Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthful Diet

Along with Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

The American College of Physicians: Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH; and on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 9/4/12.

Description: Update of the 2003 and 2002 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation statements on behavioral counseling to promote a healthful diet and physical activity in adults without preexisting cardiovascular disease (CVD) or its risk factors.

Methods: The USPSTF reviewed new evidence on whether counseling interventions relevant to primary care for physical activity or a healthful diet modify self-reported behaviors; intermediate physiologic outcomes (for example, reduced lipid levels, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index and increased glucose tolerance); and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in adults without known CVD, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, or diabetes.

Population: General adult population without a known diagnosis of hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, or CVD. Read more