PAVING the Path to Wellness Workbook

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Beth Frates et al
404 pages
Healthy Learning
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PAVING the Path to Wellness Workbook is an easy-to-follow resource for anyone who wants to improve their overall well-being. In a step-by-step manner, this exceptional book explains how to make small lifestyle-related, health-enhancing changes—one step at a time. Featuring principles that are foundational for treating, as well as preventing, numerous health conditions, including from heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, PAVING the Path to Wellness Workbook shares perspectives from three highly respected physicians, provides a wealth of important facts, and offers a compelling array of practical self-reflection exercises.

The book details 12 specific steps—involving the body, mind, and spirit—that collectively empower individuals to achieve their goals of enjoying a happier and healthier life. PAVING the Path to Wellness Workbook is a must-have resource for healthcare providers and patients alike.




Figuratively speaking, when you pave the way for someone, you make it easier for them to do something. And that exactly is what PAVING the Path to Wellness Workbook does! It gives you the tools you can use to make it possible to assess and take action where you are right now in your healthy lifestyle journey. This evidence-based book features tips and tricks from years of experience from three physicians and their reading of the literature, as well as their lessons from patients, all wrapped into one engaging and dynamic book that can guide you in the direction of health and happiness.

Stelios Kiosses

Psychotherapist and Clinical Lead, Edison Education 

Instructor, Harvard University Extension School

Author, The Power of Talking: Stories from the Therapy Room


Even in challenging times, it is possible to improve your overall health and well-being. The key, as described in the PAVING the Path to Wellness Workbook, is to learn how to make small changes, one step at a time. This book is informative, inspiring, and fun to read, as well as an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn how live a better life.

Randie M. Black-Schaffer, MD, MA

Stroke Program Medical Director, Stroke Wellness Institute Director, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Division of Stroke and Neurology Director, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School


This book is a step-by-step instruction guide to help you embrace healthy living and adopt an attitude of gratitude, a growth mindset, and loving kindness which will lead you to a space of inner peace, allowing you to thrive under the most challenging circumstances. If you want to enjoy a healthy body, peaceful mind and joyful heart on a daily basis, the PAVING the Path to Wellness Workbook is for you. 

Ned Hallowell, MD

American Psychiatrist

New York Times Best-Selling Author

Founder, Hallowell ADHD Centers


PAVING the Path to Wellness Workbook gives you concrete tools you can use today—like the PAVING Questionnaire that allows you to assess where you are right now in your healthy lifestyle journey. Then, each chapter shares research, as well as live-and-learn stories that help to bring the material to life. Real patients share their trials and tribulations, as well as their strategies for success. The authors—all physicians—share several of their own stories too. The book is relatable on all levels for healthcare providers and patients alike. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to start or to continue on their wellness journey. It’s actually fun!

Dexter Sherney, MD, MDA, MPH

Chief Medical Officer, Sr. Vice President, Adventist Health, Roseville CA


PAVING the Path to Wellness has been an incredible tool for me personally and professionally. Being in corporate wellness for 25-plus years, I have utilized many tools to bring lifestyle medicine into workplaces but nothing compares to the benefits of this program in targeting the root causes of employees’ mental and physical illnesses. Beth, Michelle, and Amy are powerhouses in this topic, as well as in the field of lifestyle medicine. They are transforming healthcare and corporate wellness with this tool. Improving health outcomes requires that people become aware of their present state in many important areas, such as social connection, purpose, sleep, stress resilience, and more. This is the first step in order for employees and patients to make sustainable and long-term lifestyle changes that can positively impact their health and well-being, and consequently contribute to a decrease in healthcare cost and an increase in employee engagement. Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death, disability, and healthcare costs in the U.S. The status quo is no longer acceptable or sustainable. Companies must start doing what truly works, and PAVING the Path to Wellness is it!

Valeria S. Tivnan, MPH, Med

Employee Benefit Solutions (EBS)

Director, Population Health Strategy and Well-being


Whether you are trying to manage your chronic health condition or you are just trying to improve your physical, mental, and emotional wellness but feel overwhelmed with the quantity of information and different, sometimes contradicting advice from diverse sources, this book is for you. Addressing the six pillars of body, mind, and soul well-being, this workbook offers sound, scientifically tested information and interventions that work together to address all aspects of human health and wellness. Use this workbook as a guide to designing your own wellness experiments and crafting your individualized path to health and flourishing. Having used principles of PAVING Steps program in a stroke survivor wellness program, I can attest to the value and satisfaction that both patients and their caregivers derived from this program and improvements many of them made in their overall health and quality of life.

Irena Matanovic

MA Clinical Psychology

Certified Health and Wellness Coach


I was introduced to the amazing Dr. Frates and the PAVING course thanks to the charity SameYou, as part of my rehabilitation from a brain injury. The PAVING blend of science, psychology, culture, and ancient wisdom, and not to mention Beth’s own family story, means there is something to inspire everyone to start on their own journey to wellness. The practical steps of the PAVING course went from being a tool for rehabilitation to an everyday guide to help me to be the best me. This practical and inspiring approach to well-being is a gift that can benefit everyone at whatever stage they are in their journey in life.

Mark Robinson

PAVING Program Participant


PAVING the Path to Wellness Workbook is an evidence-based plan to help individuals utilize the power of daily habits and actions to improve their health and quality of life by lowering the risk of chronic disease. Written and tested by three acknowledged physician experts in lifestyle medicine, PAVING the Path to Wellness Workbook provides an easy-to-follow road map for individuals to improve their health, happiness, and well-being.

James M. Rippe, MD

Founder and Director, Rippe Lifestyle Institute