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Health Promotion Programs to Reduce Noncommunicable Diseases: A Call for Action in Kuwait

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Ministry of Health, Safat 13001, Kuwait
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Faculty of Public Health, Kuwait University, Safat 13110, Kuwait
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United Nations Development Programme in Kuwait, Safat 13030, Kuwait
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Department of Public Health, Glasgow Caledonian University London, London E1 6PX, UK
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Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Safat 13030, Kuwait
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Healthcare 2020, 8(3), 251; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030251
Received: 30 May 2020 / Revised: 20 July 2020 / Accepted: 25 July 2020 / Published: 3 August 2020
Most public health issues in Kuwait are related to unhealthy behaviours. Research shows that behaviours are the result not only exclusively of personal choices but also of myriads of other social and environmental factors. Kuwait is one of the leading countries in obesity and tobacco use in the world. Cardiovascular diseases stemming from complications related to these and other risk factors are important health issues based on their morbidity and mortality implications. These risks are spread across society and affect the old as well as young boys. The serious gaps between Kuwait’s health-related needs and the existing policies to reduce public health risks in Kuwait create a significant obstacle to healthy behaviour change. Kuwait requires adequate laws, policies, regulations, activities, and programs to promote people’s health. The Socio-Ecological Model (SEM) has been used successfully in health promotion in various behavioural settings, including obesity, physical inactivity, and smoking. We propose the use of SEM as a planning framework in building sustainable health promotion programs in Kuwait while paying attention to other concepts such as systems thinking, authentic community participation, community capacity, policy development, public health infrastructure enhancement, health coaching, and equity. View Full-Text
Keywords: health promotion; public health; Kuwait; socioecological model; physical inactivity; obesity; smoking health promotion; public health; Kuwait; socioecological model; physical inactivity; obesity; smoking
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Salman, A.; Tolma, E.; Chun, S.; Sigodo, K.O.; Al-Hunayan, A. Health Promotion Programs to Reduce Noncommunicable Diseases: A Call for Action in Kuwait. Healthcare 2020, 8, 251.

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