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History and Philosophy
Michael P. O'Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH;
Editor in Chief, American Journal of Health Promotion
Established in 1986, the American Journal of Health Promotion was the first peer-reviewed publication devoted exclusively to health promotion. Nearly 30 years later it remains true to its original goals:
- Provide a forum for the many diverse disciplines that contribute to health promotion
- Reduce the gap between health promotion research and practice by delivering the most current and relevant research in the field while addressing its practical application.
Almost half of all premature deaths in the United States and other developed countries are caused by lifestyle related problems. We can prevent many of these deaths and enhance quality of life for millions of people if we can help them exercise regularly, eat nutritious foods, avoid tobacco and excess alcohol, learn to manage stress, enhance social networks and economic conditions, clarify lifestyle values, and achieve a sense of fulfillment in their intellectual pursuits.
The goal of our organization is to raise the standard of health promotion research and practice through publications, meetings and public service.
The American Journal of Health Promotion was launched in 1986 as the first peer-reviewed journal devoted to health promotion and it remains the largest, with subscribers in all 50 United States and about 40 other countries. Our editorial goal is to provide a forum for the many diverse disciplines that contribute to health promotion and to reduce the gap between health promotion research and practice.
Our public service efforts include the formation of the Health Promotion Research Foundation, creation of the Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. Award, the American Journal of Health Award at Seoul Foreign School, providing advice to national health promotion organizations, creating a grassroots effort to build health promotion into the national agenda and participating in international health promotion efforts.