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Teach your students to make healthy choices with Master Books’ Living Healthy: Nutrition, Exercise, and Making Wise Choices. This fun and flexible elective homeschool curriculum gently introduces topics including fitness, serving sizes, superfoods, vitamins, immune system, food safety and much more. With this Creator-honoring course, you will help your family steward the body God has entrusted to them.

Living Healthy lessons are designed for 4th – 6th graders and take approximately 20 minutes, excluding recipes, extensions, and daily walks. Two lessons can be completed per week for a 36-week course, or four lessons per week for an 18-week course.

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Book Trailer

Nutrition, Exercise, & Wise Choices with Melanie Utley - Podcast Interview

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SKU M249-3
Manufacturer Master Books
Weight (in lbs) 2.50
Title Living Healthy
Subtitle Nutrition, Exercise, and Making Wise Choices
ISBN 13 9781683442493
Contributors Melanie Utley
Binding Paperback
Page Count 384
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC
Dimensions (in inches) 8 1/2 x 11

Help your students choose a leader's lifestyle and overcome our culture's invitation to live on junk food and video games. Incorporating Master Books’ Living Healthy homeschool curriculum will give your children the knowledge they need to honor God by making a lifetime of healthy choices.

You are preparing them spiritually and academically for a great purpose. Exercise and nutrition are critical areas of discipleship for every believer! Just imagine the impact of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's food choices were in the outcome of their whole nation and the generations who have read about them in the book of Daniel!

Course Objectives

Students completing this elective course will:

  • Build up their strength and endurance through daily physical exercise
  • Learn about the different foods that help and harm the body and its functions
  • Discover how their body systems work together and take steps to keep themselves clean, inside and out
  • Become more confident in their communication skills and managing their emotions
  • Assemble their own first aid kit for injuries and create emergency plans for fires and natural disasters
  • Grow more responsible and knowledgeable in the areas of health and safety for themselves and their family

Course Components

Living Healthy is designed for 4th – 6th graders. Lessons take approximately 20 minutes, excluding recipes, extensions, and daily walks. Two lessons can be completed per week for a 36-week course, or four lessons per week for an 18-week course

The four 9-week units are:

  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Personal health
  • Environmental health and safety

Note to the Teacher: A few sensitive topics are covered in the course. Please review the “Note to the Teacher” section on page 7 of the PDF preview provided on this page and in the curriculum to review them.

Table of Contents

  • Unit 1: Exercise
    • Lesson 1: Why Exercise?
    • Lesson 2: FITT Principle
    • Lesson 3: Types of Exercise
    • Lesson 4: Cardiovascular Exercise
    • Lesson 5: Strength
    • Lesson 6: Flexibility
    • Lesson 7: Balance
    • Lesson 8: Building Bones
    • Lesson 9: Crossing the Midline
    • Lesson 10: Upper Body Muscles
    • Lesson 11: Middle Muscles
    • Lesson 12: Lower Body Muscles
    • Lesson 13: Hydrate!
    • Lesson 14: Are You Sore?
    • Lesson 15: Lactic Acid
    • Lesson 16: What to Wear?
    • Lesson 17: Your Exercise Environment
    • Lesson 18: A Lifetime of Walking
  • Unit 2: Nutrition
    • Lesson 19: Why Is Food Important?
    • Lesson 20: Building with Protein
    • Lesson 21: Carbohydrates
    • Lesson 22: Fabulous Fats
    • Lesson 23: Calories — Friend or Foe?
    • Lesson 24: Vitamins of the Alphabet
    • Lesson 25: Mini Minerals
    • Lesson 26: Fiber
    • Lesson 27: Salty Sodium
    • Lesson 28: How to Read a Nutrition Label
    • Lesson 29: The Sugar Cycle
    • Lesson 30: More Sugars
    • Lesson 31: Serving Sizes and Balance
    • Lesson 32: How Is It Grown?
    • Lesson 33: Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen
    • Lesson 34: Superfoods
    • Lesson 35: Real Food Is Made by God
    • Lesson 36: Making Better Choices
  • Unit 3: Personal Health
    • Lesson 37: God's Detailed Handiwork
    • Lesson 38: The Nervous System
    • Lesson 39: The Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems
    • Lesson 40: Your Cleaning Crew
    • Lesson 41: The Delicious Digestive System
    • Lesson 42: A Strong Skeletal System
    • Lesson 43: Germs and Your Superhero Army
    • Lesson 44: Hand Washing: Put Germs in Their Place!
    • Lesson 45: Build a Strong Immune System
    • Lesson 46: Cleanliness and a Healthy Body
    • Lesson 47: Types of Health Care
    • Lesson 48: Super Skin
    • Lesson 49: Designer Dentals
    • Lesson 50: Eye Health
    • Lesson 51: Super Sleep Cycles
    • Lesson 52: How to Communicate with Others
    • Lesson 53: Conflict Resolution
    • Lesson 54: Emotions
  • Unit 4: Environmental Health and Safety
    • Lesson 55: Healthy Responsibility
    • Lesson 56: Respecting Boundaries
    • Lesson 57: First Aid Preparation
    • Lesson 58: First Aid for Scrapes and Cuts
    • Lesson 59: First Aid for Choking
    • Lesson 60: First Aid for Stings and Bites
    • Lesson 61: Poisons and Burns
    • Lesson 62: Food Safety
    • Lesson 63: Allergies in Your Environment
    • Lesson 64: Alcohol Awareness
    • Lesson 65: Tobacco Addiction
    • Lesson 66: Screen Safety
    • Lesson 67: Family Fire Safety
    • Lesson 68: Bad Weather Safety
    • Lesson 69: Electrical Safety
    • Lesson 70: Gun Safety
    • Lesson 71: Environmental Health
    • Lesson 72: Your Health Goals
  • Worksheet Helpers
  • Exercise Instructions and Game Rules
  • Living Healthy Glossary
  • Suggested One-Year Schedule
  • Unit Tests
  • Answer Keys
  • Bibliography
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Living Healthy: A Christian Homeschool Health Curriculum

You can easily teach your students to make healthy choices with Master Books’ Living Healthy: Nutrition, Exercise, and Making Wise Choices. Your 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will enjoy actively learning about fitness, serving sizes, superfoods, vitamins, the immune system, food safety, and much more in this elective homeschool curriculum. We have created this elementary health course to help you lead your student in stewarding the body God has entrusted to them.

Great Option!
Review by Adrian
We chose this for my 5th grader's science curriculum this year. It covered a wide range of topics, and she was able to progress through it independently. The only thing I wish it had was a review lesson before unit tests. We adapted and made our own review day. Overall, she loved it.
Great book
Review by Sharon
This was so easy to understand and use. Our son used it in 5th grade and enjoyed it. So much great info for your kids. Safety, food , and everyday things they may question you on.
Exactly what I was looking for!
Review by Sarah
This has been such a great edition for my 4th and 6th graders this year, exactly what I was looking for!
Just great!
Review by Lara
We love these easy to follow lessons! So informational
My son's favorite subject
Review by Tiffany
This is my 9 year old's favorite subject this year. It has so much useful information, and my son loves the activities. I think we will go back through all the activities again once he finishes the book.
Very well done
Review by Leslie
I am overly impressed. I wanted this book so much, but I was paranoid what the nutrition part would teach. I have a B.S. in Health and Human Performance, with an Emphasis in Health Promotion. I worked for several years as a Nutrition Educator. However, fast forward of many years to today, my outlook of nutrition has changed dramatically after struggling with my health, after young son’s bad health, and especially after all of the research I’ve done to re-educate myself throughout the years. My family’s diet has changed a lot and our health has improved. So, I was paranoid this book would promote the MyPlate (or Food Pyramid, as I used to teach), which is why my son and I got so sick. However, this book shocked me! It’s beyond what I expected. It does not promote one way of eating, but is lays out the nutrition basics, while pointed to God’s natural food (vs. man-made foods). Are you vegan? Are you on a Keto diet? Do you follow an animal-based diet? Or do you still eat the Standard American Diet? Well, it doesn’t matter what your answer is! Whatever the answer is, I believe this book will touch you directly and you can take it to the direction you prefer. (And if there is any information you disagree with, it’d be easy to skip or slightly adjust). I’m very pleased. Now, the rest of the book is also well done. This author thought of every direction she could think of, when it comes to health. And I love the exercises we are promoted to do every time (and to get outside and walk with family!). You can do the his book in an half of a year or full year (4 days/week or 2/days). I look forward fitting this curriculum into my home.
5th grader loved it!
Review by Shelley
This was my 10 year old’s favorite subject last year and she’s asked to keep the book to look back at! Her only complaint is that there’s not a 2nd one for her to do!
Review by Kala
I have a picky eater and this helped him understand the importance of our diet and exercise, and how it can bring God glory!
Fun book!
Review by Shauna
This is such a fun and educational book. It presents healthy living concepts in bite size and age appropriate chunks. There are many activities that correspond with the topics covered. We are really enjoying this course.
Review by Mary Clare
I purchased this course for my 7th grader. My husband overheard us learning together and came and joined in. Then my 11th and 10th grader wanted in on the fun! What started as an individual subject has turned into one of our favorite family activities. Way to go Master Books!! Healthy living for Jesus is so needed in our society and homes.
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