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September 11, 1943

How to Keep Fit and Like It: A Manual for Civilians and a Plan for a Community Approach to Physical Fitness

JAMA. 1943;123(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840370054029

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This is a manual for persons desiring to guide their own physical fitness programs and a training textbook for instructors in group programs in communities. It is premised on sound policy and based on the experiences of trained physical directors and other experts in this field. These policies have resulted in the recommendation for pleasant and effective exercises for physical fitness. It is a small, concise volume, devoid of all "filler," and abounds in good common sense and advice. It teaches how to grade one's exercises at home, in the gymnasium or in the great outdoors. It is sufficiently illustrated to lend itself to home training and has the proper medical approach in the matter of regular physical examinations and in the development of muscles while losing excess adipose tissue. Adequate nutrition and food values are given full consideration in the fitness program outlined. It is streamlined for war service

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