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The Links Between  Health and Behavior Essentials of Health Behavior  Mark Edberg, Ph.D.
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“Life is a voyage…” Source: http://www.gqmagazine.co.uk/
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THE QUESTIONS There is an entire field of study and practice concerned with the complex nature of health behavior. Programs and interventions are implemented to promote change in behavior in order to improve people’s health. Most of these programs rely on a body of knowledge about what motivates and influences human behavior in general. So, where the public health question is: Why people behave in healthy (or unhealthy) ways? It is closely related to the larger question: Why do people do what they do?
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THE QUESTIONS, CONT’D Remember that behavior categorized as “health behavior” may not necessarily be motivated or influenced by concerns about health. What people do or don’t do related to health may have health motives, but may also be related to other (social, personal) goals, to socioeconomic circumstances, to environmental conditions, or public policies and regulations.
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