Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Copyright Year: 2018
Publisher: University System of Georgia
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The text is thorough and well researched, and covers most topics relevant to college students. However, topics such as relationships, communication, sleep, and mental health are critical areas of concern for this population and would provide... read more
The text is thorough and well researched, and covers most topics relevant to college students. However, topics such as relationships, communication, sleep, and mental health are critical areas of concern for this population and would provide valuable self-care practices for learners. In addition, references to explore what theories articulate behavioral development would complement chapter one. A brief reference to self-efficacy was noted on page 11. The authors did an excellent job providing in-depth, detailed, and reliable content, particularly in the chapter on ‘Fitness Principles.’ Links in this chapter were supported by exercise descriptions followed by demonstrations of an array of exercises for each muscle group. This leads me to believe that the text would be most useful for Exercise Science Majors. Even though the chapter on stress touches upon anxiety and depression, it might be more practical to create a separate heading for mental/psychological health. For example, a link directed to ‘lifestyle change that lasts’ (p. 13) led to “Find a psychologist,” which would make it more intuitive for users to find in a section devoted to psychological/mental health.
There are no obvious errors in the text. Reorganize the test questions on p. 130 and 139 (#4 & #5) for better flow.
The information presented is current with the exception of a few articles that are out of date (e.g., 1992, 2008). Although the fitness section includes an interesting early historical overview, explain other historical features and trendsetting advances that shaped the evolution of fitness through the 21st century. Add an “e-cigarette” lab to be consistent with the ones on alcohol and cigarettes.
The chapters are written for the novice and advanced student, and presented in a user-friendly format.
Some parts of the text omit the terminology checklist (cardiovascular disease), testing your knowledge section (nutrition, weight management, and cardiovascular disease), and a reference page (Healthy Behaviors & Wellness, Stress). Overall, the reference pages are linked to credible sources such as government websites and accredited organizations that conduct scientific research and education about health topics that matter.
Chapters are clearly labeled and include appropriate subheadings. However, it would be easier to navigate the text by numbering chapters (1-13) and pages (0-142).
The chapters seem organized and topics are grouped accordingly. Content flows and writing is clear and concise. As a minor suggestion, separate test questions for all of the chapters for a cleaner look.
Break up the text by incorporating tables, graphics and images that illustrate the concepts. Some of these aspects are attached to the links provided, but could be more visually engaging when paired together on the same page. There are a number of links that were not available, linked to unrelated websites, or inoperable hyperlinks (see p. 24, 31, 41, 43, 45, 57,67, 68, 69, 73, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 95, 97, 103 [Lantern/Webinars], 105, 107, 108, 109, & 110). It is a common and frustrating problem when website links change over time or are permanently removed.
There are no obvious errors in spelling or grammar, with a few minor exceptions. I feel as though the test question on page 16 (#5) could be answered with each response, [although I know what you meant]. On page 59, omit the question mark on question 2 and rephrase 5a. On page 70, the answer could also be a, c, and/or d.
The use of language is neutral and professional. The breast self-exam includes interpretations in a variety of languages. However, when reviewing at least a dozen of the exercise demonstrations, all of the people were white male and female young adults . Integrate a wider range of models that represent different races, ethnicities and genders, providing learners with a diverse educational experience.
On page 20, the example used to increase the weight load of 150 to 170 pounds seems to (slightly) contradict the recommendation of a 2-10% load increase on page 53. Perhaps these topics can also be grouped together. It is important to point out that an advanced strength training program could be performed 2-3 days per week at a higher intensity and an increased volume of work, and not necessarily requiring a 4-5 day regimen. The jogging protocol (p. 21) might be too aggressive for a beginner, even if that person is a young adult. Progression should be geared to an individual’s fitness status. The sections I would like to highlight include: Think Lifestyle (p. 4), Barriers to Change (p. 11-13), and Follow Through (p. 29). It is possible that I will use this text as supplemental material for my Health and Wellness class.
The text covered what I would term “the usual” types of information that would be taught in a 100-level introductory class that focuses on fitness with a connection to selected wellness concepts. The text begins with a discussion of the 9... read more
The text covered what I would term “the usual” types of information that would be taught in a 100-level introductory class that focuses on fitness with a connection to selected wellness concepts. The text begins with a discussion of the 9 dimensions of wellness, however after that, there is very little connection back to these dimensions within the 13 areas of the text.
In general, the content is accurate. That being said, the depth and quality varies which the individual sections. For example, within the Cardiovascular Disease section the links do not function and within the Weight Management section, the reference list is incomplete.
Content is up-to-date and can easily be updated. Because of how it is arranged, this is a straightforward process.
The information is written at a level appropriate for an 100-level student, however, missing are figures and diagrams that would provide students with a secondary way to understand the material. While several links direct the reader to excellent information, because so many of the links do not work and because many of the videos are not connected to what I will call ‘assignments/activities’ I do not feel that students will continue to be motivated to click on them after awhile.
A consistent format was used across the various sections, however some sections appear to be incomplete.
The text most definitely divisible into smaller sections and could be used this way.
The topics were clearly delineated and organized in a logical way.
As already mentioned, the number of links that did not function was frustrating and detracted from the content.
I had no issues with grammar.
I had no issues.
Certain sections of this text are very well done and could definitely be used as a supplementary source for information. However due to the combination of the lack of figures/images and the non-functioning links, it would be difficult for me to use as the sole textbook for a course.
The book covered a great deal of information. The text was complete, I think however to be more comprehensive there needed to be more figures, pictures etc. read more
The book covered a great deal of information. The text was complete, I think however to be more comprehensive there needed to be more figures, pictures etc.
Content is accurate throughout.
The content presented is up-to-date but is easily updated. Many of the lists (e.g.: top 10 causes of death) are done by links to reputable sources (CDC, NIH) which would be updated.
The authors make a very good attempt at keeping the text at a readable level. However, by necessity some content is difficult anatomy/physiology based vocabulary. I think these sections would be clearer with figures.
The text is very consistent in writing and presentation. However, some chapters (nutrition, weight management) are missing both terminology, and review questions. The weight management chapters is missing references (there is a place holder with a note to find a reference but no reference).
It would be easy to assign readings in this book because of the multiple section headings.
Each chapter begins with a list of objectives, followed by multiple short sections on content. The majority of chapters end with a quick glossary and review questions.
The book itself was fine. However, multiple links were no useable which is extremely frustrating. (lifestyle evaluation lab, assessing cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility lab etc). Some links went to a website but the content was different than expected or you can to scroll a long way to get to the information. A good example is the "safety tips for runners link" on page 15.
The grammar is fine.
I did not see anything that was culturally insensitive.
The book would be a good "quick reference" for some students in introductory classes but at this time I would probably find a different resource. The book would benefit a great deal from inserted pictures, especially with anatomy related content. There are many links that do not work and that would be frustrating for student. The nutrition chapter, and the weight management chapter is missing both a terminology list and a review quiz at the end.
This book is very thorough for a basic introduction to health, fitness, and wellness. This book would provide a reader with a limited knowledge of health behavior a solid foundation to begin making healthier choices in their own life. read more
This book is very thorough for a basic introduction to health, fitness, and wellness. This book would provide a reader with a limited knowledge of health behavior a solid foundation to begin making healthier choices in their own life.
Information seems to be accurate, but caution should be taken to make sure that the content is updated frequently enough to keep up with current statistics. Additionally, there were minor what I will call "inconsistencies" in certain areas of content...for example, the section on dietary fat in the text only speaks about cholesterol, not sources of dietary fat. This section needs to be updated.
Statistics may need to be updated, but that should be relatively easy to do.
Information is presented clearly and concisely.
Presentation is consistent, although I would prefer that the page numbers be listed 1-142, as opposed to starting each chapter on page 1.
Content is divided well into modules that make sense and are consistent with the content. Transitions are smooth and follow a logical order.
Content organization makes sense and follows a logical flow.
When clicking on a link it can be difficult to get back to the spot the reader was when they clicked.
I did not notice any grammatical errors.
Content is presented in a way that makes it relevant to all cultures. I did not notice anything that might be considered culturally insensitive.
This book may need supplementary materials depending on the course that it's used for, but would provide a solid foundation to a course that is designed for students who are simply looking for more information on how to improve their health behavior.
Textbook does cover areas of the curriculum and is easy to understand. Topics are basic. read more
Textbook does cover areas of the curriculum and is easy to understand. Topics are basic.
Topics are accurate. Could go into more depth on each topic. I am currently using a textbook with 340 pages. This textbook has 142 pages.
Updates should be easy to do. Not a lot of supplementary materials.
Very basic information. Easy to understand.
Framework is consistent. I would like to see the textbook numbered pages 1-142 instead of each chapter starting on page 1.
Chapters are short and range from 1-6 pages (shortest) and 1-19 pages (the longest). Each chapter has a different subject matter.
Textbook focuses a lot on fitness. I would like to see all dimensions of wellness given the same emphasis.
Navigation is an issue. When one clicks on a highlighted link, they can not get back to the chapter in reference. When returning from a link, the reader starts on page 1 of the first chapter of the textbook and has to scroll to the chapter they were reading.
I did not notice any grammatical errors.
Textbook was not culturally insensitive or offensive. I did not notice reference to race or ethnic backgrounds.
If I were to choose this textbook, I would need to provide additional assessments both intellectual and physical. I would like to have chapter questions at the end of each chapter and student assessments that assess behaviors in all chapters. About half the chapters have student behavioral assessments.
I have been sitting here trying to decide if it's comprehensive enough and I think that the answer ultimately comes down to who the learners are in the course. I have been using a more comprehensive text but for my 100-level students, I actually... read more
I have been sitting here trying to decide if it's comprehensive enough and I think that the answer ultimately comes down to who the learners are in the course. I have been using a more comprehensive text but for my 100-level students, I actually think this text would be better. It would definitely allow for more discussion, interpretation, and activities.
Upon my review, all of the content seems accurate and updated. I do appreciate it being up-to-date as I have found that to be an issue with statistics in my current text. However, several of the links did not work for me. While it may be user error, the link content is inconsistent with appearing when clicked.
Similar to the previous statement, I think the content is up-to-date and accurate. I don't feel that it will become obsolete within a short period of time as it is understood that statistics change yearly. It provides a chance for conversation and for students to do their own research on statistics if they feel they are inaccurate. Additionally, unlike my current text, this textbook does have the ability to be updated much more frequently making it better for instructors and students.
All concepts were clearly explained and I especially like there is an easily accessible definitions section for each chapter. I know my students would be able to pick up these terms relatively easily. This is even more true since the chapters are shorter and more straightforward than the current course text.
I have no complaints or concerns on the consistency of the text. It flows well in my opinion.
The amount of time it would take for my students to read through these sections would be at least 1/2 the amount of time it currently takes them. The text definitely appears to be easily and readily divisible. There are many headings/subheadings and the use of bolding and italicizing makes certain words and sections stand out and be more memorable.
The Table of Contents flows in a manner that I totally understand. I can see why the authors positioned them in this manner. With that said, I also know the topics that my students tend to gravitate toward and those which seem to take more time when discussing. Personally, I would focus most of my content on the back half of this text because we have a whole specific courses in our curriculum that cover the fitness and nutrition aspects more.
As mentioned earlier, the links either seemed to be outdated or just not functional on my system which is definitely a concern. There also seem to be some spacing issues between sections. One of my pet peeves is having a heading/subheading on one page and the content on the next page. They should always go together. I think the aesthetic could be improved which would help with navigation.
I did not see any grammatical errors. The text appears to be proofread thoroughly.
The book mentions diversity and does seem to appreciate it, but there do not appear to be many person-specific references or examples. So while diversity is mentioned, it is not easily seen in images or examples.
I will be seriously considering utilizing this text next year in my Intro to Health and Wellness course. Thank you!
There is a lot of detail in several the chapters of this book, but not so much as to overwhelm the reader. There are some good links with information to support the learning, including video, articles, etc. As a foundational or introductory text,... read more
There is a lot of detail in several the chapters of this book, but not so much as to overwhelm the reader. There are some good links with information to support the learning, including video, articles, etc. As a foundational or introductory text, this would work.
It appears that most information is accurate but there are a few issues like in the references of Weight Management that are not complete and still have author suggestions in them. The reference area doesn't appear to be similar in all chapters either, but does have good references.
The information they include would be similar to an introductory course to Health or Wellness or potentially fitness. The information is up to date as of now, and contains live links to relevant and timely articles and videos to support the information. Due to health related information such as the Healthy People 2020, it will need to be updated upon the newly released HP 2021 soon, but that will be relatively easy with the use of the live links.
This is easy to read, written in a way for an average college-age reader to get through quickly, and the terms at the end of the chapter are helpful. The chapters do not have Chapter Numbers on them, which would make using this easier, but it is easy to read. The chapters are a live link, however, so if a reader wants to navigate to a specific chapter, it is easy to get there.
Most chapters look similar, but there are a few things that stand out as a bit different. Some chapters do not have the Quiz at the end (Nutrition specifically). Some of the references are written differently. I didn't see a reference list in the Stress Management section or in the Cardiovascular Disease chapter, for example. At the end, there is a semi-complete list of references but it doesn't appear comprehensive.
The chapters themselves are good modules, and within each chapter, the separate sections are well apportioned. As a college-level teacher, I would have little trouble assigning a whole chapter of this text, as it is easy to read and understand. But if someone were to take sections, it would be easy to parcel off.
The flow of the text makes sense - the order in which the chapters are written appear to have a specific relationship and the chapters are each clear with stated objectives, information, additional related information in links, and typically a quiz at the end. Each chapter should have a chapter number for clearly delineated chapter sections, but otherwise the book is well-paced and well-organized.
There are some links that do not work. None of the links in the Cardiovascular Disease chapter work.
I did not notice any grammatical errors, and the writing appears to be at a reasonably easy level to read.
It appears to be a "typical" textbook in cultural relevance. There are several mentions of workout facilities, children and families, etc. but there is little information for those in food deserts, very rural or high-occupancy urban settings that discourage some types of exercise, discussion of the types of food families tend to eat as cultural groups, or how to lose weight without spending much money (dieticians, doctors, etc.) These inclusions help all people feel included.
I believe this book is useful as an introductory tool and very much appreciate that it is the only text of it's topic available.
The breadth of the topics covered is appropriate and is on par with many other Introduction to Wellness textbooks I have used in the past. My issue is that the depth and detail covered in each topic are not sufficient. Many of the topics within... read more
The breadth of the topics covered is appropriate and is on par with many other Introduction to Wellness textbooks I have used in the past. My issue is that the depth and detail covered in each topic are not sufficient. Many of the topics within each chapter only have one-to-two paragraphs, and only provides definitions. There are very few examples or in-text applications to allow the reader to get a better grasp of the concept. For example, the nutrition chapter is only 6 pages long. Even at a very basic level, this is not up to standard.
What is provided in this text is accurate, but not complete. This is a very superficial examination of many wellness concepts.
What is currently provided is relevant. Unfortunately, many wellness textbooks are quickly outdated due to current wellness statistics (obesity, nutrition, government programming). I did find two of the links they provided were dead.
This book is written specifically for undergraduates to understand the language. In that sense, it is very user-friendly.
I see no issues with this specific component.
The text appears very unorganized specific to formatting. There are multiple fonts used throughout, as well as of a lack of uniform headings. I am very surprised they printed this like this, it looks very unprofessional. I, personally, do not like the column style presentation. I will state that the text is quite large and easy to read.
The chapters themselves are arranged in a logical order. I just find the formatting and two-column style of publication distracting. I understand this is an open-source free textbook, but I do not find it flows well to the eye or keeps the reader's attention.
There was no distortion I found in any of the images, but their formatting was extremely inconsistent. This textbook is one giant PDF that you must scroll down through to get where you need to go. This is quite unappealing. Many open-source textbooks I have seen, allow you to click or navigate within the main homepage so you can jump from chapter to chapter. The constant scrolling is tedious.
I did not notice any issues here.
They do not do a great job of addressing a global audience. They talk in a great deal about statistics and facts about women's wellness but spend very little time talking about those who are African Americans (mentioned twice), Hispanic (mentioned once), Asian (mentioned once), lesbian/bisexual (one external link THAT is DEAD)
I have to commend the work the authors put in this text. It would work acceptably for an introductory class. I would not personally use this text because there are MANY low-to-no cost ways to access information related to personal wellness. The formatting on this text is distracting and lost my interest very quickly. I also do not like the large PDF style where I have to continually scroll to find information.
The content is broadly covered. Would like to have seen the authors go a little deeper with the information. Could be a great book for an intro course. read more
The content is broadly covered. Would like to have seen the authors go a little deeper with the information. Could be a great book for an intro course.
The information is accurate but unfortunately many of the links no longer worked.
The content is still relevant and will not likely change anytime soon. Updates will be needed for the links.
The writing is great for an introduction course. It is straightforward and easy to follow.
Multiple authors/writing styles create inconsistency throughout the chapters.
Sections were clearly identified. Makes it easy to pick and choose sections to use for various courses.
The topics are presented in a clear fashion and were easy to follow.
The links provide quality information and when working are easily accessible.
Did not see any glaring errors.
Did not appear to have material that could be deemed insensitive or culturally inappropriate. However, it could expand a chapter or two by delving into different cultures and the issues they face surrounding fitness and wellness.
The book has potential and could be used for an introductory course. The addition of the hyperlinks was helpful but need to be updated. The Test Your Knowledge section was very brief so I would like to see that expanded. I can see using bits and pieces of this text along with other resources in my class. I don't see this as a stand-alone textbook.
There isn't a reference list for the first chapter, healthy behaviors & wellness. There isn't an index or glossary. The name of the textbook should be Introduction to Fitness; the only reference to wellness is covered on pages 5-7. There isn't... read more
There isn't a reference list for the first chapter, healthy behaviors & wellness. There isn't an index or glossary. The name of the textbook should be Introduction to Fitness; the only reference to wellness is covered on pages 5-7. There isn't a reference to wellness outside of the physical dimension. With that in mind, the title is misleading.
There are so many errors in this document. Many of the links are not found, which would make it extremely difficult for the student. The authors also use references that are frequently outdated (3 editions in one case.)
Many of the videos are not from a professional resource and typically just random individuals posting online. Did the book authors validate the accuracy of the information in each? Also, they all have a commercial prior to playing... this isn't appropriate. Some of the information is focused on teens and isn't appropriate for college-aged students. This is a high school level text, not college. There isn't any indication of problem solving or critical thinking involved.
Please see comments regarding index, glossary, and errors. It is distracting. The terminology sections are lacking and in some chapters, missing.
The terminology format is inconsistent for each chapter. The vitamin chapter doesn't even have a terminology list. The terminology for the stress chapter is odd too - huge font... Why wouldn't there be better definitions? Why wouldn't adrenaline have the accurate names rather than the general name?? I guess there isn't a need for terminology for cardiovascular disease.
Placement of headings shouldn't be at the bottom of a page without any text below.
The layout of the book is logical.
Many of the links aren't useful. Why link to a Prezi ?? It isn't helpful without a narrative of some sort. Page 12 - a 48-page document/presentation from NHS is certainly not useful for a student. P13 - lifestyle changes that last - not needed, it is just a reference to what has just been written.
I did not see errors in grammar.
The authors have not integrated cultural differences in the book.
I'd be worried about using labs from other textbooks without consent (Assess your risk of cancer, for example.) I recommend having a contributing author with expertise in health.
Chpt 1 comments on spirituality as faith based. While Alabama may have a higher % of faith-based connection to spirituality the text could make more global connections such as: Art / Music / Nature / Community groups that may or may not include... read more
Chpt 1 comments on spirituality as faith based. While Alabama may have a higher % of faith-based connection to spirituality the text could make more global connections such as: Art / Music / Nature / Community groups that may or may not include church groups. I would expand on the importance of Environment in Chpt 1. Culture and racial divide In Alabama could also include more in the way of diversity since approx: 68% of Alabama is white, 26% African American, 2% Asian, Less than 1% Native American and 4% Hispanic. In the Behavior text I would include the value of the Ecological Model. Chpt 2 , I would include the value of including simply walking as being more accessible to more of the population as a user friendly mode of exercise Chpt 5, Add Yoga and Tai Chi. Chpt 7, Include Alcohol 7cal / gm Chpt 9, Include more on suicide recognition / support groups and national hyperlinks for 24/7 access for Suicide intervention Chpt 10, Add distinction between cardiac arrest and heart attack. Add AED information and encourage participating in a CPR course Chpt 11, Add more on pesticide connection and cancer Chpt 12, Add more on suicide awareness Chpt 13, Add Herpes Virus 1 and 2 and how they are transmitted
Overall pretty good. Few typos.
This is the type of text that is very relevant to an introduction course in Health and Wellness. It could be updated regularly to be a text that I would consider using ongoing.
I thought clarity was overall very good. Exception: The spirituality in Chpt 1 that describes faith-based only..
Overall covers the major topics w/ consistency.
I might combine Body Comp w/ Weight Management or Body Comp w/ Nutrition
Not sure if it was just my access but, every time I used a hyper-link it took me all the way back to the beginning of the text. This became quite frustrating and I believe would lead a student to have negative feedback re: using the hyper-links.
It appears all the Authors are noted to be in Alabama and the text as connected to Nursing. Alabama nurses are approx: 75% white / 23% African American / 7% Hispanic / 3% Asian / Less than 1% American Indian so, I believe addressing this at the beginning of the text as an intro topic would be beneficial. Especially if this could influence more people to enter the Nursing profession from backgrounds of color or trans orientation. Address LGBTQ+ as a valuable population of Alabama and how they occupy the work force, especially the Nursing profession.
I would not use this text as is, but with additions and updates I would consider it.
The majority of this book focuses on fitness, one dimension of wellness. It is great for intro to fitness class. read more
The majority of this book focuses on fitness, one dimension of wellness. It is great for intro to fitness class.
The information presented is on point.
The arrangement of the text, with included resources, is very easy to follow and keep the reader's interest.
Wording and layout is nicely done. Links provide a more in-depth understanding of material.
For the number of authors contributing to the book, the wording and structures are consistent.
Chapters are easy to navigate and make functional classroom units.
For an intro to fitness class, the organization of this book is solid. The nutrition chapter should be revised to focus more on all macro and micronutrients.
All links and resources work properly.
Excellent for the beginning college student. Easy to follow and comprehend.
More information on cultural variations with regard to fitness should be included.
This book highlights several important concepts of fitness and a few concerning wellness. It would be most appropriate for an intro to fitness class. Some of the included links are great resources for those wishing to expand knowledge in certain areas.
Covers all areas of my current class. Provides solid links/extra material that helps understanding. Lays out the objectives at the beginning of each section to help provide points of emphasis for the training. read more
Covers all areas of my current class. Provides solid links/extra material that helps understanding. Lays out the objectives at the beginning of each section to help provide points of emphasis for the training.
Information and links seem to be current. Difficult to do in this ever changing field, but seems to be pretty accurate/current. Did not notice any bias or errors.
Some of the material is standard material that has been used for decades, such as the information regarding muscular strength and endurance. It hasn't really changed and I don't expect that it will vary much in the future. The chapter on nutrition does a good job of incorporating some of the newer ideas like macro-nutrients , along with the basics of caloric intake, etc.
It flows well and is easy to follow. From the standpoint of just the text, it seems to be missing some things, until you utilize all of the links to the additional information, such as the video on stress, etc. If you view everything in it's entirety, it is very comprehensive.
Chapters are laid out in a similar fashion, objectives are helpful, as are the quizzes at the end of the chapters. Overviews at chapters end could be a little bit longer, but the terminology checklists are helpful.
Laid out well. Small groups of information, followed by links to additional information. If I am printing out the text as a traditional textbook, it does not flow as well, because of a lack of access to the additional information. If I download and read electronically, significantly better experience. Easy to follow and comprehend.
The organization of the content is very good. Kept some of the larger groups separate, such as nutrition and weight management. Some texts will combine these and I find them too large to teach effectively at the same time, much better when divided. Woiuld benefit from a "Healthy Lifestyles" summary at the end.
As a online reader, seems to flow very well and links are current, etc. Navigation isn't an issue, the only challenge is from the traditional textbook standpoint of having to be online while reading the text to access certain information. The ancillary information that is provided is very current, well though out and placed, as well as relevant.
Did not come across any issues in this regard.
Information that is provided is relevant to all cultures, races and ethnicity. Does not differentiate health concerns among certain groups, which can be relevant. Did not become aware of any material that could be deemed insensitive or culturally inappropriate.
Yes solid, considering utilizing it for my health and wellness class. Very well organized and easy to follow. Goes deep enough with the information that is provided, but is appropriate while not being too heavy for an intro class.
Similar to typical wellness textbook. It uses the transtheoretical model as a basis for behavior change. The text discusses nine areas of wellness but spends most of the text focusing on physical wellness with little in-depth discussion of the... read more
Similar to typical wellness textbook. It uses the transtheoretical model as a basis for behavior change. The text discusses nine areas of wellness but spends most of the text focusing on physical wellness with little in-depth discussion of the other areas.
The text seems to include up to date information and relevant links. I would like to see more depth, but I realize there is a fine balance of amount and depth of information in an introductory text.
The book contains brief overviews of wellness concepts that are not likely to change anytime soon. The downside of this is that there isn't a lot of depth into any of the topics.
The writing is very clear and plain. Appropriate for an intro text.
The formatting was relatively consistent throughout
For the most part, this text can be separated into chunks. However, since there is not much material related to most of the dimensions, a large chunk is devoted to physical wellness which may prevent meaningful grouping.
Topics were in an order similar to comparable texts. I'm not sure how I feel about each chapter being renumbered beginning at 1. This is possibly good for modularity; however, without chapter numbers, continuity of numbering, and links in the table of contents to individual chapters, navigation could be hindered.
Some of the links provided quality information. Some links were unfortunately broken/non-existent. Also, they presented navigation issues in that they didn't return the reader to the same spot in the text forcing him/her to scroll through the text to get back to starting point. This could be mitigated by placing links in the table of contents to at least get back to the originating chapter quickly.
The text appeared to be free of glaring grammatical and/or spelling errors.
While the text isn't offensive, it is also disappointing that it didn't cover cultural issues in any meaningful way. This is especially disappointing in that that seems to be a running theme in a lot of wellness texts. Many texts, including this one, do not spend much time on the identified areas of wellness beyond physical wellness with a bit of extras sprinkled in.
Overall, the book is adequate for an introductory wellness class. The self quizzes at the end of the chapters are nice for a quick self-check. As this text evolves, it would be nice to see some critical thinking questions to push the student towards a deeper examination and application of the material. It would also be nice to see development of more wellness dimensions.
Although the initial dimensions of wellness are listed and explained in the first chapter, the majority of the text is focused mostly on the physical dimension and does not include a comprehensive discussion of all nine dimensions. read more
Although the initial dimensions of wellness are listed and explained in the first chapter, the majority of the text is focused mostly on the physical dimension and does not include a comprehensive discussion of all nine dimensions.
The content included is accurate, error-free, and unbiased.
The content and links utilize updated and current knowledge. Necessary updates and links could be changed as needed in a timely fashion.
Overall, the text is written in a way that could be understood. However, there are terms that may not be familiar to all readers. It would be useful to include a Terminology Checklist for each chapter, similar to the checklist (p. 5) in the Stress chapter.
The text is consistent in regard to terminology and framework.
The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections. The page numbers beginning with “1” for each chapter is beneficial in this regard. However, the reader is always returned to the beginning of the text after reviewing various links in each chapter. Therefore, the reader must remember the page number and the specific chapter to continue reading.
The topics flow and are presented in a logical and clear fashion.
Links to external resources work well. However, each time I would select the “back” arrow to return to the text, it would always return to the beginning of the text instead of where I was reading. The “Making S.M.A.R.T. Goals Activity” link on page 7 does not work correctly and states “Access Denied” when you are directed to the UVA HR site.
The References section (p. 9) of the Weight Management chapter has yellow highlighted sections that need final updates / corrections.
The text could be enhanced by including statistical data regarding physical activity levels of individuals based on their race, ethnicity, and background.
The links to external resources which support the content included in the text are very relevant and useful.
The content is covered accurately and broadly; but, i found commonplace in most chapters to mix in high level knowledge concepts with introductory ones. If this is intended to be used as an introduction book I believe it would be beneficial to... read more
The content is covered accurately and broadly; but, i found commonplace in most chapters to mix in high level knowledge concepts with introductory ones. If this is intended to be used as an introduction book I believe it would be beneficial to expand explanation on introduction terms and set the stage for future classes to discuss more in-depth topics. At times it felt as content was being put place where it didn't necessarily fit, examples: supplements discussions during muscular strength and endurance chapter (there is a nutritional chapter), energy systems in cardiorespiratory chapter (I understand the link and see the rationale, but these are two complex subjects that are typically discussed separately). In a nutshell, it tries to be encompass too much information into each chapter, which I believe ends up hurting the overall intent of the chapter.
The information is accurate and reliable. Authors cite respectable organizations, author, and groundbreaking theories and papers. The biggest issue is on how the information is delivered. Biggest issue is the reliance on links that dont work; hence the 3 rating.
Topics are relevant to any field as health should be viewed as priority to most in today's world. It encompass and discusses the multi-factorial nature of health with suggestion and activities for actions (although this is an issue as some chapters have this and some don't; there inconsistencies in how information is delivered in a per-chapter basis). Biggest issue is that it relies heavily on links that dont work.
I thought that most chapters seemed to lose sight of their original objectives. It seems that quantity of information per chapter was a higher need than strength of relevance to items discussed.
This was the biggest issue for me, there is very little consistency throughout the book on how the information was delivered. It seems to me there was little communication among the authors on how the textbooks chapter's were supposed to be formatted. There is overlap of content, content that does not necessarily belong in chapters, and inconsistencies with: - Objectives: some chapters don't have it. - References: Some chapters have it, some don't; some are APA formatted, some are not. - Page numbers: each chapter reset the pages - Labs/Activities: some chapters have it, some dont. Some are introduced randomly (one came after the references, which i thought was the end of the chapter, than it started listing all these activities) - Some chapters have complete different fonts and spacing. Overall, I believe it would highly be beneficial for authors to sit and establish parameters in what exactly should be in each chapter and agree on a standard way of formatting
In this the book does well. I could see myself assigning some of these chapters in class as some of them are well construed. It could some more graphs and pictures (if possible) to offset the links not working
The original idea as outlined in the table of contents was well thought of and it makes sense; not entirely sure the actual content delivered on this intentions as well as it could have been.
The broken links need to be fixed.
Did not see any glaring/consistent errors in this section
Although it lacks specific discussion on the impacts of exercise and nutrition to diverse background; i do not believe this hurts this book as it seems to be guided as an introduction text. Overall discussion on how most can achieve health and exercise are more important to this textbook that individual discussion different backgrounds. That can come from different classes or separate discussion led by instructor
I do believe this has tremendous potential if the content was to be better organized and chapters better formatted. This review can be taken with skepticism as this is my first review and interaction wit OERs. I truly would like to use an OER in the near future in my campus as it would bring tremendous benefits to our student population. I applaud this group of authors for the creation of this textbook as materials in the Exercise Science field are sorely lacking. I do however, urge authors to connect and come up with solutions to increase congruence in content delivery
The text is comprehensive in most of the chapters. The nutrition and weight management chapters are lacking in important information related to these areas of study. It seems that a text addressing overall wellness would include a chapters on... read more
The text is comprehensive in most of the chapters. The nutrition and weight management chapters are lacking in important information related to these areas of study. It seems that a text addressing overall wellness would include a chapters on mental health, as well. Cardiovascular disease and cancer are important aspects in the health conversation. Diabetes would be a great addition.
The fitness related chapters were thorough and accurate. The nutrition chapter was lacking important information such as vitamin D. Limiting the conversation on fat to cholesterol is misleading. The weight management chapter is about calories in, calories out which is an antiquated view considering what research has identified regarding the interplay of hormones, stress etc and their effect on weight.
The content is relevant to fitness and wellness. It's lacking important pieces to the conversation addressed above.
The content is clear and easy to understand.
The level of detail on subjects varies by chapter providing an inconsistent experience.
Clear sections were identified within the content of each chapter. An index with links would be helpful. Continuous numbering through the text would assist in getting to content.
Chapters were clearly organized and easy to follow.
The significant number of broken links provided frustration to students using the text.
No errors found.
There is no information regarding diverse populations including gender.
The first half of the text is comprehensive and a great resource. The second half of the text requires significant supplementation to provide accurate and thorough information within a course.
The text is appropriate for an introductory fitness course. It is most definitely focused on the physical dimension. Although the introductory chapter of the book acknowledges the existence of nine dimensions of wellness, the paragraph in this... read more
The text is appropriate for an introductory fitness course. It is most definitely focused on the physical dimension. Although the introductory chapter of the book acknowledges the existence of nine dimensions of wellness, the paragraph in this opening chapter was the only coverage of said dimensions.
The content of the text is clear and accurate. The majority of the links throughout the text did not work. If I were to implement this book for my course I would need to update it to fix the links, or possibly remove links that were not relevant to the course I am teaching. It would be quite frustrating for a student that is wanting more information on a topic or wanting to watch the video referenced and not be able to make it work.
Content is relevant to the physical dimension of wellness. Nutrition information included is relevant and current, but rather brief...many of today's students are wanting more information on nutritional information in the news such as organic foods, GMOs, and the abundance of popular fad diets. It is also rather confusing as presented. (See comments below under organization). The Fitness principles would need to be updated with new guidelines, and new information on Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans was just updated, so those would need updated as well.
It would be helpful if there were some pictures or graphs to get across some points, especially in trying to understand the complex material such as muscle fibers. The majority of the terminology used is appropriate for the target audience.
Each chapter was definitely structured differently. In the middle of the Muscular Fitness chapter there was kind of a shift from a "textbook" to a "workbook" format. Some of the chapters even had a blank page at the end which had me contemplating if there was missing text.
The material presented was easy to read, perhaps a consistency in font and page design, (i.e. sub-headings all bold and in the same font) would help one to better navigate from one section of the book to another. Possibly numbering the chapters and having the pages in sequential order from beginning to end rather than each section starting with "1". It would also help if the references were included at the end of every chapter.
I felt the majority of the content was well-organized; however, as referenced above, the nutritional section was a bit confusing . It started with the macronutrients by introducing calories and carbohydrates then jumped to the "MyPlate" information before going back to proteins and fats.
As stated, the provided links did not work. Charts and images that were clear and easy to understand, although there were few of them.
I did not notice any grammatical errors.
I did not notice any reference to ethnicity or race throughout the text. The addition of statistics regarding known variances in reference to the different diseases discussed could help expand this area in the book.
I feel that this book has a lot of potential and could be useful for a personal fitness course. The addition of the hyperlinks could prove to make the difference in the usability of the material.
The text covers all of the important concepts of fitness and wellness. All of the major components of fitness are well addressed for the college population. The chapter on stress is excellent for the college... read more
The text covers all of the important concepts of fitness and wellness. All of the major components of fitness are well addressed for the college population. The chapter on stress is excellent for the college student.
I found the text the be very accurate. The chapters over the health related fitness components are excellent. I did find some of the hyperlinks difficult to work. The few that I could get to work seemed to be good and would work well for the student.
I found the information included in the chapters to be current and very up to date. The chapter on nutrition was well presented with accurate information by today's standards. The chapter on weight management includes excellent information that is easy to read and understand.
The only real issue that I found with clarity, are the problems with some of the hyperlinks. I did find the tables, figures, and graphs easy to understand.
The book, overall, was well written and would work well for a personal fitness and wellness course. There are some stylistic differences due to multiple authors, but the text is excellent.
I found the text to be very easy to read and understand.
The text has very good organizational flow and build from chapter to chapter. The text starts with healthy behaviors and progresses through the health related fitness components, nutrition, and weight management. The text also includes chapters on stress, cardiovascular disease, cancer, substance abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases.
I did not find any issues with interface when reviewing this text.
I did not find any grammatical errors when reviewing this text.
I believe there are no appropriate issues with this text. It will work well with the college population.
This is a well written text with great information. The information is up-to-date and easy to understand. I think this text would be an excellent resource for courses on personal fitness and wellness. I like that the text is a true fitness and wellness book, although there are some health education concepts addressed. I believe it relates to the college population and can be used to help individuals who wish to improve their overall fitness levels. This text would also be an excellent resource for courses on personal training.
The selection of topics/chapter are appropriate and common for a introductory wellness course. Concepts within the chapters are appropriate and preferred such as the dimensions of wellness and the transtheoretical model of change. I also... read more
The selection of topics/chapter are appropriate and common for a introductory wellness course. Concepts within the chapters are appropriate and preferred such as the dimensions of wellness and the transtheoretical model of change. I also appreciated a chapter dedicated to stress and stress management. This isn't always included and is believed to be an important topic.
Content is accurate, clear and straight forward. Biased information was not recognized and overall was error free. The one issue and why a "4" is due to inactive or dead links. Much of the content could not be accessed and viewed because of this.
Content is current and includes traditional yet contemporary topics in an introductory wellness course. The textbook is organized in a way where updates or content changes would be easy to implement.
The reading level is appropriate for the intended audience. The use of educational jargon, confusing terms, unnecessarily complex language is avoided. Content is stated clearly and written from the learner's perspective.
Layout of the text and each chapter should be consistent including references. I recommend numerically labeling each chapter, so learners are better to navigate throughout the text. As I scrolled from chapter to chapter, I found myself unaware of what section of the text I was in. Finally, consistency can be compromised, with multiple authors/writing styles, but overall it is good.
The text uses appropriate design elements, including colors, fonts, spacing, graphics, formatting to facilitate modularity and minimize distractions for the learner.
The text is presented in a logical, clear fashion, including the order topics were presented. As aforementioned, numerically labeling the chapters may help with navigation to help learners realign.
Yes. No distortion of images or charts. The textbook facilitates readability and minimizes distractions. The text does contain minimal images and charts.
The text contains no noticed grammatical errors.
The text is not culturally insensitive; however, inclusive examples of race, ethnicities and backgrounds could have been expanded.
It is difficult to thoroughly assess this book, due to the number of inactive links included. I was glad to see this text available, and am interested in adopting a text like this. I do not see ancillary materials associated with and would be interested to learn if they are available. Great topics were included in this text, and they were well organized.
The book covers all the important areas of fitness and wellness. The chapter on stress is an important addition to this book and applies so much to college students who may be using this textbook. Some of the chapters have links to other sites... read more
The book covers all the important areas of fitness and wellness. The chapter on stress is an important addition to this book and applies so much to college students who may be using this textbook. Some of the chapters have links to other sites (but see below comment about links) and have lab activities.
Very accurate. I particularly think the 1st chapter that has so much on behavioral change is important and gives a fair assessment of behavioral change models. They included the strengths and weaknesses of the different models. There are errors with the hyperlinks, most are not working in the book. One of the few I could get to work was in the Flexibility chapter and even that took me to a dead link. I have downloaded it a couple of times using different browsers and programs. However the number of links are nice and by their titles sound helpful. . If I were to use this is a class, I would have to specify how many I expect the students to visit and reflect on. There are lots of them and it could become consuming reading all the links. I think this is a very fixable issue by the authors. If they could address it, I would give then a 5. I didn't find an bias in their materials.
Almost all the information is very up to date. The risk factors section and PAR-Q information in the Fitness Principles chapter does need to be updated to reflect new ACSM guidelines, but these were just released in 2018. This could easily be changed in a matter if minutes. Not sure why waist circumference is not included in the book composition section. This could be added also.
Again, hyperlinks aren't working, so hard to make too much of a judgement, but I would have liked to see more figures, tables, and graphs to explain important concepts. More figures or tables worked into the text would have been helpful, especially in complex areas like skeletal muscle.
All the chapters are well written and get across the main points. I think most readers will pick up on different authors for each chapter. Not a bad thing, but definitely different styles. There could be most consistency in referencing, the inclusion and format of the lab activities.
Yes, felt easy to read. See previous comments on some tables, figures, and charts that would make things a little easier for some readers to understand.
Book was well organized and built upon itself. In some chapters there are references used and other places not so. Some consistency in the referencing would be helpful.
Yes, but again, very limited images or charts.
No inappropriate issues. There could be room for growth by including a chapter on age associated issues surrounding fitness and wellness. The role of ethnicity and race and wellness could have a place in a book like this.
This is a well written book with a lot of great information. As a professor in a physical therapy program, I could see having my students read parts of the book in our health and wellness module. I like the thoroughness of Chapter 1 with all the behavior change information. I appreciate the amount of information in the fitness principles chapter. Going through all the different areas and concepts such as overload, FITT, and periodization is helpful and important for the reader to understand. The book feels like it is written to people who are working to improve their own wellness. It would helpful if the authors started off with a summary of how they use this book and why they wrote it. That may help faculty decide whether this is the book for them. However the concepts in the book could be extrapolated to a clinical population or help the reader prepare for working with individuals in a personal training or counseling environment.
Table of Contents
- 1. Healthy Behaviors
- 2. Fitness Principles
- 3. Cardiorespiratory Fitness
- 4. Muscular Fitness
- 5. Flexibility
- 6. Body Composition
- 7. Nutrition
- 8. Weight Management
- 9. Stress
- 10. Cardiovascular Disease
- 11. Cancer
- 12. Substance Use and Abuse
- 13. Sexually Transmitted Infections
About the Book
This open textbook for Concepts of Fitness and Wellness at Georgia Highlands College was created through a Round Seven ALG Textbook Transformation Grant.
About the Contributors
Scott Flynn, Associate Professor of Physical Education and Principal Investigator, Division of Natural Science and Physical Education, Georgia Highlands College.
Lisa Jellum, Associate Professor of Physical Education, Division of Natural Science and Physical Education, Georgia Highlands College.
Jonathan Howard, Instructor of Physical Education, Division of Natural Science and Physical Education, Georgia Highlands College.
Althea Moser, Instructor of Physical Education, Division of Natural Science and Physical Education, Georgia Highlands College.
David Mathis, Lab Coordinator and Assistant Athletics Director, Division of Natural Science and Physical Education, Georgia Highlands College.
Christin Collins, Assistant Librarian of Public Services, Paulding Campus Library, Georgia Highlands College.
Sharryse Henderson, Professor of Biology and Science Coordinator, Division of Natural Science and Physical Education, Georgia Highlands College.
Connie Watjen, Georgia Highlands College.