BOCA RATON, Fla. - Dr. Tina M. Penhollow, daughter of Duane W. and Christine A. Penhollow of Fredonia, recently published a college textbook entitled "Points to Health: Theory and Practice of Health Education and Health Promotion" by Kendall Hunt Publishing (ISBN: 978-1-4652-0945-0). "Points to Health" is now available in bookstores for use on college campuses.
Penhollow recently obtained promotion and tenure from Florida Atlantic University and is now an associate professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion. In 2011, she was one of the first in the country to become a master certified health education specialist through the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Penhollow graduated with a Ph.D. in health science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2006. She received a master of science degree in health education from the University of West Florida at Pensacola in 2003, a bachelor of science honors degree in health services administration from SUNY College at Fredonia in 2001 and is a 1998 graduate of Fredonia High School.
Penhollow has previously published two books, a chapter for a college textbook, over 20 state and/or national scientific publications and has authored or co-authored more than 50 professional research presentations at national and international conferences. Penhollow's latest publication, "Points to Health," is a college textbook containing five parts with a total of 16 chapters. A foreword for the textbook was provided by Dr. Michael Young, professor and director of research at New Mexico State University. Young is a world renown author and scholar in the field of health science.
Dr. Tina M. Penhollow
"It does take more than information to successfully intervene and help people make positive, healthy, behavioral changes," Young said. "That's one of the things you can learn from this text, 'Points to Health,' how to use health behavior theory to craft interventions that will provide the right message, in the right context to help people use the information they have to make healthier choices. 'Points to Health' includes material about the history of health education, goals and settings of health education, responsibilities and ethics of the profession, and agencies and organizations associated with health education. You will also learn that it is not enough to design and implement a health education program; someone has to evaluate it. Finally, you will learn about future trends and the use of technology in health education. No one knows for sure what the future holds, but my take is that for some time to come, there will be a need for people who help others understand health and encourage them to make healthy decisions and effective interventions can probably be even more effective if they take advantage of the technology that people are actually using.
"The author of Points to Health is Tina M. Penhollow," Young said. "Dr. Penhollow received her Ph.D. in 2006, but is still young enough to fit in the category of accomplished young professional. She is well-trained as a health educator and health behavior researcher. She has conducted research and published extensively in scholarly journals while maintaining a heavy university teaching load. She is well-liked by her students who know that they have a professor who is really top-notch and cares about them. She has also received national recognition for her work. I recommend her and her textbook, Points to Health to you. You are going to learn a lot."