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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: March/April 2016


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



SAGE Publications in Now the Publisher of American Journal of Health Promotion 
I am excited to announce that SAGE Publications has acquired the American Journal of Health Promotion. SAGE is now responsible for all aspects of publishing the Journal, starting with this issue, the March 2016 issue.
This is a significant transition, given the independent ownership of American Journal of Health Promotion since its founding in 1986 and for me, given my service as editor in chief during those 3 decades.
I am excited by this transition for 2 reasons.
First, I am excited because this transition ensures that American Journal of Health Promotion will have a home, a solid foundation, on which to continue to grow and evolve for decades to come, long after I have been put out to pasture.
Second, I am excited because SAGE is the new publisher. Six different publishers approached me about acquiring American Journal of Health Promotion. I chose SAGE because of who they were, who they are, and who I believe they will become. SAGE was founded in 1965, by Sara Miller (now Sara McCune), when she was only 24 years old and continues to be led by Sara in her role as executive chair of the SAGE group of companies. SAGE was an early driver in publishing social science research methods and is now the world’s largest publisher in that area. In fact, SAGE is credited with helping to build the field of evaluation, which is, of course, the focus of most of the articles published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.   <<Read full article>>


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.