Active Living Every Day w/Online Resource-2nd Edition

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Despite the well-documented benefits of physical activity, including reduced risk of chronic disease, healthier weight, reduced stress, and higher energy levels, it can be difficult to convince people to add more physical activity to their lives. The recommended 150 minutes per week can seem daunting, especially to those who have been sedentary for most of their lives. Physical activity doesn’t have to be intimidating, though. With the Active Living Every Day program, you’ll have all the tools you need to empower people to make the small changes that can positively affect their health.

Based on the latest research, Active Living Every Day (ALED) is a step-by-step behavior change program that helps individuals overcome their barriers to physical activity. ALED offers alternatives to more traditional, structured exercise programs. Participants choose their own activities and create their own plans based on their lifestyle and personal preferences, focusing on moderate-intensity activities that can be easily added to their daily routines. The course text and online tools offer structure and support as participants explore their options and begin to realize how enjoyable physical activity can be. As participants work through the course, they learn lifestyle management skills and build on small successes, methods that have proven effective in producing lasting change.

The new Active Living Every Day text has been updated to reflect the latest research on physical activity and behavior change. We’ve also made several changes to the program based on feedback from participants and providers, which will make ALED more attractive to a wider variety of people:

·Shorter 12-week format. To better accommodate busy schedules, we’ve shortened the length of the program from 20 weeks to 12. Participants learn to set goals, overcome barriers, find activities they like, and experience successes—all within a more manageable time frame.

·More current research. We’ve included information on recent studies that prove the effectiveness of ALED’s behavior change strategies. Both participants and providers can rest assured that ALED isn’t just another trend. It’s an evidence-based program that’s been shown to work for people from all walks of life, from college students to older adults.

·Coverage of new federal physical activity guidelines. The updated text features an easy-to-understand explanation of the newest U.S. physical activity guidelines. Participants will learn what the guidelines mean, why they matter, and, most important, how small changes will help them meet the guidelines and improve their health.

·Real stories from participants. Throughout the book, Real Life sidebars offer insights from people who have used the program to meet their activity goals. Participants will learn realistic strategies from people who have faced similar challenges and succeeded in overcoming them.

·Wider variety of activities. To appeal to more potential participants, we’ve included information on strength training, flexibility, and vigorous activities in addition to the moderate-intensity and lifestyle physical activities covered in the first edition. Whether your participants have always been sedentary or used to be active and just need help to get started again, they’ll find suggestions to get them moving.

Why choose the Active Living Every Day program?

In addition to the many benefits for course participants, ALED offers program providers these benefits:

·Ready to implement. We provide everything you need to run a successful program. You’ll receive all the resources you need to get the program started, including lesson plans, PowerPoint slides, marketing tools, and consultative support. Course participants receive a text and access to online tools that enhance the weekly sessions.

·Proven effectiveness. ALED is based on scientifically tested methods. Multiple recent studies have shown that the program curriculum is effective in helping people increase their physical activity levels.

·Affordability. Our program offers a cost-effective alternative to creating your own materials. Discounts are available on purchases of 25 participant packages or more.

·Flexible delivery options. ALED can be offered as an in-person class, online, through one-on-one mentoring, or as a combination of these formats. These options will help you work around even the busiest schedules.

·Easy facilitator training. You don’t have to be a health care professional to be a program provider. Anyone interested in helping others improve their health can train to be a facilitator.

·Ongoing support. Our Web site offers tools for evaluating your program, and our staff is always available to answer questions. Our quarterly facilitator newsletter shares best practices, tips from current program providers, and the latest research in the fields of behavior change and physical activity.

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About the Author:

Bess H. Marcus, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego where she pursues research on physical activity and public health with funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Marcus is a clinical health psychologist who has spent the past 25 years conducting research on physical activity behavior and has published more than 175 papers and book chapters as well as three books on this topic.

Dr. Marcus has developed a series of assessment instruments to measure psychosocial mediators of physical activity behavior and has also developed low-cost interventions to promote physical activity behavior in community, workplace, and primary care settings. Dr. Marcus uses a variety of channels to promote physical activity including print, telephone, and the Internet. Dr. Marcus has participated in panels for the American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health; these panels have created recommendations regarding the quantity and intensity of physical activity necessary for health benefits. Dr. Marcus also does work examining the benefits of exercise for women who want to stop smoking. Marcus was a contributing author to the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health and a member of the Executive Committee for the National Plan for Physical Activity. Marcus served as an advisor on the curriculum development for the Cooper Institute’s Project Active study that created Active Living Every Day.

Steven N. Blair, PED, is a professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. His research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition, and chronic disease. As one of the most highly cited exercise scientists currently active in research, Dr. Blair has published more than 475 articles, chapters, and books in scientific and professional literature. He also was the senior scientific editor for the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.

Blair is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, Society of Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, and American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He was also elected to membership in the American Epidemiological Society. He was the first president of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity and is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Andrea L. Dunn, PhD, is a senior scientist at Klein Buendel, Inc., a health communication research company in Golden, Colorado. She served as the project director and co-investigator of Project Active, ACT (Activity Counseling Trial), and PRIME (Physically Ready for Invigorating Movement Every day), all large-scale clinical trials involving sedentary adults. These studies helped sedentary adults learn behavioral skills vital for adopting and maintaining an active lifestyle. She has conducted public health research on physical activity interventions to improve a variety of health outcomes but particularly to improve mental health.

Dunn cowrote the curriculum for Project Active and PRIME that is the basis for Active Living Every Day. She has led intervention groups that tested the approach, and she is the lead author of the Journal of the American Medical Association article describing its efficacy.

Dunn has an MS in psychology and a PhD in exercise science and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD, is the founder and lead integrator at Health Integration, LLC. She was the cocreator of the curriculum and group cofacilitator for The Cooper Institute’s Project Active study that created the Active Living Every Day program. Most recently she provided technical assistance and support during the testing of the 12-week version of the Active Living Every Day program.

Carpenter is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in applied nutrition and extensive coursework in exercise science. She has over 25 years of experience designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition and physical activity behavior change programs in community and worksite settings. She has coauthored six books and developed educational materials for clients such as the American Heart Association, Kellogg’s, Roche, Tropicana, and Jenny Craig

Peter Jaret is a medical journalist whose work has appeared frequently in the New York Times, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, AARP Journal, Health, National Wildlife, and other publications. He is the author of Impact: From the Frontlines of Global Health (National Geographic Books) and Nurse: A World of Care (Emory University Press).

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