An Invitation to Health,
19th Edition

Dianne Hales

ISBN-13: 9780357136799
Copyright 2021 | Published
704 pages | List Price: USD $149.95

From physical and mental to social and sexual, Dianne Hales' AN INVITATION TO HEALTH: TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH helps students achieve a healthier lifestyle now and in the future. The 19th Edition covers new research on such topics as happiness and health, current statistics on life expectancy and death rates, mental health and anxiety, screen time and online presence, Dietary Guidelines, immunization, sleep habits, stress levels, safe sex practices, substance abuse including new information on the opioid epidemic, dubious diets and trendy foods, fitness monitors, vaping and cannabinoids. It also addresses healthy living on a budget, preventive measures and practical strategies that turn small changes into big benefits.


1. Taking Charge of Your Health.
2. Psychological and Spiritual Well-Being.
3. Caring for Your Mind.
4: Stress Management.
5. Personal Nutrition.
6. Weight Management and the Obesity Epidemic.
7. Physical Activity and Fitness.
8. Communicating and Connecting.
9. Sexual Health.
10. Reproductive Options.
11. Sexually Transmitted Infections.
12. Major Diseases.
13. Infectious Diseases.
14. Consumer Health.
15. Addictive Behaviors and Drugs.
16. Alcohol.
17. Tobacco.
18. Personal Safety.
19. A Healthier Environment.
20. A Lifetime of Health.

  • Dianne Hales

    Dianne Hales is a widely published and esteemed journalist and author. In addition to more than 30 editions of college textbooks related to health, she is the author of 16 trade books, including LA PASSIONE: HOW ITALY SEDUCED THE WORLD; MONA LISA: A LIFE DISCOVERED; LA BELLA LINGUA; JUST LIKE A WOMAN; and CARING FOR THE MIND. Her books have been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish and Korean. Hales is a former contributing editor for Parade, Ladies’ Home Journal, Working Mother, and American Health, and she has written more than 1,000 articles for national publications. She has received writing awards from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association; an EMMA (Exceptional Media Merit Award) for health reporting from the National Women’s Political Caucus and Radcliffe College; three EDI (Equality, Dignity, Inclusion) awards for print journalism from the National Easter Seal Society; the National Mature Media Award; and awards from the Arthritis Foundation, California Psychiatric Association, CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), Council for the Advancement of Scientific Education, and New York Public Library.

  • New sections on money management, the opioid epidemic, CBD, and obesity bring the 19th Edition fully up to date.

  • New research throughout includes the latest findings on a variety of trending diets, student vulnerability to stress and coping techniques, and treatment options for drug addiction. Updated statistics are included on health in America, vaccinations of college students, and college students’ health, supporting topics such as the sex lives of college students, loneliness, shyness, and social anxiety.

  • Expanded coverage updates a range of topics, including stress for specific student groups, including first-generation students, minority students, student athletes, military veterans, those on the gender spectrum, the LGBTQIA community, and mental health.

  • The chapter on Social Health has been renamed “Communicating and Connecting” and includes updated statistics, new research on the digital life of college students, and a new section, “Digital Dating.” The chapter continues to address online student safety issues with discussions of online relationships, protecting oneself and one’s privacy, and cyberbullying on college campuses.

  • Presented in the trusted point of view of Dianne Hales, the author and journalist who has candidly discussed personal health in textbooks and the national press for decades, the book engages and informs students. Like no other writer, she understands the modern health issues impacting college students today--and connects with students on their level.

  • The book delivers content designed for an introductory-level personal health course with a student-friendly style and a practical, action-oriented approach to everything from fitness and nutrition to stress management and healthy relationships.

  • "Health Now" features that give students easy-to-follow do's and don'ts for living a healthier lifestyle include "Count Your Blessings," "Assessing a Relationship," and "Analyzing Your Diet."

  • A number of features help students make the important personal choice of healthy living, including “Snapshot: On Campus Now” statistics, Check-Ins that encourage students to reflect on the material, and chapter-based “Taking Charge of Your Health” checklists that allow them to track their own issues and make positive and lasting behavior changes.

  • "Positive Moves" features show students how to avoid illness and unhealthy behaviors by embracing positive change – the cornerstone of this text – to continually improve behaviors and make better choices for life.

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