Hale and Hearty Policies: How Psychological Science Can Create and Maintain Healthy Habits

Alexander J. Rothman, Peter Gollwitzer, Adam M. Grant, David T. Neal, Paschal Sheeran, Wendy Wood

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Abstract

Strategies are needed to ensure that the U.S. Government meets its goals for improving the health of the nation (e.g., Healthy People 2020). To date, progress toward these goals has been undermined by a set of discernible challenges: People lack sufficient motivation, they frequently fail to translate healthy intentions into action, their efforts are undermined by the persistence of prior unhealthy habits, and they have considerable difficulty maintaining new healthy patterns of behavior. Guided by advances in psychological science, we provide innovative, evidence-based policies that address each of these challenges and, if implemented, will enhance people’s ability to create and maintain healthy behavioral practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-705
Number of pages5
JournalPerspectives on Psychological Science
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

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Keywords

  • habits
  • health behavior
  • intention
  • maintenance
  • policy

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Hale and Hearty Policies : How Psychological Science Can Create and Maintain Healthy Habits. / Rothman, Alexander J.; Gollwitzer, Peter; Grant, Adam M.; Neal, David T.; Sheeran, Paschal; Wood, Wendy.

In: Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol. 10, No. 6, 01.11.2015, p. 701-705.

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Rothman, Alexander J. ; Gollwitzer, Peter ; Grant, Adam M. ; Neal, David T. ; Sheeran, Paschal ; Wood, Wendy. / Hale and Hearty Policies : How Psychological Science Can Create and Maintain Healthy Habits. In: Perspectives on Psychological Science. 2015 ; Vol. 10, No. 6. pp. 701-705.
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