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Living SMART: Five Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever Paperback – October 28, 2007
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"...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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's just okay...didn't hold/grab my attention for very long...a bit disappointing.Published 19 days ago by Chantal Lewis
excellent info in the book to help in making your goals and reaching your goalsPublished 13 months ago by Marilyn
It helped me to help myself! I enjoyed it a lot. Good Job! I will use it the rest of my life.Published 22 months ago by Mark E Tyler
There is some very practical advice in this book. Easy to read. This is a good book and a good gift to give others.Published on April 10, 2013 by Diane T.
This is a critical book for all health care providers and all people who value their health to read and apply. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by linda copeland