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Jamner and Stokols have compiled essays that provide varied and challenging views of health promotion and wellness activities. Essay authors discuss the socioeconomic, psychological, political, and environmental factors related to health promotion activities. The need for an interdisciplinary approach is proposed as compulsory for success in any health promotion effort. Specific examples are provided in each chapter, giving the reader multiple points of reference. Part 1 addresses the need for changes in views of wellness and health promotion activities. Models for prioritizing activities are proposed. Part 2 challenges the way we approach health problems and proposes new solutions through research. Previously held beliefs regarding research findings are challenged; ideas for further research presented. Part 3 presents application of innovative approaches to health promotion activities in communities. Readers are exhorted to break out of the disease model into a true wellness approach to living. Part 4 looks at wellness promotion in a political context, outlining impediments that politics has placed on wellness promotion efforts and summarizing grassroots political activities with positive outcomes. This book provides the framework and perspective from which population-based health promotion activities can begin. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. M. L. Hopkins Elmira College
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