Episode 73: Health Behavior – What Is It, What Do We Understand About It, How Do We Change It?


Episode Summary:

Why do we find it challenging to care for ourselves, follow up on health concerns, or enter preventive health maintenance? Men in particular seem to have more difficulty in this regard. Even when we know to pursue evaluation we sometimes fail to follow through. 

Health Behavior is complex and has a multitude of factors influencing our decisions. Join in to listen to 2 experts review the theory of health behavior and other health models.


Grace Lasker, Ph.D, MCHES, CN, CHC (she/her)
Director of Health Studies; Teaching Professor, Nursing and Health Studies
Adjunct Teaching Professor, Dept. of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington Bothell

Joseph Henrich, Ph.D
Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology
Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University

During This Episode, We Discuss:

  • The Health Belief Model
  • Factors affecting individuals’ decisions regarding health beliefs
  • Examination of the individual components of the Health Belief Model
  • The influence of other models on health beliefs
  • The impact of knowledge deficit and knowledge attained
  • The role of the health practitioner in shaping health beliefs
  • The consequences of lacking specific direction, targets, and goals in health behavior
  • The effect of behavior, male culture, and societal influences on health
  • Men’s attitudes and psyche towards health
  • The lack of perceived benefits influencing health decisions
  • The importance of access to health information and services
  • Knowledge Translation in the context of health behavior
  • The availability of healthcare providers as a factor in health behavior
  • Economic resources and their impact on health choices
  • Remedies for improving our health behavior


“People get knowledge and then they make decisions based on their knowledge, but actually a very powerful determinant that’s often more powerful than knowledge is just the habits that we’ve acquired unconsciously by observing others.”

— Dr. Joseph Henrich

“In the Health Behavior model, we call that coming into a space of understanding what the perceived severity of the situation is, what the perceived susceptibility the individual has in that being a problem in their lives, the perceived benefits of change, and the perceived barriers to change. And all of that work has to happen. You have to move through and come to a good place just to be ready to think about making a change.”

— Dr. Grace Lasker

Recommended Resources:

Victoria Champion and Celette Sugg Skinner – From the book “Health Behavior and Health Education,” authored by Glanz, Rimer, and Viswanath, published in 2008 by John Wiley and Sons.

Episode Transcript:

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