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The American Journal of Health Promotion  is a peer-reviewed journal on the science of lifestyle change.   The editorial goal of the American Journal of Health Promotion is to provide a forum for exchange among the many disciplines involved in health promotion and an interface between researchers and practitioners.
The Art of Health Promotion is a newsletter for practitioners published in each issue that provides practical information to make programs more effective. 

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Health Promotion in the Workplace - 4th Edition

Michael P. O'Donnell, MBA, MPH, PhD


Completely Revised and Updated

Two new sections | Nine new chapters

 Michael ODonnell

 From the Editor

 Editor's Notes: March/April 2015


  Michael P. O'Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH


Standing Up to Bullies

We have a bully in our midst, actually a handful of bullies... people who seem to have little regard for the truth. People who seem to have little regard for the damage they cause in the personal and professional lives of decent people. People skilled in spreading their own message. I am not talking about people who want to engage in hard hitting but respectful discussion about important ideas. Indeed, that approach is at the core of learning, of personal and professional growth. I am talking about false prophets who claim to have the right approach while all others have the wrong approach.


How do we deal with bullies? The parable of punching the schoolyard bully in the stomach keeps swirling in my head. Supposedly the bully gasps, falls to the ground, stops picking on people, and the next day he is your best friend for life.  Will that work in this case? I don’t know. From one perspective, it does not feel right. I have always been a pacifist; punching someone in the stomach is not part of my makeup. Besides, I have no desire to disparage these bullies. That does not seem right either. It also lowers us to the bullies’ level.     << Read full article>>        Comment at our blog


2016 Call for Proposals Now Open


What is the Purpose of Health Promotion?
Money, Health, or More?


Do We Need to Produce a Huge ROI,
or Do We Need to Engage People, Improve Health and
Better Serve the Organization or Community’s Broader Goals?


April 25 - 29, 2016

Core Conference April 27 - 29, 2016

Intensive Training Seminars: April 25 & 26, 2016

WELCOA National Training Summit: April 25 & 26, 2016


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Definition of Health Promotion


Health Promotion is the art and science of helping people discover the synergies between their core passions and optimal health, enhancing their motivation to strive for optimal health, and supporting them in changing their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health. Optimal health is a dynamic balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health. Lifestyle change can be facilitated through a combination of learning experiences that enhance awareness, increase motivation, and build skills and, most important, through the creation of opportunities that open access to environments that make positive health practices the easiest choice.

Michael P. O'Donnell (2009) Definition of Health Promotion 2.0: Embracing Passion, Enhancing Motivation, Recognizing Dynamic Balance, and Creating Opportunities. American Journal of Health Promotion: September/October 2009, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. iv-iv.

 Physical     : Fitness. Nutrition. Medical self-care. Control of substance abuse.
  Emotional  : Care for emotional crisis. Stress Management
  Social         : Communities. Families. Friends
  Intellectual : Educational. Achievement. Career development
  Spiritual     : Love. Hope. Charity.