The Strong Women's Guide to Total Health

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Overview

This practical and interactive guide shows women how to optimize their potential for health and well-being through in-depth information, self-assessment quizzes, and checklists to determine individual risk factors for common ailments and more serious diseases. Dr. Miriam Nelson shares the preventative measures that can be taken now to avoid such health problems down the road.

From sexual and reproductive health to beauty, heart health, emotional well-being, bone and muscle health, and weight control, Strong Women’s Guide to Total Health offers a complete picture of the broad spectrum of issues that impact overall health. It is essential reading for women of all ages.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781594867798
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

MIRIAM NELSON, PhD, is director of the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition and associate professor of nutrition at Tufts University.

JENNIFER ACKERMAN is a science and health writer whose most recent book, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream, was named a New York Times Editors Choice.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: What's in This Book for You? xi

Introduction: What Makes Us Women? xiii

The Smart Woman's Health Assessment xix

Part I Sex for Life: Reproductive and Sexual Well-Being

Chapter 1 Reproduction 3

Chapter 2 Sexuality and Sexual Health 17

Chapter 3 Reproductive Choices 39

Chapter 4 Fertility and Pregnancy 50

Chapter 5 Menopause 66

Part II Beauty Inside and Out

Chapter 6 Skin 79

Chapter 7 Teeth 93

Chapter 8 Hair and Nails 101

Part III Keeping in Balance

Chapter 9 Body Weight and Metabolism 115

Chapter 10 Blood Sugar 128

Chapter 11 Eating and Excreting 138

Part IV Standing Strong: Our Living Framework

Chapter 12 Muscles 155

Chapter 13 Bones 161

Chapter 14 Joints 177

Part V Heart Smart and Breathing Easy

Chapter 15 Heart and Blood 193

Chapter 16 Lungs and Respiration 215

Part VI In Our Defense

Chapter 17 Common Infectious Diseases 223

Chapter 18 Autoimmune Disease 238

Chapter 19 Cancer 246

Part VII Sensing: Staying in Touch with the World

Chapter 20 Vision 273

Chapter 21 Hearing 282

Chapter 22 Smell, Taste, and Touch 289

Part VIII Headstrong: Minding Your Emotional and Mental Health

Chapter 23 Mental Health 299

Part IX Flipping the Switch: An Action Plan for Health

Chapter 24 Making Change 327

Chapter 25 Managing Stress and Sleeping Well 343

Chapter 26 Shifting Your Food Environment 357

Chapter 27 Getting Active 372

Chapter 28 Screenings and Health Maintenance 401

Resources 410

Acknowledgments 417

About the Authors 419

Index 421

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