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As physical activity becomes increasingly popular, the diversity of active participants is greater than ever. Professionals working with active clients have an appreciation for the fact that many of their clients face unique dietary challenges. Fitness Nutrition for Special Dietary Needs is the first book to deliver state-of-the-art nutrition information pertaining to a variety of these special populations with distinctive dietary needs.

This easy-to-use reference provides scientifically based nutrition guidelines for a wide range of physically active clients—including vegetarians, pregnant and menopausal women, children and adolescents, older adults, people with diabetes, and participants in weight-restricted sports. Written in a straightforward manner, Fitness Nutrition for Special Dietary Needs is ideal for athletic trainers and personal trainers. It allows them to guide clients in proper eating for optimal exercise performance, and it recognizes when a client needs to be referred to a registered dietitian. The text may also be used as a quick reference for nutritionists and dietitians and as a valuable resource for those who exercise competitively, for health and fitness, or just for fun.

The following are some of the text's useful features:

-50 figures, tables, and special elements that you can photocopy and give to patients or clients to ensure they follow your suggestions—including examples of poor versus better carbohydrate choices, the Motherwell Pregnancy Food Pyramid, and the healthy effects of certain fats

-12 real-life case studies from guest dietitians to illustrate how the material can be applied in a variety of settings

-Sample meal plans and an appendix of alternative food choices that you can photocopy so you can design individualized plans for patients or clients and teach them how to adapt the plans to accommodate personal tastes and needs

-Exercise guidelines for specific populations to assist you in prescribing appropriate exercise for each person's condition and stage of life
In addition, the reference is valuable to coaches and sports medicine physicians in their efforts to provide sound dietary advice to both noncompetitive exercisers who want to stay fit and competitive athletes who want to achieve optimal performance. The text contains practical guidelines for addressing the needs of children who exercise and play sports as well as the needs of overweight athletes and exercisers in weight-dependent sports—an area often overlooked in sport nutrition books.

Physical therapists who work with the geriatric population will also find the resource useful because it will bring them up to date on meeting the nutrition and exercise needs of older adults as they progress through the physiological changes that come with aging. Psychiatrists will use the practical information to ensure proper counseling, healthy nutrition, and appropriate exercises for patients with eating disorders and disordered eating.

There is no better resource for anyone who needs to understand scientifically based nutrition guidelines for a wide range of physically active people. Fitness Nutrition for Special Dietary Needs explains nutrition guidelines for unique populations and also helps you prescribe a healthy diet appropriate to each client's condition and stage of life to ensure they achieve optimal performance and stay fit.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michelle H Tegenkamp, BS, MS (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This book provides nutrition and exercise related information on groups of people with specific needs. It includes reproducible handouts that can be used by professionals and incorporates case studies at the end of each chapter.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a sports nutrition oriented reference to health professionals on specific groups such as vegetarians, children/adolescents, older adults, pregnant and postmenopausal women, individuals with eating disorders, and people who exercise in extreme climates. It is useful to have this information in one reference and the authors meet their objectives.
Audience: The audience includes registered dietitians, sports nutritionists, athletic and personal trainers, physical therapists, and sports medicine physicians. The book is written at a level that is easy to understand for people without an in-depth knowledge of nutrition. This is a good basic reference for the intended audience, but may be too basic for individuals with experience in the area.
Features: Each chapter covers specific nutritional needs of a particular group, physical activity recommendations, and special issues related to that group. Each chapter also contains several case studies for that specific population, which repeat a lot of what is covered in the chapters while adding the element of application to the information. The book is all black and white, but this allows for the reproducible figures which are a unique and relevant feature.
Assessment: There are few if any books that include nutrition and sports information on all these special groups. This book would be beneficial for professionals without a lot of background knowledge in these areas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736048125
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, RD, LDN, FACSM, is associate professor and the Miriam Stirl Term endowed chair of nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Division of Biobehavioral and Health Sciences. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an exercise specialist and is a registered dietitian. Her research in sport nutrition and obesity prevention spans more than 15 years.

She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the American Dietetic Association and the American Society for Nutrition. She won the University Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Volpe holds a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a master's degree in exercise physiology and a doctorate in nutrition, both from Virginia Tech.

Sara Bernier Sabelawski, MEd, RD, LDN, is a lecturer, undergraduate program director, and director of the didactic program in dietetics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and has worked with many populations and various disease states, including pregnant women, people with diabetes, postmenopausal women, and people with eating disorders and weight management issues. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Christopher R. Mohr, PhD, RD, is president of Mohr Results, Inc. He has worked with competitive athletes as a sport nutritionist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is currently a nutrition consultant to the University of Louisville athletics program. He is a registered dietitian and a board-certified specialist in sport dietetics. Dr. Mohr is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He earned a bachelor's degree in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University, a master's degree in nutrition from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

List of Reproducible Handouts

Chapter 1. Childhood and Adolescence

-Nutritional Needs

-Major Nutritional Issues

-Unique Nutritional Issues for Young Athletes

-Physical Activity

-Case Study
Chapter 2. Aging

-Physiological Changes in Aging


-Physical Activity

-Case Study
Chapter 3. Menopause

-Physiological Changes in Menopause


-Nutrition for Active Menopausal Women

-Physical Activity

-Case Study
Chapter 4. Pregnancy

-Physiological Changes During Pregnancy

-Nutritional Needs

-Nutrition-Related Issues in Pregnancy and Lactation

-Physical Activity

-Case Study
Chapter 5. Vegetarianism

-The Basics of Vegetarianism


-Physical Activity

-Case Study
Chapter 6. Overweight and Obesity

-Overweight, Obesity, and Health

-Basics of Weight Management


-Dietary Supplements and Weight Loss

-Physical Activity

-Case Study
Chapter 7. Diabetes Mellitus

-An Overview of Diabetes Mellitus


-Physical Activity

-Case Study
Chapter 8. Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders

-Types of Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating

-Identification and Treatment

-Nutrition and Physical Activity Recommendations

-Case Studies
Chapter 9. Exercise in Extreme Environments

-Physiological Changes in Extreme Environments


-Physical Activity

-Case Study
About the Authors

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