Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time-Toni Yancey

  • Title: Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time
  • Author: Toni Yancey
  • Released: 2010-11-03
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  • Pages: 280
  • ISBN: 0520263766
  • ISBN13: 978-0520263765
  • ASIN: 0520263766

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From Yancey makes a compelling case for establishing ten-minute recesses—that is, aerobic breaks—in schools, churches, baseball stadiums, and offices around the country. Her goal: for people to think that prolonged sitting is as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving or smoking. Yancey holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Northwestern, a medical degree from Duke, and a masters in public health from UCLA, where she is a professor, and one can easily imagine this 6-foot-2 African American woman refusing to take no for an answer. She lays out the problem (a sedentary America), the benefits of physical activity (good health, less obesity), the way to market fitness (change the culture and get people to choose activities they like), and the case for instant recess being good for the bottom line (preventing blood clots and the associated expenses). To liven up her text, the author shares poems she has written and fun photos, even as she stays focused on her call for an affordable, easy way to prevent chronic diseases and promote health. --Karen Springen --This text refers to the edition.

Review “Demonstrates the value of two 10-minute breaks of enjoyable communal activity as part of people’s everyday lives.”
(New York Times 2010-11-23)

“An accessible aerobics program developed to promote a culture of physical activity at workplaces.”
(Washington Post Book World 2012-01-10)

“Makes a compelling case for establishing ten-minute recesses—that is, aerobic breaks—in schools, churches, baseball stadiums, and offices around the country.”
(Booklist 2010-10-01)

“Innovative approach for 21st-century fitness. . . . Highly Recommended.”
(Choice 2011-06-27)

“It's a how-to-improve-American's-health book. It's a great read for anyone interested in fitness beyond the personal. “
(Advanceweb.com 2010-08-25)

“Instant Recess is a terri?c book, well worth reading. . . . Run, dance, jump or hop to get your copy now.”
(Nicholas Freudenberg Preventive Medicine 2012-03-26)

“This book offers great, real-world examples that can motivate others to replicate this community approach to fitness.”
(Choice 2011-04-20) pdf