Happy Feet, Healthy Food
Your Child's First Journal of Exercise and Healthy Eating Order Form
My first book! This book is still the main text used in my after-school Happy Feet, Healthy Food Kids' Club. It's perfect for a quick wellness lesson. Easy to adapt, it can be used in clubs, schools, homes, and anywhere you can imagine to encourage a child to have fun with healthy habits.
The book is a full-year weekly journal/log book. Each week a different physical activity and healthy food are highlighted. On the journal page, kids record their own exercise, track the amount of time they were active, record healthy foods eaten, and use the creative section to do just that - be creative.
When used with the youngest children, parents often record the exercise and put stickers in the healthy food 9-square to reward kids for eating healthy snacks.
pages 36 and 37
I use this book at my Happy Feet club with first and second graders. It's used in other schools with children from grades 3 - 6. It's also been used by pediatricians with children up to high school age.
We meet after school, eat healthy snacks, take nature hikes, and play running games. Then we use the Happy Feet book.
Since I use Happy Feet with very young children, we read the Fun Feet section chorally. One child volunteers to be the reader. He/she reads, "Walk in the deep snow." All of the other children follow along. Then the whole group reads the sentence together, "Walk in the deep snow."
The children then journal about their exercise, record healthy foods eaten, and add creative touches to their books.
They take their books home each week and journal at home with their parents. Some of the pages have healthy snack recipes. They try these recipes at home and sometimes bring snacks to club that were made from the recipes.
As an author, it is a thrill for me to be able to use my book with children at my school. The kids are proud to be Happy Feet kids. They see Happy Feet as an attitude. They understand the importance of exercise and healthy eating, and they have also found joy in the wellness habits they embrace.
There are other Happy Feet clubs popping up around the country. For these groups, I offer bulk prices. Many clubs find sponsors, like I do. Others have parents buy the books. Some schools write for grants. Sometimes PTOs purchase the books for kids. Still others, budget for the books through their wellness/PE/healthy budgets.
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