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Anne Marie Ludovici-Connolly
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Our society is facing a health crisis. Sedentary lifestyles, poor nutrition, and overcommitted schedules have led to obesity, chronic disease, elevated stress, and a host of other health problems for large segments of the population. The recent publication of the U.S. Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines and launch of the National Physical Activity Plan have brought much-needed attention to these issues. These documents offer a road map for those working to promote healthier lifestyle choices, but it can be difficult to turn the guidelines into programs that appeal to the people most in need of help. Winning Health Promotion Strategies offers guidance to anyone looking to encourage the members of their communities, schools, and workplaces to make positive lifestyle changes.
In Winning Health Promotion Strategies, the author shares tips, techniques, and success stories based on her experiences implementing the governors award-winning Get Fit Rhode Island program, which was instrumental in Rhode Islands being named the first Well State in the nation by the Wellness Councils of America. She has also gathered examples from model initiatives and evidence-based programs and advice from experts in the wellness industry that will help you better understand all of the factors involved in starting or improving your own initiatives. The book provides everything you need to succeed, whether your goal is to start a new program or to increase the visibility of existing programs:
The ready-to-use programs in Winning Health Promotion Strategies cover a wide variety of wellness topics, including physical activity, motivation to exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, general well-being, and cancer prevention. Each program includes everything you need in order to educate and inspire your participants. Youll find a brief introduction to the program, a discussion of its effectiveness, a list of goals, tips for carrying out the program, and suggestions for tailoring the program to meet the needs of your organization. A key categorizes the programs by setting (school, community, or worksite), type (awareness, education, or intervention), and cost, and an activity finder will help you quickly locate the programs that best fit your needs. Throughout the book youll also find sample program materials, such as handouts and log sheets.
Winning Health Promotion Strategies will help you step up to the challenge of inspiring healthier living in your community. Both new and veteran programmers will find the tips, techniques, strategies, and support they need in order to engage and entertain their participants while teaching them the skills for making the right choices about their health and wellness.
Anne Marie Ludovici-Connolly has over 30 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. From 2005 to 2008, Ludovici-Connolly served as director of the Governors Get Fit Rhode Island program, a statewide wellness initiative. She conducted a wide range of research projects and also developed and taught various health and wellness courses for the University of Rhode Island. She was owner and operator of Wakefield Health and Fitness for eight years. She is currently a national senior consultant and subject matter expert in health and productivity for Hewitt Associates, a global HR consulting and outsourcing company, and also serves as a scholar in residence at the University of Rhode Islands Cancer Prevention Research Center, home of the transtheoretical model of behavior change.
Ludovici-Connolly earned her bachelors degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Rhode Island in 1982 and her masters degree in the psychosocial aspects of exercise physiology from the University of Rhode Island in 2002. She is an ACSM-certified health fitness specialist and has served on the committees of numerous national and state organizations, including IDEA, IHRSA, the Medical Wellness Association, and the National Association for Health and Wellness. She was named IDEAs Northeast Region Aerobic Instructor of the Year in 1989 and was given the Wellness Inspiration Award by Discover Wellness in 2007.
Ludovici-Connolly lives in Wakefield, Rhode Island. In her free time she enjoys music, traveling and skiing with her family, cooking, and exercising.
A reference for health and wellness promotion professionals, human resource professionals, wellness committee members, community organizations, schools, state and local governments, public health departments, personal trainers and other fitness professionals, and any other professionals or organizations interested in implementing or improving wellness programs in worksites, schools, or communities.