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Keywords:

  • health production;
  • lifestyle

SUMMARY

This paper analyzes the empirical relationship between health knowledge and the probability of adopting the lifestyles known as the ‘Alameda Seven’. I test whether having accumulated such knowledge during training in a healthcare profession changes individual lifestyles using the Swiss Health Survey. The results suggest that there are indeed effects of health knowledge on smoking for university graduates and on alcohol consumption and eating behavior for graduates of both university level and vocational medical training programs. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.