I love library book sales because I can always find a bargain or two. I happened upon a bunch of books that were in a free pile at a book sale a few months ago. One book caught my eye.
Your Health and Happiness. I opened it and loved it immediately. This little gem had me chuckling right there in the hallway. The book went straight into my purse and even though it was free, I really couldn’t believe my luck. I can see why it was offered for nothing, but wow. So much potential.
Oh, it’s old. Can anyone guess the year?
“Learn about health and practice its rules so that you may become a useful citizen”
Pass an invisible baton, boys!
Physical defects like “Mental upsets”
I can’t imagine how bad you would feel about yourself if you read this and had a “defect”
Be able to use these words in sentences of your own…. ‘physical defect,’ ‘mental upsets’
“Keep a record on your chart of the physical defects corrected”
School gardens are not a new idea.
“A child can get too much of one kind of food and become unhealthy”
“When you go to the store for your mother, has she ever said to you, ‘Be sure to get full-pod lima beans’? Sometimes we see beans that are flat and withered. They were grown from poor seeds.”
Thought questions “for health and happiness”
“Take good care of plants and animals for which you are responsible.”
Although this book is hopelessly politically incorrect at times (and reads like a propaganda film), there is much to learn about how health was viewed more than fifty years ago. Before large-scale industrial food production. Before fast food. Before the Big Gulp. Reading over the book has made me shake my head, stare in disbelief, laugh knowingly, and even lament the loss of knowledge. It’s worth clicking on the photos and reading what was written on the first pages I’ve shared above.
Excerpts from Your Health and Happiness will be a weekly feature. By the way, they have multiple chapters on food and meals, including a little about school lunch. You will chuckle, too.