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Changing Habits to Improve Health: New Study Indicates Behavior Changes Work

(Oregon State University) Improving your heart health may be as simple as making small behavioral changes -- a new study of behavioral health interventions suggests that they are effective at helping people alter their lifestyles and lead to physical changes that could improve overall health.
The findings also indicate a shift is needed in the way such interventions are evaluated by researchers and used by health care providers, said Veronica Irvin of Oregon State University, a co-author of the study…
Behavioral treatments such as individual counseling or group training to improve nutrition or physical activity, reduce or stop smoking, or adhere to a drug treatment plan, often are overlooked because medical care providers tend to believe it is too difficult for people the make changes to their established lifestyles, said Irvin…
"This research suggests that behavioral interventions should be taken more seriously," Irvin said. "It indicates that people are able to achieve realistic behavioral changes and improve their cardiovascular health."
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