CBT Program Can Help Teens Build Better Body & Mind

Research information gathered during a 12-month health program that was implemented in various high schools, called COPE (Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) Healthy Lifestyles TEEN (Thinking, Emotions, Exercise, Nutrition), showed that participating students had notably lower body mass index than those being taught under a standard health program.

COPE is an intervention program, based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), that teaches teens skills to turn negative thoughts into positive ones, and act accordingly. Understanding the direct relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior empowered the participating students to make better choices. It is the hope of the program developer, Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., R.N., that schools all over the country will eventually implement COPE into their health curricula.

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