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Health & Fitness


See below for the list of 2024 winners in the HEALTH & FITNESS category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

Up the Down Escalator: Medicine, Motherhood, and Multiple Sclerosis
2024 Gold Winner

Author: Lisa Doggett, M.D.

Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.

ISBN: 9780757324864

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In Up the Down Escalator, Lisa Doggett recounts her transformation from doctor to patient with multiple sclerosis while directing a community clinic. A front-line critique of U.S. health care, the memoir is also a story of hope, as Doggett softens her inner drill sergeant and seeks meaning in life’s challenges.

Extreme Healing: Reclaim Your Life, Learn to Love Your Body
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Mari Ruddy

Publisher: Mandala Tree Press

ISBN: 9781954801608

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Extreme Healing is Mari's journey of finding salvation through cycling, running, and triathlon. These activities carried her through trauma, type 1 diabetes, and three rounds of cancer. In this book, Mari shares hard-won wisdom and personal experiences, aiming to inspire and motivate you to embrace the endurance athlete mindset and lifestyle for your health, joy, and well-being.

The Glaucoma Guidebook: Expert Advice on Maintaining Healthy Vision
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Constance Okeke, MD, MSCE

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 9781421445823

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The Glaucoma Guidebook is an invaluable resource for anyone living with glaucoma and for those who are at high risk of developing the disease. Dr. Constance Okeke, an expert with over 20 years of experience helping thousands of patients see better, provides the critical advice and best practices needed to take control of your vision.


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the HEALTH & FITNESS category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss
2023 Gold Winner

Authors: Shari Eberts and Gael Hannan

Publisher: Page Two

ISBN: 978-1-77458-160-5

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The hearing loss journey doesn’t come with an operating manual—until now Hearing-health advocates Shari Eberts and Gael Hannan offer a new skills-based approach to hearing loss that is centered not on hearing better, but on communicating better.

Breath is Life: TAKING IN and LETTING GO: How to Live Well, Love Well, BE Well
2023 Silver Winner

Authors: Laurie Ellis-Young with George T. Ellis PsyD

Publisher: Breathe the Change Press

ISBN: 978-1-7375842-0-9

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Breath Is Life combines real-life stories, ancient wisdom, leading-edge neuroscience, and simple/powerful breathing strategies for reduced stress, enhanced sleep, lowered blood pressure and increased energy. Laurie was drawn to breath through yoga, meditation and trekking in the Himalayas and Andes. George was attracted by scuba diving and neuroscience research.

The Yoga Prescription: A Chronic Illness Survival Guide
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Cory Martin

Publisher: Write Out Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9969193-3-3

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Drawing on personal experience and extensive training to offer real-world advice on how all the yogic philosophies can improve quality of life, yoga instructor and lupus warrior Cory Martin shows how yoga can help you adjust, adapt, and thrive through chronic illness—no matter what your body throws at you.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the HEALTH & FITNESS category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

Facial Feminization Surgery: The Journey to Gender Affirmation
2022 Gold Winner

Authors: Jordan Deschamps-Braly, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Douglas Ousterhout, M.D., D.D.S., F.A.C.S.

Publisher: Addicus Books

ISBN: 978195009139

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Preeminent plastic surgeons describe how facial features of transgender woman are feminized. The book contains more than two hundred before-and-after photos of patients who have undergone procedures such brow and chin reshaping to feminize the face. In personal profiles, patients describe how the surgery has impacted their lives.

Black Health Matters: The Vital Facts You Must Know to Protect Your Health and That of Your Loved Ones
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD

Publisher: Square One Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 978-0-7570-0507-7

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It is no secret that the Black community tops the list of groups afflicted by hypertension, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and cancer. In Black Health Matters, Dr. Walker offers a number of commonsense ways to prevent, manage, and possibly eliminate these killers, turning the tide of African-American health.

End Medical Debt: Curing America’s Healthcare Crisis (Covid Recovery Edition)
2022 Silver Winner

Authors: Jerry Ashton, Robert Goff, Craig Antico (edited by Judah Freed)

Publisher: Hoku House

ISBN: 978-17373985-0-9

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The founders of RIP Medical Debt (the charity that’s abolished almost $7 billion in hardship healthcare bills) paint the Big Picture of the causes and possible cures for the $140 billion in U.S. medical debt. They offer practical tools and insights for people facing the pain of unpayable medical bills.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the HEALTH & FITNESS category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

All of Us Warriors: Cancer Stories of Survival and Loss
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Rebecca Whitehead Munn

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-795-1

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In All of Us Warriors, Rebecca Whitehead Munn paints a realistic picture of the impact cancer has on an individual’s life, and she attempts to demystify the experience by sharing heartfelt stories from twenty survivors and the loved ones of those that passed.

Thyroid Cancer & Thyroid Nodules In 30 Minutes: A Guide to Symptoms, Diagnosis, Surgery, and Disease Management
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Per-Olof Hasselgren, M.D., Ph.D.

Publisher: i30 Media Corporation

ISBN: 978-1-64188-046-6

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Plain-English explanations, case studies, and illustrations from an experienced doctor help explain the basics of thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules.

What You Must Know About Strokes: How to Recover from a Stroke and Prevent Another Stroke
2021 Silver Winner

Authors: Amytis Towfighi, M.D. and Laura J. Stevens M.Sci.

Publisher: Square One Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 978-0-7570-0483-4

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Written in plain English by a medical doctor stroke specialist and a health writer who sustained a stroke and bounced back from it, this useful guide offers all the information stroke survivors and their loved ones need to know in order to ask the right questions and make informed decisions.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the HEALTH & FITNESS category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski Mountaineers
2020 Gold Winner

Authors: Steve House, Scott Johnston, and Kilian Jornet

Publisher: Patagonia

ISBN: 978-1-938340-84-0

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In the tradition of Training for the New Alpinism, the first training book for mountain runners, ski mountaineers and skimo racers. Includes advice from the best endurance athlete in the world, Kilian Jornet.

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Family Fit Plan: A 30-Day Wellness Transformation
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP

Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics

ISBN: 978-1-61002-338-2

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This pediatrician-designed plan will help families kick-start their health and wellness and set the stage for long-term, lasting improvements in nutrition, fitness, sleep, stress, and screen use habits.

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What to Eat During Cancer Treatment: More than 130 Recipes to Help You Cope
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: Jeanne Besser, Barbara L. Grant, MS, RDN, CSO, and the American Cancer Society

Publisher: American Cancer Society

ISBN: 978-1-6044325-6-5

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An invaluable resource for anyone undergoing cancer treatment, this cookbook offers practical guidance and more than 130 recipes to help people cope with side effects.

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