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New Year starts with focus on healthy living
Date:12/18/2008

Most people know that how we live our lives effects our health so what influences our decisions to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle? Why do health professionals like doctors and counsellors do and say what they do? How can public policy, health services, schools and education, the workplace, the internet, and community in which we live be used to support healthier living? For instance, can exercise help with addiction? How can schools promote healthy living? What could we all do to live better and healthier in 2009? The start of a New Year gives many people an opportunity to change their lifestyle but will they stick with it?

These questions, and many others, will be addressed in Exeter (UK) on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 January at the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine annual conference.

Hosted by the University of Exeter and Peninsula Medical School the two-day conference will bring together over 100 of the UK's leading experts on behavioural medicine. Featuring high profile work from the UK's National Prevention Research Initiative, the conference focuses on how our behaviour affects our health, and the processes by which those behaviours can be altered to improve our health and prevent illness.

The conference is also about getting evidence into practice, to ensure that science ends up making a positive contribution to improving quality of life and health care for large numbers of people.

Dr Colin Greaves of the Peninsula Medical School, a joint entity of the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, said: "Behavioural medicine is about tackling the root causes of some of the biggest health problems in our society tackling the low-active lifestyles and weight problems which are causing huge increases in diabetes and heart disease; stopping smoking, excessive drinking and drug use, which cause problems in society as well as health problems. It is also about helping people to manage long-term illnesses once they occur
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Contact: Sarah Hoyle
s.hoyle@exeter.ac.uk
44-139-226-2062
University of Exeter
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