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Health Promotion in the Workplace - 4th Edition

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






Michael Odonnell



From the Editor

Editor's Notes: May/June 2016


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



Which is More Dangerous - 
International Terrorism or Secondhand Smoke?
I asked myself the question about the relative danger of international terrorism or secondhand smoke on December 18, 2015, just 16 days after a terrorist attack killed 14 people and seriously injured 22 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. I am a little nervous about posing this question publicly because I do not want to minimize the extend of the tragedy, the pain suffered by the families and friends of those who were killed, the emotional trauma inflicted on the coworkers who lived through the trauma, or the fear experienced by the entire city of San Bernardino. I ask this question because on the same day, an estimated 115 people died of secondhand smoke in the United States, including an estimated 3 infants.(1) This is in addition to the approximately 1200 people who died that day from direct smoking,(2) but the comparison to deaths from secondhand smoke is more appropriate because the deaths from terrorism and the deaths from secondhand smoke both occurred from physical assaults on those who are now dead. The terrorist assault was with a bullet. The secondhand smoking assaults were with a compound of toxins so powerful that the extract from just 1 cigarette puff has been shown to cause damage at the genetic level.(3)   <<Read full article>>


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2017 Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference
March 27 – 31, 2017
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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.