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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Healthful Diet and Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease: Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Adults Without Risk Factors

Description of Resource: 
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care professionals individualize the decision to offer or refer adults without obesity who do not have hypertension, dyslipidemia, abnormal blood glucose levels, or diabetes to behavioral counseling to promote a healthful diet and physical activity. Existing evidence indicates a positive but small benefit of behavioral counseling for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in this population. Persons who are interested and ready to make behavioral changes may be most likely to benefit from behavioral counseling. This is a C recommendation, which means the USPSTF recommends selectively offering or providing this service to individual patients based on professional judgment and patient preferences. There is at least moderate certainty that the net benefit is small.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Heart Disease and Stroke
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Known Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling [Internet]. 2017 Jul [cited 2017 Sept 8]. Available from: