Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TOS Review: Growing Healthy Homes – Nutrition 101: Choose Life

Have you ever heard the old saying, “Good in - good out, bad in - bad out?”  Even if you haven’t, we all know that the foods we eat greatly impact our bodies and our health.  We all want our families to be healthy and strong, but in today’s society it is becoming increasingly more difficult.  With the mass production of sugary, fat filled, no nutritional garbage that is targeted directly to our children, we as the parents have a constant battle on our hands.  Our children hear us say, “No, that’s not good for you,” but they don’t really understand the reasoning behind our decisions. This is why Growing Healthy Homes – Nutrition 101: Choose Life was created.  Debra Raybern, Sera Johnson, Laura Hopkins, and Karen Hopkins, whom all have children of their own, had the desire to create a health curriculum designed to teach families not only what we should eat, but why and how the foods we eat affect our body.

Nutrition 101: Choose Life is a biblically based, full year health and nutrition curriculum.  There are 448 pages covering the 12 main body systems. The curriculum is divided into 6 units and each unit is further divided into 4 chapters.

1. The Brain and Nervous System
    C1. The Brain
    C2. Brain Health and Nutrition
    C3. The Nervous System
    C4. Nervous System Health and Nutrition

2. The Digestion System
    C1. The Digestive System
    C2. Digestive Health and Nutrition
    C3. Enzymes
    C4. Elimination

3. The Respiration, Olfactory, Auditory, and Visual Systems
    C1. The Respiration System
    C2. The Olfactory System and the Nose
    C3. The Auditory System and the Ears
    C4. The Visual System and the Eyes

4. The Muscular and Skeletal Systems
    C1. The Skeletal System
    C2. Joints and The Muscular System
    C3. Skin, Hair, and Nails
    C4. Exercise

5. The Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
    C1. The Cardiovascular System
    C2. Heart Health and Nutrition
    C3. The Immune System
    C4. Carbohydrates and Sugar

6. The Endocrine System and Emotions
    C1. The Endocrine System
    C2. Endocrine Health and Vitamins 
    C3. Diabete
    C4. Emotions

Here is a youtube video created by the authors.  

Nutrition 101: Choose Life is designed for all ages in mind and is a great Health curriculum for any family. Each chapter offers yummy easy to make recipes such as, Green Apple Bean Salad, No Dairy No Chocolate “Chocolate” Pudding, Guacamole, Vegetarian Sheppard’s Pie, Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls, Basil and Garlic Pesto, Spinach Salad, Chicken Nuggets, and SO MUCH more. You will also find many fun activities, hands-on experiments, reading and writing assignments, resources, and more.

The authors recommend you start the program with a few initial tasks to help you and your family get started on the right track.
  • Get rid of junk food
  • Make a list of healthy foods your children enjoy
  • Eat all the healthy foods you and your family enjoy  
  • Make positive confessions – pray and thank God for the food He has provided
  • Try at least one new thing at each meal
  • Find healthy alternatives to those old favorites

Nutrition 101: Choose Life is available in printed form (book) for $99.95 or on CD-ROM for $79.95.  A combo pack (book and CD-ROM) is also available for $129.95Nutrition 101: Choose Life would make a great addition to your classroom and/or a wonderful gift for someone else.

I can’t say enough good things about this book!  I’m so thankfully to be part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew and to have the opportunity to review Growing Healthy Homes – Nutrition 101: Choose Life. (I received this in an eBook version).  I absolutely love it and will continue to use this as our health curriculum until we’ve completed the book.

Be sure to stop by and read what my fellow TOS members have to say about Growing Healthy Home - Nutrition 101: Choose Life. Disclaimer:     

I'm a crew member with The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew and I received Nutrition 101: Choose Life eBook for free in exchange for my honest review.

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