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Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Last Reviewed: July 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care providers individualize the decision to offer behavioral counseling that promotes healthy eating and physical activity to adults without obesity who aren’t at high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). USPSTF found evidence that behavioral counseling may have a small impact in changing people’s healthy eating and physical activity behaviors and lowering their CVD risk. USPSTF also found that people who want to make behavioral changes may be the most likely to benefit.

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2017). Final update summary: Healthful diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults without known risk factors: Behavioral counseling. Retrieved from https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/healthful-diet-and-physical-activity-for-cardiovascular-disease-prevention-in-adults-without-known-risk-factors-behavioral-counseling