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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (November 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520263766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520263765
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Yancey makes a compelling case for establishing ten-minute recesses—that is, aerobic breaks—in schools, churches, baseball stadiums, and offices around the country. Her goal: for people to think that prolonged sitting is as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving or smoking. Yancey holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Northwestern, a medical degree from Duke, and a masters in public health from UCLA, where she is a professor, and one can easily imagine this 6-foot-2 African American woman refusing to take no for an answer. She lays out the problem (a sedentary America), the benefits of physical activity (good health, less obesity), the way to market fitness (change the culture and get people to choose activities they like), and the case for instant recess being good for the bottom line (preventing blood clots and the associated expenses). To liven up her text, the author shares poems she has written and fun photos, even as she stays focused on her call for an affordable, easy way to prevent chronic diseases and promote health. --Karen Springen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“Demonstrates the value of two 10-minute breaks of enjoyable communal activity as part of people’s everyday lives.”
(New York Times 2010-11-23)

“An accessible aerobics program developed to promote a culture of physical activity at workplaces.”
(Washington Post Book World 2012-01-10)

“Makes a compelling case for establishing ten-minute recesses—that is, aerobic breaks—in schools, churches, baseball stadiums, and offices around the country.”
(Booklist 2010-10-01)

“Innovative approach for 21st-century fitness. . . . Highly Recommended.”
(Choice 2011-06-27)

“It's a how-to-improve-American's-health book. It's a great read for anyone interested in fitness beyond the personal. “
(Advanceweb.com 2010-08-25)

“Instant Recess is a terri?c book, well worth reading. . . . Run, dance, jump or hop to get your copy now.”
(Nicholas Freudenberg Preventive Medicine 2012-03-26)

“This book offers great, real-world examples that can motivate others to replicate this community approach to fitness.”
(Choice 2011-04-20)

More About the Author

Toni Yancey, MD, MPH is a preventive medicine physician, a former city health director, a well-published scientific researcher, and an ardent public health advocate, with particular expertise in designing and testing health promotion policies and programs in low-income communities and communities of color. Instant Recess not only authoritatively characterizes our current societal challenges of sedentariness and obesity, but more importantly, offers an original and innovative yet straightforward solution in which everyone may participate now. Recently tapped for the Board of the non-profit supporting First Lady Obama's childhood obesity campaign, her concept of re-integrating brief bouts of physical activity wherever we congregate--at work, school, sports arena, civic center, or place of worship, has been embraced by health and human services agencies, corporations, media outlets, professional sports organizations and many sports stars, including MLB Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, NBA forward Jerry Stackhouse, world champion boxer Roy Jones Jr. and NFL kick-off returner Allen Rossum.

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Boring and didn't do anything for me.
Jackster
I asked Dr. Yancey what prompted her to write such an unconventional public health book.
Chikarlo Leak
In Instant Recess, Dr. Yancey carefully weaves poetry, health education, and humor.
Raquel Hunter

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hershey on November 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Like most people over 35, I'm in a constant battle to fend off the pounds, especially around the waistline. Instant Recess really opened my eyes to the dangers of so much sitting and the value of short breaks of activity--of course for health purposes, but more immediately, to give me a little burst of energy and help me concentrate and stay alert. After returning to school, I found myself sitting for longer periods of time than ever.

I hear a lot on the news about the obesity problem, but not a lot about simple solutions to start the ball rolling in the right direction. I tend to be a very active person, but this book helped me understand how hard it would be for inactive people to get to the minimum exercise recommendation of 30 minutes. With all this talk about health care reform, Toni Yancey makes a compelling case that Instant Recess could prevent a lot of chronic conditions and reduce health care costs in the long run.

Yancey's really a storyteller. As a layperson, I was surprised to find this book so engaging and readable. She creates vivid imagery through her words, including her poetry, and also the photos and humorous cartoons.

All in all, a great read, and a very important issue that touches everyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jammie Hopkins on November 3, 2010
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Finally, somebody who gets it! "Instant Recess", in my opinion, marks a paradigm shift in our perception of obesity, and how physical activity can be a powerful (and highly effective) tool in our prevention arsenal. As a fellow public health professional and fitness consultant who has seen many health innovations crash and burn, I can attest to the feasibility and effectiveness of the Instant Recess model Dr. Yancey proposes. Peppered with personal stories and cheeky anecdotes throughout, Yancey brings you into her world and shows you how much physical activity and active living has been a part (at some point) of all of our lives, and must continue to be!

"Instant Recess" is right on time, and a must-read for all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chikarlo Leak on February 28, 2011
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When Toni Yancey gave me a copy of Instant Recess, her new book published by UC Press, I diligently began reading, expecting measured and important public health advice, solid research, all carefully relayed in an academic tone.

I knew to anticipate great ideas from Dr. Yancey, a UCLA public health professor who serves on the advisory board of our health journalism program. What I didn't anticipate was a practical book also filled with poetry, musings on race, culture, identity and health and many a personal reminiscence. I found myself sneaking moments to read Instant Recess in the early morning when my kids were asleep and late at night. In the end, I found it to be a revelatory book. Its central idea is so simple that even my elementary school-aged children immediately got it: Adults need recess too. They need to move, even if it's only for 10 minutes at a stretch. And employers and leisure entertainment companies should try to find ways to make it happen to help their own bottom line.

I'm sure that many of you, like me, know that glassy, stiff feeling that comes from three hours sitting in front of your computer, working away while barely moving. We've all seen the toll of this inactivity in the high rate of chronic disease that can begin in middle age or, increasingly, even earlier. But it's hard to fit exercise in, especially the way I want to do it. I never did train for that marathon. I rarely manage these days to lift weights every day followed by a hard jog. It's so easy to cede on exercise once I conclude that the super-fitness I strive for cannot be achieved. Dr. Yancey gives me hope because she encourages us to take it a step at a time.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on October 27, 2011
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I purchased this book thinking it would teach me some exercises that I could use to set up an exercise program for my office staff. I was really looking forward to getting everyone moving. When the book arrived, I paged through it eagerly looking for the exercises . . . but there were none. Nothing but a fuzzy photo of a poster used in one of the author's programs. I skimmed through the book hoping to get something out of it, but it was just a series of exhortations to eat right and exercise, interspersed every few pages with photos and reminiscences celebrating the author's incredible beauty, fitness, and talent. Here's a picture of me when I was an international supermodel. Here are a bunch of wonderful poems I wrote. Here's a picture of me as a college basketball star. Here's a story about my incredible accomplishments in the medical field. You little people won't ever be like me, but don't despair--you can lose a couple of pounds and be at least a bit less disgusting than you are right now. Bah humbug!
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I read this book expecting encouragement to go to the gym every day. While it certainly provides data to motivate such action if you're so inclined, it's really more about reintroducing small bouts of physical activity into everyone's daily routine.
It's not just about convincing you to exercise yourself, Instant Recess is a program of exercising in groups, in the middle of the day, at work, school, church, the library - wherever people gather. Dr. Yancey presents evidence of the power of that social element in stripping away the inhibitions & excuses that are such a strong factor in the sedentary lifestyles of so many people.
Yancey presents a compelling case for looking at activity differently. Instead of workplace & social cultures that leave it up to individuals to carve out personal time for activity, she proposes that we make it the easy, default option in our normal course of "business." While never preachy or presumptive (she doesn't say companies owe this to their people), she makes it pretty clear that as companies and as a society we can't afford to continue on our current sedentary path.
For me, the addition of personal stories about Dr. Yancey's life were entertaining & both lightened up & brought warmth to what could have been a boring, clinical text. She's certainly an overachiever & an inspiration to thousands of people, but she's also a very real, down to earth, grounded human being.
FYI, there are now more resources available for people who want help implementing Instant Recess. She now has 2 websites. [...] is her personal site & [...] is dedicated to the Instant Recess program.
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