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The Health Fitness Handbook


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Chapter 1. The Exercise and Health ChecklistChapter 2. Changing Old BehaviorsChapter 3. Controlling Your WeightChapter 4. Eating HealthilyChapter 5. Aerobic FitnessChapter 6. Flexibility and StretchingChapter 7. Muscular Strength and EnduranceChapter 8. Staying Injury FreeChapter 9. Coping With StressChapter 10. Designing a Complete Fitness Program

About the Author

B. Don Franks is a professor in and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland. Franks is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE), and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). He is also a former president of AAKPE and the Research Consortium of AAHPERD. He was Senior Program Advisor for the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 1995, and he received that group's Distinguished Service Award the following year. He received his PhD in exercise science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Franks lives in Silver Spring, MD.

Edward T. Howley is a professor of exercise science at the University of Tennessee, where he frequently has been honored for his excellence in teaching. He has been active in the ACSM as a Fellow, as president of the southeast chapter, as chair of the certification committee, as a faculty member in the ACSM health fitness certification workshops, and as a member of the ACSM Preventive and Rehabilitative Committee, which developed the college's various certification programs. Howley holds a PhD in physical education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and certification as a program director from the ACSM. He lives in Knoxville, TN.

Yuruk Iyriboz has been practicing medicine since 1964. Currently, he is the medical director at an urgi-care clinic in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that emphasizes helping patients prevent major health problems through good nutrition, physical activity, and the use of medication only as needed. A fellow of the ACSM, Iyriboz earned his master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in 1982. Since then, he has been teaching health sciences and exercise physiology at Louisiana State University. Iyriboz lives in Baton Rouge, LA.


"""Easy to read, easy to understand, and full of good information. A valuable tool; everyday answers for everyday people. Helps set the record straight and answer questions that so many people have. An easy-to-read and understand guide for healthy living."""
Joy Prouty
ACSM Health Fitness Director
"""This book is a panacea for all the misinformation being disseminated about exercise, diet, weight control, and training for sports. It has scientifically accurate answers on all aspects of health and fitness questions. This book is a must for health and fitness participants as well as for health and fitness professionals. It should be mandatory reading for all exercise science students."""
Lawrence A. Golding
Distinguished University Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Editor-in-Chief, ACSM Health & Fitness Journal

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