Toward Healthy People 2000: The Role of the Nurse Practitioner and Health Promotion

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The central purpose of Healthy People 2000 is to increase the proportion of Americans who live long and healthy lives. The best health promotion strategies are those related to individual lifestyle, and include personal choices made in a social context that have a significant influence over one's health. The primary lifestyle activities include: physical activity; nutrition; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; family planning; and violent and abusive behavior. Nurse practitioners play a significant role in promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors in their patients. This article presents an innovative teaching strategy used to teach health promotion concepts and intervention strategies to nurse practitioner students. The course design follows a clinical protocol format, which facilitates translation to clinical practice.

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