- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (November 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520263766
- ISBN-13: 978-0520263765
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,537,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time Paperback – November 3, 2010
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"Instant Recess is a call to all of us to get up and move. Part personal memoir, part public health manifesto, and part poetry, Yancey's warmth and enthusiasm shine through this book. I'm betting that she can convince anyone that moving more is not only good for health, but easy and lots of fun to do."―Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat
"In Instant Recess, Dr. Yancey provides the tools to get America moving, in a very accessible style with the scientific research to back it up. Her call to incorporate short exercise breaks into routine, daily activities is one step that can create a true wellness society."―Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman, Senate HELP Committee
"Dr. Toni (Antronette) Yancey has influenced and impacted community health and fitness in a number of profound ways! Her book is a must read for anyone interested in living a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life. Recently, at the First AME Church of Los Angeles, we incorporated a quick but effective fitness interlude into all three of our Sunday worship services. The enthusiastic response from our congregation was tremendous! Thank you, Dr. Yancey, for waking us up to the dangers of our sedentary lives and for awakening our desire to get into better physical shape."―Rev. Dr. John & Denise Hunter, Pastor and First Lady of First AME Church of Los Angeles, the White House-designated local lead agency for Michelle Obama's Let's Move LA
"Instant Recess is a necessary part of a complex solution to our society's epidemic of inactivity. It can work equally well in the corporate boardroom, school classroom, or for fans at a sporting event for that matter. It is a great place to start if we don't want to leave anyone behind. I'm all for breaking our national inertia with a musical beat and a smile on our faces."―Dave Winfield, National Baseball Hall of Fame 2001, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor, San Diego Padres
"Dr. Yancey writes on a topic about which she is both passionate and knowledgeable. Doable in just about any setting, Instant Recess could get America moving again."―David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., 16th Surgeon General of the United States
"Instant Recess is an excellent, easy to read, informative book describing how we must all change our lifestyle patterns and incorporate activity into our day. Yancey poignantly shows why 'instant recesses' are needed by corporate Americans, educators, public health and medical professionals. This isn't just a simple how-to book, but also a how-come."―Francine Kaufman, Head of the Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
"For the average person who continues to yo-yo between the hype of miracle weight loss gimmicks and the allure of fast food franchises, Instant Recess offers an easy and free solution to creating a healthier lifestyle."―Sharon Baucom, Medical Director of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for the State of Maryland
"A thoughtful and innovative approach to community-wide physical activity from a lay person's perspective. This book is well grounded in scientific evidence that is also contextualized in simple examples and in real life experiences people will be able to relate to."―Adrian Bauman, University of Sydney
"I've seen everyone from curmudgeonly researchers and uptight bureaucrats to former elite athletes to avowed non-exercisers sucked in by the warm, inclusive energy and ease of her approach to getting people physically active. Most are smiling, some outright laughing as they rediscover the joy of moving. Thankfully, Toni captures the essence of that joy in her book, along with the practical guidance necessary to help anyone start making physical activity a part of their life and their community again."―Mark Fenton, PBS television host and author of The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness
"I read Instant Recess and couldn’t help but jump for joy. Dr. Yancey’s got the recipe for success to help turn around the epidemic of inactivity in our country. Finally we have a book that shows Americans how to build that strong base of fitness, 10 minutes of hip hopping at a time. Now, if you’ll excuse me. It’s time for me to take my Instant Recess."―Pam Peeke MD, MPH, FACP, author of Body for Life for Women, Chief Medical Correspondent for Nutrition and Fitness, Discovery Health TV
"Through the San Diego Padres organization we've worked with Dr. Toni Yancey for nearly 4 years on various healthy eating and fitness related projects ... Dr. Yancey is an educated, dynamic, trusted and respected colleague who has a thorough knowledge of public health issues. Her knowledge, advocacy and connection to community service organizations across the country has been key. She's recruited a great number of them to enter the fight against childhood obesity by offering a wide variety of active lifestyles options. Influencing America to move towards healthy eating, better nutrition, and into her activity routine called Instant Recess is a significant and continuous task … It's a pleasure working with this former collegiate athlete, Ph.D. and public servant. We need more people like Dr. Toni Yancey combatting this nationwide health crisis."―David Winfield, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Co-Director at UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity
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Instant Recess is a clarion call for the field of public health, and particularly, obesity prevention. It is a reminder to wake up and do things differently before it is too late. Toni Yancey's enthusiasm and passion for this movement is evident through her engaging writing style and innovative ideas regarding physical activity. She uses her extensive experience in the field to explain why past attempts to make our society healthy have failed. Instead of encouraging individual willpower, she helps the reader understand how the built environment and social norms shape behavior. The concepts behind Instant Recess are easy to follow, and have been widely tested. More importantly, it is a cost-effective approach that can be used in almost any setting where people congregate. This is an invigorating read, and I believe it will inspire you to get yourself and others moving, 10 minutes at a time!
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.