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  • Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great
  • Written by Mavis Jukes and Lilian Wai-Yin Cheung
    Illustrated by Debra Ziss
  • Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9780679890294
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Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great

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Synopsis

Mavis Jukes is here to help girls learn how to be healthy so they can stay healthy. In this newly updated edition, Jukes and co-author Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. target what girls need to know in order to achieve an active lifestyle and how to avoid the pitfalls of body image issues. Readers will find basic nutritional information; ideas for safe exercising; tips on how to eat right no matter where they are; and lots of other kid-specific information on food, fitness and feeling great.

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Going through puberty means you're going through a series of dazzling physical, intellectual, and emotional changes called the growth spurt.

But it's really not a spurt. It actually takes a few years.

If you're going through puberty, you're in the process of gaining half of your adult bone mass and weight, the last inches of your height, and the ability to reproduce.

At the same time, you're beginning to think more critically. You're acquiring the intellectual and emotional ability to make decisions, including healthy food and lifestyle choices.

AND ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING AT ONCE!

In order to support this rapid growth, you have very specific needs for food and physical activity.

Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great will help you understand the basic information you need to stay healthy and fit.

And feel great.

AND HAVE A GOOD TIME DOING IT

Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great gives you the lowdown on how your body uses food; ideas for boosting the nutritional value of what you love to eat, choosing from a fast-food menu, and shopping for food; information on how to link food and physical activity with fun and friendship; and advice on how to think positively and keep your spirits up, how to initiate change by advocating for yourself and friends, and how, when, and where to ask for help when you need it.

DO!

Involve your friends, family, teachers, and health care professionals (physician, pediatrician, nurse, registered dietitian) in evaluating the information in these pages and putting it to work for you in the context of your own cultural traditions, family structure, school environment, economic circumstances, and community.

SOUND GOOD?
Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great will help you

• Have more energy

• Improve your ability in sports, exercise, and active games

• Focus and concentrate better in school

• Reduce stress and worries

• Boost your spirits

• Look your best

• Appreciate yourself for who you are

• Counter the negative influence of the media (like TV and magazines and websites) on your food choices and your self-image

• Work toward getting more nutritious food and more choices for safe, fun physical activity in your school

• Up your chances of being healthy as an adult

• Establish and maintain a beautiful, powerful presence as you move through the world

• Care for our planet by making choices that are good for the environment

YOU READY?
Mavis Jukes

About Mavis Jukes

Mavis Jukes - Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great

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“Writing is like dreaming; it allows your unconscious to reveal itself. It’s like looking in the mirror. Write from your own experience. You may feel that your life is nothing special, but remember this: only one of you will ever walk the Earth—ever—and how you perceive the world is unique and important. Find your voice; it’s in your heart. Tell the truth.”—Mavis Jukes

Mavis Jukes’s Like Jake and Me is a Newbery Honor Book.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Mavis Jukes was born in Nyack, New York, and grew up in New York City; Princeton, New Jersey; and Berkeley, California. She attended the University of Colorado, where she studied art; the University of California, where she studied education; and Golden Gate University, where she studied law. She is a member of the California Bar Association and has volunteered as a juvenile defense attorney.

Jukes was an elementary school teacher and an art specialist in the late 1960s and early 1970s and recently returned to public education. She writes books for children and young adults and teaches leadership, writing, drawing, and human interactions. She lives in the country in Northern California with her husband, artist Robert Hudson, and two teenage daughters. She has written many books for children, including Expecting the Unexpected, It’s a Girl Thing, Blackberries in the Dark, I’ll See You in My Dreams, It’s a Guy Thing, and Like Jake and Me, for which she won a Newbery Honor.


PRAISE


EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret meets the ’90s. Twelve-year-old River is learning a lot in her human interactions class. . . . Writing in a breezy Paula Danziger-like style, Jukes leads readers on a lively chase.”—Booklist

“Jukes treats sensitive subjects in an innovative way. . . Family dynamics at the end of the story are poignant and perceptive while still humorously handled. Jukes is terrific at capturing adolescent concerns and really shines in portraying characters and relationships.”—School Library Journal

“The book is occasionally hilarious, thick with teenspeak and one-liners about everything from PMS to ‘Wedgie Hell!’”—Kirkus Reviews

“Young readers will be surprised by the concluding twist and will be entertained by the middle-school slang-code dialogue.”—The Bulletin

“Full of broad humor and not-so-subtle ironies. . . . The characterizations . . . are fresh and vivid. [Jukes is] well attuned to pre-adolescent concerns and attitudes about puberty.”—Publishers Weekly

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