The 4 Habits of Healthy Families: Everything Your Family Needs to Get Healthy and Stay Healthy for Life / Featuring the Yes, No, Maybe So Food Choice

The 4 Habits of Healthy Families: Everything Your Family Needs to Get Healthy and Stay Healthy for Life / Featuring the Yes, No, Maybe So Food Choice

by Amy Hendel


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ISBN-13: 9781935251774
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amy Hendel, R-PA, IDEA, ACSM, is a family lifestyle therapist, registered physician assistant, and well-known TV and radio personality, health expert, reporter, correspondent, producer, and writer for a wide variety of television and radio shows and print publications. She reaches millions of people through a broad spectrum of media outlets including guest spots on NBC’s Today, Fox News, and The Early Show. As a spokesperson for several noted health campaigns including Global Amway's Nutrilite vitamin division, and as “Healthy Home” segment host on Housesmarts, she speaks to audiences throughout the country. Past host of PBS' HealthZone and Westwood One's Good Eating Good Living, she has also been a coach and mentor for, a website with more than 16 million subscribers. Currently she blogs for HealthCentral, a medical destination website and HealthCorps, Dr. Oz's philanthropic organization that fights teen obesity nationwide. As CEO of, her daily newsletter hits thousands of homes.

Hendel’s master’s level R-PA degree followed her Bachelor of Science degree. She is a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutritionist; and her professional affiliations include the California Association of Physician Assistants and the American Association of Physician Assistants.

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By working together, every family can create healthier eating and activity habits. I know because I’ve seen it happen so many times. However, I also know from experience that there is no one-size-fits-all-families solution. Every family is different. Some families are constantly on the go. Others face a lot of conflict about what foods they should eat because some members want to make healthier choices than others. Sometimes one family member has developed a health or weight problem; unfortunately, all too often, this is viewed as an individual problem rather than what it really is—a family problem. Some families make generally healthy choices, but they are hooked on big portions or they completely avoid activity. Sometimes the whole family practically lives on sugar and fat, although the weight effects may not yet be evident with every family member. For some families, all members face similar challenges; most struggle with weight, for example. For others, there are individual considerations such as health conditions or unique lifestyle distinctions (family members who are athletes or vegetarians, who have food allergies, etc.).

For some families, serious medical consequences make it urgent to make changes promptly. For others, the consequences haven’t caught up with them yet.

Your first step toward becoming a Healthy Family for Life is to assess your family’s needs and take a closer look at the realities your family faces: genetics, medical indicators, and habits that could be undercutting your efforts to be healthy.

Table of Contents

1 Facing the Facts to Save Your Family 1

2 What Kind of Food Family Are You? 29

3 Eat Like a Cow and Other Easy Ways Your Family Can Become a "Healthy Family for Life" 51

4 The "Yes, No, Maybe So" Food Choice Plan 77

5 Focusing on "Yes" Foods: The Healthy Family Food Superstars 129

6 Healthy Habit #1: Plan Together 157

7 Healthy Habit #2: Prepare Together 197

8 Healthy Habit #3: Portion Together 227

9 Healthy Habit #4: Play Together 253

10 The Right Way (and Wrong Way) to Support Each Other 297

11 Don't Fight the Feelings 315

12 There Are No Perfect Families: The Art of Making Realistic Goals and Helping Your Family 335

13 Secrets for Changing Kids' and Teens' Habits 367

Yes, No, Maybe So Food Choices 405

HFL Recipes 411

Appendices 431

Useful Web Sites 465

References 467

About the Author 475

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