Here are a couple books that made the list in my latest Calorie Bargain findings -- healthy living products to help you live better. Both of these are aimed at keeping young people healthy.
Calorie Bargain: Wallie Exercises by Steve Ettinger (Active Spud Press, 2011)
The why: Getting kids to think about exercise and moving more is a great idea. Steve Ettinger, who is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer living in New York City, came up with a cute story for this book. I gave it to my 8-year-old daughter, and she thought the book was great. What's it about? Here is a synopsis from the publisher: "Wallie is mostly a wonderful dog, but his super-laziness has become a problem. So his boy convinces him to go on an adventure to get fit. With a little help from a big friend, Wallie learns how to exercise. Will he enjoy the change from pudgy pup to healthy hound or will he return to his lazy ways? Learn important fitness concepts while following Wallie on his hilarious journey to get in shape. A special section with more information and original exercises (performed by Wallie) will get every kid (and pup) excited about exercise."
The health bonus: Helping children understand that being sedentary is not healthy.
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What we liked best: It sends a great message and is nicely illustrated.
The price: $15.95.
Calorie Bargain: We Can Cook: Introduce Your Child to the Joy of Cooking With 75 Simple Recipes and Activities by Jessica Fishman Levinson and Maja Pitamic (Barron's Educational Series, 2011)
The why: Cooking is fun, and Jessica Levinson, a New York City registered dietitian, is a great teacher. The cookbook is designed to show parents how to make healthy foods with their 3- to 6-year-olds. It presents dozens of easy recipes for wholesome foods, including blueberry muffins, vegetable dips, veggie pizza, frozen raspberry popsicles, three-bean salad, raisin and cinnamon buns, turkey strips with tomato salsa, cheese and ham croissants, even chocolate brownies.
The health bonus: In addition to teaching children how to cook, the book also shows them how to test fruits for ripeness, test eggs for freshness, create a grocery list and measure liquid and dry ingredients.
What we liked best: The fun color pages and the great recipes.
The price: $17.99.