The cover of The Ultimate Kids' Guide to Being Super Healthy

The Ultimate Kids’ Guide to Being Super Healthy

Nina Shapiro ’87

Subtitled What You Need to Know About Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep, Hygiene, Stress, Screen Time, and More, Shapiro’s book is geared toward elementary-age readers. A veteran physician and surgeon, Shapiro is director of pediatric otolaryngology at UCLA and has appeared in such national media as CNN, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal; she previously authored Hype: A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice—How to Tell What’s Real and What’s Not. Her kid-friendly paperback explains the rationale behind parenting rules like limits on screen time, required bedtimes, and an insistence on balanced meals. The book features colorful illustrations and engaging chapter titles like “Why Can’t We Have Cookies for Dinner?,” “What’s So Good About Exercise?,” and “Do I Have to Wash My Hands and Brush My Teeth Again?” As Shapiro writes in a foreword to parents: “If a child can visualize what goes on inside their body, and how their world affects their body, using real words and real science, then eating, sleeping, taking medicines, and even getting shots will take on whole new meanings.”

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