An Invitation to Health / Edition 12

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This best-selling text emphasizes the importance of making healthy choices. Thoroughly revised, with cutting-edge research and a practical, prevention-oriented approach to personal health topics, AN INVITATION TO HEALTH helps readers take responsibility for their mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
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Emphasizing practical strategies for making healthy lifestyle changes, this introductory text, now enoying its tenth incarnation, presents research on the prevention of illness and offers a holistic view of mental and physical health. Chapters focus on stress, fitness, nutrition, sex, the health care system, infections diseases, heart problems, cancer, drugs, safety, death, and environmental health. Appendixes cover Internet resources, a directory of organizations, emergency information, consumer information, and calorie and fat data. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Defining health holistically, this introductory health education textbook extols the joys of positive lifestyles. New features include a lifespan perspective, "the X & Y files" (boxes on gender- difference research), data profile of the class of 2002, a consumer health watch, and self-surveys. Includes critical thinking questions, color illustrations, online and other resources, a guide to medical emergencies and tests, a calorie and fat counter, and a glossary of basic health terms. Offers an ancillary package of instructor and student materials. No information is furnished for the author's background or dates of previous editions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495110576
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 696

Meet the Author

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 trade books 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 Solidarieta Italiana" (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) in recognition of her best-selling book LA BELLA LINGUA as an "invaluable tool for promoting the Italian language." Her other writing awards include prizes from the American Psychiatric Association, 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 biography MONA LISA: A LIFE DISCOVERED.

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Table of Contents

A LIFETIME OF WELLNESS. 1. An Invitation to Health for the Twenty-First Century. 2. Personal Stress Management. 3. Feeling Good. 4. Caring for the Mind. II. HEALTHY LIFESTYLES. 5. The Joy of Fitness. 6. Nutrition for Life. 7. Eating Patterns and Problems. III. RESPONSIBLE SEXUALITY. 8. Communication and Relationships. 9. Personal Sexuality. 10. Reproductive Choices. IV. PERSONAL HEALTH RISKS. 11. Consumerism, Complementary/Alternative Medicine, and the Health Care System. 12. Defending Yourself from Infectious Diseases. 13. Keeping Your Heart Healthy. V. AVOIDING HEALTH RISKS. 14. Lowering Your Risk of Cancer and Other Major Diseases. 15. Drug Use, Misuse, and Abuse. 16. Alcohol Use, Misuse, and Abuse. 17. Tobacco Use, Misuse, and Abuse. VI. HEALTH IN CONTEXT. 18. Staying Safe: Preventing Injury, Violence, and Victimization. 19. When Life Ends. 20. Working Towards a Healthy Environment. Appendix: Hales Health Almanac. Glossary. Credits. Index.
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