Healthy Habits, Healthy Kids: Introduction

For reasons I don’t quite comprehend, the author of this book is very fond of airplane analogies. Thus, the framing concept in the book is helping children (and adults) SOAR, in an environment where they are
Supported–provided with intentional guidance, direction, and nurturing, As adults, we support our children each step of the way.
Optimistic–assured of a bright hope and a future ahead of them. We expect the very best from and for ourselves and our children
Active and Achieving–finding success in their endeavors and in active, energetic pursuits. I guess that means leading by example and getting off the darn computer.
Responsible–understanding and accepting our part in making healthy choices.

He talks about the importance of leading by example, and the futility of the “do what I say, not as I do” mentality. I felt really convicted by this, as I often try to force healthy choices on my children that I am not willing to accept for myself.

This stuck out as well: A healthy life isn’t punishment for being overweight or inactive. This was a real “A ha!” moment for me.

Next week: “Preflight” (I told you he was into airplane imagery). In this chapter, we take an inventory of where we stand as a family in regards to making healthy choices.

Healthy Habits, Healthy Kids: Introduction


Time for true confessions. Despite my commitment to eating healthy whole foods, my family’s diet kind of stinks. I’m overweight, my kids are way more familiar with the McDonald’s menu than I had ever hoped they would be, and I often resort to last minute processed foods or take out when it comes to meals. Change is so difficult!

Coincidentally, I was also looking for something to use as a foundation for our health studies this year. I know most of health takes place within the context of a healthy home, but see above. We’re talking the talk and not walking the walk.

I found the book Healthy Habits, Happy Kids: A practical plan to help your family by Gregory L. Jantz with Ann McMurray. I’ve looked it over, and I like what I see. And even if, as we go, I disagree with some of it, it looks like it will provide a good foundation. The author comes from an eating disorder background, and I definitely have some food issues. It’s a legacy I do not want to pass on to my children. There are eleven chapters, so we’ll take one healthy habit a month and see where it takes us. You can read an overview of the book here on the very outdated blog, and I’ll also try to share the details of our journey on here.

Here’s to Healthy Habits!