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The focus of the new millennium is on the process. Healthy lifestyles, or "what a person does" rather than "what a person can do," constitutes process. If a person does the process (i.e., adopting a healthy lifestyle) positive changes will occur to the extent that change is possible for that specific person. As noted in the first concept of the book, lifestyles are the most important factors influencing health, fitness, and wellness. Healthy lifestyles (the processes) are also within a person's individual control. Any person can benefit from lifestyle change and any person can change a lifestyle. These lifestyle changes will make a difference in health, fitness, and wellness for all people.

The emphasis on lifestyle change in this book is consistent with the focus of national health objectives for the new millennium. Though the principal national health goals are to increase years and quality of life (products) for all people, the methods of accomplishing these goals focus on changing lifestyles. Adopting a "new way of thinking" helps people change their lifestyles to health, fitness, and wellness.

The HELP Philosophy-The "new way of thinking" is based on the HELP philosophy, which is outlined and emphasized in the text. H is for health. Health and its positive component-wellness-are central to the philosophy. Health, fitness, and wellness are for everyone-thus the E. L is for lifetime lifestyle change and P is for personal. The goal is to HELP all people to make personal lifetime lifestyle changes that promote health, fitness, and wellness. The book adheres to this HELP philosophy. To assure that it is useful to everyone, we include discussions to adapt healthy lifestyles based on personal needs. Separate sections are NOT included for older people, women, ethnic groups, or those with special needs. Rather we focus on healthy lifestyles for all people throughout the book.

Meeting Higher Order Objectives-The "new way of thinking" based on the HELP philosophy suggests that each person must make decisions about healthy lifetime lifestyles if the goal of longevity and quality of life are to be achieved. What one person chooses may be quit different from what another chooses. Accordingly, our goal in preparing the third edition is to help readers to become good problem solvers and decision-makers. Rather than focusing on telling them what to do, we offer information to help readers make informed choices about lifestyles. The stairway to lifetime fitness and wellness presented helps readers understand the importance of "higher order objectives" devoted to problem solving and decision-making. .

Strategies for Action-However, you will notice a new system of organization as well as many other new features. These changes are designed to put the HELP philosophy and "higher order objectives" into action. The changes are also designed to increase the educational effectiveness of the book. At the end of each concept Strategies for Action are provided. These are suggestions for putting content into action. Many of these strategies require text-users to perform or practice self-assessment or other self-management techniques.

Organization-Consistent with the focus on process or lifestyle change, the focus is on lifestyles rather than fitness. The physical activity concepts are organized sequentially around the physical activity pyramid. Nutrition and stress management should be followed for a healthy lifestyle. Concepts on planning are presented early to help students begin the planning process. The concept on body composition is placed with nutrition after the physical activity concepts. The final concept is designed to help students plan a comprehensive activity and healthy lifestyle program.

Activity Features with Activity Labs-Each of the exercises described in the book is contained in activity features using magazine format. This format allows students to get immediately involved in activity and to keep activity logs using visually appealing labs. "Basic 8" tables feature easy-to-use exercises.

Web Icons-As we begin the new millennium, it is appropriate that book-users be provided with technology to promote educational effectiveness. The Web icons are unique to this book. It allows learners to locate (at point of use) additional pictures, tables, and figures that illustrate concepts presented in the book. Web addresses to supplemental resource materials such as a self-study guide, sample exam questions, definitions of terms, as well as other enrichment materials, are also provided.

Easy-to-use Labs- Many of these labs in this book were created based on recommendations of users of earlier Concepts books. They are designed to get users involved in practicing self-management skills that will promote healthy lifestyle change. The labs are in an attractive and educationally effective format. They are easy to find and easy to use. In many cases, Lab Resource Materials that aid the student in performing lab activities precede them. These resources are retained in the book even when the lab is removed. This allows future use of such materials as fitness self-assessments. The physical activity labs are designed to get people active early in the course and, ultimately, to allow each user to plan his or her own personal activity program.

Focus on Self-Management Skills-The educational effectiveness of a book depends on more than just presenting information. If lifestyle changes are to be implemented there must be opportunities to learn how to make these changes. Research suggests that learning "self-management" skills are important to lifestyle change. An extensive section is included early in the book and additional discussions of how-to practice and implement these skills are included throughout the book.

Health Goals for the Year 2010-The health goals are based on the newly revised health goals for the new millennium (Health Goals for the Year 2010). These goals are provided at the beginning of each concept to help readers relate content to goals.

Magazine Format-The attractive format supports student reading and studying with a more appetizing look in a new magazine format. This format is shown to be educational effective.

Student User's Guide-This new guide follows the Preface to the Instructor, and it is to help students use the book more effectively. Instructors are encouraged to urge students to read this section prior to using the book.

Terms at Point of Use-These are current definitions related to wellness and quality of life, which are included at the-point-of-use.

Continued Use of Conceptual Format In this book you'll find concepts rather than chapters, and each concept contains factual statements that follow concise informational paragraphs. This "tried and true" method has proven to be educationally sound and well received by students and instructors.

Suggested Readings-Because students might want to know more about a particular topic, a list of annotated readings can be found at the end of each concept. These suggested readings are readily available at bookstores or public libraries.
Appendices-Fundamental Concepts Fitness and Wellness includes the metric conversion chart, metric conversions of selected charts and tables, caloric guide to common foods, calories of protein, carbohydrates, and fats in food, and Canadian Food Guide.


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