A Prescription for Healthy Living

A Prescription for Healthy Living

A Guide to Lifestyle Medicine

1st Edition - January 5, 2021

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  • Editor: Emma Short
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128215739
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215746

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A Prescription for Healthy Living: A Guide to Lifestyle Medicine takes an evidence-based approach to health promotion and disease prevention. Medical doctors, healthcare professionals and research scientists from a variety of backgrounds provide informed advice on how to encourage patients to take charge of their health and future. This book addresses the impact that socioeconomic and environmental factors have on the health of a population and explores the psychology of health-related behavioral change, as well as considering a variety of subject areas as diverse as nutrition, physical activity, the practice of gratitude, the adverse health impacts of loneliness and the importance of achieving a satisfactory work-life balance.A Prescription for Healthy Living aims to encourage and inspire healthcare practitioners and public health officials to empower patients to make simple behavioral changes that will have a large and positive effect on their physical and mental wellbeing.

Key Features

  • Written by qualified medical professionals and research scientists from a variety of specialties
  • Addresses a variety of health promotion, disease prevention and wellbeing topics
  • Provides evidence-based information 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

  • Section 1. Society, Health and Behaviour
    1. Social and Environmental Determinants of Health
    Liza Kirtchuk and Ann Wylie
    2. How Early Childhood Events Impact Upon Adult Health
    Liz Forty
    3. The Psychology of Health-Related Behaviour Change
    Aria Campbell-Danesh
    4. Health Literacy and How to Communicate Effectively with Patients to Elicit a Long-Term Behavioural Change
    Sonal Shah
    5. The Role of the Healthcare System in Social Prescribing
    Emma Ladds

    Section 2. Mental Health and Wellbeing
    6. The Role of Stress in Health and Disease
    Athanasios Hassoulas
    7. The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep
    Devina Leopold and Thom Phillips
    8. Gratitude: Being Thankful is Proven to Be Good for You
    Sonal Shah
    9. Loneliness as a Risk Factor for Chronic Disease
    Sonal Shah
    10. The Health Implications of Achieving a Satisfactory Work-Life Balance
    Emma Short and Laura Sheldrake
    11. Happiness and Health
    Alka Patel
    12. The Role a Mentor can Play in improving Well-Being
    Nita Maha

    Section 3. Physical Activity and Physical Health
    13. Fit for Life: The Health Benefits of Cardiovascular Activity
    Caroline Deodhar
    14. Sedentary Behaviour and Adverse Health Outcomes
    Emma Short
    15. The Gut Microbiome
    Venita Patel
    16. Cigarettes: The Facts, Strategies for Smoking Cessation, e-cigarettes and Vaping
    Adam Douglas and Arfa Ahmed
    17. Alcohol: Its Impact on Wellbeing, Morbidity and Mortality
    Hayley S. McKenzie
    18. Cancer: How to Help Your Patients to Reduce Their Cancer Risk
    Ailsa Sita-Lumsden
    19. Lifestyle Factors and Women's Health
    Alexandra J. Kermack
    20. Skin Health: What Damages and Ages Skin? Evidence-Based Interventions to Maintain Healthy Skin
    Lorna Jeng and Anjaly Mirchandani
    21. Western Medical Acupuncture
    Carolyn Rubens

    Section 4. Nutrition and Healthy Eating Habits
    22. Fruit and Vegetables: Prevention and Cure?
    Gemma Newman
    23. Macronutrients and Micronutrients
    Laura Gush, Sonal Shah and Farah Gilani
    24. Caffeine in Health and Disease: A Brief Overview
    Emmajane Down
    25. Water: How Much Should be Consumed and What are its Health Benefits?
    Ekua Annobil
    26. Intermittent Fasting: A Health Panacea or Just Calorie Restriction?
    Ellen Fallows and Hayley S. McKenzie
    Concept Boxes: Mindfulness, Healthy Weight and Bone Health
    Saba Jaleel, Emma Short and Claire Stansfield
    Conclusions and How to Access Reliable Health Information
    Emma Short

Product details

  • No. of pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: January 5, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128215739
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215746

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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