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Living SMART
Five Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever

by Joshua C. Klapow, PH.D. and Sheri D. Pruitt, PH.D.

      Upon receiving my copy of Living Smart: 5 Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever, I tore open the cover ready to devour the information inside in one huge gulp, thinking I could then wake up the next day and VOILA - a new improved me! Instead, I found myself carefully considering each morsel of Living Smart, chewing on how each specific idea could assist me in developing a healthier, more fulfilling way of life.

Being familiar with the concept of S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, I was surprised to see the ingredient list in Klapow and Pruitt's idea of S.M.A.R.T. is somewhat different than that to which I am accustomed. While many of the ideas in the Set a goal and Monitor your progress chapters are familiar, the authors introduce additional concepts, which I suppose you can say comprise the "A.R.T." of achieving your health goals, including my personal favorite, Treat yourself. Throughout the book there are exercises to help readers overcome the real-world obstacles that typically stand in the way of long-term success. I'm sure many readers are like me, ready to invest a few hours reading if promised a magic pill or checklist of things to do to get rid of bad health habits overnight. Living Smart offers a healthier alternative to that type of fast-food mentality, instead providing a home-cooked recipe for lifelong good health that can be used over and over with evolving personal goals.

The Book

October 28, 2007
Paperback (advance copy)
Self help
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The Reviewer

Donna Satterlee Ross
Reviewed 2007
NOTE: Reviewer Donna Satterlee Ross is the co-editor of That's Life with Autism: Tales And Tips for Families With Autism.
© 2007