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Essential Health is the most up-to-date, skills-based text available for high school health and wellness classes. With its engaging writing and numerous supporting activities, this text presents the study of health and wellness as a dynamic discussion, relevant to students’ lives. In addition to the standard topics, the text contains in-depth coverage of sleep, body image, and health across the lifespan. Content and skills are aligned to the National Health Education Standards.

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Catherine Sanderson is the James E. Ostendarp Professor of Psychology at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a specialization in health and development, from Stanford University, and received both a master's and a doctoral degree in
psychology from Princeton University. Professor Sanderson's research examines how personality and social variables influence health-related behaviors, such as safer sex and disordered eating. She also studies the development of persuasive messages, interventions to prevent unhealthy behavior, and
the predictors of relationship satisfaction. Professor Sanderson's research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. She has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to three college textbooks and a popular-press
book on parenting. In 2012, she was named one of the country's top 300 professors by the Princeton Review.

Mark Zelman is an Associate Professor of Biology at Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois. He received a bachelor's degree in biology at Rockford College, with minors in chemistry and psychology. He received a PhD in microbiology and immunology at Loyola University of Chicago, where he studied the
molecular and cellular mechanisms of autoimmune disease. During his postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago, he studied aspects of cell physiology pertaining to cell growth and cancer. Dr. Zelman supervises undergraduate research on streptococcal and staphylococcal infections, and
mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. He also teaches in the science education graduate program for biology and chemistry high school teachers. He has published articles on microbiology, infectious disease, autoimmune disease, and biotechnology, and he has written two college texts on human diseases
and infection control. Dr. Zelman is an officer of the Illinois State Academy of Sciences.

Melanie Lynch is vice president of Health Education for Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD) and has been a health education specialist at State College Area High School, State College, Pennsylvania, for the past 19 years. She attended Penn
State University and received a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science with a teaching emphasis and a master of education. In 2004, Melanie received Pennsylvania's Health Teacher of the Year Award from PSAHPERD. She is also the recipient of the Eastern District Health Teacher of the Year
Award from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), which was formerly AAHPERD, and Pennsylvania's Professional Honor Award from PSAHPERD. Melanie has trained hundreds of teachers as a Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) trainer for the state of Pennsylvania.

Melissa Munsell is an instructional specialist in the Physical Education and Health Department at North East Independent School District, in San Antonio, Texas, and serves as the K-12 Health Education Lead for the district. Melissa received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from The University of
Texas at Austin and is certified to teach Physical Education K-12 and Health Education 6-12, among other endorsements, in the state of Texas. She has 21 years of teaching and administrative experience, with six of those years teaching health education at the high school level. She has also served as
vice president of the Health Division of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD), and presents workshops and lectures on various health topics locally and statewide.

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