Changing Health Related Behaviors Forever: It's Not Just About Being Motivated

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Developed by two behavioral psychologists, the SMART program offers a set of practical tools drawn from science, not faddish ideas, that help readers successfully change any unhealthy behavior. "Living SMART: Five Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever" will empower readers to stop fantasizing, take control of their life, and positively change their health forever.

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Despite major advances in medicine, millions of North Americans are fighting a losing battle when it comes to their health. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other lifestyle-related diseases are on the rise, while more and more people feel helpless because they do not know how to change unhealthy habits.

In an effort to bring about change, some search for a magic bullet - the pill, surgery, or procedure that will lead to quick and easy results. Others are guided by the faulty impression that behavioral change can be accomplished if they simply want it badly enough, and rely solely on "common sense and motivation." Although adequate information and a degree of motivation are essential to making change happen, successfully changing any behavior also requires the essential skills embodied in the SMART program developed by behavioral psychologists Joshua C. Klapow, Ph.D., and Sheri D. Pruitt, Ph.D., as described in their new book "Living SMART: Five Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever."

"Living SMART" is based on the principle that our health and well-being are determined mostly by the actions that we do or don't take every day - regardless of the extent of the problem. The SMART program offers a set of evidenced-based, practical tools that go beyond common sense and motivation. It is designed to work with any diet, exercise, stop smoking, or other health change program, and is built on the idea that successfully changing any behavior requires the five behavioral skills embodied in the acronym SMART:

Setting a goal
Monitoring progress
Arranging your world for success
Recruiting a support team
Treating yourself

"Living SMART" provides readers with the missing piece that can make the difference between success and failure. In this simple step-by-step program, readers will learn how to positively change their health habits forever. Filled with helpful tips, checklists, resources, interactive exercises, and "The Chart" - a tool to track their progress, readers will equip themselves with the know how to successfully change any unhealthy behavior. Special features include:

  • A user-friendly format that enables readers to read the book in sections based on immediate needs, instead of from cover-to-cover
  • Action tips to increase and maintain motivation levels
  • Game plans for common health-related problems, including diet, exercise, sleep, and properly taking medication
  • A companion website that provides additional information, tips, and downloadable forms

"Living SMART: Five Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever" will empower readers to stop fantasizing, take control of their life, and positively change their health forever.

Living SMART: Five Essential Skills To Change Your Health Habits Forever
Publisher: DiaMedica
Authors: Joshua C. Klapow, Ph.D and Sheri D. Pruitt, Ph.D
Category: Non-Fiction/Self-Help
Publication Date: October 2007                
Price: $14.95            
ISBN 13: 978-0-9793564-0-7
Trade Paperback Original         
5.5 x 8.5 inches / 208 pages

This book is available in bookstores nationwide, online at Amazon.com, bn.com, and is distributed via PGW. To request a review copy or author interview contact Reina Santana at rsantana @ resmarketingalliance.com.

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