Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nutrition 101: Choose Life! - A TOS Review


Nutrition 101:  Choose Life

Growing Healthy Homes
P.O. Box 3154
Bartlesville, OK 74006
 CD ROM $79.95
 Book $99.95
 Book & CD ROM $129.95

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Ages:  Toddler-Adult
Recently we've been looking at a great unit study about nutrition - Nutrition 101:  Choose Life!  This is a 448 page text on nutrition and the body from a biblical perspective.  Science, anatomy, biology, nutrition and health are covered in a way which encourages us to be good stewards of the bodies God has given us. 
The study is set up to be used on a daily or weekly schedule.  The six units are designed to be completed in a year.  Each chapter includes the relevant topical material, discussion questions, activities ("Elementary" and "Secondary"), additional resources, "power" recipes and additional recipes.  There is a lot of relevant scripture quoted, and I thought these references would be good memory verses.  There are also discussion questions to gain a deeper understanding of the scripture verses and the topical information.  There are 6 units, each of which contains 4 chapters, an Activity Guide for the units and 31 Appendices.
 Here's what you'll find in this very comprehensive book:
 Unit 1 - The Brain and Nervous System
  • The Brain
  • Brain Health and Nutrition
  • The Nervous System
  • Nervous System Health and Nutrition
Unit 2 - The Digestive System
  • The Digestive System
  • Digestive Health and Nutrition
  • Enzymes
  • Elimination
Unit 3 - The Respiratory, Olfactory, Auditory and Visual Systems
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Olfactory System and the Nose
  • The Auditory System and the Ears
  • The Visual System and the Eyes
Unit 4 - The Skeletal and Muscular Systems
  • The Skeletal System
  • Joints and the Muscular System
  • Skin, Hair and Nails
  • Exercise
Unit 5 - The Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • Heart Health and Nutrition
  • The Immune System
  • Carbohydrates and Sugar
Unit 6 - The Endocrine System and Emotions
  • The Endocrine System
  • Endocrine Health and Vitamins
  • Diabetes
  • Emotions

The Activity Guide, which is found at the end of the units, contains answer keys for each unit.

Finally, the numerous Appendices contain :
  • Health Statistics in the United States
  • Food Pyramid/Food Pyramid Serving Checklist
  • Shopping List
  • How to Select Fresh Produce
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Vitamin Chart
  • Mineral Chart
  • Alkaline/Acid Chart
  • Nutritional RDA for Children, Women and Men
  • Fats and Omega Essential Fatty Acids
  • Fiber-Rich Foods
  • Baking With 100% Whole Grains
  • Protein-Rich Plant and Animal Sources
  • Calcium-Rich Foods
  • Milk-The Big Debate
  • Sugar Alternatives - Artificial vs. Natural
  • Asthma - Taking a Deep Breath
  • Mold
  • Labels and Household Toxins
  • Are Toxins in Your Personal Care Products?
  • Nail Health Guide
  • Reproductive Health
  • Cancer
  • Sleep
  • Microwaves
  • Cadmium - A Silent Culprit
  • Spices for Good Health
  • Top Foods
  • How to Choose and Enzyme Supplement
  • Choosing Nutritional Supplements
  • Healthy Home Resources
What we liked:  This book is easy to read, colorfully illustrated, contains Fun Facts and great "Power" Recipes.  The "teacher" in me really liked the "Word Power" vocabulary sections too.   The material and activities are very adjustable for age and abilities.  Although the additional resources (Web sites and Books) looked interesting we did not have time to review many of them.  The Appendices are wonderful!  Lots of useful information in this book.  This could easily be used over a couple of years with varied activities and extra resources.    We'll be spending more time finishing this book and most likely use it again with different activities next year.  Even though my daughter was not excited at first, she thought the information and discussions were pretty good.  She especially liked the related activity ideas.

Something to Consider:  Although at first glance the price looks a bit high, this Nutrition 101 unit is worth every penny.  This book will be a great reference book to refer to as needed.


I received this product free from Growing Healthy Homes as part of the TOS Review Crew to use and review.  No further compensation was received.  Opinions and observations are my own.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review.

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