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Tool guide for lifestyle behavior change in a cardiovascular risk reduction program

Authors White ND, Lenz TL, Smith K

Received 5 June 2013

Accepted for publication 3 July 2013

Published 19 August 2013 Volume 2013:6 Pages 55—63


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Nicole D White,1 Thomas L Lenz,1 Katherine Smith2

1Pharmacy Practice, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Omaha, NE, USA; 2PharmD Candidate Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Omaha, NE, USA

Abstract: Lifestyle medicine behaviors such as a healthy diet, physical activity, and tobacco avoidance, are the cornerstone of treatment in many chronic disease conditions, especially those related to the cardiovascular system. In fact, 80% of premature heart disease, stroke, and diabetes may be prevented through modification of these behaviors. The rate-limiting step in cardiovascular disease prevention is the implementation and maintenance of healthy lifestyle behaviors. The purpose of this paper is to provide and discuss a series of tools and strategies that can be used by health care providers to promote health behavior change in their practice.

Keywords: health behavior change, lifestyle medicine, cardiovascular disease

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