Interactive Health and Fitness [etext]

A Practical Approach to Improving Wellness
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Author(s): T. Scott Lyons
John C. Jackson
William T. Hey
Peter L. Bannon

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Interactive Health and Fitness is an innovative system of learning that blends a conversational, easy-to-read textbook with cutting-edge technology.

The learning system is made up of three primary components:

  1. a textbook that provides the background theory, the anatomy and physiology, and the basic concepts that will help students to make sound, well-informed decisions in areas that will impact their health now and in the future
  2. web-based resources designed to create a multidimensional learning experience
  3. something no other text can offer: throughout the course, each student will develop his or her personal Total Wellness Plan.™

About the Author(s)

T. Scott Lyons

Dr. Scott Lyons has been at Western Kentucky University since 2004, where he currently serves as associate dean for research of the College of Health and Human Services and director of the School of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport. He went to college at The University of Alabama, where he earned a B.A. in history with minors in English and psychology and an M.A. and Ph.D. in exercise physiology. Dr. Lyons’ research interests are primarily focused on cardiovascular physiology, post-exercise metabolism, and exercise immunology.

In 2007, Dr. Lyons founded, along with Dr. James Navalta of the University of Nevada–Las Vegas, the International Journal of Exercise Science (IJES). IJES is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of student-led research. Drs. Lyons and Navalta still serve as co-editors-in-chief, and the journal is now in its eighth year of publication.

John C. Jackson

Dr. Jackson is currently the associate director for fitness and research at The University of Alabama Student Recreation Center.  As a graduate of UA, John has a doctorate in kinesiology and has served on the editorial board of the Recreational Sports Journal since 2008 and has been on the editorial board for the International Journal of Exercise Science since its inception in 2008.  He currently serves on the adjunct faculty in Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama as well an adjunct faculty in the department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation at Western Kentucky University.  Additionally, John has a research interest in the assessment of body composition and has served on the Governor’s Task Force on Obesity for the State of Alabama since 2013.

William T. Hey

Dr. Hey has almost 30 years of higher education experience and has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses in health, sport, and physical education. Willie is a former high school and college basketball player and received degrees from Northeast Louisiana University (BS, 1983), Northwestern State University (MEd-1987), and Southern Illinois University (PhD, 1991).

Willie is a former middle school track and basketball coach and university department head. He has extensive experience in curriculum and course development, leadership, and scholarship. His primary research focus is behavior change and distance learning. Willie has been a long-time contributor to our state, district, and national affiliations and is a multistate, district, and national award-winning professional in the areas of heath education and sport.

Dr. Hey is the recipient of the Health Education Professional of the Year for College/University from the American Association for Health Education and the Health Promotion Medal of Excellence Award (for creativity and dedication to the field of public health education and health promotion) from the Centers for Disease Control/Directors of Health Promotion and Education. In addition, he has also received multiple awards from SHAPE America Southern District that includes the Sport Professional of the Year Award, the Scholar Award, Honor Award, and College/University Health Educator of the Year. He has received state awards from Alabama's state AHPERD, which include the Honor Award and the Health Education Professional of the Year Award, and from Mississippi’s state AHPERD he has received the Educator of the Year Award and College Health Educator Award.