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Christian Paths to Health and Wellness 2nd Edition PDF

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    Christian Paths to Health and Wellness, Second Edition, offers a unique, faith-based perspective on the pursuit of wellness for body, mind, and spirit. Written for undergraduate students attending Christian universities, this updated edition also serves as a reference for anyone seeking God-pleasing guidance to make positive life changes.

    Christian Paths to Health and Wellness will help you

    • develop cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility;

    • apply principles of good nutrition;

    • manage stress and better understand other issues affecting emotional wellness;

    • learn the importance of regular, sound sleep; and

    • understand how to develop and maintain healthy relationships.

    In this new edition, you’ll find the latest research on nutrition and fitness woven into an engaging narrative complemented by true stories of personal empowerment. This inspiring book will help you take charge of your health, learn about the importance of physical wellness to the whole person, and apply aspects of behavior modification in reaching your goals.

    Like the first edition, Christian Paths to Health and Wellness, Second Edition, draws on the expertise and perspective of a team of Christian academics engaged in teaching health and wellness courses with a Christian foundation. Learning features in the text, including chapter outcomes and review questions, offer guideposts for retaining and referencing information. Application activities help you reflect on chapter content as you consider, through exercises and written reflections, how to translate what you’ve learned to your own life. “Point/counterpoint” discussions give you a forum for discussing a topic from alternative perspectives. In addition, a glossary defines new terms, which are highlighted in bold type throughout the text and included in lists of key terms in each chapter. For instructors, free access to online ancillaries, including an instructor guide, presentation package with image bank, and test package, offer comprehensive support for course delivery and assessment.

    Psalm 119 reminds us that God’s word “is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” In this way, the second edition of Christian Paths to Health and Wellness considers how scripture speaks about caring for your whole being and encourages you—through tools, information, and strategies—to live a focused life fixed on godly physical goals.

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Understanding Your Wellness and Mission

    Chapter 1. Valuing Wellness

    John Byl





    Next Steps

    Learning Tools

    Chapter 2. God’s Purpose and Your Life’s Mission

    John Byl and Dianne E. Moroz

    God’s Mission

    Making God’s Purposes Your Purposes

    Pressures That Shape Life’s Mission

    Your Mission Statement

    Goals for the Journey

    Next Steps

    Learning Tools

    Part II. Accepting and Caring for Your Body

    Chapter 3. Examining Body Image and Eating Disorders in Women and Men

    Heather Strong and John Byl

    Introduction to Dieting, Weight Preoccupation, and Body Image

    What Are Eating Disorders?

    How Prevalent Are Eating Disorders?

    What Causes Eating Disorders?

    What God Wants for People

    Recovery From an Eating Disorder

    Next Steps

    Learning Tools

    Chapter 4. Weight Control

    John Byl

    Step 1: State the Goal

    Step 2: Assess Your Present Lifestyle

    Step 3: Design a Specific Plan

    Step 4: Predict Obstacles

    Step 5: Plan Intervention Strategies

    Step 6: Assess Compliance With the Plan

    Step 7: Assess Progress of Your Overall Goal

    Next Steps

    Learning Tools

    Part III. Moving Your Body

    Chapter 5. Cardiorespiratory Assessment and Training

    Dianne Moroz

    What Is Cardiorespiratory Exercise?

    Benefiting From Cardiorespiratory Exercise

    Understanding the Three Energy Systems

    What Is Cardiorespiratory Fitness?

    Evaluating Cardiorespiratory Fitness

    Discouraged After Your Aerobic Assessment? Consider This . . .

    What to Expect From Training

    Outlining an Aerobic Exercise Prescription

    Sample Cardiorespiratory Fitness Programs

    Next Steps

    Learning Tools

    Chapter 6. Muscular Strength Assessment and Training

    Peter Walters

    Five Major Benefits of Strength Training

    Basic Muscle Anatomy

    Basic Muscle Physiology

    Assessing Muscular Strength

    Types of Strength Training

    Strength-Training Program

    Common Questions

    Safety in Strength TrainingNext Steps

    Learning Tools

    Chapter 7. Flexibility Assessment and Training

    Peter Walters

    What Is Flexibility?

    Five Factors That Affect Flexibility

    Benefits of Flexibility

    Assessing Your Flexibility

    Five Types of Stretching

    Six Guidelines for Maximum FlexibilityNext Steps

    Learning Tools

    Part IV. Understanding Your Behaviors

    Chapter 8. Nutritional Health and Wellness

    Peter Walters

    Digestive System

    Six Major Nutrient Groups

    Nutrition Guidelines and Principles

    Three Principles to Remember in MyPlate


    Your Personal Plate

    Canadian Food Guide

    Vegetarian Alternative


    Next Steps

    Learning Tools

    Chapter 9. Emotional Health and Wellness

    Peter Walters, Doug Needham, and Bud Williams

    Stress and the Mind–Body Connection

    Pros and Cons of Stress

    When Stress Turns Ugly


    Happiness and Life Satisfaction

    Next Steps

    Learning Tools

    Chapter 10. Sleep Habits and Wellness

    Peter Walters

    Importance of Rhythms, Cycles, and Sleep

    Chronic Sleep Deprivation

    Are You Sleep Deprived?

    Sleep Thieves

    Effects of Sleep Deprivation

    Architecture of Sleep

    How Much Sleep Do You Need?

    How to Sleep Like a LogNext Steps

    Learning Tools

    Chapter 11. Personal Relationships and Wellness

    Peter Walters

    Identifying Your SHAPE

    Spiritual Gifts





    Celebrating Your Unique SHAPE

    The “No Goodness” of Being Alone

    Three Spiritual Practices for Deepening Relational Roots Next Steps

    Learning Tools

    Part V. Conclusion

    Chapter 12. Offering Your Life as a Living Sacrifice

    John Byl

    Tools for Achieving Wellness

    Seven Steps to Wellness Next Steps

    Learning Tools

    About the Author

    Peter Walters, PhD, is a professor in the department of applied health science at Wheaton College, a private, interdenominational Christian college in Illinois. Since 1996, he has directed the wellness program at the university level, during which he has evaluated the health and wellness behavior of more than 5,000 college students. He has taught health and wellness courses for almost two decades. Before his career in academics, Walters was actively involved in several parachurch organizations, including Campus Crusade for Christ, the Navigators, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In addition to these ministry opportunities, he served as director of student ministries in three churches.

    Walters has presented and published his wellness research at several national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. He is certified as an educational trainer from the American Council on Exercise and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a certified USA Olympic weightlifting club coach and an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist. He also competes in weightlifting and triathlons.

    Walters is a member of the NSCA and ACSM and is past president of the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies (CSKLS). In 2009, he received the Literary Award from CSKLS. Walters holds a doctorate in kinesiology and a master of science degree in physical education from Texas A&M University.

    In his spare time, Walters enjoys strength training, cardiorespiratory exercise, and adventure trips, which have brought him to the summits of Mount Rainier and Mount Kilimanjaro. He resides in Wheaton, Illinois.

    John Byl, PhD, is a professor of physical education at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, where he teaches wellness courses. Byl is a member of the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies (CSKLS) and is the host of their listserv. He is also a host of the listserv for Church Sports and Recreation Ministers (CSRM), an organization that connects church recreation and sport.

    Byl has been a professor since 1986 and has edited, authored, or coauthored 20 books, including Physical Education, Sports, and Wellness: Looking to God as we Look at Ourselves. He is a recipient of the CSKLS Presidential Award, which recognizes those who have displayed actions compatible with the mission of the CSKLS. In 2013, Byl was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to making physical activity a priority within his community and within the country.


    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors and available online.

    Instructor Guide. Includes sample syllabus, course outline, application activities, and additional suggested readings and web sites. For each chapter, objectives, a summary, and an outline are also included.

    Test Package. Includes hundreds of ready-made test questions that feature multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer questions covering the content from all chapters.

    Presentation Package. Includes hundreds of full-color slides covering all 12 chapters in PowerPoint format.

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