Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine

ISSN: 2300-9705     eISSN: 2353-2807     DOI: 10.18276/cej.2017.3-03
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Lista wydań / Vol. 19, No. 3/2017
Addressing Cardiovascular Disease Risk in HungarianAmerican Populations: A Cultural Exploration of Transdisciplinary Health Promotion

Rok wydania:2017
Liczba stron:11 (31-41)
Słowa kluczowe: Cardiovascular disease Health promotion Hungarian-American culture
Autorzy: Nicholas Laszlo
Northeastern University, College of Professional Studies Boston, MA 02115, USA

Basil H. Aboul-Enein
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Department of Global Health & Development London, United Kingdom

Josh Bernstein
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, College of Graduate Health Studies Kirksville, MO 63501, USA

Joanna Kruk
University of Szczecin, Faculty of Physical Culture and Health Promotion Al. Piastów 40b/6, 71-065 Szczecin, Poland


Hungarian Americans share a unique culture of food traditions associated with their value system and way of life. Researchers, health care providers, and nutrition professionals counseling and treating a Hungarian-American population should develop a baseline of cultural understanding to achieve successful and long-lasting behavior change outcomes. The leading causes of death among Hungarians include ischemic heart disease (21.3%), stroke (13.4%), and cirrhosis (5.8%); all are directly or indirectly attributed to a traditional Hungarian diet coupled with a sedentary lifestyle. Health behaviors among Hungarian Americans can be partially explained by the Health Belief Model’s value-expectancy construct. Understanding cultural expectations and their associated values serve as a foundation for health promotion programming to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and comorbidities. This review explored numerous facets of Hungarian-American dietary habits in psychosocial, economic, historical, and cultural contexts. Health education and health promotion considerations were also examined.
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