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Health Behavior

The Academy launched an Expert Panel on Health Behavior in 2011 to address the health needs of populations, providing a forum for nurse leaders to advance evidence-based innovations to promote health lifestyles as fundamental to health care delivery. The Academy through its work with members of the Health Behavior Expert Panel supported the United Nations High-Level two day meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and urged the UN to include language in documents that encouraged nations to expand nursing capacity to address the prevention and treatment of NCDs and reduce risk factors by supporting expansion of nursing education, research, and promoting nursing leadership in policy development and implementation. Additionally, in 2011, Fellow Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, led a panel discussion, America's Children in Peril: Solving the Obesity and Mental Health Epidemics, addressing the commonalties between mental and physical health problems among adolescents.

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