When you make your life experience a journey, rather than a destination, your life becomes a boundless classroom in which you continuously learn lessons. In this classroom, you can mindfully learn through trial and error. In this classroom, you make no mistakes; you only learn lessons.
Can you identify a recent experience that was improved by sharing it with others? For most, the answer is yes. You have close bonds with friends, family, schoolmates, and work associates. They are almost an extension of who you are.
Sleep duration and quality have both genetic and environmental components. Your genetic heritage accounts for about 31 percent to 55 percent of your sleep pattern. Altering the environment through good sleep hygiene, however, can moderate this genetic influence or change how your genes express themselves.
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Life is crammed with busyness, screen time, and an abundance of shallow experiences. If you don’t mindfully change your way of thinking and behaving, that’s all your life will ever be.
Foundations of Wellness can help you live a satisfying life—one full of rich and deep experiences. You’ll understand your identity and inner strengths and resources as well as set and move toward meaningful personal goals.
With Foundations of Wellness, you will explore physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual realms of wellness using an evidence-based approach to health and wellness that will help you explore ways to live your life to the fullest. You will examine the seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness to daily living, delve into wellness resources and dietary needs, discover health check strategies, and learn the keys to making healthy behavioral changes.
Foundations of Wellness is written in a conversational style and divided into three parts. Part I establishes basic wellness problems and introduces tools to discovering wellness and inner peace. Part II addresses physical dimensions of wellness, including physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and body maintenance. In part III you’ll discover the strategies that will propel you to a higher level of living—one that can affect not only your life but also the lives of others for generations to come.
Each chapter explores key concepts and topics that affect your wellness. The chapters begin with objectives and a vignette that illustrates a challenge related to the content and use stories to illustrate teaching points. The text also incorporates activity sidebars that empower you to make the behavioral changes that will lead to a more satisfying and meaningful life.
You will learn how to incorporate mindfulness—a practice that helps you live with greater awareness—and positive psychology as you embark on your wellness journey. In Foundations of Wellness, you will also learn the seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness practices and explore the spiritual truths that are at the core of wellness.
Part I. Challenges and Opportunities in Living Well
Chapter 1. Wellness Beyond Health
Health Care: Managing Crises
Defining Health Versus Wellness
Life’s Boundless Classroom
Chapter 2. Living the Attitudinal Foundations
Foundation for Mindfulness
Seven Attitudinal Foundations
Chapter 3. Using Mindfulness to Enhance the Experience of Life
Learning to Use Mindfulness
Objective Information to Demonstrate Effectiveness of Wellness Practices
Chapter 4. Changing Your Perspective With Your Thoughts
Lower- and Higher-Level Consciousness
Hierarchy of Needs
Chapter 5. Social Capital, Connections, and Support
Community and Social Capital
Wellness Benefits of Social Connections
Using Acceptance to Make Connections
Part II. Physical Dimensions of Wellness
Chapter 6. Stepping Into Physical Activity
Physical Activity and Exercise
Benefits of Physical Activity
Maintaining a Healthy, Active Lifestyle
Chapter 7. Nutrition
Optimal Wellness Food Plan
Major Food Groups
Nutrients to Avoid
Savvy Food Shopping
Making a Wellness Eating Plan Work for You
Chapter 8. Sleep Balance
Methods to Attain Sound Sleep
Chapter 9. Health Care Advice to Live Well
Young Adults and Medical Care
Guide to the Medical Appointment
Complementary Alternative, or Integrative, Medicine (CAM)
Part III. Strategies for a Higher Level of Wellness
Chapter 10. Understanding Addictions
Spectrum of Addictions
Fine Line Between Passions and Addictions
Mechanism for Addictions
Chapter 11. Sustaining Environmental Health
Protecting Ourselves, Assaulting the Planet
Chapter 12. Spiritual Foundation
Spirituality and Religion
Processes of Change
Love and Fear
Learning to Accept Life
Traditions of Mindfulness
References and Resources
About the Authors
Undergraduate text for personal health and wellness courses.
Bill Reger-Nash, EdD, is emeritus professor in the School of Public Health at West Virginia University. He has been a wellness professional for more than 30 years and has served as research coordinator for the Cardiac and Wellness Center of Wheeling Hospital; director of the Bayer Wellness Program in Wellsburg, West Virginia; director of wellness for the Ohio Valley Medical Center; and founding director of wellness for West Virginia University.
Reger-Nash has more than 10 first-author peer-reviewed publications and has presented his work in health promotion throughout the world. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including being named among the 100 best minds by US News & World Report in 2004, the 2006 Ethel and Gerry Heebink Award for Distinguished State Service, and the 1996 Health Advocate of the Year Award presented by the State Health Education Council of West Virginia.
Gregory Juckett, MD, MPH, is a professor of family medicine at West Virginia University, Morgantown, where he provides clinical services for the WVU Health Service and also directs the University’s International Travel Clinic. He received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine at Hershey and a master’s degree in public health from West Virginia University. He completed his family medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. Dr. Juckett’s interests include tropical and travel medicine, dermatology, and cross-cultural health care. In addition, Dr. Juckett has extensive international experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific.
Meredith Smith Ludden, MS, MA, has master’s degrees in sport and exercise psychology and community counseling from West Virginia University. She has worked as a family and marriage therapist as well as a drug and alcohol counselor. She works for the State of New Mexico as a health educator to decrease the burden of chronic disease in the state. She and her husband, Sean, also own and operate a small farm that emphasizes sustainable and organic practices. In addition, Meredith is a certified yoga teacher. Her emphasis has been on whole-body wellness and helping her clients achieve this in the capacity that works for them.