‘This is timely and will be of special interest to health service managers and members of primary care groups because the successful promotion of regular physical activity is a challenge contained in the strategy of Our Healthier Nation and is a candidate for incorporation into health improvement programmes and the service framework for coronary heart disease’ — Health Service Journal This crisply written and thought-provoking book integrates theories and studies from several disciplines to examine what is known about physical activity and health.

The Future of Physical Activity and Behavioral Medicine: Research and Applications

The future of physical activity and behavioral medicine: Research and applications

Using a framework based in behavioral epidemiology and health psychology, in this book we have summarized research related to physical activity and health. We have attempted to show how the behavior of physical activity is related to health and how an interdisciplinary, behavioral medicine approach can lead to improvements in health through effective physical activity interventions. Consistent with a behavioral medicine perspective, the studies have been taken from several scientific disciplines, including exercise physiology, epidemiology, public health, medicine, and health psychology. All of these disciplines have important contributions to make, but no one discipline has all of the answers.

The behavioral epidemiology framework shows that ...

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