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"...an easy to read and easy to follow guide to healthier living...a gateway to improving the health of all." -- -- Robert Pearl, MD, Executive Director and CEO, The Permanente Medical Group

"...helps readers achieve significant and lasting change in health-related habits...a long overdue contribution that readers will find informative and empowering." -- -- George S. Everly, Jr, PhD, The Johns Hopkins Center forPublic Health Preparedness, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, TheJohns Hopkins School of Medicine

"The book provides guidance for anyone who decides they want to change...[it] provides guidance on how to handle tough situations." -- -- Robert G. Frank, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DiaMedica; 1 edition (October 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979356407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979356407
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William McPeck on November 25, 2013
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If your answer is yes, then consider reading this book first. Many people set out to make lifestyle changes, but most do not succeed. Successful change requires knowledge, skills, motivation, and support.

As a change agent, I believe this book can help you achieve the success you desire. This easy to read book breaks the change process down into easy to understand and use components. Charts and other tools are provided by the authors to help you succeed in your change efforts.

Learning, understanding and utilizing the skills and tools contained in the book will go a long way towards reaching your lifestyle goal.

Before attempting any lifestyle change, read this book first. I believe you will be glad you did.
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This little book is right down to earth with practical exercises to change habits. It works. It does require a willingness to change. It is changing my life. I am using it in a class for nutrition.
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When I first started reading this book, I must confess that I was somewhat skeptical. Being middle-aged and overweight, I've read so many books on losing weight and eating right, etc. This book, however, is delightfully different. First, it's simple. The SMART skills are easy to remember, and they apply to any healthy habit the reader might want to begin. Second, the charts and questionnaires are informative and useful. Having them available on the website is an added bonus. Third, this book reads quickly and doesn't overwhelm the reader with a bunch of scientific research that I could frankly care less about. Just tell me what I need to do, and that's what this book does.
Halfway through the book, I found a small notebook and recorded three positive things that happened today. I then proceeded to clean off my treadmill and get on it for the first time in months. After that, I settled back with an apple to read the rest of the book. Those are positive changes already! With the motivators in the book and the advice on what to do when drifting from the goal, I just may be able to keep up these healthy habits.
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I am currently under a medical weight management program. This book is used to "reprogram" our thinking about food and making positive changes in our thinking habits. It is an easy read, but well worth it!
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Living SMART; Five Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever by Joshua C. Klapow, Ph.D. and Sheri D. Pruitt, Ph.D.

Beginning with the premise that health and wellbeing is a matter of what one does or does not do every day, the authors use the acronym SMART to describe the steps of their plan. The preface notes that changing habits doesn't have to be a "simple matter of common sense and motivation" or "incredibly complicated behavioral interactions."
What sets this book apart from the many others written on the subject is that for each step, (the first being Set a goal), the reader is presented with a detailed set of baby steps to use in implementing the plan. The guidelines are designed to be in place even when the initial motivation fades and user is faced with then temptation to backslide.
Myths regarding changing habits are debunked and guidelines are set for evaluating the plethora of available health information with which we are faced daily. Planning sheets are included to address diet, exercise and other healthful habits.
Neither lofty nor too lengthy, this is a perfect read for anyone overwhelmed with available information as well as those who have ready excuses for not embracing a healthful lifestyle.
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Written by Joshua C. Klapow, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Sheri D. Pruitt, Ph.D. (Director of Behavioral Science Integration for The Permanente Medical Group), Living Smart: Five Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever is a how-to guide to changing one's unhealthy behavior. The five keystones of the SMART behavioral program are: Set a goal, Monitor your progress, Arrange your world for success, Recruit a support team, and Treat yourself. Step-by-step instructions for building "game plans" to structure one's life with healthier diet, exercise, and sleep patterns (and also remember to take any needed medications punctually) help set the reader on a path to lifelong wellness. Living Smart is a consumable book, offering blank lines for the reader to write out answers to questions and blank charts to get started keeping a schedule; the end result is a life plan that is highly customized to suit one's individual needs. Highly recommended.
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Short and sweet and to the point! Approachable material, clear, concise, practical advise. I have applied to my own life with good results. Purchased several as gifts for family, friends, and colleagues.
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Overall, this book is as interesting and as motivating as a book can be about health behavior modification. In graduate school I took a required course in health behavior and health education, which I found to be dreadfully boring and for the most part, unhelpful. In the class I learned the traditional SMART acronym (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) for setting goals. Hands down, I believe this SMART system (Set a goal, Monitor your progress, Arrange your world for success, Recruit a support team, and Treat yourself) will be more effective at motivating individuals to make changes in their health than traditional SMART goals. I only wish I had used this book in the course I took in graduate school - it would have made the class so much more interesting and useful in my everyday life!
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