Am I Fit And Healthy?
Learning About Diet and Exercise
Author: Claire Llewellyn
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
BUY – Am I Fit and Healthy? (Me & my body)
Learning about diet and exercise are among the most important things kids need to know.
We are what we eat, so starting children off with healthy habits and clear information about the importance of eating nutritious food and keeping fit will set them up for the best possible futures.
Am I Fit and Healthy is a simplistic book which approaches its topics with humour and encourages children to form good habits for good reasons.
We are introduced to food groups which give us energy and those which build our bodies. It encourages children to think about the choices they are making and talks about the consequences of eating too much of the wrong types of food.
A cat character is used to soften the demonstration of some of these things. “Too many sweet and fatty foods will….Rot your teeth…give you spots…make you gain weight and may make you ill when you are older”.
Cat looks aghast that his teeth have brown patches and that he has become too fat to fit his collar.
A brief look at the cultural, religious, medical and philosophic reasons why some people don’t eat certain foods is touched on.
Whether you like the style of illustration or not, the messages are clear. Eating a healthy diet helps you grow, fight off germs, gives you energy and makes your brain think better.
If you are not active it can make you feel flat like the kid shown slumped in front of the TV.
There are lots of pictures of children having fun doing active things.
We learn that exercise improves your lung capacity and builds muscles. Kids are encouraged to enjoy activities with friends and parents, to have fun and find out how much better they feel.
There is also a great selection of ways to explore being healthy at the back of the book.
These activities include, art and craft, music, science, maths, design and technology, history, geography, language, P.E, dance and Drama and R.E. There’s a short glossary and a suggested reading list too!
It’s your body so look after it and it will look after you!