Exercise Professional's Guide to Optimizing Health

Strategies for Preventing and Reducing Chronic Disease
Exercise Professionals Guide to Optimizing Health 9780781775489
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Publication Date: Feb 8, 2011
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ISBN/ISSN: 9780781775489
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Published in cooperation with the American College of Sports Medicine, The Exercise Professional’s Guide to Optimizing Health enables you to design and implement exercise programs based on the latest research to help people avoid the onset of chronic disease. Moreover, it shows you how to design exercise programs so that people with chronic disease can safely benefit from exercise.

This text begins with an overview of the epidemiology of chronic disease and is then divided into three parts. Part One clearly explains pathophysiology concepts common to all chronic diseases as well as the healthful effects of exercise and nutrition. Part Two covers atherosclerosis, obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and dyslipidemia, with specific recommendations for effective exercise programs to manage each disease. Finally, Part Three discusses behavior change and then summarizes all the exercise prescription information for each chronic disease in a single chapter.


  • --Gold stamp of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • --Practical nature includes a lot of how-to information
  • --Includes material on prevention
  • --Abbreviations list on the chapter opener highlights the terms/abbreviations used throughout the chapter
  • --Introductory paragraph explains the purpose of the chapter and what material will be presented
  • --Did You Know? boxes provide extra information about topics presented in the text
  • --Key Point boxes reinforce important information presented in the text
  • --Optimize boxes highlight information that helps define and explain the optimal healthy lifestyle, behaviors, measurements, etc.
  • --Digging Deeper sections provide more in-depth information about a specific topic that is relevant to the information presented in the chapter
  • --Significant Research sections describe important research in the literature and describe/explain why it is applicable, important, and worth reading.
  • --Summary at the end of each chapter 

About the Author(s)

  • Tom LaFontaine PhD, ACSM RCEP, NSCA-CPT,
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Optimus: The Center for Health, Columbia, MO; PREVENT Consulting Services, LLC; Department of Nutrition and Department of Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO


  • Product Format: Softbound
  • ISBN: 9780781775489
  • Trim Size: 7.25 x 10
  • Pages: 288
  • Pub Date: Feb 8, 2011
  • Weight: 1.0

Table of contents

Chapter 1            Introduction to the Epidemiology of Chronic Disease and Risk Factor Theory
Part I Overview
Chapter 2   Pathophysiology of Chronic Disease
Chapter 3   Exercise and Physical Activity
Chapter 4   Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Metabolic Diseases

Part II Disease-Specific Prevention
Chapter 5   Atherosclerosis and Other Occlusive Vascular Diseases
Chapter 6   Overweight and Obesity
Chapter 7   Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Metabolic Syndrome
Chapter 8   Hypertension
Chapter 9   Prevention and Management of Dyslipidemia with Lifestyle: Diet, Exercise, and Weight Loss

Part III
Chapter 10   Changing Health Behaviors
Chapter 11   The Optimal Program for Prevention of Chronic Disease

Appendix  General Guidelines for Resistance Exercise Training