Do lifestyle interventions work?

Date 2009/1/5 18:00:00 | Topic: News

GENEVA – Lifestyle interventions can significantly improve the diet and levels of physical activity of entire communities, according to research published today in the international public health journal, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

Lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease, heavily burden health-care systems, a problem that is increasing in developing countries.

Research conducted in the Islamic Republic of Iran shows that campaigns promoting a healthy lifestyle are effective in changing behaviour in developing countries.

According to Dr Nizal Sarrafzadegan, from the Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the benefit of these campaigns is that “a relatively small shift towards a healthier diet in the entire population can lead to a significant reduction in the incidence of chronic diseases”.

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The Bulletin of the World Health Organization is an international journal of public health with a special focus on developing countries. It is one of the world’s leading public health journals and the flagship periodical of the World Health Organization.

This issue covers a spectrum of topics including:

Interview with Nobel prize winner Françoise Barré-Sinoussi whose research led to the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus

Is the global financial crisis bad for our health?

Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

How the health of immigrants from the former Soviet Union changes when they migrate to Israel

How Mali significantly reduced its rate of maternal deaths

Call for qualified nurse-midwives to perform first-trimester abortions

Can Australia claim that it has eliminated measles?

Banning cluster bombs, voices of the victims

The Bulletin's table of contents can be found at:

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