New book focuses on core behavior changes to develop healthier lifestyle

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Kathleen M Russell, (808) 956-5451
Director of Planning, Office of Public Health Studies
Posted: Jan 9, 2014

Dr. Claudio Nigg
Dr. Claudio Nigg

This past Fall, Wolters Kluwer Health, in partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), published ACSMʻs Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity and Exercise, which explores the latest scientific findings on eliciting the behavior changes needed to truly make and remain committed to a healthy lifestyle.

Written by a team of leading experts led by Claudio Nigg, PhD, Associate Professor from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoaʻs Office of Public Health Studies, the new book provides specific strategies, tools and methods that health and fitness professionals can use to motivate and inspire clients to be active, exercise and stay healthy. This book is the latest offering from an ongoing publishing partnership between Wolters Kluwer Health and the American College of Sports Medicine, which provides thousands of personal trainer health fitness specialist, clinical exercise specialist and registered clinical exercise physiologist NCCA-accredited certifications every year.

Dr. Niggʻs research focuses on health behavior change and motivation and he leads the Health Behavior Change Research workgroup in the Office of Public Health Studies. His expertise led ACSM to choose him as the lead editor on this title.

Published in October 2013, the book provides step-by-step instructions to help fitness/health professionals and students master motivation techniques that help clients adhere to an exercise program, including the use of checklists and worksheets, access to new research findings, motivation techniques and case scenarios.

Nigg is a faculty member of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. He heads the Social and Behavioral Health Sciences specialization and his research team is the Health Behavior Change Research Workgroup. Find more information about him and the Office of Public Health Studies at

About the American College of Sports Medicine

ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

About Wolters Kluwer Health

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Serving more than 150 countries and territories worldwide, Wolters Kluwer Health's customers include professionals, institutions and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include Health Language®, Lexicomp®, Lippincott Williams &Wilkins, Medicom®, Medknow, Ovid®, Pharmacy OneSource®, ProVation® Medical and UpToDate®.

Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with annual revenues (2012) of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion), approximately 19,000 employees worldwide and operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.