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Using Person-Centered Health Analytics to Live Longer: Leveraging Engagement, Behavior Change, and Technology for a Healthy Life by Dwight McNeill

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6. The BIG Challenge of Behavior Change

Changing our behaviors, in an ongoing and adaptive way in response to new demands, is the key to a long and healthy life. People need to be the drivers of their health by getting actively engaged and addressing the five behaviors of everyday life related to chronic diseases and the ten behaviors to be actively engaged with the health care system.

However, lifestyle changes are particularly difficult to adopt and maintain. These include facing an addiction, taking medications, eating well, and exercising regularly—and doing all of these on a sustained basis over a long period of time. This persistence factor makes lifestyle changes so much more challenging than one-shot decisions in other parts of our life, ...

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