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Christian Paths to Health and Wellness-2nd Edition

Christian Paths to Health and Wellness-2nd Edition

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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.


    Text for students in health and wellness classes in Christian colleges and Christian high schools. Reference for Christians who want to improve their health.

    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 Training Next 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 Flexibility Next 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

    Appendix A: Guide for Family and Friends of a Person With Food and Weight Problems
    Appendix B: Questionnaires on Eating Behaviors
    Appendix C: Strength-Training Program

    About the Editors
    About the Contributors

    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 ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online at

    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.