Target Audience


This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals specializing or certified in the areas of gynecology, obstetrics, internal medicine, family or general medicine.

Goals and Objectives


Healthy behaviors may reduce or prevent morbidity and mortality (Lin et al., 2004). A healthy diet, for instance, helps to prevent many diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancer (van Kreijl et al., 2004). Physical activity prevents diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes (Koek et al., 2003) and results in improved cardiovascular health, lowered blood pressure, reduced risk of mortality, increased muscle strength, decreased depression and anxiety and improved quality of life (Bouchard et al., 1994). Smoking is the most important single risk factor for mortality and has been related to 12% of the burden of disease in Western Europe (Feenstra et al., 2006). Thus, behaviors are relevant to health yet unhealthy habits are still highly prevalent and many healthcare providers struggle to promote and educate their patients on how to make lasting behavior change. This activity will provide an overview of strategies for behavior change, their effectiveness and tips for use by the outpatient clinician. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Examine how predisposing factors, beliefs, attitudes, and significant others affect a person’s behavior changes;
  • Assess behavior change techniques and learn how to apply them to clinical situations;
  • Recognize the benefits of healthy behaviors;
  • Establish motivation to change health behaviors.

Course Information


CME Release Date: August 2, 2019
Valid for credit through: August 2, 2020
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available 


Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit


To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships


As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Jennifer Wells, MD

Dr. Jennifer Wells is a California native raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at Davis with a BS in biological sciences. Following graduation from college she spent two years at The National Institutes of Health researching the intricacies of adipose metabolism in Cushing Syndrome. Thereafter, she attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She did her internship at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and went on to complete her first residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF. After working in the private sector for several years, she then went on to complete a second residency in Psychiatry at the Virginia Tech-Carilion Clinic.  Having graduated from her psychiatry residency in 2015, she has accepted a position at Carilion Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry where she is actively involved in creating a women’s health center specializing in treating psychiatric illness in pregnancy, as well as, managing substance use disorders in pregnancy.

Disclosure Information

  • The speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planning Committee/Content Reviewer(s)/SMA Staff:
The following planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Veronica K. Piziak, MD
Nancy Phillips, MD
Susan Peck, MSN, APN
Lee Boughton, MA, SMA Staff

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