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Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing


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Mavis Jukes has twenty years of writing experience and twenty years of teaching experience and is a member of the California bar. She has written many books for kids and teens, including three other health-related titles: It's a Girl Thing: How to Stay Healthy, Safe, and in Charge (for girls 12 and up): Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing: Straight Talk About First Bras, First Periods, and Your Changing Body (for girls 8 and up); and The Guy Book: An Owner's Manual: Maintenance, Safety, and Operating Instructions for Teens (for boys 13 and up). Lilian Cheung is a lecturer, the director of Health Promotion & Communication, and editorial director of The Nutrition Source website ( at the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition. She co-edited Child Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity (1995) with the late Surgeon General Dr. Julius Richmond, and also co-authored Mindful Eating, Mindful Life with Zen Bugghist master Thich Nhat Hanh, released by HarperCollins in March 2010 (


Gr 5-9-This upbeat book offers girls going through puberty advice on nutrition, fitness, self-image, and appearance. The authors claim that following their Cactus Plan, which is largely based on the food pyramid model, will increase energy and concentration, improve sports ability, reduce stress, and improve one's looks. Readers are encouraged to take charge of their choices, and to recognize marketing gimmicks. The plan offers a balanced diet along with guidelines for physical activity, hydration, and rest. Most adolescents will need a support network of family and friends to make these ideas a reality, but the book offers the inspiration to get started and sufficient information for reference along the way. "You can do it!" is the battle cry. Tina Schwager and Michele Schuerger's The Right Moves: A Girl's Guide to Getting Fit and Feeling Good (Free Spirit, 1998) includes more direct information on improving self-image, including journaling activities, as well as more specifics on exercise and fitness, but speaks to the same audience and goal.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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