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A Prescription for Healthy Living - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128215739

A Prescription for Healthy Living

1st Edition

A Guide to Lifestyle Medicine

Editor: Emma Short
Paperback ISBN: 9780128215739
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th January 2021
Page Count: 250
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A Prescription for Healthy Living: A Guide to Lifestyle Medicine takes an evidence-based approach to a variety of health promotion strategies for specific disease states. The book explains recommendations, covers why they exist, and gives advice on how to achieve recommendations from leading medical professionals. Sections apply scientific research to practice, addressing physical health, mental health and well-being. Topics include society and health, mental health and well-being, physical activity and physical health, as well as nutrition and healthy eating habits. This book will empower practitioners, public health officials, and those engaged in creating strategies for health promotion and health literacy.

Key Features

  • Written by qualified medical professionals from a variety of specialties
  • Addresses a variety of health promotion topics and provides strategies for disease prevention and well-being
  • Provides explanations of the outcomes of scientific research on disease prevention in a digestible and actionable way


Academics and practitioners in public health research/ health promotion/ disease prevention; general practitioners; nurses; Academics in medical education

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction and Habit Making

Part II Society and Health

1. Social and Environmental Determinants of Health
2. How Early Childhood Events Impact upon Adult Health
3. The Psychology of Health-Related Behavioural Change
4. The Role of the Healthcare System in Social Prescribing
5. Health Literacy and How to Communicate Effectively with Patients to Elicit a Long-Term Behavioural Change

Part III Mental Health and Wellbeing
6. The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep
7. Mindfulness: Mind Full or Mindful?
8. Gratitude: Being Thankful is Proven to Be Good for You
9. Screen Time and Social Media: How is it Impacting Health?
10. Work-Life Balance: Is It Really Possible?
11. Loneliness
12. The Benefits of having a Mentor
13. The Truth Behind Complementary Therapies: Acupuncture
14. The Truth Behind Complementary Therapies: Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Hypnotherapy

Part IV Physical Activity and Physical Health
15. Fit for Life, Let’s Get Active
16. The Importance of Staying Strong and Supple
17. The Importance of Being a Healthy Weight: Can You be Fat, Fit and Healthy?
18. Gut Health and the Basics of the Biome
19. Looking After Your Skin
20. Bone Health: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
21. Cigarettes: The Facts, Strategies for Smoking Cessation, E-Cigarettes and Vaping
22. One for the Road: How Much Alcohol is Safe to Drink?

Part V Nutrition and Healthy Eating Habits
23. Fruit and Vegetables - Will an Apple a Day Really Keep the Doctor Away?
24. Macronutrients, Micronutrients and Nutrition Labels
25. Fancy a Cuppa? The Lowdown on What’s in Your Mug
26. Water: It’s Time to Drink Up!
27. Are We Pulling a Fast One? What does Intermittent Fasting Really do for our Health?

Part VI Conclusions and How to Access Reliable Information


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About the Editor

Emma Short

Dr. Emma Short studied pre-clinical medicine at Cambridge University and clinical medicine at Oxford University. She lives in Cardiff, with her GP husband and two young daughters. She completed her basic surgical training in Devon, before moving to Wales to specialise in histopathology. She has a PhD from Cardiff University in cancer genetics: Genetic Mechanisms in Colorectal Polyposis, 2018. Dr. Short has published extensively in the scientific literature and has an active role in medical education.She is interested in the interaction between the mind and the body, and the impact that mental wellbeing and social connections have on health. Dr. Short is a qualified meditation teacher and is a great advocate of showing kindness in all spheres of life. She loves exploring different aspects of holistic wellbeing and has diplomas in Mindful Nutrition and Shrinrin Yoku. She is a keen runner, having completed an ultramarathon, two marathons and many half-marathons, and is passionate about health-promotion and disease-prevention. She set up and runs a not-for-profit community running group in Cardiff, Sirius Running, and is a qualified personal trainer.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Cellular Pathology, University Hospital of Wales, UK

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