This comprehensive yet practical handbook consolidates information needed by health psychologists working alongside other healthcare professionals. It facilitates the progression of the learner from the classroom to the clinical setting by focusing on the translation of science to practice using practical examples. The Handbook is divided into four major parts. Part I highlights practical issues faced by health psychologists in a medical setting (how to motivate patients, consultation-liaison, assessment and screening, brief psychotherapies, ethical issues, etc.) Part II concentrates on treating unhealthy behaviors (alcohol and nicotine use, noncompliance, overeating/obesity, physical inactivity, stress). Part III considers behavioral aspects of medical problems (pain management, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, sexual dysfunction, HIV/AIDS, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia). And Part IV takes up special issues relevant to practice and research in the field (minority issues, women’s issues, working with geriatric populations, public health approaches to health psychology and behavioral medicine). The Handbook will prove to be an invaluable resource for those already working in the field of health psychology as well as for those in training.

Physical Inactivity as a Risk Factor for Chronic Disease

Physical inactivity as a risk factor for chronic disease

The health benefits of physical activity have been demonstrated repeatedly over the past several decades, and engaging in regular physical activity has been recommended as one effective way in which to decrease both morbidity and mortality (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996). Unfortunately, current guidelines for leisure time physical activity are not met by the majority of individuals in the United States. Indeed, a significant percentage of the population is considered sedentary or insufficiently active (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2001). Because of its status as a primary risk factor in the development of chronic disease, physical inactivity must be addressed in any effort ...

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