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.
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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
From the Editor
Editor's Notes: May/June 2015
Michael P. O'Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH
Why Do We Wait Until People Die to Ask About Our Roots?
His story feels like a Gregory Peck movie. At age 30 (the current age of my youngest daughter), just 2 few weeks after his wedding, my Grampa Bly boarded a train from Connecticut for the cross-country trip to San Francisco.
From there he and his new bride boarded a freighter for the month-long transpaciﬁc crossing to Shanghai, China, and the 4-day trip along the Yangtze and GanJiang rivers to Nanchang, in the Jaingxi Province of China. This was the beginning of a decade-long adventure that included building the ﬁrst Western hospital in China.
I never really knew my grandfather. He died when I was 2 years old. I saw photos of him holding me as a baby, but I never really felt a connection to him, until a few years after my mother died, until I could not ask her questions about him or the early years of her family in China. Now I realize that I had a lot in common with my Grampa Bly. Could my passion for health promotion, service, and travel have come from him?
What I do know about Grampa Bly (aka George Theron Blydenburgh) comes from diaries my grandmother wrote to her family during their decade in China, newspaper clippings, and the rambling stories from my uncle Stu, who had severe dementia during the 7 years I was his guardian. Major highlights of Grampa Bly’s life are summarized in the brief bio on the next page. The letter on the subsequent page provides a hint of the challenges he faced serving as a doctor in China during this tumultuous period.
What I do not know ﬁlls my head.
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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.