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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nancy Tigert, NNP (Ochsner Rothschild Pediatric Clinic)
Description: This is a family-centered guide to raising healthy, fit children. The author offers practical advice and tips to parents and coaches, ranging from healthy diets and simple exercises for children, to safety and sports participation issues. A website for the book and a web link directly to the author provide additional resources.
Purpose: Practical, important tips are provided for parents and coaches on healthy diets, recommended activities for different age groups, and safety equipment. The author briefly discusses common sports related injuries such as sprain, strains, tendonitis, shin splints, and elbow and shoulder injuries.
Audience: This easy to read book is written primarily for parents of young children and those who coach organized children's sports.
Features: It covers fitness guidelines for children ages 6-12 years, guidelines for selecting appropriate equipment for specific sports, and nutritional meals and snacks. The menus may appeal to children since they are referred to as power and sports meals that are important to athletic success. A week's worth of menus for several sports is included, with names such as baseball championship meal with a home run breakfast, grand slam lunch, and triple play dinner. One of the most important themes of the book is covered in the section on organized sports. "Let kids be kids" is evident in the advice for coaches and parent-coach partnerships. The author describes eight tips for successful coaching and advice on how to be a supportive parent.
Assessment: The most important aspect of this book is the approach and tone it sets for raising healthy, happy, fit children. The family-centered focus emphasizes the necessity of children having fun! Participation in organized sports is all about the child, not the parent or coach, and one of the main goals is for the child to gain confidence in his own abilities, not to become the next Tiger Woods.