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Overview

Get Ready for the New Concise Guide & Connect Personal Health

Tired of toting around heavy, dull textbooks? Then you will love Personal Health: A Concise Guide for its brevity and lively language. It covers just the most important personal health topics-nothing more, nothing less. Rounding out the learning experience is Connect Personal Health, an online companion to the book. This dynamic product contains:

Health-related readings from major media outlets such as The New York Times and Newsweek, as well as reading comprehension questions to help you put key ideas in a real-world context

Chapter quizzes that can be self-graded and give you immediate feedback on your answers

Brief point-counterpoint videos focusing on major chapter topics

Worksheets and health assessments to help you discover how you measure up

Together, Personal Health: A Concise Guide and Connect Personal Health give you a new kind of learning experience, both in the classroom and beyond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073380865
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 467

Meet the Author

Phillip B. Sparling is a Professor of Applied Physiology and Health Behavior in the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and masters and doctorate from the University of Georgia. In addition to being a teacher and researcher at Georgia Tech for three decades, he has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa, a Visiting Research Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Deakin University in Australia, and a Senior Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He has published some 70 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals. Dr. Sparling is a Fellow of the AAHPERD Research Consortium, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. His current work focuses on real-world projects that enable individuals and communities to change lifestyle behaviors to prevent and control chronic diseases.

Kerry J. Redican is a Professor of Health Education and Health Promotion in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. His education includes a bachelors degree from California State University at Long Beach, M.S. in health education from the UCLA School of Public Health, Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and MPH in health administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a faculty member at Virginia Tech for over two decades, he has been actively involved in development, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs in schools and communities. He is a co-author of four textbooks and has over 60 publications in healthjournals. Dr. Redican is a Fellow of the American School Health Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Health Education and as President of the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

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Table of Contents

Part I Foundations of Personal Health

Chapter 1 Foundations of Personal Health 1

Modern Concept of Health 3

Health Literacy 10

Concept of Health Risk 17

Advances in Public Health 20

Understanding Health Behavior 29

Part II Health Behaviors

Chapter 2 Choose A Healthy Diet 37

Nutrition Basics 39

Recommendations for Healthy Eating 46

Weight Control 61

Translating Knowledge into Action 73

Chapter 3 Develop A Fitness Program 81

Physical Activity, Exercise, and Physical Fitness 84

How the Body Responds to Exercise 88

Recommendations for Healthy Adults 96

Personalizing a Program 106

Establishing the Exercise Habit 115

Chapter 4 Understanding Drug Use, Misuse, and Abuse 125

Drug Administration and Terminology 127

Depressants 137

Stimulants 149

Hallucinogens 154

Marijuana 156

Psychotherapeutic Drugs 158

Designer and Club Drugs 161

Drug Testing & Drug Treatment 162

Chapter 5 Respect Sexuality 169

Female and Male: Genetics and Hormones 171

Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth 179

Contraception 182

Sexual Behavior 196

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation 200

Healthy Relationships 202

Chapter 6 Manage Stress 209

The Nature of Stress 211

Stress and Illness 217

Managing Stress 226

Part III Medical Conditions

Chapter 7 Mental Health and Disorders 239

Mental Health 241

Personal and Societal Problems Related to Mental Health 246

Mental and Personality Disorders 252

Treatments 259

Chapter 8 Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke 265

Cardiovascular Disease 268

Symptoms 273

Risk Factors 278

Interventions 287

Prevention 294

Chapter 9 Cancers 299

Cancer 301

Causes of Cancer 305

Diagnosing Cancer308

Common Cancers 310

Cancer Treatment 322

Cancer Detection and Prevention 324

Chapter 10 Diabetes 329

Diabetes 332

Complications 337

Diagnosis and Control 339

Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes 347

Metabolic Syndrome 351

Chapter 11 Infections 359

Communicable Disease Process 361

Fighting Disease 364

Common Bacterial Infections 370

Common Viral Infections 373

Common Fungal Infections 377

Sexually Transmitted Infections 377

HIV/AIDS 380

Bioterrorism 383

Part IV Navigating The Health Care System

Chapter 12 Health Care Fundamentals 389

Organization of the U.S. Health Care System 391

Western Medicine 395

Complementary and Alternative Medicine 407

Integrative Medicine 421

Chapter 13 Health Care Decision Making 427

Caring for Yourself 429

Developing a Patient-Doctor Partnership 442

Understanding Health Insurance 449

Striving for Optimal Health 457

Credits 467

Index I-1

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