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An Invitation to Health, 5th Edition

  • Dianne Hales
  • Lara Lauzon
  • ISBN-10: 0176657193
  • ISBN-13: 9780176657192
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2013, 2010
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

An Invitation to Health, Fourth Canadian Edition is your guide to adopting a healthy lifestyle. From the physical and mental to social and sexual, concepts explore ALL aspects of health, including mind, body, and spirit, inviting you to take charge of your own health. The text offers the most current research, from Canada and across the globe, in an easy to understand methodology so that you can be sure that you are up-to-date in all key areas in the field of health. The skills you acquire, the habits you form, the choices you make, and the way you live day by day will all shape your health and your future. We hope you will embrace health and wellness so that you have the opportunity to live a fulfilling life and realize your potential.


  • Strategies for Change boxes appear throughout the text and provide practical, checklist-format, behavioural change strategies for achieving better health.

  • Strategies for Prevention boxes appear throughout the text and provide effective, checklist-format strategies for preventing health problems and reducing health risks.

  • The X & Y Files are boxes found throughout the text that focus on topics related to sex and gender differences in health. Among the topics covered are differences in susceptibility to cancer, differences in stress vulnerabilities, differences in communication styles, and differences in vulnerability to alcohol and drug abuse.

  • Self-Responsibility and Social Responsibility boxes have been designed to help students reflect on the Stages of Change model and determine how positive lifestyle change affects both individuals and society.

  • Human Potential stories are about Canadians, many of them university students, who have faced challenges and made a difference in the lives of others. These stories help to illustrate the link between health, wellness, and human potential.

  • FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) are found at the beginning of each chapter. These engage students with answers to the most commonly asked health and wellness questions, such as: “What is health?” “How do I overcome a weight problem?” “What causes drug dependence and abuse?” “What can help me relax?” and “What is spirituality?” Page references are included after each question, signalling where the answer can be found.

  • Web Links boxes at the end of every chapter include updated interactive websites and Cengage InfoTrac® College Edition activities, encouraging students to use the Internet for additional learning resources.

  • Self-Surveys at the end of each chapter provide an opportunity for students to assess their knowledge and understanding of course concepts, thereby encouraging personal reflection and increasing student engagement in course material.

About the Author

Dianne Hales

Dianne Hales is one of the most widely published and honored health writers in the country. Her bestselling textbooks include AN INVITATION TO HEALTH, AN INVITATION TO WELLNESS, and AN INVITATION TO PERSONAL CHANGE. Her most recent trade book is LA PASSIONE: HOW ITALY SEDUCED THE WORLD. Others include the award-winning compendium of mental health information CARING FOR THE MIND: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO MENTAL HEALTH; THINK THIN, BE THIN (with Doris Helmering); JUST LIKE A WOMAN: HOW GENDER SCIENCE IS REDEFINING WHAT MAKES US FEMALE; THE MIND-MOOD PILL BOOK; INTENSIVE CARING: NEW HOPE FOR HIGH RISK PREGNANCY (with Dr. Timothy Johnson); HOW TO SLEEP LIKE A BABY; THE U.S. ARMY TOTAL FITNESS PROGRAM; NEW HOPE FOR PROBLEM PREGNANCIES; and THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SLEEP. The President of Italy named Hales a "Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana" (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) in recognition of her bestselling book LA BELLA LINGUA as an "invaluable tool for promoting the Italian language." Her other writing awards include prizes from the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Women's Political Caucus, California Psychiatric Society, CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), Council for the Advancement of Scientific Education, and the New York City Public Library. Her latest general audience book is the biography MONA LISA: A LIFE DISCOVERED.

Lara Lauzon

Lara Lauzon is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria. Her teaching and research focus is human wellness and potential and active health. She has worked for non-profit, municipal, provincial and private health and fitness agencies. Lara co-produced and hosted a long running internationally syndicated health and fitness show called Body Moves. She has won many awards including a Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award, a Graduate Student Award for Teaching Excellence, the Victoria ‘Y’ Women of Distinction of Award for the fitness and health category, the B.C. Promotion Plus Leadership Award for promotion of girls and women in fitness and sport, a B.C. Paraplegic Association Award for the production of two fitness videos for persons with disabilities, and a Community Wellness Award. She has written numerous fitness and health columns for newspapers and magazines and has published a number of fitness and health journal articles. Lara has co-authored a textbook titled An Invitation to Health, First Canadian edition along with Diane Hales, and is also a popular keynote speaker and workshop presenter.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Invitation to Health and Wellness
Chapter 2: Psychosocial Health
Chapter 3: Personal Stress Management
Chapter 4: Physical Activity for Fitness, Health, and Athletic Performance
Chapter 5: Personal Nutrition
Chapter 6: Managing Your Weight
Chapter 7: Personal Relationships and Sexuality
Chapter 8: Birth Control Choices and Pregnancy
Chapter 9: Protecting Yourself from Infectious Diseases
Chapter 10: Lowering Your Risk of Major Diseases
Chapter 11: Drug Use, Misuse, and Abuse
Chapter 12: Alcohol and Tobacco Use, Misuse, and Abuse
Chapter 13: Traditional and Complementary Health-Care Approaches
Chapter 14: Staying Safe: Preventing Injury, Violence, and Victimization
Chapter 15: Healthy Aging
Chapter 16: Working toward a Healthy Environment
Chapter 17: The Spirit of Health and Wellness

New to this edition

  • A new ‘Check-In’ feature encourages students think critically about their own attitudes towards health, and to incorporate what they have learnt into their lives.
  • Over 780 new and updated references, many from Canadian sources ensure that the content is up-to-date and relevant to the current state of health in Canada.
  • New tables included throughout the text provide information about national, provincial, and territorial health and wellness initiatives, nutrition initiatives, current legislations for driver distraction and environmental initiatives on Canadian campuses.
  • The text continues its commitment to First Nations and Aboriginal health and wellness, and we are happy to present a new First Nations Perspective on Health and Wellness model developed by the Frist Nations Health Authority.
  • New information is included from the American Psychiatric Association and the Diagnostic and Statistical Model of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
  • Offering personalized paths of dynamic assignments and applications, MindTap enables students to analyze and apply chapter concepts within relevant assignments, and allows instructors to measure skills and promote better outcomes with ease. A fully online learning solution, MindTap combines all student learning tools—readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments—into a single Learning Path that guides the student through the curriculum. Instructors personalize the experience by customizing the presentation of these learning tools to their students, even seamlessly introducing their own content into the Learning Path.