Chronic Disease Prevention

About the UPenn PRC

The UPenn PRC is a catalyst for research in chronic disease prevention and a leader in advancing the science and practice of prevention research. Along with our ongoing studies in cancer prevention, cognitive health, and new strategies for weight loss, we’re researching adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancers, the economic impact of clinical trials, and a Penn-community partnership, the Philadelphia Health Leadership Institute. We invite you to learn more about these projects and our dedicated investigators and staff on this website.

Penn’s Faculty respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute (Penn LDI) has created a website tracking the contributions to the press from affiliated faculty. The website lists the article with a link to the source, and the name of the faculty contributor. You can also follow their Twitter channel for the latest additions to the list.

ACC Population Science Research Seminar, February 20, 2020

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="2972" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Join us next Thursday, February 20th for the ACC Population Science Seminar – “Helping Parents Quit Smoking in Pediatric Settings”. Please reply...

UPenn PRC helps to accelerate implementation of evidence-based cancer prevention and control

The Evidence Academy model was developed to bring together researchers, health professionals, advocates, and policy makers to accelerate the process of integrating research findings into practice. The University of Pennsylvania Collaborating Center of the Cancer...

Testing General Versus Specific Behavioral Focus in Messaging for the Promotion of Sun Protection Behaviors

The latest paper from the Skin Cancer Communication Project was published online in the October 2019 issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine journal. Skin cancer prevention practices aim to reduce exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that  causes...

CDC features the findings of Penn’s Skin Cancer Communication Project

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The Definition of Health

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What are the challenges in creating messages that persuade people to take up healthy behaviors?

 

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

 Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH: The key is to ultimately get people to embrace the idea that changing their behavior is something they want to do. If you scare them or pressure them into changing, it usually will not lead to a lasting change, so the central challenge is to help them see the benefits that are associated with that particular change in behavior.