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Changing your health habits is kind of a big deal. It takes time and focus. It can also produce benefits that can change your life. If you have a good plan, you can be more efficient and you can increase your likelihood of success. This book provides a framework for that plan and has six steps: Get Ready, Measure Your Health, Set Goals, Build Skills, Form Habits and Help Others. Most people think of health as something much broader than physical health, and a growing number of physicians and scientists have begun to study this expanded perspective. The American Journal of Health Promotion, one of the leading research journals in the field, defines optimal health as "a dynamic balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual health." Six Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle will help you assess your current health, give you the tools to help you identify what you want to change and the framework for a practical plan to be successful. Based on proven science, the content is presented in an easy-to-follow, engaging style, including real-life examples from the author's personal experience. You will learn about the relationship between your lifestyle and your health and be empowered and motivated to begin your personal journey today. Improving your lifestyle, especially if you focus on what is most important to you, will improve the quality of your life and your personal sense of wellbeing in ways you have never imagined. To your good health!
There are several premises that establish the need for this book. First, that management of lifestyle is a necessary component for wellness and health promotion, as well as disease prevention and management. Second, that physicians and allied health professionals lack sufficient education and training in lifestyle medicine to fulfill the imperative in the first point above. Third, that existing publications, including a few detailed books on the topic, focus on theory and evidence but not practical implementation in clinical practice. It is this third point that will be specifically targeted by this book.
Lifestyle Economics explores several links between health, lifestyle, and the labor market. Special emphasis is given to health equality, obesity, and alcohol problems. This is done in the context of Iceland, which is important and interesting in an international context. The Icelandic government takes financial responsibility for the medical-care demands of its citizens, to the point where non-governmental funding of such consumption has been negligible for several decades. The same holds true for disability-related income replacements. With one of the most expensive centralized medical systems in the world it is important to see if the equalitarian goals of this system have been effectively attained. Thus, this book should be interesting for researchers, policy makers and the interested public alike.
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