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Initiative for Promoting Healthy Lifestyles across the Lifespan

Healthy Lifestyles


Develop an integrated approach to the promotion of healthy lifestyles across the lifespan in order to improve health of maternal, child/adolescent, and adult populations; and reduce health disparities due to obesity and other chronic illnesses.


Strengthen research related to the promotion of healthy lifestyles by collaborating with other schools and colleges on the Anschutz Medical Campus, fostering interdisciplinary partnerships, and promoting the collection of common measures across studies.

Life Course FrameworkLife Course Framework

There are critical and sensitive periods for health promotion strategies to influence health trajectories. A variety of risk and protective factors including biological, genetic, psychological, cultural, and historical events and experiences influence the overall health of individuals and populations. Different health trajectories are the product of these cumulative risk and protective factors and other influences that are programmed into biobehavioral regulatory systems during critical and sensitive periods. This model will guide the creation and application of culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate intervention studies focused on the promotion of healthy lifestyles to prevent and treat obesity and related chronic conditions. Click on the thumbnail photo to view a larger version of the Life Course Framework described.

Reference: Halfon N, Hochstein M. Life course health development: an integrated framework for developing health, policy, and research. Milbank Q. 2002;80(3):433-479. 

Chronic Care Model

Chronic Care ModelThe overall framework for this initiative is the Chronic Care Model (CCM), which describes how  the health care system as a whole can promote healthy lifestyles for patients within the context     of their family and community. The CCM suggests that patient outcomes improve when a prepared, proactive practice team interacts with an informed, activated patient as a result of a patient-provider partnership. Click on the thumbnail photo to view a larger version of the CCM.

Reference: Wagner EH. Chronic Disease Management: what will it take to improve care for chronic illness? Eff Clin Pract. Aug-Sep 1998;1(1):2-4.