Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Book Review: Dr. Rob's Guide to Raising Fit Kids

Not a diet book, not an exercise manual, this is a family guide to all-around fitness. While there is healthy eating advice, this direct, simple book is more concerned with encouraging activity and wellness for the whole family.Specific areas include casual activity; focused sports proper techniques, equipment, and concerns for younger athletes; coaching and motivation; safety; and youth substance abuse prevention. Healthy diet for active lifestyles is substantially covered as well, in simple, basic terms with specific examples and sample menus and choices.There is a positive message that every family can find ways to improve their overall wellness together, without coercion or pain. However, I would have prefered some mention and contact information for organizations which can assist in finding activities for special needs family members (such as Special Olympics, The ARC). To be fair, the fact that the book includes URLs to some related organizations is appreciated and is more than commonly included in similar books.The psychological, nutrititional, and medical advice all seem sound and up-to-date (which is to be expected given the author's background, but which is nevertheless gratifying given how much misinformation is frequently published in other works).Overall I recommend this as an excellent addition to the home, school, or public library.

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