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Revista de Salud Pública

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GARCIA-UBAQUE, Juan C; GARCIA-UBAQUE, César A  and  VACA-BOHORQUEZ, Martha L. Variables involved in the individual and collective practice of healthy habits. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2014, vol.16, n.5, pp.719-732. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective To conduct a descriptive review of the concepts related to the practice of healthy habits by identifying the main variables associated with their managment in terms of health promotion actions. Methodology In consultation with groups working in health promotion in the city of performed by consulting databases and documentary sources. The strategy and criteria for the selection of documents was previously defined. Finally, we proceeded to organizing and structuring the information. Results It was established that, to promote healthy habits, four groups of behavior are involved: a) consumption, b) phyisical activity and hygiene, c) safety, and d) social participation. All of these are reviewed in order to point out the main concepts contained in each. Conclusion The promotion of healthy habits must involve not only the transmission of behaviors associated with them. It must also involve understanding and adapting these habits to the environments of life in which people operate, with consideration for the different roles that they perform and the psychological and cultural demands that each space implies.

Keywords : Habits; lifestyle; health behaviors; health promotion.

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