. Alcohol is toxic to EVERY organ in the body, has deleterious effects on the mind, DESTROYS the gut microbiome, compromises the immune system, and causes cancer. It also is addictive and wreaks havoc on relationships and families. Some organizations tout the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. It is probable that the acetic acid, flavanoids, […]

Headlines everywhere reveal startling data about teen mental health. Teen suicide has tripled over the last 17 years. According to researchers, rates of depression and anxiety among American teens soared by over 50% in the decade between 2010 and 2019. Similar trends are seen in youth in other countries. Most headline news reports on this […]

Redefining Health Equity and its Implications for Public Policy The research article Health Equity: A Concept Analysis (Lewis et al., 2023) sought to investigate health equity through an extensive review of its definitions and meaning, including what constitutes unfairness. The authors assert that health equity is not just about reducing disparities and the differences in […]

The scientific evidence is clear that consuming ultra-processed foods is very bad for our health. A new study reviewed data from 14 studies which included 9,888,373 participants. The researchers were looking for a correlation between ultra-processed foods and adverse health outcomes. They conclude: Greater exposure to ultra-processed food was associated with a higher risk of […]

In consideration of models and tools for addressing behavior change, perhaps one of the most important elements is how we communicate health behaviors to our audience. It is important to note that 54% of Americans read below the equivalent of a sixth-grade level and more than half (51.7%) of Americans do not have a college […]

Identity Behavior Theory postulates that how someone chooses to identify may largely determine whether they take action on a health behavior, and IBT is concerned with how identity guides and motivates behavior, along with one’s attitude and resilience toward the behavior. Other models of behavior change consider stages and processes of change, perceptions toward change, […]

Everyone experiences stress of some type but how we cope with life’s stresses largely determines our behavior toward stress and so the various theories concerning stress and coping outline how we process and manage stress. Most transactional theories of stress and coping attempt to determine what stressors are, and most break them down into basic […]

The Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) is a measurement tool used by researchers, clinicians, and health coaches to assist in determining the likelihood that a patient or intervention group will engage in a particular health associated behavior based on their perceived will-power, and it assesses their attitude toward a behavior, perceived social norm of the […]

The Transtheoretical model (TTM) of behavior change is one of the most popular and tested models of behavior change and focuses on changes that are time sensitive. TTM hypothesizes that people progress through several stages of change from a precontemplation stage, to a contemplation stage, to a preparation stage, to an action stage, and then […]

The Health Belief Model for changing health behaviors is a type of intervention strategy used in individual and public health settings that proposes that people will take preventative behavior change action seriously based on their beliefs and perceptions of a significant risk to their health if action is not taken. The HBM, when used in […]