The life-changing healthy-eating and exercise workbook developed by a registered dietitian and recommended by your doctor.
The mission of Healthy Habits is to help children develop a positive relationship with eating and a neutral relationship with food. It is to provide honest, credible and fun health education utilizing nutrition and exercise principles to promote positive behavioral changes that result in lifelong habits and thereby optimal wellness for the whole family.
The goal of Healthy Habits is to unite children and their families to achieve long-term dietary changes and physical activity through personalized group education in a friendly, non judgmental environment. In other words, Healthy Habits’s ultimate goal is to encourage a lifestyle of confident children living sensibly using the “Everyday Foods versus Sometimes Foods” philosphy.
Creating Healthy Habits Week by Week
Healthy Habits can be used as an eight-week continuous program incorporating both healthy eating and exercise in order to teach children to eat sensibly and to be active. The program is flexible. It can also be used as a guide for coaches, schoolteachers or even parents teaching nutrition. Coaches, teachers and parents alike may use the lesson plans individually throughout the year or as a stand alone program to offer for eight consecutive weeks as a guide for sharing a positive nutrition message rather than a good-versus-bad nutrition philosophy. The program is divided into eight lessons each with a hands-on nutrition activity, corresponding teacher’s plan, a child-friendly handout and homework. Healthy Habits is sensitive to eating disorder prevention, focuses on accepting all bodies, and encourages children to honor their bodies with all foods.
This health promotion workbook was developed by Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD in response to the increase in eating disorders as well as the media’s declared childhood obesity epidemic. Healthy Habits is a tool for families to prevent or help children’s food and weight issues. This program is for every child. It was designed to educate children of all shapes and sizes on how to make the appropriate nutrition choices for the rest of their lives. Each week the children learn new nutrition concepts through hands-on activities led by a registered dietitian, a health facilitator, a teacher or even a parent. This approach is unique utilizing Laura Cipullo’s expertise as a certified diabetes educator and a certified eating disorder registered dietitian. Healthy Habits is every moms’ answer to nutrition education whether they are implementing the program themselves or sending their children to the program.
Physical activity is recommended as an adjunct to the nutrition lessons. The physical activity is designed to be incorporated in a supportive and safe environment. The children can exercise or learn yoga and dance with an exercise physiologist, gym teacher, dance instructor or parent.
What Children Learn
- How to attain health while eating all types of foods
- The difference between a portion and a serving
- Lifestyle exercises
- When to start and stop eating
- The importance of family support
- Healthy hints and the art of internal self regulation
- Your body as your friend
- The right reward
Formula for Success
- Healthy and happy eating for the whole family
- Food is divided Everyday vs. Sometimes Food categories
- There are no good foods or bad foods
- Weight loss and health is not dependent on fad diets
- Body movement is fun
- Carbohydrates, proteins and fat are all part of a healthy meal plan
- Our body cues are the key to health success
- Listening, understanding and respecting body cues
- Setting realistic goals
Healthy Habits is available for purchase online (click here to order). Upon purchasing the program, you will receive a time-sensitive pass code to download the program to your computer. The program contains 8 lesson plans with accompanying handouts and homework assignments, as well as Healthy Habits’s Food Index and Easy Recipes. The program can be modified for different age groups but was designed for children between 8 and 14. Healthy Habits is available for a low cost of $67, in an effort to make this needed program available to every person who impacts a child’s state of health.