Subzero temperatures can make it difficult for kids to get the same level of physical activity that comes with playing outside during the summer.
Even though warmer months are known for a better selection of produce and more opportunities for outdoor activities, there are several ways kids can lead healthful lives no matter the weather.
These books feature tips for getting kids excited to exercise and eat healthy year-round.
The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness
By Lizzy Rockwell
Age group: 3-7 years
Lizzy Rockwell explains how a person’s bones and muscles, heart and lungs, nerves and brain work together to keep kids on the go. Education is the first step is preventing a sedentary lifestyle, with this book aiming to inspire a new generation of moving kids.
The Kids’ Yoga Deck
By Annie Buckley
Age group: 4 and older
Yoga is fun, which is why “The Kids’ Yoga Deck: 50 Poses and Games” gets kids bending, breathing and stretching using playful poses such as “Cat,” “Flower” and “Airplane.” Easy enough for children to do on their own, this deck teaches kids the basics of yoga, helping them build strength, flexibility, balance and mental focus.
Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition
By Lizzy Rockwell
Age group: 4-8 years
A guide to nutrition written especially for kids, this book is a hands-on tool for families who want to eat a healthy diet. In “Good Enough to Eat,” kids will learn about the nutrient groups, each nutrient’s function, which foods contain which nutrients, how much of each nutrient a kid needs each day, how the body digests food and all about calories.
Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good for You
By Tish Rabe
Age group: 5-8 years
“Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You: All About Staying Healthy” features the “Cat in the Hat” taking young readers to a Seussian Spa where they learn the basics of healthy living. In this book, the Cat explains the importance of eating right, staying active, getting enough sleep, handwashing, brushing teeth and wearing protective gear in sports. Perfect for year-round health, the book also includes simple, fun suggestions for children to increase their activity.
Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness and Ruling Your World
By Tracy Anderson
Age group: Pre-teen and teens
In a world where selfies include flawless filters, “Total Teen” teaches teens what’s real and beautiful. Fitness pioneer Tracy Anderson presents teens with the tools to be their best, physically, mentally and emotionally. Avoiding fad diets and unrealistic workout routines, this book teaches exercises, activities and recipes, as well as asks questions to spark new ways of thinking.
Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete
By Jill Castle
Age group: 8-18 and parents
Athletic kids have their own nutritional needs, and even on a healthy diet, often need more. This book helps parents and young athletes tailor their diets for training, competition and even off-season training. “Eat Like a Champion” also addresses where supplements and sports drinks fit and don’t fit in, as well as recipes and snack ideas that help increase energy and bolster motivation.