The authors are Christian women and the dedication of the book reads: Dedicated to all the families who read and implement the healthy living suggestions outlined in Nutrition 101: Choose Life!, so they may have the physical and emotional health to fulfill God's calling on their lives. And each chapter begins with a Scripture reference to encourage you.
Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is a three-in-one family nutrition and health program for all ages that presents the major body systems, how they function, their common health issues, the benefits of good food and the consequences of bad food.
Its 448 pages include six units:
1) The Brain and Nervous System;
2) Digestion and Elimination;
3) Respiration and Olfactory;
4) Muscular and Skeletal Systems;
5) Cardiovascular and Immune Systems; and
6) Endocrine System and Emotions.
Within each unit are 4 chapters chock-full of information including key words, fun facts and nicely done graphics. Each chapter ends with discussion questions (answers are provided at the end of the book!), activities - for both elementary and secondary students, and a list of additional resources for more indepth study such as other books or websites.
There is also at least 1 "Power" recipe at the end of each chapter. I think this is one feature that really seals the deal for me. The recipes are yummy, and most of them are safe for Shane's allergies. Very nice.
There are also elementary and secondary-level activities outlined for the recipes. For example the elementary activities for the Guacamole recipe that compliments Chapter 1, The Brain and Nervous System , are:
1) At the grocery store, learn how to pick out fresh, ripe and ready-to-eat produce for the recipe (refer to Appendix D);
2) Help make the guacamole by measuring and adding the ingredients while learning or reviewing fractions;
3) Experiment to find out how to make avocados ripen faster with some unripened avocados, an apple and a small paper bag. Compare the process with a regular avocado sitting by itself next to the bag. Is there a difference? Give your findings in an oral or written report.
4) Grow an avocado plant
Another excellent feature are the appendices which cover 31 topics ranging from Health Statistics in the Labels and Household Toxins- the latter provides a number of recipes for natural cleaners. It's clear that a lot of time and research was invested in the contents of the appendix.
How we used it:
I didn't approach this like I would a curriculum, but rather I sought to integrate it into our daily lives. Because of Shane's allergies- dairy, wheat and corn- we already eat fairly healthy, most of the time. But it was good to learn the "why" behind our food choices.
The information in the chapters is over my little ones' heads so I would read the chapter on my own and then share key points with them while either making the recipe or doing a craft activity.
Unit 1 is about the brain and nervous system so we made brain hats and talked about where in our brains different body functions are housed.
Hank and Ella tried eating with their non-dominant hands (they're both lefties), and later we all brushed our teeth with our non-dominant hands
We learned how the ingredients in guacamole and Greek salad are good for our brains and nervous system. And how rice stuffed tomatoes are good for our hearts.
You can buy it here, and you can read what other TOS Crew members have to say about it here.
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