Healthy Tips

January 4, 2017

Read Your Way to Better Health

Read Your Way to Better Health

Are you trying to turn in the direction of a road paved with healthier habits?

One good way to start is to turn the pages of books.

Are you trying to quit smoking, reduce stress, recover from trauma, sleep better, juggle caregiving, practice yoga, or eat healthier? Maybe you need help learning how to defend yourself against diabetes, heart disease, or the healthcare system.

Wherever you are on your journey toward healthier living, the books on this list are like roadmaps that will help you find your way and get you turned in the right direction.

American Dietetic Association Complete Food & Nutrition Guide Once upon a time, eating seemed simple. You ate, cleaned your plate, and everyone lived happily ever after. Now the story about what to eat gets complicated with confusing information about protein, sugars, and carbohydrates. The American Dietetic Association Complete Food & Nutrition Guide provides reliable food and nutrition information for every stage of life. It also includes tips on how to prevent and manage specific health concerns. This book will even help you learn how to be a smart grocery store shopper.

Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: 7 Keys to Sleeping through the Night Do you often lie awake tossing and turning, trying to fall asleep, or trying to stay asleep? Since 100 million Americans suffer from poor quality sleep, you are not alone. Lack of sleep can impair driving, affect decision making, and can cause health problems. Sound Sleep, Sound Mind will help you understand the mental, emotional, and physical causes of your sleep problems.

Kicking Butts: Quit Smoking and Take Charge of Your Health Are you worried about the effect of smoking on your health or the health of those around you? Every year over a million people stop smoking. Kicking Butts can help you become one of them. The book will help you outline a quitting program and provide tips for living life as a nonsmoker. Checklists will help you identify and break your smoking patterns, learn to face cravings, and deal with stress. The book also includes a section for people who are trying to support someone who is trying to quit smoking.

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living Dealing with stress is an important first step in making healthier choices. It’s common to respond to stress in unhealthy ways – by eating too much, by smoking, or by sleeping too much or too little. The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living will help you learn how to live a more peaceful life. Benefits of reducing stress include better health, increased joy, closer relationships, enhanced creativity, and greater professional success.

8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take Charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing Survivors of trauma often feel overwhelmed and unsafe. The process of recovery can also feel overwhelming and unsafe. As a trauma survivor, the author of 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery wants to reduce the trauma of self-help recovery and trauma therapy. Her recovery from PTSD led her to develop ways to make recovery safer and less traumatic for others. Even though traumatic events last a relatively short time, the effects can last for a long time. One of the worst parts of trauma is that it can make survivors feel out of control. This book will help survivors take charge of their own course of recovery and reclaim control over their life.

The Heart Manual: My Scientific Advice for Eating Better, Feeling Better, and Living a Stress-Free Life Now Did your last visit with the doctor end with advice to eat better and exercise more? The Heart Manual provides detailed information that would take your doctor hours to discuss. Understanding why diet and exercise are so important can help you be more motivated to change your habits. The book will help you learn why prevention is the best cure.

Prepare to Defend Yourself: How to Navigate the Healthcare System and Escape with Your Life If dealing with the stress of healthcare is standing between you and better health, Prepare to Defend Yourself will help you feel more at ease. This book will get you off to a good start by helping you understand the difficult language of medicine – including health insurance and billing.

The Prediabetes Diet Plan: How to Reverse Prediabetes through Healthy Eating and Exercise If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, you can still prevent diabetes. To do so you must take action at an early stage, and The Prediabetes Diet Plan can help. This book explains insulin resistance and provides a plan to help you make diet and lifestyle changes that might make medication unnecessary.

Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving Even though many caregivers feel alone, they are not alone. 42 million Americans – one in four adults – care for an adult friend or relative. Whether you are caregiving daily, planning for future needs, or in the middle of a crisis this book will guide you by providing practical tips and resources. It will also help you learn how to take care of yourself.

The New Yoga for Healthy Aging: Living Longer, Living Stronger, and Loving Every Day Do you think you’re too old to practice yoga? Just looking at the photographs in The New Yoga for Healthy Aging might change your mind. Written for people ages sixty and over, this book will help you learn how to age more gracefully. You will discover how yoga can help improve memory, keep the spine and joints flexible, improve balance, and reduce the risk of falls.

These books and others can be checked out free of charge at the Health Information Center located in the main lobby of the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

If you don't have a doctor and would like help finding one, call Healthcare Coordination to make an appointment.

This healthy tip is provided by the Health Information Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

For reliable information on how to take better care of your health or a loved one’s health—or, on any health related topic—contact the Health Information Center. Staffed by medical librarians and certified health information specialists, the Health Information Center offers an extensive health library, digital and print resources, walk-in assistance, and help with research on specific health conditions—all free of charge and available to the public.