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It’s not just Personal! Your Health Today teaches Personal Health from a truly inclusive and socially responsible perspective. While each of us has a unique set of individual characteristics that shape our health, other environmental factors have an impact on our well being too. Your Health Today incorporates the individual, interpersonal, and broader social factors that affect our health, acting as a guide for healthy living in college and beyond. Students will complete a guided Personal Health portfolio online, applying concepts they learn from the text to their own lives in assessments that give automatic feedback. In doing so, students are able to see how their own family history, community, and culture affect their personal health decisions.
In addition to applied assessments, the Your Health Today program includes a LearnSmart, an unparalleled adaptive learning program that diagnoses students’ knowledge of a subject, then creates an individualized learning path to help them master the concepts that they find most challenging. Additionally, the eBook for Your Health Today includes supplementary chapters on Complementary and Alternate Medicine, and Environmental issues for instructors who cover that content. Instructors can also assign videos from the College Health Report series and use them as a lecture-launcher or ice-breaker in class discussions.
Michael L. Teague received his doctorate in exercise science, health, and recreation from the University of Northern Colorado. He has been a professor in sport, health, and leisure at the University of Iowa since 1975, and he teaches courses in health, performance nutrition, and sports and recreation management for the Department of Health and Human Physiology. He has also developed and taught online courses on personal health, nutrition, and health promotion. Dr. Teague received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Iowa in 1993-1994, and also holds a secondary appointment with the College of Public Health. He has authored several books about health promotion and aging as well as books about aging and leisure. Dr. Teague has served as a health observer for the U.S. State Department in East Timor, an advisory committee member for Healthy People 2000, a taskforce member for Women’s Health in Iowa, and a health promotion grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute, and the Canadian Diabetes Association. He was the director of a 26-part video series titled Healthy Living: Road to Wellness, used in distance learning and campus health courses across the United States. This series received 22 national and international video awards. In addition, Dr. Teague was the co-producer for The Victories of Dan Gable, which aired on HBO Signature in 1999. In his leisure time, Mike enjoys golf, racquetball, basketball, wallyball, and running.
Sara L. C. Mackenzie, M.D., M.P.H., completed medical school at the University of California-Davis and residency in family medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. She obtained a master's degree in public health from the University of Washington. Dr. Mackenzie provides direct care for students at the University of Washington student health center. In addition, she is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and teaches several undergraduate courses — in large and small groups — about health, wellness, and illness. As the University of Washington School of Public Health Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, she has developed course and program curricula and led workshops on teaching and learning. In addition, she has organized conferences to enhance communication between youth and health practitioners. She is the West Coast medical consultant for Job Corps, a vocational training program for youth that incorporates basic health care, wellness, and employability. Her husband, Paul, and two daughters, Lila and Sydda, fill her life with laughter and balance. Sara enjoys horseback riding and gardening with her family.
David M. Rosenthal received his Ph.D. in counselor education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. For 23 years, he was a faculty member at the University of Iowa, teaching in the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, and Education. Dr. Rosenthal was named Teacher of the Year by residents in the Department of Family Medicine and was given the College of Medicine Service Award. He was also the Director of Counseling and Health Promotion Services at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Later he became the Director of La Bodega de La Familia in New York City. Dr. Rosenthal has also written a number of professional articles and books. With Dr. Michael Teague and David Gould, he produced a series of award-winning videos focusing on health. He also produced and co-directed, with Steven Henke, two award-winning video documentaries about Native Americans in South Dakota. Dr. Rosenthal has been a licensed marriage and family therapist and served as president of the Iowa Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He has given more than 100 presentations in the United States and has conducted workshops in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Russia, and Greece. Dr. Rosenthal was also Executive Director of the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center in Manhattan and an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education at Brooklyn College. He is currently a faculty member at Columbia University where he works with Family Medicine Residents and graduate students at the Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of two non-profit organizations: Heritage Health and Housing and Kwah Dao. David and his wife, Jane, enjoy living in New York City and spending time with their children, Daniel (and wife, Courtney) and Rebecca (and husband, Chris) and their six grandchildre—Isaac, Darby, Emily, Cyrus, Max, and Hazel.
1 Health in a Changing Society 2 Your Family Health History 3 Mental Health and Stress 4 Spirituality 5 Sleep 6 Nutrition 7 Fitness 8 Body Weight and Body Composition 9 Body Image 10 Alcohol and Tobacco 11 Drugs 12 Relationships and Sexual Health 13 Reproductive Choices 14 Infectious Diseases 15 Cardiovascular Health 16 Cancer 17 Injury and Violence Personal Health Portfolio Supplemental eBook chapters18 Complementary and Alternative Medicine19 Environmental Issues