Implementing a Health Promotion Program Descriptive Essay by Nicky

Implementing a Health Promotion Program
Implementing a health program for patients in a doctor's practice.
# 146968 | 2,865 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper explores the implementation of a program to help increase regular exercise in all of the patients of a general practitioner's practice. The paper is told from the perspective of a doctor who bases the health promotion program on the transtheoretical model, which divides the adoption of healthy habits into five distinctive stages. The paper further states that the transtheoretical model sees new habits developed in five steps. These stages are detailed as they relate to adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes exercise. The paper includes a literature review which examine the impediments to starting a personal exercise program. Also discussed is the issue of maintaining an exercise program once it has been established. Recommendations are given for doing this. The paper concludes by stating that the transtheoretical model is an excellent model for the establishment of a regular exercise and weight control routine because it provides a logical framework and progression from initial motivation through self-reliance for establishment of new routines and systems.


Designing an Intervention
Stage of Lifestyle Change for Exercise and Weight Control Success

From the Paper:

"The transtheoretical model is the useful in the promotion of regular exercise in any patient. Many of them have a general idea about the benefits of healthy diet and exercise, but they have not yet, applied their knowledge and started an exercise program as part of their lifestyle. Although they know that exercise is good for them in general, they are not aware of the real benefits in the prevention and alleviation of underlying conditions. The transtheoretical model is the most useful in this case, as it not only provides a means for getting patients to start an exercise program in the first place, it has steps to help them make it a part of their lifestyle for the rest of their lives. It includes a plan to help patients stick with the plan, even when they are past the initial phase of the new routine. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bogg, T. (2008). Conscientiousness, the transtheoretical model of change and exercise: a neo- socioanalytic integration of trait and social-cognitive frameworks in the prediction of behavior. Journal of Personality. 76 (4): 775-802.
  • Dalleck, L. & Dalleck, A. (2008). The ACSM Exercise Intensity Guidelines For CardioRespiratory Fitness: Why the Misues? Journal of Exercise Physiology. 11 (4): 1- 11.
  • Ebben, W. & Brudzynski, L. (2008). Motivations and Barriers to Exercise Among College Students. Journal of Exercise Physiology. 11 (5): 2-11.
  • Guillot, J. Kilpatrick, M., & Herbert, E. et al. (2004). Applying the transtheoretical model to exercise adherence in clinical settings. American Journal of Health Studies. Winter 2004 :1-13. Retrieved May 27, 2009 from
  • Wright, J., Velicer, W. & Prochaska, J. (2009). Testing the predictive power of the transtheoretical model of behavior change applied to dietary fat intake. Health Education Research. 24 (2): 224-236.

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