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April Lynch is an award-winning author and journalist who specializes in health, science, and genetics. During her tenure with the San Jose Mercury News, the leading newspaper of Silicon Valley, she served as the Science and Health editor, focusing the paper’s coverage on personal health and disease prevention. She has also worked as a writer and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle. April has written numerous articles on personal health, medical and scientific advances, consumer issues, and the ways that scientific breakthroughs are redefining our understanding of health. She has been a frequent contributor to leading university textbooks covering applied biology, nutrition, and environmental health and science. Together with a leading genetic counselor, April is the co-author of the Genome Book,a hands-on guide to using genetic information in personal health decisions. Her work has won numerous awards from organizations such as the Society of Professional Journalists, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Associated Press. Her current interests include a focus on how people receive and interact with health information online. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and children.
East Carolina University
Barry Elmore obtained a BS from Mount Olive College and an MA in Health Education at East Carolina University, where he was a merit scholar. Barry has extensive experience in the field of community health with particular focus on sexually transmitted diseases. He served as the Executive Director of the Pitt County AIDS Service Organization, the third largest AIDS Service Organization in North Carolina, before beginning his teach career and worked as a health educator in the non-profit sector for nearly 20 years. He is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), and the North Carolina Association for Research in Education (NCARE), Barry has been recognized for outstanding teaching by his department, college, and university.
Jerome Kotecki, HSD
Jerome Kotecki is a professor of Health Science in the Department of Physiology and Health Science at Ball State University. Dr. Kotecki earned his doctorate in health education and his master’s degree in exercise science from Indiana University. He has published more than 40 scientific research papers on the prevention, arrest, and reversal of the most common chronic diseases facing Americans today. Jerome has authored or coauthored multiple textbooks on the importance of healthy lifestyle habits to enhance the multidimensional components of human health and prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic conditions. Jerome has extensive experience in health promotion, with particular focus on physical activity and health. An experienced teacher and researcher, he is devoted to helping students adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. Jerome has been recognized for his contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning by his department, college, and university. He is an avid fitness participant and enjoys cycling, resistance training, running, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, and yoga.
Table of Contents
I. MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES
1. Health in the 21st Century: New Challenges, New Choices
II. MAINTAINING MIND-BODY HEALTH
2. Psychosocial Health: Maintaining the Mind and Spirit
3. Stress Management: Coping with College Life
4. Sleep: Repairing Your Body, Recharging Your Mind
III. EATING RIGHT, STAYING FIT
5. Nutrition: Food for Life
6. Physical Activity: For Fitness, Health, and Fun
7. Body Image, Body Weight: Achieving a Healthy Balance
IV. AVOIDING ABUSE AND ADDICTION
8. Compulsive Behaviors and Psychoactive Drugs: Understanding Addiction
9. Alcohol: Choices and Challenges
10. Tobacco: A Clear and Present Danger
V. REDUCING YOUR RISK OF DISEASE
11. Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: Reducing Your Risk
12. Cancer: Take-Charge Choices
13. Immunity and Infection: Breaking the Chain
VI. BUILDING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
14. Relationships: Communication, Conflict, and Commitment
15. Sexuality: Your Body, Your Choices
16. Sexually Transmitted Infections: Safeguard your Sexual Health
17. Contraception: Avoiding Unintended Pregnancy
18. Choosing Parenthood: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Challenge of Infertility
VII. PRESERVING YOUR HEALTH
19. Consumer Health: Options in Health Care
20. Personal Safety: Caution Ahead
21. Environmental Health: Protecting Yourself and Your World
22. Navigating Change: The Gifts and Challenges of Aging