A couple months ago I was asked if I’d be interested in reviewing Jump Start Health! by David Campos. I jumped at it (pun intended) as health and wellness have taken on a big role in my life over the past eighteen months.
The core audience for this fabulous resource includes both educators, students, and anyone interested in health and wellness. This curricula can be used in lesson planning immediately (if it wasn’t summer). Also I see the book as required or recommended reading for college students studying education or health.
Jump Start Health! is divided into three parts. The first part, “Coming to Terms with Childhood Obesity,” discusses obesity, health, and wellness and is packed with information and statistics. I could tweet out interesting health statistics from this book for days. The second part, “Nurturing Healthy Dietary Habits,” starts off defining the health benefits of a variety of foods and then moves into lesson plans with clear objectives and classroom activities around nutrition. Similarly the third part of the book, “Promoting Regular Physical Activity,” offers the rationale for physical activity and then actionable ideas for lesson planning. The final part of the book, “Beyond the Classroom: The School and Community as Channels for Promoting Health,” examines the larger environment outside of the classroom.
Jump Start Health! is loaded with ideas for classroom lessons to inspire children and students. It doesn’t read like a dry, boring “textbook.” I have found that educational preparation is often focused more on theory than on practice. What I like about this book is that it is devoted to instructors who care about these issues and are in front of students every day.
The publishers are giving away two copies of the book to readers of this blog. To enter to win a copy of Jump Start Health! please leave a comment below. I’ll announce the winners in a week!