Everyone experiences sadness at times, but some people have something far more serious: clinical depression—long periods of despondency that cripple them physically, cognitively, socially, and spiritually.
Christian Paths to Health and Wellness, Second Edition, helps
readers embrace the concepts and lifestyle choices of health and
well-being as part of the Christian life. This text contains the latest
information about nutrition, physical fitness, and emotional wellness
plus practical tools and inspiration to help readers make gradual and
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Christian Paths to Health and Wellness, Second Edition, offers a unique, faith-based perspective on the pursuit of wellness for body, mind, and spirit. Written for undergraduate students attending Christian universities, this updated edition also serves as a reference for anyone seeking God-pleasing guidance to make positive life changes.
Christian Paths to Health and Wellness will help you
develop cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility;
apply principles of good nutrition;
manage stress and better understand other issues affecting emotional wellness;
learn the importance of regular, sound sleep; and
understand how to develop and maintain healthy relationships.
In this new edition, you’ll find the latest research on nutrition and fitness woven into an engaging narrative complemented by true stories of personal empowerment. This inspiring book will help you take charge of your health, learn about the importance of physical wellness to the whole person, and apply aspects of behavior modification in reaching your goals.
Like the first edition, Christian Paths to Health and Wellness, Second Edition, draws on the expertise and perspective of a team of Christian academics engaged in teaching health and wellness courses with a Christian foundation. Learning features in the text, including chapter outcomes and review questions, offer guideposts for retaining and referencing information. Application activities help you reflect on chapter content as you consider, through exercises and written reflections, how to translate what you’ve learned to your own life. "Point/counterpoint" discussions give you a forum for discussing a topic from alternative perspectives. In addition, a glossary defines new terms, which are highlighted in bold type throughout the text and included in lists of key terms in each chapter. For instructors, free access to online ancillaries, including an instructor guide, presentation package with image bank, and test package, offer comprehensive support for course delivery and assessment.
Psalm 119 reminds us that God’s word "is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." In this way, the second edition of Christian Paths to Health and Wellness considers how scripture speaks about caring for your whole being and encourages you—through tools, information, and strategies—to live a focused life fixed on godly physical goals.
Part I: Understanding Your Wellness and Mission Chapter 1. Valuing Wellness John Byl
Chapter 2. God’s Purpose and Your Life’s Mission John Byl and Dianne E. Moroz
Making God’s Purposes Your Purposes
Pressures That Shape Life’s Mission
Your Mission Statement
Goals for the Journey
Part II. Accepting and Caring for Your Body Chapter 3. Examining Body Image and Eating Disorders in Women and Men Heather Strong and John Byl
Introduction to Dieting, Weight Preoccupation, and Body Image
What Are Eating Disorders?
How Prevalent Are Eating Disorders?
What Causes Eating Disorders?
What God Wants for People
Recovery From an Eating Disorder
Chapter 4. Weight Control John Byl
Step 1: State the Goal
Step 2: Assess Your Present Lifestyle
Step 3: Design a Specific Plan
Step 4: Predict Obstacles
Step 5: Plan Intervention Strategies
Step 6: Assess Compliance With the Plan
Step 7: Assess Progress of Your Overall Goal
Part III. Moving Your Body Chapter 5. Cardiorespiratory Assessment and Training Dianne Moroz
What Is Cardiorespiratory Exercise?
Benefiting From Cardiorespiratory Exercise
Understanding the Three Energy Systems
What Is Cardiorespiratory Fitness?
Evaluating Cardiorespiratory Fitness
Discouraged After Your Aerobic Assessment? Consider This . . .
What to Expect From Training
Outlining an Aerobic Exercise Prescription
Sample Cardiorespiratory Fitness Programs
Chapter 6. Muscular Strength Assessment and Training Peter Walters
Five Major Benefits of Strength Training
Basic Muscle Anatomy
Basic Muscle Physiology
Assessing Muscular Strength
Types of Strength Training
Safety in Strength Training Next Steps
Chapter 7. Flexibility Assessment and Training Peter Walters What Is Flexibility?
Five Factors That Affect Flexibility
Benefits of Flexibility
Assessing Your Flexibility
Five Types of Stretching
Six Guidelines for Maximum Flexibility Next Steps
Part IV. Understanding Your Behaviors Chapter 8. Nutritional Health and Wellness Peter Walters
Six Major Nutrient Groups
Nutrition Guidelines and Principles
Three Principles to Remember in MyPlate
Your Personal Plate
Canadian Food Guide
Chapter 9. Emotional Health and Wellness Peter Walters, Doug Needham, and Bud Williams
Stress and the Mind–Body Connection
Pros and Cons of Stress
When Stress Turns Ugly
Happiness and Life Satisfaction
Chapter 10. Sleep Habits and Wellness Peter Walters
Importance of Rhythms, Cycles, and Sleep
Chronic Sleep Deprivation
Are You Sleep Deprived?
Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Architecture of Sleep
How Much Sleep Do You Need?
How to Sleep Like a LogNext Steps
Chapter 11. Personal Relationships and Wellness Peter Walters
Identifying Your SHAPE
Celebrating Your Unique SHAPE
The "No Goodness" of Being Alone
Three Spiritual Practices for Deepening Relational Roots Next Steps
Part V. Conclusion Chapter 12. Offering Your Life as a Living Sacrifice John Byl
Tools for Achieving Wellness
Seven Steps to Wellness Next Steps
Appendix A: Guide for Family and Friends of a Person With Food and Weight Problems
Appendix B: Questionnaires on Eating Behaviors
Appendix C: Strength-Training Program
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Text for students in health and wellness classes in Christian colleges
and Christian high schools. Reference for Christians who want to improve
Peter Walters, PhD, is a professor in the department of applied
health science at Wheaton College, a private, interdenominational
Christian college in Illinois. Since 1996, he has directed the wellness
program at the university level, during which he has evaluated the
health and wellness behavior of more than 5,000 college students. He has
taught health and wellness courses for almost two decades. Before his
career in academics, Walters was actively involved in several parachurch
organizations, including Campus Crusade for Christ, the Navigators, and
the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In addition to these ministry
opportunities, he served as director of student ministries in three
Walters has presented and published his wellness research at several
national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. He is certified as
an educational trainer from the American Council on Exercise and the
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a certified
USA Olympic weightlifting club coach and an NSCA-certified strength and
conditioning specialist. He also competes in weightlifting and
Walters is a member of the NSCA and ACSM and is past president of the
Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies (CSKLS). In 2009,
he received the Literary Award from CSKLS. Walters holds a doctorate in
kinesiology and a master of science degree in physical education from
Texas A&M University.
In his spare time, Walters enjoys strength training, cardiorespiratory
exercise, and adventure trips, which have brought him to the summits of
Mount Rainier and Mount Kilimanjaro. He resides in Wheaton, Illinois.
John Byl, PhD, is a professor of physical education at Redeemer
University College in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, where he teaches
wellness courses. Byl is a member of the Christian Society for
Kinesiology and Leisure Studies (CSKLS) and is the host of their
listserv. He is also a host of the listserv for Church Sports and
Recreation Ministers (CSRM), an organization that connects church
recreation and sport.
Byl has been a professor since 1986 and has edited, authored, or
coauthored 20 books, including Physical Education, Sports, and
Wellness: Looking to God as we Look at Ourselves. He is a recipient
of the CSKLS Presidential Award, which recognizes those who have
displayed actions compatible with the mission of the CSKLS. In 2013, Byl
was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his
significant contribution to making physical activity a priority within
his community and within the country.
Instructor Guide. Includes sample syllabus, course outline, application activities, and additional suggested readings and web sites. For each chapter, objectives, a summary, and an outline are also included.
Test Package. Includes hundreds of ready-made test questions that feature multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer questions covering the content from all chapters.
Presentation Package. Includes hundreds of full-color slides covering all 12 chapters in PowerPoint format.