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Monday, September 14, 2009

Nutrition 101: Choose Life! {Review}

The foods that we eat affect our body in so many different ways ~ for good and for bad. Over the last few years our family has been making changes bit by bit in an attempt to eat healthier, change bad eating patterns and habits and gain a better understanding of nutrition.

Growing Healthy Homes recently sent our family Nutrition 101: Choose Life! to review for the Homeschool Crew. At first I was a little overwhelmed with the product because the e-book is 448 pages. Over the last few weeks as I've looked over the curriculum and started working through it, I am rather impressed with the depth and flexibility it offers.

About the Curriculum

Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is a complete curriculum for all ages covering a wide range of subjects: science, nutrition, health and human anatomy and 'understanding the real relationship food has on our bodies.'

The curriculum is broken up into six units {with 4 chapters each} that cover:
  1. The Brain and Nervous System
  2. The Digestive System
  3. The Respiratory, Olfactory, Auditory and Visual Systems
  4. The Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  5. The Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
  6. The Endocrine System and Emotions
The chapters were designed to be covered in a week's time {24 weeks total} but are flexible and can be extended if needed. Units contain discussion questions, activities, recipes, additional resources, an activity guide, and appendix for related charts, tables, and articles that elaborate on the text. The curriculum is Biblically-based and includes over 80 recipes for you to try with your family along with hands-on projects and experiments.

My Thoughts

I mentioned that we've been steadily changing things in our own house in the area of nutrition. Our kids have become involved and are understanding more and more the impact of how our food choices affect so much more than our immediate hunger. As I've been trying to learn more, this curriculum came along and is a wonderful opportunity for us to learn together as a family.

The units work well as a lapbooking or notebooking study {this is how we're using it}. We're working at a much slower pace right now ~ just a bit at a time. Having our kids involved in the process encourages them to be more proactive in their choices and when they help with recipes they are more likely to try and enjoy the results!

We have the e-book and personally, I would prefer the CD/book combo, mainly because I am a hands-on kind of girl. We are very happy with the e-book we have and have been printing off much! Why do I suggest both? Both have the same info, but the CD allows you to reprint copies of charts, recipes and other pages without having to photocopy ~ much more convenient if you have multiple children.

Find Out More

If you would like a peek at Nutrition 101, Growing Healthy Homes has a sample of the curriculum on their site available for download/review. They also have a video summary on their main site.

If you are interested in purchasing Nutrition 101: Choose Life!, it is available in several different formats:
  • CD-rom for $79.95
  • Print book version for $99.95
  • Print and CD combo for $129.95

Click on the Homeschool Crew banner to read other reviews about this product.

As a member of the Homeschool Crew, I was given this product to review,
and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I was not paid for this post.
All opinions expressed in this post are mine.


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  • Thank you for posting this review! I took a look at the site and the curriculum looks great, very informative with great illustrations. My family too would want the paper-copy of the book. I only saw a sampling of the activities, but they seemed a bit complex for the ages of my family, but again, I only saw a sampling. I think it is something we could work through together and still accomplish the goal. Thanks again!

    By Blogger Kathy, At September 14, 2009 at 8:39 AM  

  • That looks like a great curriculum. I would need the printed version. 448 pages is too many for an e-book.

    By Blogger Jenny, At September 14, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

  • Thanks for the review. I saw this at this year's home school convention and was very interested in it. I will definitely add it to my "future plan".

    By Blogger Deb, At September 14, 2009 at 7:17 PM  

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