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A History of Health & Fitness: Implications for Policy Today

Authors: Shephard, Roy J.

  • Addresses the interest of the Exercise is Medicine movement
  • Provides a unique and succinct account of the history of health and fitness
  • Emphasizes the implications of the history of health and fitness for current and future public policy
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About this Textbook

This book provides a unique and succinct account of the history of health and fitness, responding to the growing recognition of physicians, policy makers and the general public that exercise is the most potent form of medicine available to humankind. Individual chapters present information extending from the earliest reaches of human history to the present day, arranged in the form of 30 thematic essays covering topics from the supposed idyll of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and its posited health benefits to the evolution of health professionals and the possible contribution of the Olympic movement to health and fitness in our current society. Learning objectives are set for each topic, and although technical language is avoided as far as possible, a thorough glossary explains any specialized terms that are introduced in each chapter. The critical thinking of the reader is stimulated by a range of questions arising from the text context, and each chapter concludes with a brief discussion of some of the more important implications for public policies on health and fitness today and into the future. The material will be of particular interest to graduate and undergraduate students in public health, health promotion, health policy, kinesiology, physical education, but will be of interest also to many studying medicine, history and sociology.

About the authors

The author has conducted research, teaching and scholarly writing for the past 50 years in the area of fitness and health at the University of Toronto, and has received the Order of Canada in recognition of his major international contributions in these areas in terms of research, post-graduate teaching and applications of his research to Canadian government health policies. He has previously authored over 100 books and some 2000 peer-reviewed scholarly articles on a wide range of health topics, including a major monograph in this area {"An illustrated history of health and fitness from pre-history to our post-modern world"),  published by Springer.

A full and detailed curriculum vitae, with a list of books and other publications, is available on line, at: www.royshephard.net

Table of contents (30 chapters)

  • Those Pesky Dates: A Simple Time Line for the Evolution of Society

    Shephard, Roy J.

    Pages 1-8

  • The Hunter-Gatherer Idyll

    Shephard, Roy J.

    Pages 9-22

  • Irrigation and the Seductive Sedentary Lifestyle

    Shephard, Roy J.

    Pages 23-39

  • Evolution of the Sedentary Lifestyle in Classical Culture

    Shephard, Roy J.

    Pages 41-58

  • Were the Lights Turned Off During the “Dark Ages?”

    Shephard, Roy J.

    Pages 59-76

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65097-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65096-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A History of Health & Fitness: Implications for Policy Today
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65097-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65097-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65096-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 516
Number of Illustrations
124 b/w illustrations
Topics