The science of sustaining health behavior change: the health maintenance consortium. Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: To enhance understanding of the long-term maintenance of behavior change, as well as effective strategies for achieving sustainable health promotion and disease prevention through the Health Maintenance Consortium (HMC). METHODS: This introductory research synthesis prepared by the resource center gives context to this theme issue by providing an overview of the HMC and the articles in this journal. RESULTS: It explores the contributions to our conceptualization of behavior change processes and intervention strategies, the trajectory of effectiveness of behavioral and social interventions, and factors influencing the long-term maintenance of behavioral and social interventions. CONCLUSIONS: Future directions for furthering the science of maintaining behavior change and reducing the gaps between research and practice are recommended.

published proceedings

  • Am J Health Behav

author list (cited authors)

  • Ory, M. G., Lee Smith, M., Mier, N., & Wernicke, M. M.

citation count

  • 96

complete list of authors

  • Ory, Marcia G||Lee Smith, Matthew||Mier, Nelda||Wernicke, Meghan M

publication date

  • January 2010