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cobweb icon Archived: Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults: Behavioral Counseling

Original Release Date: June 2012

This version of this topic is currently archived and inactive. It should be used for historical purposes only.

Archived: Recommendation Summary

Summary of Recommendation and Evidence

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General adult population without a known diagnosis of hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, or cardiovascular disease.

Although the correlation among healthful diet, physical activity, and the incidence of cardiovascular disease is strong, existing evidence indicates that the health benefit of initiating behavioral counseling in the primary care setting to promote a healthful diet and physical activity is small. Clinicians may choose to selectively counsel patients rather than incorporate counseling into the care of all adults in the general population.

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Considerations: Issues to consider include other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, a patient's readiness for change, social support and community resources that support behavioral change, and other health care and preventive service priorities.

Potential Harms: Harms may include the lost opportunity to provide other services that have a greater health effect.

Archived: Related Information for Health Professionals

There is no related information for health professionals.

Archived: Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

 
Current as of: June 2012

Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults: Behavioral Counseling. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2016.
https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/healthful-diet-and-physical-activity-for-cardiovascular-disease-prevention-in-adults-behavioral-counseling

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