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Physical Well-being

Our Favorite Books to Support Physical Well-being
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American Diabetes Association

A go-to source for the most reliable information on diabetes self-care from the diabetes authority. From describing the different types of diabetes to breaking down the details on blood glucose monitoring, the American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes covers everything a person with diabetes needs to know to stay healthy and in control.

Dr. Karl Knopf

A fully illustrated guide to strengthening of the core muscles tailored to the unique needs of aging adults. Featuring more than 100 step-by-step exercises, detailed fitness plans, techniques on proper core stability and tips on avoiding injury, this guide will help you develop a strong, balanced core.

Tufts University Special Reports

With Tufts Eat Well and Exercise you’ll have information to help you stay active and independent for life. Discover hundreds of surprising facts about nutrition and exercise. Find the latest information on how foods affect your body and the nutrients you need as you age.

Dr. Joseph Tieri

Discover simple methods that will help you find quick relief and lasting solutions to everyday pain by fixing your body’s alignment through stretching and movement.

Marc Gillinov, M.D. & Steven Nissen, M.D.

The definitive guide to heart health from two of America’s most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the number-one hospital for cardiac care in America. Are you one of the 82 million Americans currently diagnosed with cardiovascular disease - or one of the millions more who think they are healthy but are at risk? Whether your goal is to get the best treatment or to stay out of the cardiologist’s office, your heart’s health depends on accurate information and correct answers to key questions.

Mark Bittman & David Katz

What is the “best” diet? Do calories matter? And when it comes to protein, fat, and carbs, which ones are good and which are bad? Mark Bittman and David Katz answer all these questions and more in a lively and easy-to-read Q&A format.

Ralph H. Blum & Mark Scholz, MD

Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers reports the latest thinking on prostate cancer management in clear, easy-to-understand prose. In a unique collaboration, a patient and his doctor provide a new perspective on living with this disease.

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Family Health Book has become a classic home medical reference. This book offers the latest in medical knowledge with a strong emphasis on self-care. From prevention to treatment, from infancy to old age, this health guide offers reliable, easy-to-understand information.

Pete Egoscue and Roger Gittines

Laptops and other electronic devices are a large part of our daily lives both at work and at home, which can lead to painful wrists, sore shoulders, stiff necks, and blurry vision. Pete Egoscue, using the techniques and principles developed at his clinic, shows you how to keep pointing and clicking for hours--pain free.

Pete Egoscue and Roger Gittines

In his San Diego clinic, Pete Egoscue has taught women of all ages and from all walks of life how to use the Egoscue Method for safe, effective, and permanent relief from chronic pain without prescription painkillers, physical therapy, or invasive surgery. Now he shares his specially adapted “Pain Free” program for women to use at home.

Pete Egoscue and Roger Gittines

Pete Egoscue takes his program of postural therapy--which treats chronic musculoskeletal pain without drugs, surgery, or manipulation--to a whole new level. Using Eastern religions as a guide, he explores the mental and emotional, as well as physiological, processes of his Method.

Pete Egoscue and Roger Gittines

With this book in hand, you're on your way to regaining the greatest gift of all: a pain-free body! With the help of Pete Egoscue's program of quick stretches and strength-building exercises, you can cure chronic pain, and do it naturally.

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.

Based on the results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn illustrates that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects.

Dr. Karl Knopf

Just ten minutes a day of these modified stretches will help you improve your mobility without pain or injury. Stretching for 50+ is filled with safe, easy routines for any age. Learn warm-ups and cool-downs, use tools like a strap, therapy balls and foam rollers, and discover plenty of other fitness tips to keep you moving.

Daniel J. Levitin

Levitin looks at the science behind what we all can learn from those who age joyously, as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people's wisdom and experience. Throughout his exploration of what aging really means, using research from developmental neuroscience and the psychology of individual differences, Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone should do as they age.

Marilyn Moffat & Steve Vickery

This book features hundreds of at-home stretches and exercises. This is a fully illustrated compendium of stretching and exercises for every part of the body, backed by the experience and medical and scientific authority of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Kate Lorig, R.N., Dr.PH. & James F. Fries, M.D.

Offering a practical program to help people with arthritis and fibromyalgia manage their conditions, The Arthritis Helpbook provides techniques to help reduce pain and increase dexterity, helping sufferers to regain control of their lives.

Stephen P. Fortmann, M.D. & Prudence Breitrose

This book explains the latest data on the effects of medication, diet, and exercise on blood pressure. It defines the essential terminology (such as diastolic and systolic), emphasizes stress reduction techniques, and offers science-based insight into the causes and control of this widespread condition.

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D & Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D.

This heavily expanded edition of Colin and Tom’s original book includes the latest evidence of the power of a plant-based diet, plus updated information about the changing medical system and how patients stand to benefit from a surging interest in plant-based nutrition.

Pete Egoscue and Roger Gittines

Brimming with common sense and practical advice, the heart of this book consists of twenty-two easy-to-do, highly effective exercises that stretch, strengthen, and relax the body, allowing a return to proper alignment.

Tufts University Special Reports

To help you choose foods and drinks that can improve your health, the editors at Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter created an all-new report called The Healthy-Aging Diet. This new report reveals the healthiest foods and diet plans that can help you do everything from lose weight to prevent type-2 diabetes to lower high blood pressure to prevent heart disease and more.

Tufts University Special Reports

In The Tufts Heart-Brain Diet, youll learn which foods and nutrients will maximize your health and keep your heart pumping and your brain sharp. The doctors and nutritionists at Tufts Friedman School have integrated these foods into an eating plan thats effective and enticing. Youll find complete menus for 10 days – breakfast, lunch, dinner – and snacks too!

Mark Scholz, M.D.

This book directs patients to understand options and educate them about treatments specific for their stage of prostate cancer.

Ann Crile Esselstyn & Jane Esselstyn

Mother-daughter team Ann and Jane Esselstyn have decades of experience developing delicious and healthful recipes. Now, they combine their expertise to offer you a cookbook with more than 125 easy and mouthwatering recipes, brimming with nourishment for your heart and your overall health. From their quick and easy meals like Fast Pasta and Greens and delicious “Sloppy Joes” to their indulgent desserts like their signature Kale Cake and Minty Frozen Chocolate Balls, these recipes will empower you to reclaim your health and discover the pleasures of eating plant-based.

Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D

This book is about how to make the most of your memory. The author shares her eight-step program for improving recall.

Dr. Karl Knopf

Weights for 50+ shows how easy it is for anyone – at any age – to get started with weights. It teaches exercises that are suited to varying ages and degrees of strength, including super-easy, easy, intermediate, and advanced. The program in Weights for 50+ focuses on the use of small free weights (starting at just 3 lbs.), and includes stretches and release moves.

Marion Nestle

How we choose which foods to eat is growing more complicated by the day, and Marion Nestle provides a straightforward, practical approach on what to eat. As Nestle takes us through each supermarket section―produce, dairy, meat, fish―she explains the issues, cutting through foodie jargon and complicated nutrition labels, and debunking the misleading health claims made by big food companies.

Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program combines the information from the New York Times bestselling Younger Next Year with the cutting-edge knowledge and workouts from Thinner This Year. Learn the revolutionary 10-minute warm-up (critical for maintaining ankle, shoulder, and hip mobility). The five things aerobic exercise will do for your body, and finding the method that works for you. How to get fit better and quicker with intervals. The importance of “whole-body” strength training and “rebooting the core.” Plus, the Twenty-Five Sacred Exercises that will be the foundation for your strength-training routine for life.