After a Serious Diagnosis and Feeding Kids

It's time again to review a new book for our book club. As always, I welcome your comments or reading suggestions. In the coming weeks I will be reviewing a series of books dealing with childhood obesity — on topics ranging from nutrition to exercise, so stay tune. If you have any specific suggestion, this is the time to send me a quick note on recommended reading. E-mail me at Childhood obesity is on the minds of many parents, as well as educators, and is certainly affecting the quality of life for many children. Now, let's look at our selection for this week.

Dr. Manny's ranking system:

Lean on Me: Ten Powerful Steps to Moving Beyond Your Diagnosis and Taking Back Your Life
by Nancy Davis
Nancy Davis’ powerful and inspiring book is the result of her years of coping successfully with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This life-threatening disease hit her as a young mother of three. The experience has left her with the knowledge of how to deal with the stress and the difficulty in navigating the healthcare system when one gets a serious diagnosis. Many times, this same health system forgets that underneath all the medical jargon is a human patient that needs help.

In her 10-step approach she takes the reader from dealing and embracing their life-changing medical condition to finding “Dr. Right.” Like many other important health books she emphasizes the importance of second opinions and how they can affect your final diagnosis and treatment. She also reveals how people should do their homework and be proactive. In other words, as she says, you should become the CEO of your health.

As a healthcare professional myself, I find this book to be the perfect companion for helping patients take charge of their life and health.

Three hearts

What Should I Feed my Kids?
by Ronni Litz Julien, MS, RD, LDN
This well known nutritionist and former nutrition consultant to the South Beach Diet has a written an easy to read yet very informative book on how to keep your children healthy by teaching them to eat right. One of my favorite chapters deals with the difference between what kids want and what they should eat. The books spells out specific age-related meal plans, so that parents can make an impact on their kid's health and eating habits early on.

In this book Julien covers every possible challenge — that I know all too well being the father of three — especially when you hear those famous words, "Look Daddy, McDonald's."

Two hearts

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