What is this guidance about?

What is this guidance about?

This guidance makes recommendations on individual-level behaviour change interventions aimed at changing the behaviours that can damage people's health. It includes a range of approaches for people aged 16 and over, from single interventions delivered as the opportunity arises to planned, high intensity interventions that may take place over a number of sessions.

The guidance aims to help tackle a range of behaviours including alcohol misuse, poor eating patterns, lack of physical activity, unsafe sexual behaviour and smoking. These behaviours are linked to health problems and chronic diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer). This means interventions that help people change have considerable potential for improving health and wellbeing. This includes helping them to:

  • improve their diet and become more physically active

  • lose weight if they are overweight or obese

  • stop smoking

  • reduce their alcohol intake

  • practice safe sex to prevent unwanted pregnancies and a range of infectious diseases such as HIV and chlamydia.

The recommendations should be implemented together, using a person-centred approach and taking into account duties set out in the Equality Act 2010. They are for all those involved in helping people to change their behaviour. This includes those who provide training on behaviour change. (For further details, see Who should take action?). In addition, they may be of interest to members of the public.

See About this guidance for details of how the guidance was developed and its current status.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)