Healthy Lifestyles

A person’s health affects every part of his/her life. With the growing number of children with obesity, illness, and disease, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is more important than ever before! A healthy lifestyle for children is about making positive choices to promote optimal physical, social, and mental development. Adult role modeling is the key to guiding children on
how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Having a positive outlook on healthy living makes us feel better about ourselves. This confidence is a great way
to stand-up against bullying.

Having a Healthy Lifestyle Means:

  • Eating nutritional foods
  • Getting enough physical activity
  • Having a good night sleep
  • Taking care of our teeth and personal hygiene
  • Spending quality family time together


The Race Against Junk Food (Adventures in Good Nutrition)

Author:  Anthony Buono
Age Group:  5-9
Summary:   A fun filled adventure introducing the Snak Posse (Super Nutritionally Active Kids.) These vegi-people get children excited about living healthy through fun and entertainment. Read how Tommy and the Snak Posse win the race against junk food!

Oh the Things You Can Do That Are Good for You!: All About Staying Healthy (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)
Author:  Tish Rabe
Age Group: 6-12
Summary:  With the help of the staff and equipment at a Seussian spa, the Cat in the Hat explains the basics of healthy living, from eating right and getting enough exercise and sleep, to having a positive body image, to the distance and speed of a typical sneeze!

Dinosaurs Alive and Well!: A Guide to Good Health
(Dino Life Guides for Families
Author:  Marc Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown
Age Group: 5-10
Summary:  A liberal mix of humorous dinosaurs and lively text create a unique treatment in health education. A regular dose of the Browns’ lovable creatures is sure to become the enticement to a better and more healthful life. The smooth style of writing develops the theme across a broad span of coverage, giving information and advice about nutrition, cleanliness, illness, the value of exercise, and how to handle stress (child oriented!). Frequent exposure to this book will help children realize the ultimate goal–that of staying healthy and feeling good about themselves.


Author:  Jordan Ninkovich
Summary:  This book is unique because the main focus and desire is to help eliminate the epidemic of obesity, bullying and harassment that is hurting and holding back the youth of North America from developing their full potential.

The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook
Author:  Deanna F. Cook
Summary:  In this whirlwind tour of 41 countries, readers are given a quick dose of culture from each one. There are one or two recipes (their difficulty is rated by one, two, or three spoons) for each place and an introduction to a child who lives there. Occasional riddles and “fun facts” are inserted, such as the world record for watermelon-seed spitting. Foreign words are included with pronunciations. Readers are encouraged to try home-baked tortilla chips, ginger ale made from ginger root, and peanut butter soup.

Food, Fun N’ Fitness: Designing Healthy Lifestyles for Our Children : Designs for Healthy Lifestyles
Author:  Dr Mary Friesz
Summary: Dr Mary has combined her extensive experience as a nutrition and fitness specialist – and MOM – with her own personal journey through childhood obesity and disordered eating, to create the ultimate parents’ guide for enhancing the well-being of our youth. “Food, Fun n’ Fitness” emphasizes the importance of healthy lifestyle habits— nutrition, physical activity and a healthy self-image — as the foundation for healthy children and healthy adults. From nutrition and fitness basics, to overcoming the media and cultural pressures that breed low self-esteem and unhealthy habits, Mary offers insightful guidance, clear explanations and practical solutions to get YOUR family on the road to health.

365 Activities for Fitness, Food, and Fun for the Whole Family
Author:  Julia E. Sweet
Summary:  365 Activities for Fitness, Food, and Fun for the Whole Family features activities that will hoist young spuds off the couch and get them participating in games, exercises, and healthy recipes they will love. Best of all, the activities are designed to be fun for the whole family, strengthening family bonds as well as improving everyone’s health.

Web Resources:

VIEW   In Calgary

VIEW   Be A Fit Kid
(and lots of other information on various healthy lifestyle topics)

VIEW   20 Tips for Healthier Snacking