When I was first offered the opportunity to review Growing Healthy Home‘s Nutrition 101: Choose Life, I wasn’t especially excited. We’re not exactly a health conscience kind of family around here. I mean, we eat at fast food places at least once a week. What was I going to do with a healthy-eating cookbook?
I immediately realized that Nutrition 101 isn’t a cookbook. Yes, it has recipes. Yes, they’re healthy (and pretty tasty). But, Nutrition 101 isn’t a cookbook at all. It’s a complete, biblically-based health and nutrition curriculum for all ages. The 448-page, colorfully-illustrated, fact-filled book covers all these topics:
- The Brain and Nervous System
- The Digestive System
- The Respiratory, Olfactory, Auditory and Visual System
- The Muscular and Skeletal Systems
- The Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
- The Endocrine System & Emotions
Each of the six units in Nutrition 101 contains four chapters that look at how the body was designed by God, how it is intended to work and how proper nutrition (or improper nutrition) affects the performance of our minds and bodies. Each unit will help you and your family put into practice what you’re learning with:
- Discussion questions
- Activity suggestions for a variety of ages and abilities (which allows the curriculum to grow with your family so that you can use it year after year!)
- Additional resources for further study
- A “power recipe” for you to try
I’m looking forward to continuing with Nutrition 101 next school year because I think it will make the perfect resource for a high school health class, as well as a wonderful supplement to biology and home economics. I know we’ll be pulling the book out to explore the wonderful, high-quality illustrations, which are better than I’ve seen in most science books. I learned as much as the kids did in our first unit, the brain. I was fascinated learning which part of the brain controls which functions of the body. Even Brianna found it interesting, rather than dull, dry science facts. And, all the kids enjoyed the activity that had them trying to brush their teeth, eat and write with their non-dominant hand.
The huge appendix section in the back of the book is an incredible wealth of information in and of itself. It’s also the part, along with the recipes, that would make Nutrition 101 a great supplement to a home economics class. Some of the topics covered are:
- How to choose fresh produce (I took notes on that one — I had no idea how to choose many of the fruits and vegetables on the extensive list.)
- Kitchen safety
- Nutritional Recommended Daily Allowances for Men, Women and Children
- Fiber-rich Foods
- Baking with Whole Grains
Other appendix topics would be great to supplement a health class, such as:
- Reproductive Health
- Nail Health Care
- Labels and Household Toxins
One the most useful things about Nutrition 101 for me, as the teaching parent, was that it contained lesson plan suggestions. It was a just a simple suggestion about which parts of each chapter you might want to do for each day of the week, but that simple breakdown of the chapters and activities really made it easy to plan my week. I also really like that this curriculum has activity suggestions for elementary and secondary students, as well as suggestions for further study, so it’s something that whole family can enjoy together.
Nutrition 101: Choose Life, whose co-authors include two homeschool moms and a home ec teacher, is sold as a CD-ROM for $79.95, a printed book for $99.95, or a CD/book combo for $129.95. You might also want to take a look at the other products offered by Growing Healthy Homes.
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Actual results may vary.