The mission of the American Journal of Health Education (AJHE) is to publish high quality manuscripts that focus on Health Education and Health Promotion initiatives designed to prevent or delay the onset of the major chronic diseases and illnesses that impact populations of interest today (CVD, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, COPD, cirrhosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.). In addition, AJHE is actively seeking manuscripts that inform the discussion on the role of lifestyle behaviors (nutrition/diet, physical activity, weight management, tobacco use prevention, stress control, self-management of chronic disease, emotional and social functioning, alcohol and other drugs abuse, etc.) in chronic disease management. Manuscript reporting on research conducted in community, medical care, worksite and school/university settings are encouraged. AJHE will review manuscripts on COVID and HIV/AIDS if related to the chronic disease aspects of these conditions. AJHE is particularly interested in manuscripts that focus on interventions related to the primary prevention of chronic disease from a social ecological perspective that conceptualized the role of individual, interpersonal, institutional, community and policy factors on lifestyle behaviors. Manuscripts grounded in health behavior theory are also encouraged.
Health Education and Health Promotion are applied disciplines. Therefore, each manuscript should provide a clear discussion of how the research links together researchers and practitioners through professional practice in a section titled Translation to Health Education Practice. For papers published in AJHE , the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. Areas of Responsibility and Competencies can frame the Translation to Health Education Practice discussion ( www.nchec.org). The Translation to Health Education Practice section has two major purposes: 1) to inform Health Educators on how the methods and results of your study can assist them to design, Implement and evaluate similar interventions in their respective populations of interest, and 2) to explain the role of Health Educators and Certified Health Education Specialists in the design, implementation and evaluation of the study. In the Translation section, authors should consider how the knowledge skills, and processes inherent in the NCHEC Responsibilities and Competencies were used to design the initiative and led to research outcomes. When applicable, authors are encouraged to expand the discussion of results in the Translation section to show the cost benefit of the intervention. The CDC and other governmental agencies provide data on cost benefit of behavioral outcomes.
American Journal of Health Education is an official journal of SHAPE America – the Society of Health and Physical Educators. SHAPE America is the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. We provide programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.