Health promotion

March/April 2015 Issue
MyFitnessPal [SPPACES: App Reviews]

MyFitnessPal allows users to track calories, monitor progress toward weight-management goals, and gain support from an online community.

March/April 2014 Issue
Adding Health Education Specialists to Your Practice [Feature]

A health education specialist (HES) is a clinic staff member who can fill many roles now demanded in modern medical practices. In the authors' practice, the HES serves as both a health educator, encouraging patients toward more healthy behavior, and a health coach, helping patients choose and achieve defined health goals. These roles also include assisting physicians during Medicare annual wellness visits and coaching co-visits. The HES also can monitor care quality and oversee practice improvement initiatives, such as transitioning to a medical home model. Using non-medical personnel for HES positions, practices can still reap benefits from their specialized training while not having to remove nursing personnel from their increasingly important primary care responsibilities.

January/February 2014 Issue
A Few Moments of Lifestyle Advice [The Last Word]

With two minutes and two tools, you can help your patients make healthier choices.

May/June 2013 Issue
SUPPLEMENT: Health Coaching: Teaching Patients to Fish [Feature]

This article describes the role of a health coach.

January/February 2013 Issue
Coming Home [Opinion]

Even patients with specialized conditions such as sickle cell disease need primary care physicians.

March/April 2012 Issue
Medicare Annual Wellness Visits: Don't Forget the Health Risk Assessment [Feature]

The author explains the circumstances surrounding the 2012 Medicare requirement that annual wellness visits include review of a health risk appraisal completed by the patient before the visit.

May/June 2011 Issue
Encouraging Patients to Change Unhealthy Behaviors With Motivational Interviewing [Feature]

The article explains the concept of motivational interviewing, a validated method to generate patient engagement and activation and involve them in setting their own health goals and agendas.

March/April 2011 Issue
Four Strategies for Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Your Practice [Feature]

The article outlines steps physicians can take to promote fitness (physical activity, nutrition and emotional wellness) to their patients, drawing on lessons from the AIM-HI research project.

November/December 2010 Issue
What a Patient's Numbers Don't Tell [The Last Word]

Sometimes, what matters most is how far a patient has come.

September/October 2010 Issue
Health Coaching for Patients With Chronic Illness [Feature]

The article describes health coaching, which is an approach to providing patients and families with the skills to help themselves in partnership with their physician. The article includes examples of health coaching to demonstrate to primary care physicians how to initiate coaching models in their practices.

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