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URAC's Latest Podcast Highlights Pro-Change Behavior Systems' Lifestyle Management Program
Date:12/21/2009

sel to those who are trying to adopt healthier behaviors. The programs that have been developed by Pro-Change fill that need."

Chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. To manage, or sometimes even prevent, these conditions, consumers often need to make major changes in their behavior and lifestyles. The Pro-Change Lifestyle Management Program offers a suite of health behavior change programs in seven areas: smoking cessation, weight management, stress management, depression prevention, managing cholesterol, managing high blood pressure, and exercising regularly. All of these programs are available to participants both in print and on the Web.

These comprehensive, multi-stage programs are based on the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM), which was developed more than 30 years ago by Dr. James O. Prochaska, Ph.D., a professor and director for the Cancer Prevention Research Center at the University of Rhode Island and the founder of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.

"The Transtheoretical Model allows us to help people no matter where they are in their readiness to change," said Dr. Janice M. Prochaska, President and CEO of Pro-Change. "It's very important for us to be able to reach out to those who are demoralized, who are not ready, or who have a lot of doubt about whether it all is worth it. Participants have told us that 'this program really respects where I'm at. It gives me feedback that helps me understand what I need to do next.'"

The podcast also features commentary from both Dr. Janice M. Prochaska and Dr. Kerry E. Evers, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Research and Product Development with Pro-Change Behavior Systems.

Dr. Evers describes the Model's five stages, which are used to determine where people are in their readiness to change. "These five stages help us determine where the person's mind
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