Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The 50 Healthiest Habits and Lifestyle Changes

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The 50 Healthiest Habits and Lifestyle Changes

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The 50 Healthiest Habits and Lifestyle Changes. By Myrna Chandler Goldstein and Mark A. Goldstein. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 303 pages. Acid free $58 (ISBN 978-1-4408-3471-4). E-book available (978-1-4408-34721), call for pricing.

The 50 Healthiest Habits and Lifestyle Changes is written by a physician with special training in adolescent and young adult medicine, and his wife. They agreed to write the book based on research that shows the importance of starting healthy habits at an early age. Topics covered in this book are topics that would be of interest to adolescents and young adults.

This book comprises seven main sections: "Food and Healthy Eating," "Exercise and Physical Activity," "Medical Care and Avoiding Medical Issues," "Safety," "Mental, Emotional, and Social Health," "Sex and Dating," and "Other Lifestyle Choices." Multiple entries fall within each section. For example, "Don't Text While Driving" falls under "Safety." Tanning beds and e-cigarettes are discussed in "Other Lifestyle Choices" along with screen time and Internet addiction.

The entries in The 50 Healthiest Habits and Lifestyle Changes are a few pages long and they all follow the same format. They provide an overview of the topic, present science-based evidence on what the experts say, and include barriers and problems associated with the behavior being discussed. …

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