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Health and Wellness, 12th Edition
Authors: by Gordon Edlin (Author), Eric Golanty (Author)
Health & Wellness, Twelfth Edition covers many facets of personal health, including physical, emotional, mental, social, environmental, and spritual perspectives. Written in a personal and engaging style, the Twelfth Edition encourages students to make the right health choices and gives them the tools and information they need to improve their health habits.
It is with particular pride that we present the twelfth edition of Health and Wellness. Publication of this edition in 2015 represents 33 years of continuous use of this textbook by students and instructors since the
first edition appeared in 1982. A lot has happened to us (the authors), to book publishing, and to the world since then. We are much older, books are available online in digital format, and the world has changed in ways too numerous to mention. However, the visions we had of health and how to achieve it are as true today as they were 30 years ago. When we (the authors) conceived of writing a textbook that instructors could use to teach health, we chose to present the rationale and scientific evidence for prevention of disease and illness and for individual self-responsibility for fostering and maintaining one’s health. The idea of self-responsibility is now accepted as fundamental in health education. Your behaviors, lifestyle, mental attitudes, and physical activities are what lead to overall health and wellness. Medical science is making truly remarkable advances in curing or alleviating serious conditions such as hepatitis C infections, some cases of cystic fibrosis, and a number of previously untreatable cancers. However, it is even more important today to take charge of your own health. As the pandemics of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes spread around the world, as pollution threatens the livability of the environment and climate change threatens the health of the entire planet, everyone must understand how their behaviors and attitudes contribute to their personal health or illness and the living things that share the Earth with them. The information and guidelines that we set out in previous editions of this book are no less applicable in today’s world.
We have developed a number of features to help you learn about health and wellness in this book.
Each chapter of the book begins with a list of Learning Objectives to help you focus on the most important concepts in that chapter.
The text also includes appendixes on relaxation exercises and stress management techniques (including guides for yoga and t’ai chi).
A workbook has been included at the end of the text to provide you with self-assessments and activities to explore your own health.
Below are some examples of topics that are new to this edition or have been expanded upon from prior editions:
Chapter 2 provides an expanded discussion of spirituality and health.
Chapter 8 includes new coverage on the right to marry for gay couples as well as updated information on the LGBT community and gender identity.
Chapter 12 includes new information on ebola and worldwide efforts on controlling infectious diseases.
Chapter 16 includes new coverage on changes in marijuana laws.
Chapter 17 includes new coverage on e-cigarettes.
Chapter 19 includes new coverage and a more detailed discussion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Chapter 24 includes expanded coverage of the predicted health effects of climate change.
Updated Chapter Summary and Highlights sections, at the end of each chapter, highlight key points and emphasize the essential health message in each chapter.
New For Your Health sections are included at the end of each chapter, featuring self-evaluation exercises that ask readers to look at their own health and fitness lifestyle.