Theory, Evidence and Intervention Mapping to Improve Behavior Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions

Read Theory, Evidence and Intervention Mapping to Improve Behavior Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions by Burg, et al., 2005, located in the Reading & Study folder in Module/Week 6. Discuss the following points in your thread. Review the Discussion Board Instructions before posting your thread. In this position paper the authors debate the proper use of behavioral theory in health promotion interventions. In their paper they cite 2 dictionary definitions for the word, theory. Which of the 2 is best suited to the position they are taking and why? In their discussion the authors point out that, while many behavioral theories are good at explaining current health behavior, they have limited success in predicting changes or improvements in that behavior. Why? In at least 3 places in their paper, the authors state that the use of Intervention Mapping as a health promotion intervention framework can mitigate some of the limitations of behavioral theory in bringing about health behavior change. Is this a realistic expectation? Why or why not?

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