Developing Adaptive Learning Environments to Support Long-Term Health Promotion

Tabbetha Lopez, Katherine R. Arlinghaus, Craig A. Johnston

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Health promotion strategies typically include changing the environment, providing supervision to decrease the likelihood an unhealthy behavior will occur, and increasing skills to make decisions supporting health in environments in which such choices are challenging to make. The first two strategies are important in improving the environment to promote healthy decision making. However, the creation of restrictive environments has repeatedly shown to not support disease prevention in the long term. Restrictive environments do not support the development of skills to make healthy choices when restrictions are not in place. This is particularly true for children who are learning to navigate their environment and make health decisions. The creation of adaptive learning environments should be prioritized to help individuals develop the skills needed for long-term health promotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-32
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • behavior change
  • diet
  • prevention
  • restriction
  • stimulus control


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