Healthy Family Book Reviews
Obesity is a serious problem in the United States, many even call it an epidemic. It doesn’t only affect adults, but is also starting to plague our children. The number of obese children is on the rise. Parents are struggling to figure out how to keep their children from becoming obese, or how to help the children that already are.
An important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t place blame on anyone or anything. Children model the behavior of their parents, so the best thing you can do is to create a good example. You should never put children on a diet, but you can create a healthier lifestyle and healthier options for them.
There is a lot of information available to help you encourage your children to make healthy choices. Your pediatrician is a great first stop, but there are also websites and books that can provide a lot of great information and tips for you. If you are unsure of where to start, I suggest you read these two great books for a healthy family household.
by Mary L. Gavin, M.D., Steven A. Dowshen, M.D., and Neil Izenberg, M.D
The authors of this book also provide medical information on KidsHealth.org, a site full of health information about children from before birth through adolescence. This book is a guide for parents who want to raise healthy children. Fit Kids is full of easy to follow tips information about nutrition and healthy eating habits, plus tools to teach you how to encourage your children to make healthy choices. It is easy to read and full of fun visuals, containing information that is accepted by the medical community and helpful to any parent. You can know a lot of hardly anything about nutrition and fitness for kids, but still find this book helpful and informative.
The Family Fitness Fun Book
by Rose R. Kennedy The best way to get your kids to be more active is to be more active with them. This book contains tons of ideas for children of all ages, from relays to party games to sports. The book is organized by activity type: indoor, outdoor, city, season, and so on. The games and activities range from easy to difficult, so you can find stuff for all age groups. While some of the games don’t require parental supervision or involvement, parents are encouraged to join in the activities. Not only is a fit family healthier, but also happier from all of that together time.