Scheduled to be published by Trafford Publishing in Fall 2005 http://www.trafford.com/
In the following the Web pages are for quick access and the Word documents are the final versions of the chapter.
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Introduction (8 pp.) -- Farrokh Alemi and David Aron
Chapter 1: Workbook for Weight Loss and Exercise (28 pp.) —Farrokh Alemi, Duncan Neuhauser, Linda Headrick, and Shirley M. Moore, Nancy Tinsley, Ethel Smith, and David Aron
Gives a step-by-step guide to ecological approaches to diet and exercise. It shows how one's environment can be changed so that diet and exercise plans can be maintained over time (download Web page or Word document).
Chapter 2: Does Self-Improvement Work? Effectiveness of Changing Personal Environments to Achieve Behavior Change (12 pp.) -- Farrokh Alemi, Duncan Neuhauser, and Linda Norman
Self-help books, in general, and this book, by extension, have been criticized for promising early and easy success. We examine the experience of more than 150 people to see if our claims are supported by their experiences (download Web page or Word document).
Chapter 3: System Thinking in a Personal Context (32 pp.) —Farrokh Alemi, Lisa Pawloski, William F Fallon Jr. and Nancy Tinsley
Chapter 4: Improvement Teams: Getting Help from Family and Friends (13 pp.) —Farrokh Alemi, Laura Benson, and Robert Dill
Discusses how to put together a team of "process owners" to work on changing the environment. It distinguishes between a process owner and a buddy and provides the functions and meeting procedures for improvement teams (download Web page or Word document).
Chapter 5: Tools for Understanding Complex Processes: Flowcharts and Lists of Periodic Events (11 pp.) —Farrokh Alemi and Ashraf Ismail
Chapter 6: Control Charts for Diet and Exercise (10 pp.) —Farrokh Alemi and Duncan Neuhauser
Demonstrates progress monitoring of weight loss and exercise. It describes the use of control charts for distinguishing real improvements from historical patterns of rises and falls in weight and exercise frequency (download Web page or Word document).
Chapter 7: Mary Loses Weight by Exercising (31 pp.) —Laura Benson
Chapter 8: Review -- Duncan Neuhauser
References: Download Word document.
-- Farrokh Alemi
Ethics of Self Improvement (5 pp.) -- Farrokh Alemi
Web resources -- Farrokh Alemi
(~ 160 pp. chapters + ~ 7 pp. appendix files: ~167 pp.)
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