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Reading About Health & Wellness

March 1st, 2017

By Tatiana Tilley

With the sun being up longer and temperatures outside being higher, the families begin to spend more time outside and have time to consider their health and wellness in a systematic manner. After all, being well translates into so much more for parents and kids: it is the ultimate freedom to pursue one’s hopes and dreams.

When a person is bombarded with the health and wellness information from virtually everywhere, it is a responsible thing to exercise caution and use the authoritative sources to get reliable information.

Books in your public library are the way to go!

Healthy Kids by Maya Ajmera

In this new title from The Global Fund for Children, readers learn the different ways kids from around the world can stay healthy. Photographs showcase children from Afghanistan washing their hands, a team of boys from Australia playing sports, a group of girls from Panama wearing their seatbelts. There are many ways kids can practice healthy living, no matter where they live.

French Kids Eat Everything (and Yours Can Too): How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Magic Rules for Raising Healthy, Happy Eaters by Karen Le Billon

Adopting 10 French Food Rules, her (at times reluctant) family cures picky eating and learns to love trying new foods. But the real challenge comes when they move back to North America, where their commitment to "eating French" is put to the test. The result is a fun and witty memoir of a family food revolution, with surprising but happy results. French Kids Eat Everything suggests we need to dramatically rethink both the way we parent, and the way we feed children, at home and at school - and all of the tips, resources, and recipes to make it happen.

The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them by  Elaine Aron (Streaming Audiobook)

With chapters addressing the needs of specific age groups, from newborns through teens, The Highly Sensitive Child delivers warm hearted, timely information for parents, teachers, and the sensitive children in their lives.

The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage your Child to Eat and Eat Healthy by Elizabeth Pantley

SAY GOOD-BYE TO the daily frustration of picky eating with these effective child-tested, parent-approved No-Cry solutions--including healthy, family-friendly recipes.

Beat Sugar Addiction Now! for Kids: The Cutting-edge Program That Gets Kids Off Sugar Safely, Easily, and Without Fights and Drama by Jacob Teitelbaum

Bestselling author and noted physician Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum and pediatric nutrition specialist Deborah Kennedy, Ph.D., give parents a toolkit for avoiding the common pitfalls such as guilt and temper tantrums, managing the 5-step process successfully on a day-to-day basis, and getting their child emotionally, as well as physically, unhooked from sugary drinks, breakfast foods, snacks, and desserts, as well as "hidden" sugars in foods.

Allergies by Adams Media (e-book)

Here you'll find the tools in determining what is, or is not, an allergic reaction, when to seek allergy testing from your child's pediatrician, and how to minimize your child' triggers.

Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help A Child Grow by Michael Thompson

An insightful and powerful look at the magic of summer camp--and why it is so important for children to be away from home . . . if only for a little while.

The New Dad's Survival Guide: What to Expect in the First Year and Beyond by Rob Kemp

The new dad's complete guide to their baby's first 18 months, combining an approachable tone with expert advice.

The 21-day Dad's Challenge: Three Weeks to A Better Relationship With Your Kids (e-book)

The 21-Day Dad's Challenge features a simple, practical tip for each day of the next three weeks, along with a quick, easy way to try it out. Not enough to weigh you down; just enough to make a difference. You'll be challenged by the best: Tony Dungy, Josh McDowell, Randy Alcorn, Carey Casey, Jim Daly, and more. No matter what your child's age, make each day count with in-person loving, coaching, and modeling, starting with the next 21!

Also, as the school year continues, the library offers general programming for all ages. Check our Spring program guide at www.rdpl.org  to find out many great free programs for any member of your family in all three branches of Red Deer Public Library.

Tatiana Tilly is Manager, Dawe Branch of Red Deer Public Library.



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