READ YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER YOU

Just like healthy eating and regular exercise, reading is a great habit to get into. Becoming an avid reader is among the best life-long lessons we can learn. Books can help boost self-esteem, take us to far-away places, help us navigate our way through the world, uncover new ideas and directions, and encourage us to develop action plans that set us on a healthy path. 



READING REMAINS FUNDAMENTAL


FitFamily has compiled a list of a few books for teens on healthy eating, building self-esteem and more. We’ve also compiled a list for parents of teens. Choose one or two and you’ll discover fresh strategies for helping your kids make smarter eating choices and feel better about themselves. You may even find some hints for yourself along the way, and gain new insights into your teenager’s psyche and your own. Visit your local library, bookstore or online bookseller and turn those pages!



EAT HEALTHY: THE TEEN DIET

How to Teach Your Kids to Make Quality Eating Choices and Form Habits That Last For a Lifetime by Carl Ostling (2014)
  • Designed to help you understand your teenager and improve communications with them as you both learn more about their nutritional needs. Offers tips on getting teens involved in their daily eating plans, preparing healthy meals as well as controlling eating habits when out and about.


    OVERWEIGHT KIDS IN A TOOTHPICK WORLD
    Easy Weight Loss for Teens and Children or A Nutritionist’s Step-by-Step Plan to Keep Childhood Obesity Facts From Making Your Kid a Childhood Obesity Statistic by Brenda Wollenberg (2010)
    • Ideal for parents who are frustrated by the lack of progress they’re making in helping their children shed excess weight and live a healthier life. The book’s innovative approach helps parents sift through current weight-loss information to provide a plan for building your teen’s future wellness. Includes a plan, recipes, worksheets and daily guidelines for healthy habits.


    YOU(R) TEEN: LOSING WEIGHT
    The Owner’s Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Management at Any Age by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet Oz (2012)
    • Popular authors and TV personalities, Doctors Roizen and Oz offer practical tips and strategies for safe weight loss, a lifetime of smarter food choices, and family-friendly exercises that burn calories and build muscles. It’s designed to help the whole family improve their health while teens learn to take their health into their own hands.


    WEIGHT LOSS FOR TEENS BOOK
    24 Ways to Inspire Teens to Lose Weight and Keep It Off  by Susan Davis (2013)
    • Discusses the causes and health risks of childhood obesity and ways parents can help their teens attain a healthier weight. Offers tips on working with school systems on lunchtime choices and with kids on changing their lifestyle into a healthy way of living.




    HUNGER AND OTHER GAMES


    Think about the places you’ve gone through the books you’ve read: the moon, the center of the earth, and fantasy worlds where you ride on flying dragons. One of the best places books can take you to is the center of YOU. Where you can explore your deepest thoughts, discover your inner strengths, make changes in your world today and make plans for your future.

    FitFamily wants you to live long and prosper as the best version of yourself you can be. We’ve compiled a reading list of a few non-fiction books we think you’ll find inspiring, and some popular fiction that you’ll enjoy reading for pure pleasure. These are books that will make you think, motivate you, make you feel great about yourself, teach you a thing or two about healthy eating and cooking, allow you to see the universal realities of being a teen, and even make you laugh out loud.

    No matter how ideal your teen years are (as if!) or how horrible your life has been (seriously?), when you sit down and read someone else’s words, you’ll be transported to another world where anything is possible. Happy travels!

    NON-FICTION:

    SPEAK UP!
    A Guide to Having Your Say and Speaking Your Mind by Halley Bondy (2015)
    • If you have trouble speaking up or standing up for what you believe, if you feel awkward in social situations, helpless about all the changes around you, or have too many negative thoughts and feelings, this book will bring you relief. Grab the tools that will help you understand those feelings (you’re not alone!) and give you the voice you’ve been looking for to speak up in any situation.

    THE YOUNG ADULT’S GUIDE TO CONFIDENCE:
    Simple and Easy Tips to Learn How to Say No When You Usually Say Yes by Atlantic Publishing Group Inc (2015)
    • Knowing when to say “no” is a sign of personal strength. This book will help you build your “no” muscles so you can go beyond pleasing “everyone” as you build your self-confidence and strengthen your relationships.


    THE 6 MOST IMPORTANT DECISIONS YOU’LL EVER MAKE:
    A Guide for Teens by Sean Covey  (2006)
    • It’s safe to say most teens have an ongoing struggle with peer pressure, self-worth, academic stress, dating, friendships, bullying, self-esteem and more. Best-selling author Sean Covey follows up on his The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens to show you how to make smart decisions about the six most crucial choices you’re facing right now. Remember, today’s choices shape your future for years to come.

    LIVING WITH OBESITY
    by Nicolas Steller (2010)
    • If you’re one of the 9 million people between 6 and 19 years old who is considered overweight or obese, this book may be able to help you better understand why you’re struggling. More importantly, it offers a guide to changing your behaviors to achieve a long-term lifestyle that helps you attain and maintain a healthier weight. Written for teens, not for parents or doctors, it provides tips, insights and resources you will really use.

      THE NO-DIET FOOD PLAN FOR KIDS AND TEENS:
      Healthy Weight Loss for Kids by Tina C. Layton, RD (2014)
      • This self-help weight loss workbook for 12-16 year-olds focuses on body image, self confidence and healthy food choices. You’ll find support in becoming more successful as you reach a healthy weight through worksheets, meal plans, food choices, snack ideas and powerful “eat this not that” charts.

      EAT FRESH FOOD:
      Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Rozanne Gold (2009)
      • Chef Gold encourages her readers to “Make It Fresh. Make It Fast. Make It Awesome.” She and her team of teen chefs show you how to make the kind of food you want – school lunches, dinner, snacks, desserts – that are delicious AND healthy. The recipes are easy to follow and the photos will encourage you to get in the kitchen and start cooking!

      THE GREEN TEEN COOKBOOK
      edited by Laurane Marchive and Pam McElroy (2014)
      • More than a cookbook, this tome gives you insider information on how to go green at your dining table. You’ll learn how to eat smarter, shop smarter, and cook smarter too. There are more than 70 recipes created by and for teens, plus a photo of each final dish. Plus, there’s information on seasonality of ingredients, and essays on freeganism, flexitarianism, vegetarianism, and veganism.

      FICTIONAL NOVELS:
      We won’t publish any spoiler alerts or plotlines of these emotionally charged stories. Trust us, you’ll want to share these books with your friends.
      • Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse) by Jackie Morse Kessler (2010)
      • Skinny by Donna Cooner (2012)
      • Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (2011)
      • The List by Siobhan Vivian (2012)
      • The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger (2011)
      • Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher (2003)
      • Shattering Glass by Gail Giles (2002)



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