Archive for the 'fitness' Category

Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children

Monday, July 7, 2008

By Ann Cooper and Lisa M. Holmes, Mehmet C. Oz (Foreword By)

Call Number: LB3475 .C66 2007

Remember how simple school lunches used to be? You’d have something from every major food group, run around the playground for a while, and you looked and felt fine. But today it’s not so simple. Schools are actually feeding the American crisis of childhood obesity and malnutrition. Most cafeterias serve a veritable buffet of processed, fried, and sugary foods, and although many schools have attempted to improve, they are still not measuring up: 78 percent of the school lunch programs in America do not meet the USDA’s nutritional guidelines.

Chef Ann Cooper has emerged as one of the nation’s most influential and most respected advocates for changing how our kids eat. In fact, she is something of a renegade lunch lady, minus the hairnet and scooper of mashed potatoes. Ann has worked to transform cafeterias into culinary classrooms. In Lunch Lessons, she and Lisa Holmes spell out how parents and school employees can help instill healthy habits in children.

They explain the basics of good childhood nutrition and suggest dozens of tasty, home-tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The pages are also packed with recommendations on how to eliminate potential hazards from the home, bring gardening and composting into daily life, and how to support businesses that provide local, organic food.

Yet learning about nutrition and changing the way you run your home will not cure the plague of obesity and poor health for this generation of children. Only parental activism can spark widespread change. With inspirational examples and analysis, Lunch Lessons is more than just a recipe book—it gives readers the tools to transform the waychildren everywhere interact with food.

After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger

Monday, June 16, 2008

By Julie K. Silver
At age 36, Julie Silver was enjoying an exciting career as a physician at the Harvard Medical School and a rewarding personal life as a mother, wife, and award-winning writer. But she had the sense that something was wrong. Two years and multiple doctors later, she was diagnosed with the breast cancer she had suspected all along and was catapulted into the role of cancer patient.

Like many cancer patients who experience serious side effects from treatment, Dr. Silver emerged from therapy feeling not better, but exhausted and physically devastated. As she worked to heal herself, she became determined to write a book to help others recover after cancer treatment.

Here Dr. Silver shares her own cancer journey and offers a step-by-step plan for physical healing, including exercise and diet recommendations and instructions for fighting fatigue, monitoring mood, and overcoming setbacks. Dr. Silver’s advice comes from the heart — and from her experience as both a cancer survivor and a doctor who has spent her career helping people heal from serious illnesses and injuries. No matter where they are in their own journey with cancer, readers will find After Cancer Treatment a personal, practical, and powerful guide to recovery. (Description from Call number: RC263 .S489 2006

ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise, Testing and Prescription

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

12425881.gifby The American College of Sports Medicine

General Collection RM725 .A48 2006

The single most internationally read and referenced text in sports medicine, exercise science, and health and fitness, this manual succinctly summarizes recommended procedures for exercise testing and exercise prescription in healthy and diseased individuals. The Seventh Edition contains the most current public health and clinical information and state-of-the-art, research-based recommendations. (, from the publisher)

Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

7339133.gifby Greg Critser

General Collection RA645 .O23 C75 2003

Sixty percent of Americans are overweight. How did we become so obese? That’s the question that journalist Greg Critser poses in this little feast of social commentary. Ranging freely, he takes readers on a flab-minded tour of our countryside, examining our engorging behavior from several unflattering angles. His insights are numerous and often unexpected; the writing is vigorous and fat-free. (

Food and Fitness Matter: Raising Healthy, Active Kids

Thursday, September 28, 2006

hosted by Julia Louis-Dreyfus

General Collection RJ145 .P3 2006

In the video, nutritution experts and others explain: the causes of the dramatic increase in overweight kids, and the health problems posed by the childhood obesity epidemic. (from the cover)

Pilates: Body in Motion

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

7077662.gifby Alycea Ungaro

General Collection RA781 .U543 2002 c.2

Three reasons to buy Pilates: Body in Motion: 1. Author Alycea Ungara is a veteran Pilates illumanti, having founded Manhattan’s huge Tribeca Bodyworks in 1995. 2. The book couldn’t be designed better: The full-color, step-by-step photographs and the accompanying lucid text present the Pilates exercise system in ways that any novice can understand — and remember. 3. The annotated “Self-Corrections” sidebars focus on common mistakes and provide tips on performing the exercises in tip-top form. (

Yoga for Wimps

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

7701658.gifby Miriam Austin

General Collection RA781.7 .A95 2000 c.2

Crave yoga’s benefits–but feel afraid to look “weird?” Think yoga requires you to look like a pretzel? Now there’s a friendly, full-color, hand-holding, one-step-at-a-time, few-minutes-a-day way to get started. It meets you right where you are, with three different approaches to fit your needs. Instant Yoga gets you going immediately with 15 practice sessions for any time of the day, even when there’s only a few minutes to spare. Run through a sequence and the workout’s over! FixIts offer solutions to specific problems, such as a sore neck, back pain, those aching feet, or stress. In the Glossary, the author demonstrates every pose correctly, with instructions for improving technique. The changes you experience will amaze and delight you so much you’ll never want to wimp out on your workout! (, from the publisher)