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Health and Wellness Issues
This database helps students develop an in-depth understanding of a variety of health and wellness topics, providing authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on today's most important health and wellness issues.

The Health and Wellness Issues: Understanding Science, Society and Yourself Team

Judy Fay, Sr. Director, Solutions
Julie Dunbar, Manager, Editorial Development
Nita Lang, Editorial Specialist
Jennifer Hutchinson, Tamara Johnson, Editors
Ellen Rasmussen, Media Editor

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