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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: September/October 2014


  Michael P. O'Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH


What is the Future of Scholarly Journals in an Open Access Environment?  

A growing number of colleges and universities are requiring faculty to publish manuscripts accepted in peer-reviewed journals on their internal school websites in open access format so all of the articles would be available free to the public. This is exciting to anyone who wants to share knowledge and enhance the visibility of ideas, but mildly terrifying to publishers of scholarly journals. If people can get any article online for free, why would anyone pay to subscribe to a journal? This ‘‘disruption’’ is likely to cause some difficult transitions for faculty, colleges, and universities and publishers, as well as some innovation.


Late last year, an official from a well-known university sent me a letter informing me that effective immediately, the university would be exercising its existing rights to retain copyright of all articles written by its faculty members and that it would be publishing all of these articles on its internal website in open access format so all of the articles would be available free to the public. The intention of this university was to publicize their internal website to maximize exposure of the work being done by faculty members and to distribute this work as widely as possible. He made it clear that the American Journal of Health Promotion would continue to be allowed to publish these articles but wanted me to understand the public would also have free access to them online.  <<full article>>


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What’s Next for Health Promotion?  What New Approaches Will Produce the Best Outcomes?


March 30 - April 3, 2015


Manchester Grand Hyatt

Core Conference:  April 1 - April 3, 2015

Intensive Training Seminars:  March 30 & 31, 2015
WELCOA National Training Summit: March 30 & 31, 2015

Manchester Grand Hyatt | San Diego, California


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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.