An Invitation to Health,
16th Edition

Dianne Hales

ISBN-13: 9781285783116 | ISBN-10: 1285783115

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

| 704 pages

List Price USD $119.95


In this new edition of the market-leading personal health text, Dianne Hales invites you to a future of healthy living by providing the information and tools they need to make healthy changes NOW. Delivering the most current and thorough coverage available, AN INVITATION TO HEALTH: Live it Now! integrates a comprehensive range of health concepts related to body, mind, and spirit with a wealth of applications for students' lives, including a new chapter on Consumer Health. Through MindTap, the text also includes a wealth of powerful learning tools to help you maximize your study efforts.

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Dianne Hales is one of the most widely published and honored health writers in the country. Her bestselling textbooks include AN INVITATION TO HEALTH, AN INVITATION TO WELLNESS, and AN INVITATION TO PERSONAL CHANGE. Her most recent trade book is LA PASSIONE: HOW ITALY SEDUCED THE WORLD. Others include the award-winning compendium of mental health information CARING FOR THE MIND: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO MENTAL HEALTH; THINK THIN, BE THIN (with Doris Helmering); JUST LIKE A WOMAN: HOW GENDER SCIENCE IS REDEFINING WHAT MAKES US FEMALE; THE MIND-MOOD PILL BOOK; INTENSIVE CARING: NEW HOPE FOR HIGH RISK PREGNANCY (with Dr. Timothy Johnson); HOW TO SLEEP LIKE A BABY; THE U.S. ARMY TOTAL FITNESS PROGRAM; NEW HOPE FOR PROBLEM PREGNANCIES; and THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SLEEP. The President of Italy named Hales a "Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana" (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) in recognition of her bestselling book LA BELLA LINGUA as an "invaluable tool for promoting the Italian language." Her other writing awards include prizes from the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Women's Political Caucus, California Psychiatric Society, CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), Council for the Advancement of Scientific Education, and the New York City Public Library. Her latest general audience book is the biography MONA LISA: A LIFE DISCOVERED.

  • Initiation to Health: Live it Now! has been thoroughly updated in every chapter and presents the latest research information available. Findings from the latest federal reports on the health of the nation, including the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine's U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health are presented. The new edition integrates the new mental health criteria in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition (DSM-5). The text highlights current research on all aspects of college students' health and lives, including the recent data from the American College Health Association National College Health Association's 2013 survey.
  • Two reworked features highlight the importance of personal responsibility for healthy choices and behavior change. 1) Snapshot: On Campus highlights health issues of importance to college age students, allowing students to see how their behavior compares with others. 2) Health Now sidebars provide a brief list of Do's and Don'ts for healthy behavior.
  • New Chapter on Consumer Health: The new Consumer Health chapter helps students take greater responsibility for their personal well-being—whether they are gathering information online, preparing for a medical visit, evaluating both traditional and nontraditional treatments, or navigating the health care system.
  • A new online resource called Live it Now! Labs offers practical suggestions to help students apply the concepts presented in each chapter. The online labs provide an easy to follow framework for positive change, providing specific suggestions in the following three categories; "Get" Real", "Get Ready", and "Get Going."
  • Personal choice: An important component of changing for lifelong healthy living is personal choice. Two features encourage students to self-assess for healthy change. "Snapshot: On Campus Now" encourages students to compare their attitudes and behaviors to those of other students. "Live it Now!" provides a checklist of change behaviors based on the topic of each chapter.
  • Chapter 5 on Social Health addresses online relationships, protecting oneself and one's privacy, and more.
  • "Health Now" gives students a brief list of Do's and Don'ts for healthy behavior. Examples include "Count Your Blessings," "Assessing a Relationship," and "Analyzing Your Diet".
  • Comprehensive coverage: Designed for an introductory-level personal health course, AN INVITATION TO HEALTH: LIVE IT NOW! is known for its emphasis on behavior change, up-to-date coverage, student-friendly style, and practical, action-oriented approach. It covers a wide range of health topics, from fitness and nutrition to disease prevention, stress management, and development of healthy relationships.
  • The latest research and coverage has been added, including new information on consumer health, positive psychology, sexual responsibility, and drug usage.
  • Dianne Hales is a successful textbook author and prolific health journalist whose immersion in current health issues is reflected throughout the text. With her unique understanding of today's college students, Hales focuses on topics and issues that are important and relevant to your students.
  • Online tools: This text is fully integrated with online teaching and learning resources that include INVITATION TO PERSONAL CHANGE labs, interactive behavior change planner, videos, and more.
  • Live it Now: The theme of this edition is that the choices students make now impact their health in the future.
  • Positive change: The cornerstone of this text, behavior change is an increasingly emphasized theme that reflects the need for improving health behaviors and making healthy changes.
  • Strategies for change: The text offers a wealth of tips and strategies for making positive life changes. In addition to the "Your Strategies for Change/Your Strategies for Prevention" boxes, Learn It/Live It, Your Health Action Plan and "Self-Surveys," there are links to the new companion book INVITATION TO PERSONAL CHANGE, which offers ways to implement change in a variety of areas.

Table of Contents

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1. The Power of Now.
2. Your Psychological and Spiritual Well Being.
3. Caring for Your Mind.
4. Personal Stress Management.
5. Your Social Health.
6. Personal Nutrition.
7. Managing Your Weight.
8. The Joy of Fitness .
9. Personal Sexuality.
10. Reproductive Choices.
11. Sexually Transmitted Infections.
12. Addictions.
13. Alcohol.
14. Tobacco.
15. Major Diseases.
16. Infectious Illnesses.
17. Consumer Health.
18. Personal Safety.
19. A Healthier Environment.
20. A Lifetime of Health.

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Careers in Health, Physical Education, and Sports

This booklet takes guides you through the process of picking the type of health-related career you may want to pursue, how to prepare for the transition into the working world, and insight to different types of career paths, education requirements, and reasonable salary expectations. A designated chapter discusses some of the legal issues that surround the workplace, including discrimination and harassment. Personal development activities encourage you to focus and develop better insight into your future.

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