Dianne Hales is a successful health, fitness, and wellness author of several higher-education textbooks, including AN INVITATION TO HEALTH, Eleventh Edition; AN INVITATION TO HEALTH: BRIEF, Fourth Edition; and AN INVITATION TO FITNESS AND WELLNESS, First Edition, all with Thomson Wadsworth. Dianne is also an accomplished journalist and trade author, having written JUST LIKE A WOMAN (Bantam, 2000), as well as CARING FOR THE MIND (Bantam, 1996), THE MIND MOOD PILL BOOK (Bantam, 2001), and THINK THIN, BE THIN (Broadway, 2005). She is also a contributing editor to PARADE Magazine and has written for several national magazines. Her success is due in large part to her extensive research into the latest developments in health, fitness, and wellness. Her engaging writing style, vivid examples, and creative pedagogy are highly effective in capturing and keeping students' interest. In her role as a journalist, Dianne interviews leading health, fitness and wellness researchers/experts and incorporates their insights into her textbooks. Dianne Hales is one of the few journalists to be honored with national awards for excellence in writing by both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association. Her writing awards include an EMMA (Exceptional Media Merit Award) for health reporting from the National Women's Political Caucus and Radcliffe College.Dianne Hales is the author of 'An Invitation to Wellness: Making Healthy Choices (with Lab Booklet and CengageNOW, InfoTrac 1-Semester Printed Access Card) (Available Titles CengageNOW)', published 2006 under ISBN 9780495014638 and ISBN 049501463X.