According to Mokdad & Remington (2010), “health behaviors are a leading cause of illness and death in the United States” (p. 1). Reflecting on this statement, write a paper (3 pages) discussing the importance of being able to measure health behaviors and describing methods to assess health behaviors in a target population.
The following items in particular will be assessed:
- Discuss reasons for measuring health behaviors.
- Identify at least two methods to assess/measure smoking behaviors among adolescents in your community.
- In your opinion, do you agree or disagree that measurement of health behavior is useful for program planning. Defend your position by providing empirical evidence.
Mokdad, A.H. & Remington, P.L. (2010 July). Measuring health behaviors in populations. Preventing Chronic Disease, 7(4), A75. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2010/jul/10_0010.htm