Snack Attack: Unhealthy Treats

Snack Attack: Unhealthy Treats

by John Burstein

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Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
Slim Goodbody's goal in life is to help young people become healthy and active. Today, one in three kids in the United States is overweight. Without changing their eating and exercise habits, many will become overweight adults. They risk many possible health problems, like high blood pressure or diabetes. Many scientists believe that young people become overweight because they eat so many pre-packaged snacks and drink so much soda and sugary juices. Alexis loves to explore the wilderness and rock climb with her brother Sam. He is in college and is majoring in nutrition. At the bottom of a cliff, Sam gives Alexis an apple to help keep up her strength. He explains about what a big difference it makes to eat healthy snacks, and that he himself eats something small every three or four hours. He says it keeps him from overeating at meals. Alexis is stunned. Her mom always says that snacks spoil your appetite for meals. Her brother explains that if you eat the right snacks and not too close to meals it is okay. By the time they climb to the top of the cliff, Alexis is glad she has eaten that apple. Alexis tells Sam that last year she and some of her friends started a nutrition club at school but that all the vending machines were full of junk food. She asks him for ideas so she can tell other students about eating better. Sam thinks it is really cool idea so he tells her about learning the "Go, Slow and Whoa" foods. Go foods are low in fat and sugar. They have fewer calories and they are full of healthy vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Most fruits and vegetables are Go foods. Whole-grain cereals are, too, as long as they are not sugary. And so are whole-grain pastas and low-fatyogurt and cheeses. Sam explains that people should read the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods, such as cereal, to be able to tell if it is healthy or not. Slow foods are higher in fat and added sugar. They also contain more calories. Slow foods are French fries, low-fat ice cream, waffles, and pancakes. Some others are low-fat peanut butter, and frozen fruit-juice bars. All 100 percent fruit juice and sports drinks are considered Slow drinks. People who eat and drink too many of these items that are high in fat and calories, risk having health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes. Whoa foods are high in fat, sugar, and calories such as potato chips, ice cream, cake, doughnuts, candy bars, and chicken nuggets. They fill you up without giving you any of the nutrients that help keep you healthy. Water is the only drink that has no sugar or calories and it keeps you hydrated. Low-fat and skim milk are good too. Back at school, Alexis speaks to her health teacher and she agrees to help the other kids learn about the Go, Slow and Whoa foods. She offers them tips about not eating chips out of a bag while watching T.V. and drinking water instead of soda. She also tells them to watch T.V. after a meal so they will not want to snack. They end up having a healthy snack sale at school so everyone can learn about good nutrition. I learned a lot reading this book. You can bet I will be eating more of the Go foods myself now that I know what they are. And now I know what not to eat, too. I would recommend this book for teachers and parents alike so that they can get a better handle on better ways to educate teens about their eating habits. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi

Product Details

Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
Slim Goodbody's Lighten Up! Series
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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