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Whether you're expecting a child, are the parent of a newborn, a toddler, a school-aged child, or an adolescent...if they're under your guidance you still have a chance to offer them the gift of a healthy, disease-free life.
We as parents have it within our power to help protect our children from disease and very possibly lengthen their lives. By paying careful attention to the foods our children are eating, by teaching them about nutrition and making some important alterations in their diets, we can become take-action parents on the front lines against future illness.
Growing Up Healthy contains the lifesaving knowledge we all need to shield our children from disease and help them grow into strong, fit adults. Based on groundbreaking research that shows the link between childhood nutrition and chronic illness in later years, this landmark book shows how feeding our children right during the years when their young bodies are growing can lessen and even prevent their risk of developing many debilitating and deadly chronic adult diseases -- obesity, heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer.
In Growing Up Healthy, Joan Lunden, one of America's most trusted journalists and most visible working moms, teams up with Dr. Myron Winick, a leading expert in childhood nutrition, to produce a guide that shows how to feed our children from birth through adolescence; how to teach our children good health and eating habits; how to protect them from the ravages of so-called "adult diseases"; and how to add quality years to our children's life span.
"This overreaching book assumes all 'take-action,' 'proactive' parents will dedicate themselves to their children's nutritional needs from delivery through the teen years. In order to ensure their 'cute chubby child' won't 'go on to become a fat teenager and adult, at risk for obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a shorter life,' parents' attention to what their kids eat must be unflagging, say the authors. They prescribe researching a family medical tree, tracking children's growth and computing their body mass index. Diligent moms and dads must get young ones to love exercise, fish and vegetables and must make meals fun and snacks healthy. If Good Morning America cohost Lunden, whom pediatrician Winick calls 'one of America's most famous and visible working moms,' can do it, so can readers. Most of the book's real advice, however, is commonsense and can be found in any basic nutrition guide. And the authors' assertions regarding the relationship between a specific childhood nutritional regimen and adult disease have few studies to back them up. So they hedge: 'We now recognize that because of the diets our children consume, some... diseases may begin in early childhood or infancy even in the womb.' But based on this uncertain hypothesis, Winick proclaims, 'we now know that we can intervene on those diseases and perhaps change the course of our children's lives.' Perhaps. But it's also possible that this book will merely turn mealtimes into parental guilt-trips. (May 4)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Recently, while at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Joan Lunden was shocked when the director of the CDC said the most serious threat to America's health is not anthrax, not ebola, but childhood obesity. This marked the beginning of Joan's mission to educate the American public about how to feed its children. In "Growing Up Healthy, Lunden and childhood nutrition authority Dr. Myron Winick provide parents with a step-by-step plan, beginning while the child is still in the womb and ending at young adulthood, that will lead to long, healthy futures. In addition, "Growing Up Healthy includes groundbreaking research that reveals many of the diseases commonly associated with old age (hypertension, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes) actually begin during childhood. In twenty chapters, such as Adding Years to Your Child's Life, Controlling Childhood Obesity, Allergies and Eating Disorders, and Exercise and Your Child's Health, Lunden and Winick arm parents with the knowledge they need to foster and promote good health in the lives of their children. As poor health and obesity dominate today's headlines and plague America, "Growing Up Healthy is a preventive--and prescriptive--volume no family should be without.
Lunden and childhood nutrition authority Dr. Winick provide parents with a step-by-step plan on how to quell the most serious threat to America's heath: childhood obesity.
About the Author
was co-host of ABC's Good Morning America
for nearly twenty years. A bestselling author, she hosts A&E's Behind Closed Doors
and the Newborn Channel's Parenting Minutes.
She lives in Connecticut.
Table of Contents
A Pediatrician's Passionate Plea to Parents by Dr. Myron Winick
Part I: The Remarkable Link Between Childhood Nutrition and Adult Diseases
1: Killer Diseases Begin with Childhood Nutrition
2: You Can Lower the Risk of Childhood Obesity
3: You Can Protect Your Child from the Risk of Heart Disease
4: You Can Minimize Your Child's Risk of High Blood Pressure
5: You Can Diminish Your Child's Risk of Developing Type II Diabetes
6: You Can Lessen Your Child's Risk of Cancer
7: You Can Reduce Your Child's Risk of Developing Osteoporosis
Part II: From Healthy Kids to Healthy Adults -- the Right Foods Make a Difference!
8: Pregnancy: Adult Diseases Can Start in the Womb
9: Your New Infant
10: Starting Solids
11: Teaching Your Toddler to Thrive
12: Off to School
13: Adolescence: Life in the Fast-Food Lane
Part III: The Tools
14: Your Family Medical Diary -- a Gift Your Child Cannot Do Without!
15: Creating Your Child's Growth Book from Newborn to Adolescent -- Tracking Height and Weight
16: When You Visit Your Pediatrician -- a Checklist
17: An Rx for Your Sick Child
Part IV: The Recipes
20: Meatless Main Dishes and Pastas
21: Chicken and Beef
23: Veggies and Sides
24: Snacks and Dips