Fitness Information for Teens: Health Tips about Exercise, Physical Well-Being, and Health Maintenance

Fitness Information for Teens: Health Tips about Exercise, Physical Well-Being, and Health Maintenance

by Lisa Bakewell
     
 

According to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, adolescence itself is a risk factor for physical inactivity-a major contributor to obesity, one of the most serious chronic health conditions threatening the nation today. During the teen years, opportunities to participate in organized sports decrease and fewer hours are spent in physical education…  See more details below

Overview

According to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, adolescence itself is a risk factor for physical inactivity-a major contributor to obesity, one of the most serious chronic health conditions threatening the nation today. During the teen years, opportunities to participate in organized sports decrease and fewer hours are spent in physical education classes. Teens also walk less once they start driving, and activities like watching television, listening to music, playing video games, and online computing can lead to the development of a sedentary lifestyle. By increasing activity and becoming fit, however, teens can adopt habits that will help them maintain wellness throughout their adult years.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Tara L.E. Mahanes, BS (St. Mary's Sports Medicine)
Description: This easy to read, well-written, up-to-date overview of fitness for teenagers provides excellent wellness and exercise tips, information, and directions. This second edition updates a 2004 publication.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce teenagers to the reasons for and benefits of wellness and fitness. This is crucial due to the ever-increasing obesity problem in our country. The author meets these objectives well with chapters on the benefits and reasons for exercising, followed by sport-specific exercises and tips.
Audience: The reading level is appropriate for teens.
Features: The descriptions of fitness and reasons for fitness in the book are current and well written, but the majority of the book focuses on the different ways teens can become active. There are descriptions of sports, definitions of the terms used in the sport, ways to get started, and how to play the sport. The book ends with possible problems that might occur with starting a fitness program and then addresses ways to combat these problems. The "Quick Tips," "It's a Fact!!," "Remember!!," and "What's it Mean?" boxes are great tools for tips, definitions, ideas, and understanding of the topics. The most glaring deficiency in the book is the lack of pictures.
Assessment: Overall, this is a competent, well-organized book that sufficiently introduces teens to fitness and many different sports and activities. It is a useful tool for them to obtain a base knowledge in fitness topics and different sports.
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

This no-nonsense guide packs a great deal into its pages. Much of the information is similar to that in the first edition (2004), although it has been slightly reorganized and a couple of chapters have been added, most notably two at the beginning about defining fitness as well as a chapter on activities for teens with physical challenges. Topics include reasons to stay fit, how to get started with diet and exercise, how to maintain a fitness program, activities to try, and where to find out more. Each chapter includes input from a variety of doctors and other health professionals and is extremely detailed without getting bogged down in medical jargon. There is even advice on how to choose appropriate athletic shoes and basic rules for many recreational activities and sports. The Nemours Foundation Kid's Health Web site is referenced throughout, and other Web resources have been added. The text is written in a conversational tone that pairs well with the topic. The only drawback is the lack of illustrations, which would have helped, especially in the sections about choosing shoes and exercise equipment, and playing different sports. This is a helpful reference for basic diet and exercise information for health reports or personal use.-Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780810457
Publisher:
Omnigraphics, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Teen Health Series
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.42(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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