The Science of Sustaining Health Behavior Change: The Health Maintenance Consortium
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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.
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Ory, M. G., Lee Smith, M., Mier, N., & Wernicke, M. M.