Darren Morton

Active intent

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Academic’s lifestyle and healthy living book sees a second edition

Strong sales of an Avondale academic’s lifestyle and healthy living book have led to the publication of a second edition, which launched in Sydney, February 4.

Author Dr Darren Morton and Signs Publishing first published Live More: Active in early 2014. The second edition includes updates to and fine-tuning of the editorial content and an endorsement by Dr Kenneth Cooper, an exercise science pioneer and founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Texas (USA). The endorsement describes Live More: Active as “a readable, articulate, scientifically accurate book to help the reader become and stay more active.”

“Kenneth Cooper is synonymous with the beginning of the physical activity movement and I have always had great respect for him,” says Morton, Lead Researcher in the Lifestyle Research Centre and Senior Lecturer in Health and Exercise Science at Avondale College of Higher Education. “To receive an endorsement from him is encouraging and rewarding.”

In its second year of sales, Live More: Active featured in Signs Publishing’s Bookshelf Top 20, reflecting continuing sales in Adventist Book Centres in Australia and New Zealand. It also sells through the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific’s network of literature evangelists and through Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) groups around the world.

“Physical inactivity continues to be a major health crisis, but the key message of this book is that it isn’t too hard to do something about it,” says Morton. “One of the important features of this book is that it helps people follow through on their desire to be more active, offering helpful strategies for achieving it.”

The book opens with a section on how to sit less, move more, oxygenate and strengthen and stretch. It closes with a 21-day challenge that gives readers the principles and the strategies to enact behaviour change. And it presents its message in a positive way.

The second edition of Live More: Active launched at Live More!, a one-night symposium exploring the future of healthcare and the contribution of lifestyle as medicine. The Lifestyle Research Centre presented the symposium with the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control, the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing and CHIP.

Held in the Clinical Education Centre at Sydney Adventist Hospital, Live More! featured a keynote presentation from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Baggoley. Also presenting keynotes: the senior medical advisor to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Professor John Turnidge; and advisor to the World Health Organisation in chronic disease prevention Professor Garry Egger, who wrote the foreword to Live More: Active.

Live More: Active is available from Adventist Book Centres.



Sara Bolst

Sara is Assistant Public Relations Officer at Avondale College of Higher Education and editor of Reflections, the biannual magazine for alumni of Avondale.