Living SMART: Five Essential Skills To Change Your Health Habits Forever

Living SMART

Five Essential Skills To Change Your Health Habits Forever
Joshua C. Klapow, Ph.D., and Sheri D. Pruitt, Ph.D.

Living SMART: Five Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever

Publication Date: November 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN 13: 978-0-9793564-0-7
Trade Paperback: 208 pages
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

Includes Checklists, Charts, Resources

Living SMART is an easy-to-follow behavioral program that offers what others do not - a simple approach to changing any unhealthy behavior. Whether you want to quit smoking, reduce stress, start an exercise program, or make any other lifestyle change, its helpful tips, checklists, interactive exercises, charting tool to track progress, and specific action plans for some of the most common health-related issues, will get you on the right track – and keep you there.  The book can be used in conjunction with the Living SMART website, which provides additional information, tips, and downloadable forms for your convenience.  The SMART acronym refers to five essential skills:

    Set a goal
    Monitor your progress
    Arrange your world for success
    Recruit a support team
    Treat yourself

The book is a useful resource for all psychologists, health coaches, case managers, and other health care professionals who work with individuals needing to make behavioral changes. It can be used as a guide to help patients and clients better understand the process of change and the mechanics of making lasting change. The book can be utilized as a focal part of group interventions; and as a component of a lifestyle modification, wellness, or disease management program. Living SMART is also a helpful reference and guide for delivering behavior change interventions.


Stop Fantasizing and Start Living SMART.  What it Takes to Change Your Health. Let’s Get Started; The What: Know Exactly What Needs to Change; The Want: Decide Whether You Want to Change; The How: SMART Skills to Change Your Behavior; Stay on Track—Avoid Behavioral Drift; The Chart: Your All-In-One Behavior Change Tool Your Game Plans. My Diet Game Plan; My Exercise Game; My Sleep Game Plan; My Medication Game Plan. Get Help When You Need It. When Life Gets Tough: Coaching Sessions with Drs. Klapow and Pruitt; Action Tips for Special Situations; You CAN Do This. Appendices.  Charts for Change; Resources.


Joshua C. Klapow, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He hosts the weekly television segments “Healthy Habits” and “The Healthy Action Minute,” on ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Alabama, and has been interviewed by a variety of national print and Internet media outlets including: Tribune Media Services, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters Health, ABC,,, Kiplinger’s, Self, Men’s Health, Women’s Day, Prevention, Redbook, and Shape magazine. View a Healthy Action Minute, produced by UAB School of Public Health at

Sheri D. Pruitt, Ph.D. is a speaker, writer, and consultant in behavioral medicine and health psychology. She is Director of Behavioral Science Integration for The Permanente Medical Group in Sacramento, California, where she has developed an innovative, Internet-based health coaching program that provides motivation and behavioral skills training using new media technology at Dr. Pruitt shares behavioral science expertise with local and national newspapers, radio, and television stations, including NBC, CBS, ABC, WB Network, Lifetime, and MTV.

Praise for Living SMART…

“In Living SMART, Klapow and Pruitt, both clinical psychologists, provide the methods to assess health behaviors and the knowledge to guide change. Their simple “SMART” method allows an individual to assess critical behaviors, set goals, monitor progress, and support success. The book provides guidance for anyone who decides they want to change a behavior. The book can be used by an individual who wants to manage his or her change, or as an accoutrement to ongoing therapy. Unlike many self-help texts, again, drawing from psychological research, in Living SMART the authors go beyond the change process and contemplate set-backs. They provide guidance on how to handle tough situations.”— Robert G. Frank, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, University of Florida at Gainsville

The most helpful chapter is for people who can’t stick to their plan…Checklists and action tips are sprinkled throughout the book…People who truly have motivational problems might be inspired after answering questions…Through Living SMART, change could be habit-forming.”The Birmingham News

…the best guide on healthy living that I have read in quite some time…an essential read for anyone ready to make substantial healthy changes in their life…should be a mandatory handout for those in weight loss and smoking cessation clinics, as well as those recently diagnosed with chronic conditions such as diabetes.” —Doody’s Book Review Service

…a how-to guide to changing one’s unhealthy behavior. The five keystones of the SMART behavioral program are: Set a goal, Monitor your progress, Arrange your world for success, Recruit a support team, and Treat yourself. Step-by-step instructions for building “game plans” to structure one’s life with healthier diet, exercise, and sleep patterns (and also remember to take any needed medications punctually) help set the reader on a path to lifelong wellness. Living SMART is a consumable book, offering blank lines for the reader to write out answers to questions and blank charts to get started keeping a schedule; the end result is a life plan that is highly customized to suit one’s individual needs. Highly recommended.”— Midwest Book Review