Good Books for Healthy Lifestyles

Family Power: 5 Simple Rules for a Healthy-Weight Home

by Karen Miller-Lovach is a practical, common sense book that helps family create an home environment that supports healthy eating and regular physical activity.  It includes stories of real families and Coaches Corner boxes throughout the book with 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 is 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 are 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 family. If families are not already following these guidelines, the author suggests taking them one at a time and working through it step-by-step.
There are 5 copies in the Lexington Public Library system so the book may be available in your community as well. This is good advice for all American families.

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.  The first step “Starting the Adventure with Fruit” is don’t stop eating anything that’s part of your family routine and simply add in three opportunities to enjoy fruit each day.  Each week or on their own time tables families are encouraged to make a simple change until healthy eating is enjoyable habit.  Chapter titles include Head for Health, Not Weight Loss, Battles, Boundaries and Behaviors: Moving from Picky to Pleasant and 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.