Physical Fitness and Wellness - 3rd Edition: Changing the Way You Look, Feel and Perform

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-Assist students in understanding the essentials of lifelong wellness

-Provide problem-solving and critical-thinking opportunities to build bridges to greater understanding

-Empower students to overcome fitness and wellness barriers, make healthier choices, and modify their behavior

-Provide an individualized approach to behavior-changing strategies and help unmotivated, sedentary students as well as elite athletes

This text provides complete information, strategies, and motivation to help students improve the way they look, feel, and perform. The theme of this book is change—how students can take charge of their lives; overcome the many barriers to achieving fitness and wellness; and make lifestyle changes to help themselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Research shows that behavioral change and motivation are vital to helping people adopt physically active, healthy lives. Physical Fitness and Wellness, Third Edition not only offers a chapter on this topic, but also weaves motivational and behavior-changing strategies throughout the book.

Covers facets of fitness and wellness that other texts overlook

To help students learn how to change, the authors provide much more than just the basics of fitness and wellness. They recognize that students must consider many factors in attempting to accomplish their fitness and wellness goals. Thus, this book not only addresses traditional aspects of fitness but also explores other influences, such as stress, nutrition, chemicals, injuries, environmental factors, and more. This new edition also integrates issues of special interest to minorities and women and contains more extensive, updated references.

Self-directed and individualized approach

In addition, the authors recognize that each student is unique and that one fitness and wellness plan does not fit all—so they offer an individualized approach. They provide strategies to help the unmotivated, sedentary student take that first step to improve health, and strategies for the highly motivated, fit student to meet even higher goals. This book allows each student to do a self-assessment and create goals based on that self-assessment.

Special student-friendly features


-Study aides, including chapter objective lists, user-friendly tables and figures, same-page glossary definitions of key terms, and thorough chapter-ending summaries

-Electronic and Web-based ancillaries, including a presentation package, test package, and sample course outline with other support materials

-Application activities, such as discovery activities, service-learning activities, and thematic sidebars addressing behavioral change and motivational strategies

-Self-analysis tools to open each chapter: 10-question true-false Awareness Inventories and Analyze Yourself forms to fill out

-Myth and Fact Sheet sidebars

Physical Fitness and Wellness, Third Edition will help students understand the essentials of lifelong wellness, learn how to improve their personal wellness, and—through Service-Learning Activities—communicate positive healthy messages to others. Students will be able to identify misconceptions about health issues and will be empowered to make healthier choices in their own lives.

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About the Author:

Jerrold S. Greenberg, EdD, is a professor in the department of public and community health at the University of Maryland. Dr. Greenberg was selected as an Alliance Scholar of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) in 1996, and also received the Scholar Award from the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) in 1995.

Dr. Greenberg has authored more than 40 books and 80 articles, and he has made numerous presentations on wellness, fitness, and community health. He has served on numerous committees for AAHPERD and AAHE and for the American School Health Association. The leading scorer and most valuable player of his college basketball team, Dr. Greenberg remains active in basketball, tennis, aerobic activities, and weight training.

George Blough Dintiman, EdD, is professor emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he previously served as division chair and professor of health and physical education from 1968 to 1998. He is the author of 40 books and numerous videos on fitness and wellness, nutrition, weight control, general health, and speed improvement. He continues to conduct research on fitness and conditioning and is actively involved in consulting and writing.

Dr. Dintiman is cofounder and president of the National Association of Speed and Explosion, and he is an internationally known expert on the improvement of speed for team sports. He starred in football, basketball, and track in high school and college; was an NFL draft choice; and had his football jersey retired by Lock Haven University, where he still holds many rushing and scoring records. He was inducted into the Capital Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

Dr. Dintiman has two daughters, one son, and three grandchildren. He and his wife, Carol Ann, live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where they are avid participants in tennis, running, cycling, kayaking, and weight training.

Barbee Myers Oakes, PhD, is the director of multicultural affairs at Wake Forest University. Dr. Oakes is one of the first African American women in the American College of Sports Medicine to receive a doctorate. She has taught and researched in physical fitness and wellness for nearly 20 years, and she has published numerous articles and coauthored five books on related topics as well as presented at national and international conferences.
Dr. Oakes has focused much of her research efforts on minority and women's health issues. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She has been a member of the board of directors for the Association of Black Cardiologists and was a charter member of the International Society for Hypertension in Blacks. Dr. Oakes stays active by walking, cycling, and gardening.

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