Good Books About Healthy Family Habits

Family Power: 5 Simple Rules for a Healthy-Weight Home by Karen Miller-Lovach is a practical, common sense book that helps family create a home environment that supports healthy eating and regular physical activity. It includes stories of real families that have struggled and succeeded in living healthier lifestyles.  Coaches Corner boxes throughout the book cover topics like When Rigid Rules Back Fire and The Big Eater. Don’t let the fact that it is a Weight Watchers book scare you off. It's not a diet book. In fact, it’s more of an anti-diet book. It’s a book that may keep your kids from having to go to Weight Watchers or other weight loss programs when they're adults.

The 5 Rules are:
1. Focus on wholesome, nutritious foods.
2. Include treats.
3. Aim to keep non-homework screen time at two hours (or less) per day.
4. Try to be active an hour every day.
5. The Rules apply to everyone in the family.

Number 5 is the clincher—just imagine the power this has to transform a child and a family.
There are 5 copies in the Lexington Public Library system so the book may be available in your community as well.

Feeding the Kids: The Flexible, No-Battles, Healthy Eating System for the Whole
Family by Pamela Gould and Eleanor P. Taylor

Feeding the Kids recommends a 6-week “adventure plan” to help families gradually improve their eating habits. Each week or on their own time tables families are encouraged to make a simple change until healthy eating is enjoyable habit. The first step is “Starting the Adventure with Fruit”.  The authors recommend that you don’t stop eating anything that’s part of your family routine and simply add in three opportunities to enjoy fruit each day.  Chapter titles include Head for Health, Not Weight Loss, Battles, Boundaries and Behaviors, Mini Recipes and Menus.

Feeding the Kids was named the winner of the 2008 CIPA Award for Best Health and Fitness Book and received the Good Parenting Seal.