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Citation

Turner L. Am. J. Health Educ. 2018; 49(4): 199-200.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Publisher Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/19325037.2018.1475992

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

The mission of the American Journal of Health Education is to focus on manuscripts that address chronic disease and related lifestyle factors. The American Journal of Health Education publishes manuscripts that focus on Health Education and health promotion interventions designed to prevent or delay the onset of the major chronic diseases and illnesses that impact populations of interest today (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cirrhosis, etc).

For decades, experts from a variety of health-related professions have worked to identify factors that contribute to or inhibit the achievement and maintenance of positive behavior changes. These behaviors have been scientifically established to prevent disease and promote health. Part of this effort involves dissemination of accurate health information. Unfortunately, bombarding consumers with health misinformation interferes with achieving goals of delivering accurate health information and facilitating the practice of behaviors that are safe, effective, and conducive to health.

Health fraud (conscious deceit, practiced for profit) has been in existence for years. Formulas have been peddled to cure anything and everything that ails. Billions are spent each year on fraudulent products and services. An ongoing challenge for Health Educators and other health care professionals has been counteracting false claims and providing correct information. Misinformation is enticing because it usually includes a magic bullet for health and the false belief that no effort is required to achieve positive health outcomes. Misleading or fake news regarding health products and services has become more prevalent and complex over the years...


Language: en

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