Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D., is Chief of the Human Physiology Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Sarah Wernick, Ph.D., is an award-winning health writer.
Cheri Erdman (Nothing to Lose: Sane Living in a Larger Body) offers emotional support to large women with Live Large! Ideas, Affirmations, and Actions for Sane Living in a Larger Body, a collection of 140 meditations promoting a positive image and a celebration of one's size. Each page begins with a "Big Idea" (for empowerment) then "Fleshes It Out" (with an affirmation) and a "Size-Wise Action" (a specific task). Erdman, a psychotherapist, offers support and encouragement for women struggling to find a way to live with the bodies they have. (Harper San Francisco, $11 160p ISBN 0-06-251345-1; Jan.)
Studies have shown that weight-bearing exercise improves bone density, crucial to preventing osteoporosis in women. Nelson's research at the School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, the results of which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proves that strength training also improves balance, increases energy, and helps to control weight, especially when used in conjunction with regular aerobic activity. This book presents a program for strength training based on a graduated schedule of weight-lifting exercises. The exercises can be done either with free weights or on a weight-lifting machine. In addition, Nelson provides suggestions for maintaining one's motivation and finding the time for exercise. Well done and easy to follow, this would be a useful purchase for public and health libraries.‘Susan Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
"This terrific book, which has changed the lives of so many women,
is now even better."
--Robert N. Butler, M.D., International Longevity Center, USA, Ltd.
"You can begin to get strong even if you wait until you are
90--and without taking hormones! Strong Women Stay Young is
an inspiring and motivational program."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom