The science of sustaining health behavior change: The health maintenance consortium

Marcia G. Ory, Matthew Lee Smith, Nelda Mier, Meghan M. Wernicke

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Objective: To enhance understanding of the long-term maintenance of behavior change, as well as effective strategies for achieving sustainable health promotion and disease prevention through the Health Maintenance Consortium (HMC). Methods: This introductory research synthesis prepared by the resource center gives context to this theme issue by providing an overview of the HMC and the articles in this journal. Results: It explores the contributions to our conceptualization of behavior change processes and intervention strategies, the trajectory of effectiveness of behavioral and social interventions, and factors influencing the long-term maintenance of behavioral and social interventions. Conclusions: Future directions for furthering the science of maintaining behavior change and reducing the gaps between research and practice are recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)647-659
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2010


  • Behavior change
  • Dietary behaviors
  • Intervention research
  • Maintenance
  • Physical activity
  • Research consortia
  • Smoking
  • Substance abuse
  • Translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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