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Health: The Basics / Edition 5

Health: The Basics / Edition 5

by Rebecca J. Donatelle


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805353266
Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/03/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 8.52(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Donatelle has served as a faculty member in the Department of Public Health, College of Health and Human Sciences, at Oregon State University for the last two decades. In that role, she has chaired the department and been program coordinator for the Health Promotion and Health Behavior Program (bachelor’s degree, master of public health, and PhD degree programs), as well as served on over 50 national, state, regional, and university committees focused on improving student academic success and improving the public’s health. Most importantly to her, she has also taught and mentored thousands of undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Donatelle has a PhD in community health/health promotion and health education, with specializations in health behaviors, aging, and chronic disease prevention, from the University of Oregon; a master of science degree in health education from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse; and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, with majors in health/physical education and English. In recent years, Donatelle has received several professional awards for leadership, teaching, and service within the university and for her work on developing nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs in the health promotion/health behavior areas.

Her primary research and scholarship areas have focused on finding scientifically appropriate means of motivating behavior change among resistant populations. Specifically, her work uses incentives, social and community supports, and risk communication strategies in motivating diverse populations to change their risk behaviors. She has worked with pregnant women who smoke in an effort to motivate them to quit smoking, obese women of all ages who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, prediabetic women at risk for progression to type 2 diabetes, and a wide range of other health issues and problems. Earlier research projects have focused on decision making and factors influencing the use of alternative and traditional health care providers for treatment of low back pain, illness and sick role behaviors, occupational stress and stress claims, and worksite health promotion.

More recently, through her writing she has been working to provide scientifically defensible, engaging ways to help students understand today's complex health and health care challenges, to ask the tough questions, understand that there are often no simple solutions to the myriad of issues we face both in the US and internationally. With this text in particular, she has worked to motivate students to approach their challenges in a mindful, thoughtful way; to take time to notice and to look within and outside themselves in order to really see, hear and feel the life experience to act compassionately toward self and toward others who are struggling with personal challenges. Importantly, she challenges students to ask..."How can I make the world a better place, for me.. for others, and for future generations? live more healthfully, and with more enthusiasm?" Whether it be working to improve personal health behaviors, help others who are struggling, or working to improve the social, political, and macro health environment, her goal is to motivate students to become more engaged and be the health change agents of the future.

In addition to her 'writing', Dr. Donatelle enjoys playing acoustic guitar, gardening, camping and socializing with friends and family, and walks with her three rambunctious Westies.

Table of Contents

1. Promoting Healthy Behavior Change.
2. Psychosocial Health: Being Mentally, Emotionally, Socially, and Spiritually Well.
3. Managing Stress: Coping with Life's Challenges.
4. Violence and Abuse: Creating Healthy Environments.
5. Healthy Relationships and Sexuality: Making Commitments.
6. Birth Control, Pregnancy, and Childbirth: Managing Your Fertility.
7. Licit and Illicit Drugs: Use, Misuse, and Abuse.
8. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Caffeine: Daily Challenges, Daily Pleasure.
9. Nutrition: Eating for Optimum Health.
10. Managing Your Weight.
11. Personal Fitness: Improving Health through Exercise.
12. Cardiovascular Disease: Reducing Your Risks.
13. Cancer: Reducing Your Risks.
14. Infectious and Noninfectious Conditions: Risks and Responsibilities.
15. Life's Transitions: The Aging Process.
16. Environmental Health: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally.
17. Consumerism: Selecting Health Care Products and Services.
18. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: New Choices and Responsibilities for Healthwise Consumers.

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