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Healthy Habits for the Whole Family

March 1st, 2016

By Tatiana Tilly

There are a lot of things kids can do alongside their parents. Healthy habits are easy to encourage when children are young and to sustain when they grow older if parents model them as well. Families that play together – stay together!

Sometimes, all it takes is a small new habit like a daily walk in the evening or a family Saturday breakfast that can start a lifestyle change benefiting entire family.

Have a look at this list that contains DVD's, eBooks, eVideos and books related to healthy active living including yoga, healthy eating and cooking at home with Mom and Dad.

Come to Yoga Families Saturday at the Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library

Saturday, May 14

1p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All ages.  Under 8, bring an adult

FREE family fun with yoga games & stories.

Bring yoga mats if you have them.

Snack & demo by Alberta Health Services.

Kids World Yoga: Family Acro Yoga


If Yoga is something that interests you then this website has some great features for kids of all ages. Focusing on family interaction, the link leads to a page which demonstrates some family Acro Yoga poses which require a partner (or parent) to do. For solo yoga poses, simply check the home page. DVD purchase not required to view pose images.

Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-pose Bedtime Story by Mariam Gates

For kids in early to middle childhood-and the lucky people who have to get them to bed-Good Night Yoga is both a bedtime story and a series of simple poses for following the natural world as it comes to rest at day's end. Created by the founder of the celebrated Kid Power Yoga program.

Family Yoga: Connect, Play & Laugh

Streaming Video - 2011 – Instantly available on Hoopla

Wondering how to cook fun and nutritious meals for the entire family? Check these titles out to discover fun facts about foods, embrace healthy eating habits and conquer making nutritious lunches!


  • The Monster Health Book. A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active, & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! By Edward Miller


Tired of hearing how you should eat healthy, but not really understanding what it means? This book is both educational, informative while still remaining fun!

  • YUM: Your Ultimate Manual for Good Nutrition by  Daina Kalnins

This guide to healthy eating will help kids get food-label-literate and figure out how to choose the best foods every day. They'll discover delicious recipes and healthy snack ideas from kids who already make nutrition part of their lives. The author encourages kids to set realistic goals for themselves, and to help parents make meal plans and grocery lists, so that the whole family can get on board with nutrition.Cooking together as a family creates a bond that stays with you for life! Find a recipe book that gets you all excited and make something delicious for the entire family.

THE CAN'T COOK BOOK will empower you in the kitchen, and it can be either the first and only cookbook you ever need.

  • Clean Eating for Busy Families: Get Meals on the Table in Minutes With Simple & Satisfying Whole-foods Recipes You & your Kids Will Love by  Michelle, Dudash

All moms know what a struggle it can be to get dinner on the table night after night--you want to prepare healthy meals for your family, but picky eaters, busy schedules, and way-too-long cooking times always seem to stand in your way. Clean Eating for Busy Families takes the challenge out of putting delicious food on the family table on a nightly basis by providing you with a clear plan for dinner success.

  • National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-round Fun Food Adventure by  Seaver Barton

For each month of the year discover recipes for fun, new dishes and twists on old favorites, weird-but-true food facts, profiles on "foodie " people, plus activities and challenges you can do by yourself or with friends.Check our Spring program guide to find out many great free programs for any member of your family in all three branches of Red Deer Public Library. Healthy bodies -healthy minds!

Tatiana Tilly is the Manager of the Red Deer Public Library’s Dawe Branch.

Tags: Books, health

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