Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great

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Mavis Jukes is here to help girls learn how to be healthy so they can stay healthy. Be Healthy! targets what girls need to know in order to achieve an active lifestyle and how to avoid the pitfalls of body image issues. Readers will find basic nutritional information; ideas for safe exercising; tips on how to eat right no matter where they are; and lots of other kid-specific information—all written with the author's trademark energy and enthusiasm.

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Overview

Mavis Jukes is here to help girls learn how to be healthy so they can stay healthy. Be Healthy! targets what girls need to know in order to achieve an active lifestyle and how to avoid the pitfalls of body image issues. Readers will find basic nutritional information; ideas for safe exercising; tips on how to eat right no matter where they are; and lots of other kid-specific information—all written with the author's trademark energy and enthusiasm.

A guide for adolescent girls on how to stay healthy and fit, with information on nutrition and exercise.

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Publishers Weekly
Learn how to eat right and feel good with Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great! by Mavis Jukes and Lilian Cheung. This guide to a healthy lifestyle includes nutritional information, the "Cactus Plan" of food and physical activity guidelines (a diagram in the shape of a cactus), tips for vegetarians, a guide to reading food labels, exercise ideas and more. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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This book guarantees to whet the appetites of young girls seeking recipes that targets nutrition, physical fitness, and positive self-assurance. Delectable entrees are featured in the seventeen chapters that incorporate the lowdown on food basics, illustrate how the human body is energized, offer tips for proper shopping, expose the facts about food labels, encourage physical activity to boost self-esteem, and draw up the Cactus Plant that will lead one into a healthy eating pattern. The text is spiced with humor and lighthearted language. Readers will quickly savor the rich content presented in brief portions and be energized with eye-catching labels, tempting factoids, and appealing black-and-white pictures and drawings. Sandwiched in the hardback/paperback are additional tools to assist young lasses making wise choices including menus, snack suggestions, recipes, websites, agency contacts, shopping lists, and charts listing vitamins and minerals. Authors Lillian Cheung (nutrition consultant) and Mavis Jukes (attorney and writer) have collaborated with other professionals in fields of nutrition and physical activity to relate accurate information. They not only encourage adolescents to link frequently with family and friends, but also advocate speaking to issues affecting their physical development—cafeteria choices or intramural sports programs. In a fast paced world, students, parents, and school staff will want to seize the opportunity to use the fun and entertaining guidelines in this book to stay healthy and fit. 2003, Crown Publishers, Ages 10 to 14.
—Barbara Troisi
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Gr 5-9-This upbeat book offers girls going through puberty advice on nutrition, fitness, self-image, and appearance. The authors claim that following their Cactus Plan, which is largely based on the food pyramid model, will increase energy and concentration, improve sports ability, reduce stress, and improve one's looks. Readers are encouraged to take charge of their choices, and to recognize marketing gimmicks. The plan offers a balanced diet along with guidelines for physical activity, hydration, and rest. Most adolescents will need a support network of family and friends to make these ideas a reality, but the book offers the inspiration to get started and sufficient information for reference along the way. "You can do it!" is the battle cry. Tina Schwager and Michele Schuerger's The Right Moves: A Girl's Guide to Getting Fit and Feeling Good (Free Spirit, 1998) includes more direct information on improving self-image, including journaling activities, as well as more specifics on exercise and fitness, but speaks to the same audience and goal.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679990291
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/23/2003
  • Series: It's a Girl Thing Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Mavis Jukes has twenty years of writing experience and twenty years of teaching experience and is a member of the California bar. She has written many books for kids and teens, including three other health-related titles: It's a Girl Thing: How to Stay Healthy, Safe, and in Charge (for girls 12 and up): Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing: Straight Talk About First Bras, First Periods, and Your Changing Body (for girls 8 and up); and The Guy Book: An Owner's Manual: Maintenance, Safety, and Operating Instructions for Teens (for boys 13 and up).

Lilian Cheung is a lecturer, the director of Health Promotion & Communication, and editorial director of The Nutrition Source website (www.thenutritionsource.org) at the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition. She co-edited Child Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity (1995) with the late Surgeon General Dr. Julius Richmond, and also co-authored Mindful Eating, Mindful Life with Zen Bugghist master Thich Nhat Hanh, released by HarperCollins in March 2010 (www.savorthebook.com).

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Going through puberty means you're going through a series of dazzling physical, intellectual, and emotional changes called the growth spurt.

But it's really not a spurt. It actually takes a few years.

If you're going through puberty, you're in the process of gaining half of your adult bone mass and weight, the last inches of your height, and the ability to reproduce.

At the same time, you're beginning to think more critically. You're acquiring the intellectual and emotional ability to make decisions, including healthy food and lifestyle choices.

AND ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING AT ONCE!

In order to support this rapid growth, you have very specific needs for food and physical activity.

Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great will help you understand the basic information you need to stay healthy and fit.

And feel great.

AND HAVE A GOOD TIME DOING IT

Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great gives you the lowdown on how your body uses food; ideas for boosting the nutritional value of what you love to eat, choosing from a fast-food menu, and shopping for food; information on how to link food and physical activity with fun and friendship; and advice on how to think positively and keep your spirits up, how to initiate change by advocating for yourself and friends, and how, when, and where to ask for help when you need it.

DO!

Involve your friends, family, teachers, and health care professionals (physician, pediatrician, nurse, registered dietitian) in evaluating the information in these pages and putting it to work for you in the context of your own cultural traditions, family structure, school environment, economic circumstances, and community.

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Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great will help you

• Have more energy

• Improve your ability in sports, exercise, and active games

• Focus and concentrate better in school

• Reduce stress and worries

• Boost your spirits

• Look your best

• Appreciate yourself for who you are

• Counter the negative influence of the media (like TV and magazines and websites) on your food choices and your self-image

• Work toward getting more nutritious food and more choices for safe, fun physical activity in your school

• Up your chances of being healthy as an adult

• Establish and maintain a beautiful, powerful presence as you move through the world

• Care for our planet by making choices that are good for the environment

YOU READY?

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