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What actually motivates people to engage in and SUSTAIN practices that promote health and well-being?

If you are like most people, you may not look like a poster child for all things fit.  But many of us are regularly engaging in some activities that promote well-being.

This includes those practices that you do so automatically, you may no longer think of them as things you are doing for your health.  It also includes anything that you consider a practice that you do for your health, even if others might not think of it that way.  We hope you will tell us about these activities, and help us understand what works for real people in real life, what supports and what hinders these efforts for the majority of people.

It is time that we as health professionals stop our nagging and start investigating what actually works -- and you can help us by participating in this study -- by telling us what you do for your health and well-being, and by inviting your colleagues, patients, clients, and friends to do the same!  Please help us by passing this information on to others.

Here is the link to this research, where you will find a list of many examples of healthy practices:


Drew A. Anderson, Ph.D. (University at Albany- SUNY), Deb Burgard, Ph.D. (private practice), and Ellen Shuman (Acoria-WellCentered Eating Disorder Treatment Programs) are conducting this research.  It is being conducted under the auspices of the University at Albany- SUNY.

We are conducting a study investigating long-term health practices.  We are interested in finding out more about the practices you engage in on a regular basis that you feel contribute to your health and well-being.  

If you would like to contact the investigators, you may do so via the following:
-Dr. Drew Anderson: (518) 442-4835 or drewa at csc dot albany dot edu
-Dr. Deb Burgard:  (650) 321-2606 or SHPR at spamex dot com 
-Ellen Shuman:   ellen at aweighout dot com

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