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Public Health Nurses Promoting Healthy Lifestyles (PHeeL-PHiNe): Methodology and Feasibility

Polak, Rani MD, MBA; Constantini, Naama W. MD; Verbov, Gina MSc; Edelstein, Naomi MPH, BSc; Hasson, Ronnie RD; Lahmi, Michele MPH, RN; Cohen, Rivka RN; Maoz, Shuli RN; Daoud, Nihaya PhD, MPH; Bentov, Nathalie MD, MA; Aharony, Hannah Soltz MA; Stein-Zamir, Chen MD, MPH

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management: April/June 2015 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 164–177
doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000066
Original Articles

Mother and Child Health Clinics have provided preventive health services in Israel for nearly a century. The Public Health Nurses Promote Healthy Lifestyles Program was developed to assist families in adopting healthy behaviors. The program ran in the Jerusalem District from 2009 to 2011. After piloting, 175 public health nurses received training and interventions took place in 45 clinics serving parents of 167 213 infant and toddlers per year. When evaluation is completed, our hope is to incorporate the program into Mother and Child Health Clinic services regularly provided nationwide, thereby becoming an integral part of the initiative, Healthy Israel 2020.

Healthy Cooking and Lifestyle Center (Dr Polak) and Sport Medicine Center, Orthopedic Department (Dr Constantini and Ms Hasson), Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel; Department of Family Medicine, Maccabi Healthcare Services, Jerusalem, Israel (Dr Polak); Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Polak); District Health Office of Jerusalem, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel (Mss Verbov and Edelstein, Ms Lahmi, and Dr Stein-Zamir); Public Health Division, Jerusalem Municipality, Jerusalem, Israel (Mss Cohen, and Maoz); Department of Public Health, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel (Dr Daoud); Department of Family Medicine, Clalit Healthcare Services, Tel Aviv, Israel (Dr Bentov); Isha—Jewish Federation of Cleveland (Ms Aharony); and Braum School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hadassah and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (Dr Stein-Zamir).

Correspondence: Rani Polak, MD, MBA, Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School. Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin pace, Boston, MA 02215 (

Isha—Jewish Federation of Cleveland, funded this project.

No conflicts of interest were declared by the authors.

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