Worksite Health Promotion: A Theory-Driven, Empirically Based Perspective

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Book Chapter


Community and Global Health (CGU)

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Industrial and Organizational Psychology


The most remarkable aspect of the leading causes of death in the United States today is the disproportionately high number of controllable “lifestyle,” or behavioral risk, factors (see U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [DHHSI], 1991). The prevalence and importance of health-damaging behavior has led the way for behavioral scientists to work collaboratively with various branches of medicine and biology to understand the linkages between behavior and health. For example, a 20-member panel of physicians and scientists constituting the U.S. Prevention Services Task Force concluded that influencing health-related behavior is more likely to reduce morbidity and mortality than any other category of clinical intervention (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 1989).

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© 1995 American Psychological Association