høstgaard Bonde, Nanna Wurr Stjernqvist, Marianne S. Sabinsky and Helle Terkildsen Maindal

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1407

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  41. Content type: Research article

    This study aims to evaluate variation in somatic symptoms by age using patient health questionnaire-9 (PHQ) depression scores, which may be helpful in identifying depression.

    Authors: Eri Hoshino, Sachiko Ohde, Mahbubur Rahman, Osamu Takahashi, Tsuguya Fukui and Gautam A. Deshpande

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1406

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29 year old youths globally, and the third most common external cause of death in China. School bullying can cause serious consequences among adolescents, ...

    Authors: Hao Wang, Huaidong Du, Fiona Bragg, Jieming Zhong and Min Yu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1405

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  43. Content type: Research article

    We examined whether enhancing self-affirmation among a population of drinkers, prior to viewing threatening alcohol pictorial health warning labels, would reduce defensive reactions and promote reactions relat...

    Authors: Carlos Sillero-Rejon, Angela S. Attwood, Anna K. M. Blackwell, José-Angel Ibáñez-Zapata, Marcus R. Munafò and Olivia M. Maynard

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1403

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  44. Content type: Research article

    In 2006, 4 years of planning was started by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia (MOH), to implement the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination programme. An inter-agency and multi-sectoral collaborations were dev...

    Authors: Nor Asiah Muhamad, Saidatul Norbaya Buang, Safurah Jaafar, Rohani Jais, Phaik Sim Tan, Normi Mustapha, Noor Aliza Lodz, Tahir Aris, Lokman Hakim Sulaiman and Shahnaz Murad

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1402

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Unhealthy foods are promoted heavily, through food company sponsorship of elite sport, resulting in extensive exposure among young adults who are avid sport spectators. This study explores the effects of spons...

    Authors: Helen Dixon, Maree Scully, Melanie Wakefield, Bridget Kelly, Simone Pettigrew, Kathy Chapman and Jeff Niederdeppe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1399

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  46. Content type: Research article

    To investigate whether religious service attendance and faith leaders’ messages about HIV and same-sex relationships are associated with acceptance of HIV prevention strategies.

    Authors: Yusuf Ransome, Laura M. Bogart, Amy S. Nunn, Kenneth H. Mayer, Keron R. Sadler and Bisola O. Ojikutu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1392

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Energy drink (ED) consumption is increasing all over the world. We sought to describe the consumption of EDs among adolescents in Norway, and to explore the determinants of daily and high consumption.

    Authors: Naim Degirmenci, Ingrid Nesdal Fossum, Tor Arne Strand, Arild Vaktskjold and Mads Nikolaj Holten-Andersen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1391

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Calcium intake during early adolescence falls short of requirements for maximum bone accretion. Parents and the home food environment potentially influence children’s calcium intakes. This study aimed to quant...

    Authors: Jinan Banna, Jessica O’Driscoll, Carol J. Boushey, Garry Auld, Beth Olson, Mary Cluskey, Miriam Edlefsen Ballejos, Christine Bruhn, Scottie Misner, Marla Reicks, Siew Sun Wong and Sahar Zaghloul

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1390

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  49. Content type: Research article

    The decision to initiate or maintain a healthy habit, such as physical activity involves a trade-off between a short-term cost, such as time and effort, which are commonly identified as barriers to physical ac...

    Authors: Ruth F. Hunter, Jianjun Tang, George Hutchinson, Susan Chilton, David Holmes and Frank Kee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1388

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