Skip to main content Skip to left navigation Skip to footer
Skip Left Navigation

Browse by Topic

Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With CVD Risk Factors, Counseling, 2014

* Indicates an old grade definition


Recommendations: Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors

  • Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for CVD Disease Prevention: Counseling -- Adults with CVD Risk Factors
    Grade: B
    Specific Recommendations:

    The USPSTF recommends offering or referring adults who are overweight or obese and have additional cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors to intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for CVD prevention.

    Frequency of Service:

    Most studies evaluated interventions that combined counseling on a healthful diet and physical activity and were intensive, with multiple contacts (which may have included individual or group counseling sessions) over extended periods. Interventions involved an average of 5 to 16 contacts over 9 to 12 months depending on their intensity. Most of the sessions were in-person, and many included additional telephone contacts.

    Risk Factor Information:

    This recommendation applies to adults aged 18 years or older in primary care settings who are overweight or obese and have known CVD risk factors (hypertension, dyslipidemia, impaired fasting glucose, or the metabolic syndrome). In the studies reviewed by the USPSTF, the vast majority of participants had a BMI greater than 25 kg/m2.

Prevention TaskForce

You are now leaving Prevention TaskForce website and going to
This website contains links to other federal and state agencies and private organizations. The United States Prevention Services Taskforce (USPSTF) cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by these website links. Linking to other sites does not constitute an endorsement by USPSTF of the sponsors or the information and products presented on the sites. You will be subject to the destination site's privacy policy when you leave the Prevention TaskForce website.

Continue Cancel