Health for Life is an innovative new resource that teaches high school students the fundamentals of health and wellness, how to avoid destructive habits, and how to choose to live healthy lives. Health for Life is available in print and digital formats, including an iBooks interactive version for iPads plus other e-book formats that students can use across a variety of platforms.
This text covers all aspects of healthy living throughout the life span:
Understanding health and wellness (positive aspect of health)
Preventing disease and seeking care
Embracing the priority lifestyles of physical activity, nutrition, and stress management
Avoiding destructive habits
Creating healthy and safe communities
Carefully crafted to meet the National Health Education Standards (NHES) and state health education standards, this text will help students in these ways:
Analyze how key influences affect their health and wellness, such as family, peers, media, and technology
Explore consumer topics and use appropriate resources to find answers to challenging questions
Sharpen their interpersonal communication skills as they share health knowledge; debate controversial topics; demonstrate refusal, negotiation, and refusal skills; manage interpersonal conflicts; and promote healthy living among their peers
Use decision-making skills and apply healthy living skills as they identify solutions to problems posed
Evaluate their own health habits as they relate to a variety of behaviors
Create goals for behavior change and establish plans for healthy living
Communicate health information with family and advocate for healthy living at home and in their communities
Discover how health and technology intersect on various topics
Health for Life has an abundance of features that help students connect with content in personal ways and retain the information. Here’s a glance at some of those features:
Lesson Objectives, Lesson Vocabulary, Comprehension Check, and Chapter Review help students prepare to dive in to the material, understand it, and retain it (standard NHES 1).
Connect spurs students to analyze various influences on their health and wellness (standard NHES 2).
Consumer Corner aids students in exploring consumer health issues (standard NHES 3).
Healthy Communication gets students to use and expand their interpersonal communication skills as they share their views about various health topics (standard NHES 4).
Skills for Healthy Living and Making Healthy Decisions help students learn and practice self-management so they can make wise choices related to their health and wellness (standard NHES 5).
Planning for Healthy Living assists students in applying what they’ve learned as they set goals and establish plans for behavior change (standard NHES 6).
Self-Assessment offers students the opportunity to evaluate their health habits and monitor improvement in health behaviors (standard NHES 7).
Take It Home and Advocacy in Action prepare students to advocate for health at home and in their communities (standard NHES 8).
Health Science and Health Technology focus on the roles of science and technology as they relate to health and where science and technology intersect regarding health issues.
Living Well News challenges students to integrate health literacy, math, and language skills to better understand a current health issue.
Touring Health for Life
Unit I. Understanding Health and Wellness Chapter 1. Introduction to Health and Wellness Chapter 2. Health Behavior Change and Personal Health Chapter 3. Choosing Healthy Lifestyles
Unit II. Preventing Disease and Seeking Care Chapter 4. Understanding Your Body Chapter 5. Diseases and Disability Chapter 6. Emotional Health and Wellness Chapter 7. Health Care Consumerism
Unit III. Embracing Priority Lifestyles Chapter 8. Nutrition: Foundations for Healthy Eating Chapter 9. Nutrition: Energy Balance and Consumer Nutrition Chapter 10. Physical Activity: Health and Fitness Basics Chapter 11. Physical Activity: Getting Started With Your Plan Chapter 12. Stress Management
Unit IV. Building Relationships and Lifelong Health Chapter 13. Healthy Relationships and Family Living Chapter 14. Reproductive and Sexual Health Chapter 15. Health and Wellness Throughout Life
Unit V. Avoiding Destructive Habits Chapter 16. Tobacco Chapter 17. Alcohol Chapter 18. Drugs and Medicine
Unit VI. Creating Healthy and Safe Communities Chapter 19. Safety and First Aid Chapter 20. A Healthy Environment Chapter 21. Community and Public Health
Primary text for high school students in health courses.
Karen E. McConnell, PhD, a professor at Pacific Lutheran University, is a certified health education specialist (CHES) and has taught at the university level for more than 15 years in areas related to health and fitness education, curriculum and assessment, and exercise science. She has written or contributed to over a dozen book chapters and texts, including the teacher resources for Fitness for Life (fifth and sixth editions). She is a recipient of the Arthur Broten Young Scholar Award and has received the University Professional of the Year Award from the Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for contributions made to state standards in health and fitness. She enjoys running, having completed 38 half marathons and one marathon. As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys participating in most outdoor activities.
Dr. Charles B. (“Chuck”) Corbin, PhD, is professor emeritus in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University. He coauthored two health series for use in grades K-8 and is senior author of several award-winning elementary, middle school, high school, and college texts, including Fitness for Life: Elementary School, Fitness for Life: Middle School, the sixth edition of Fitness for Life, all winners of Texty Awards (Text and Academic Authors Association, or TAA), and Concepts of Physical Fitness (17th edition), winner of the McGuffey Award (TAA). His books are the most widely adopted public school and college texts in the area of fitness, health, and wellness. Dr. Corbin is internationally recognized as an expert in physical activity, health, and wellness promotion and youth physical fitness. He has presented keynote addresses at more than 40 state AHPERD conventions, made major addresses in more than 15 countries, and has presented numerous named lectures. Among his many honors are the Alliance Scholar and Gulick Awards (Society of Health and Physical Education Professionals, formerly AAHPERD), Cureton Lecturer (ACSM), Healthy American Fitness Leaders Award (President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and National Jaycees), NASPE Hall of Fame, and Heterington Award (National Academy of Kinesiology). He served for more than 20 years as a member of the Advisory Board of Fitnessgram and was the first chair of the Science Board of the President’s Council (PCFSN).
David E. Corbin, PhD, taught health education at the high school level for many years before beginning a career in health education at the college level. He is emeritus professor of health education and public health at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he taught for over 30 years. He has authored, coauthored, or edited four other health-related books and is a fellow and lifetime member of the American School Health Association. Corbin received the Mohan Singh Award for humor in health education and health communication from the American Public Health Association. He was also named the Nebraska Health Professional of the Year by the Nebraska Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and he received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Corbin has also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and You Bet Your Life with Bill Cosby. In his leisure time, he enjoys cycling, walking, traveling, and singing and playing guitar.
Terri D. Farrar, PhD, is a visiting assistant professor and director of the Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology Program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She has taught health and fitness at the high school level for 20 years, and teaches health and fitness pedagogy at Pacific Lutheran. She is a member of SHAPE America—Society of Health and Physical Educators (formerly AAHPERD) and of the Washington chapter of SHAPE America. She is also a member of the American Association for Health Education, the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, and the Alliance of Women Coaches. She enjoys traveling, working out, and coaching fastpitch softball.
Supplementary Instructional Materials
Health for Life offers students and teachers an array of supporting materials at www.HealthForLifeTextbook.org. In addition, Health for Life is available in digital as well as print formats. Students and teachers can use e-books in a variety of platforms, in combination with the student and teacher web resources, to interact with the material. The Health for Life iBooks Interactive Version is also available for students.
The web resource is free to course adopters and available at www.HumanKinetics.com/HealthForLife.
The Teacher Web Resource contains the following:
Complete lesson plans; the first three lessons have a corresponding PowerPoint slide show
An answer key to all worksheets and quizzes
A test package that includes tests for each chapter; tests consist of multiple-choice, true-or-false, fill-in-the-blank, and short essay questions
All lesson plans and assessments support identified learning objectives. Daily lesson plans include these features:
Preparing the Lesson (lesson objectives and preparation)
Bell Ringer (a journal question for students, or a quiz or activity to begin class)
Lesson Focus (main points of the lesson paired with a student worksheet)
Lesson Application (main activity paired with a worksheet)
Reflection and Summary (lesson review)
Evaluate (student quiz or test or worksheet review)
Reinforcing the Lesson (Take It Home and Challenge activities)
The Student Web Resource contains the following:
All worksheets, quizzes, and other materials referred to in the lesson plans
Vocabulary flip cards and other interactive elements from the iBook edition
Expanded discussion of selected topics that are marked by web icons in the text
Review questions from thetext, presented in an interactive format for students to fill out to checktheir level of understanding