Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center recently examined how practical opportunities for exercise and diet influence intentions and achieved behaviors. This study involved about 750 adults who were visiting eight primary care practices. It was found that reasonable opportunities for physical activity and a healthy diet were linked to behaviors, intentions, and BMI.
The choices that people make when it comes to diet and activity depends on the options available to them. This study showed that by better understanding available opportunities as part of health management, clinicians could develop more effective and efficient interventions.
These findings were published in The Annals of Family Medicine in The March-April 2016 issue.