Reducing risk behaviors linked to noncommunicable diseases in Mongolia: a randomized controlled trial

Am J Public Health. 2013 Sep;103(9):1666-74. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301175. Epub 2013 Jul 18.


Objectives: We tested the efficacy of a 6-session, evidence-based health promotion intervention aimed at reducing noncommunicable disease (NCD) risk behaviors.

Methods: Two hundred male and female factory workers in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia were randomly assigned to groups receiving either the health promotion intervention or a time-matched financial literacy control intervention.

Results: The health promotion intervention increased daily fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity, increased readiness for NCD risk behavior reduction and health promotion knowledge, and reduced the number of daily alcoholic drinks and diabetes symptoms 3 months after the intervention.

Conclusions: The findings support the efficacy of the intervention to reduce risk behaviors associated with NCDs. Dissemination of the intervention may improve productivity, reduce costs of health services, and better the quality of life for Mongolians.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control
  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control
  • Diet
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mongolia / epidemiology
  • Motor Activity
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • Risk-Taking