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Foundations of Wellness eBook

Foundations of Wellness eBook

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    Life is crammed with busyness, screen time, and an abundance of shallow experiences. If you don’t mindfully change your way of thinking and behaving, that’s all your life will ever be.

    Foundations of Wellness can help you live a satisfying life—one full of rich and deep experiences. You’ll understand your identity and inner strengths and resources as well as set and move toward meaningful personal goals.

    With Foundations of Wellness, you will explore physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual realms of wellness using an evidence-based approach to health and wellness that will help you explore ways to live your life to the fullest. You will examine the seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness to daily living, delve into wellness resources and dietary needs, discover health check strategies, and learn the keys to making healthy behavioral changes.

    Foundations of Wellness is written in a conversational style and divided into three parts. Part I establishes basic wellness problems and introduces tools to discovering wellness and inner peace. Part II addresses physical dimensions of wellness, including physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and body maintenance. In part III you’ll discover the strategies that will propel you to a higher level of living—one that can affect not only your life but also the lives of others for generations to come.

    Each chapter explores key concepts and topics that affect your wellness. The chapters begin with objectives and a vignette that illustrates a challenge related to the content and use stories to illustrate teaching points. The text also incorporates activity sidebars that empower you to make the behavioral changes that will lead to a more satisfying and meaningful life.

    You will learn how to incorporate mindfulness—a practice that helps you live with greater awareness—and positive psychology as you embark on your wellness journey. In Foundations of Wellness, you will also learn the seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness practices and explore the spiritual truths that are at the core of wellness.


    Undergraduate text for personal health and wellness courses.

    Table of Contents


    Part I. Challenges and Opportunities in Living Well

    Chapter 1. Wellness Beyond Health
    Health Care: Managing Crises
    Social Context
    Defining Health Versus Wellness
    Life’s Boundless Classroom
    Mindful Awareness
    Life Challenges
    Choosing Balance
    Positive Psychology

    Chapter 2. Living the Attitudinal Foundations
    Foundation for Mindfulness
    Seven Attitudinal Foundations

    Chapter 3. Using Mindfulness to Enhance the Experience of Life
    Learning to Use Mindfulness
    Hatha Yoga
    Objective Information to Demonstrate Effectiveness of Wellness Practices

    Chapter 4. Changing Your Perspective With Your Thoughts
    Lower- and Higher-Level Consciousness
    Hierarchy of Needs

    Chapter 5. Social Capital, Connections, and Support
    Community and Social Capital
    Wellness Benefits of Social Connections
    Using Acceptance to Make Connections

    Part II. Physical Dimensions of Wellness

    Chapter 6. Stepping Into Physical Activity
    Physical Activity and Exercise
    Benefits of Physical Activity
    FITT Principle
    Maintaining a Healthy, Active Lifestyle

    Chapter 7. Nutrition
    Optimal Wellness Food Plan
    Major Food Groups
    Nutrients to Avoid
    Savvy Food Shopping
    Making a Wellness Eating Plan Work for You

    Chapter 8. Sleep Balance
    Sleep Patterns
    Sleep Functions
    Sleep Challenges
    Driving Drowsy
    Methods to Attain Sound Sleep

    Chapter 9. Health Care Advice to Live Well
    Young Adults and Medical Care
    Guide to the Medical Appointment
    Screening Recommendations
    Vaccination Recommendations
    Complementary Alternative, or Integrative, Medicine (CAM)

    Part III. Strategies for a Higher Level of Wellness

    Chapter 10. Understanding Addictions
    Spectrum of Addictions
    Fine Line Between Passions and Addictions
    Mechanism for Addictions
    Substance Abuse
    Battling Addiction

    Chapter 11. Sustaining Environmental Health
    Protecting Ourselves, Assaulting the Planet
    Kleenex Culture
    Life-Cycle Analysis
    Sustainability Challenge

    Chapter 12. Spiritual Foundation
    Spirituality and Religion
    Defining Spirituality
    Processes of Change
    Love and Fear
    Learning to Accept Life
    Traditions of Mindfulness
    References and Resources
    About the Authors

    About the Author

    Bill Reger-Nash, EdD, is emeritus professor in the School of Public Health at West Virginia University. He has been a wellness professional for more than 30 years and has served as research coordinator for the Cardiac and Wellness Center of Wheeling Hospital; director of the Bayer Wellness Program in Wellsburg, West Virginia; director of wellness for the Ohio Valley Medical Center; and founding director of wellness for West Virginia University.

    Reger-Nash has more than 10 first-author peer-reviewed publications and has presented his work in health promotion throughout the world. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including being named among the 100 best minds by US News & World Report in 2004, the 2006 Ethel and Gerry Heebink Award for Distinguished State Service, and the 1996 Health Advocate of the Year Award presented by the State Health Education Council of West Virginia.

    Gregory Juckett, MD, MPH, is a professor of family medicine at West Virginia University, Morgantown, where he provides clinical services for the WVU Health Service and also directs the University’s International Travel Clinic. He received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine at Hershey and a master’s degree in public health from West Virginia University. He completed his family medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. Dr. Juckett’s interests include tropical and travel medicine, dermatology, and cross-cultural health care. In addition, Dr. Juckett has extensive international experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific.

    Meredith Smith Ludden, MS, MA, has master’s degrees in sport and exercise psychology and community counseling from West Virginia University. She has worked as a family and marriage therapist as well as a drug and alcohol counselor. She works for the State of New Mexico as a health educator to decrease the burden of chronic disease in the state. She and her husband, Sean, also own and operate a small farm that emphasizes sustainable and organic practices. In addition, Meredith is a certified yoga teacher. Her emphasis has been on whole-body wellness and helping her clients achieve this in the capacity that works for them.


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

    Test package. The text includes a bank of 543 questions in true or false, multiple choice, or essay format for each chapter.