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Implementation of psychiatric-focused lifestyle medicine programs in Asia
Sarris, J1,2; Nishi, D3; Xiang, YT4; Su, KP5,6,7; Bannatyne, A1; Oliver1; Kua, EH8; Ng, CH1
Source PublicationAsia-Pacific Psychiatry

Lifestyle-focused health programs are growing in interest throughout Western society, and a range oflifestyle factors are known to enhance both physical and mental health. However, it remains largely unknown as to whether this approach is salient for the Asian context. The major components ofintegrative lifestyle-focused health programs to enhance mental and physical health are considered to include the evidence-based adoption of physical activity and exercise, dietary modification, general psychoeducation, adequate relaxation/sleep and social interaction, use of mindfulness techniques, the reduction of substance use, attention of intersecting environmental factors, and the potential use of motivation and goal-setting techniques. This paper outlines an overview of the evidence underpinning these elements, and discusses potential barriers and challenges, and what logistical considerations may need to be addressed in the implementation of such programs within the context of Asian cultures.

KeywordAsia Health Promotion Lifestyle Mental Health Psychiatry
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WOS Research AreaPsychiatry
WOS SubjectPsychiatry
WOS IDWOS:000362505400001
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CollectionFaculty of Health Sciences
Affiliation1.Univ Melbourne, Melbourne Clin, Dept Psychiat, Richmond, Vic 3121, Australia
2.Swinburne Univ Technol, Ctr Human Psychopharmacol, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
3.Natl Ctr Neurol & Psychiat, Natl Inst Mental Hlth, Dept Mental Hlth Policy & Evaluat, Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan
4.Univ Macau, Fac Hlth Sci, Unit Psychiat, Macau, Macao SAR, Peoples R China
5.China Med Univ Hosp, Dept Psychiat, Taichung, Taiwan
6.China Med Univ Hosp, MBI Lab, Taichung, Taiwan
7.China Med Univ, Grad Inst Neural & Cognit Sci, Taichung, Taiwan
8.Natl Univ Singapore, Yong Loo Lin Sch Med, Singapore 117595, Singapore
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Sarris, J,Nishi, D,Xiang, YT,et al. Implementation of psychiatric-focused lifestyle medicine programs in Asia[J]. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry,2015,7(4):345-354.
APA Sarris, J,Nishi, D,Xiang, YT,Su, KP,Bannatyne, A,Oliver,Kua, EH,&Ng, CH.(2015).Implementation of psychiatric-focused lifestyle medicine programs in Asia.Asia-Pacific Psychiatry,7(4),345-354.
MLA Sarris, J,et al."Implementation of psychiatric-focused lifestyle medicine programs in Asia".Asia-Pacific Psychiatry 7.4(2015):345-354.
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