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Published CCNC Reviews
California Country Magazine, May/June 2008 edition
from the California Farm Bureau
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Turlock Living Magazine, January 2008 edition
Reviewed by Alejandra Juárez
In 2002 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported an increase in child obesity (6-11 year olds) by 16% in boys and 14.5% in girls. This brings the total number of overweight children in the US to over 30%. Using the Body Mass Index (BMI) of these 30% who are overweight, 15.5 % are considered obese. Furthermore, the CDC found that children from minority populations (Latinos, Blacks, and Native Americans) are more prevalent to obesity (www.obesity.org).
It is no wonder many books on child nutrition are coming out. One local writer and teacher, J.A Slack, has written a wonderful book on child nutrition, Crunching Carrots Not Candy, specifically for children. Its language is clear and simple to understand and is divided into color groups. She writes that ‘5 a day the Color Way’ was established “by the National Cancer Society and the Produce for Better Health Foundation…to encourage all children and their families to eat 5 to 9 fruits and vegetables every day for good and better health” (pg. 3). She also has a chapter on fiber and healthy snacks.
It is now clear that being overweight or obese leads to greater health risks. The CDC reports that from 1992 to 1994 the percent, type 2 diabetics skyrocketed from 4% to 16%. Asthma, hypertension and sleep apnea are also common health effects that can develop from being overweight or obese. Orthopedic complications are common as the excess weight can lead to “bowing and overgrowth of leg bones” (obesity.org). Socially, children who are overweight or obese are stigmatized which may lead to other disorders such as eating disorders.
Schools and families should work together to provide healthier lifestyles for children. As a teacher and a mother, Slack knows firsthand about children’s eating habits and thinks children need to develop healthier eating habits if they are to lead healthier adult lives. She includes a chapter on exercise called “Get Moving!” that provides great examples of fun activities children can do such as roller blade and dance.
I found the book to be a great resource not only for children but adults. There are many aspects of nutrition that adults do not understand such as calories and good fats versus bad fats. Slack explains the difference between a serving and a portion of food, calories and how to read nutrition facts labels.
Crunching Carrots Not Candy is also written in Spanish for the growing Latino community. You can order the book directly from the author at wwwcrunchingcarrotsnotcandy.com, and check out her health links.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE CAN I BUY CCNC MERCHANDISE?
The quickest and easiest way to order is right here at CrunchingCarrotsNotCandy.com, visit our store to
buy books, posters, and more!
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If you would prefer to order by mail, please use our printable order form.
After printing this form, simply fill it out, then send with payment to
J.A Slack at the address shown on the form.
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- Carnegie Arts Center – Turlock, CA
- First Street Gallery & Frame Company – Turlock, CA
- Stanislaus County Library, “The Little Shop” – Modesto, CA
- Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Crunching-Carrots-Candy-nutritional-picture/dp/1599757478
- Buffalo Bill Center of the West – Cody, Wyoming
- Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Willy-Winchester-Motorcycle-JA-Slack/dp/1427695326
ARE THERE FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES?
For information on fundraising opportunities or bulk orders of any of these products, please email J.A Slack.
HOW DO I CONTACT J.A SLACK?
The best way to contact Slack is by email.
ARE PURCHASE ORDERS ACCEPTED?
Purchase orders are accepted, but this option is not available online.
To pay with purchase order, please email Slack.
HOW CAN I VIEW THE BOOK BEFORE PURCHASING IT?
Take a peek at the book online by clicking on “About the Book.” There you will find sample book pages in English and Spanish.
CAN I ADD A CCNC LINK TO YOUR WEBSITE?
Feel free to use any of the WEB LINK BANNER graphics under the CCNC Extra menu. Follow the simple directions to apply these banners to your website.
HOW DO I BOOKMARK MY FAVORITE CCNC PAGES?
Most Web browsers allow you to create bookmarks which allow you to return to a URL you have visited on the Web. Once you have added a bookmark, a preferred page is only a click away. Adding CCNC’s home page to your Bookmark page will make it easier for you to return to the site.
CAN ANYONE UTILIZE THIS NUTRITIONAL PICTURE BOOK?
Yes. Although CCNC was targeted for elementary aged children, it is a very useful tool for adults in learning about healthy food choices and activities. CCNC was also written as a language learning tool for both children and adults.
CAN CCNC BE TRANSLATED INTO OTHER LANGUAGES?
Yes. Slack welcomes multiple language translation in order to provide important nutritional information to all children.
WHAT QUALIFIES J.A TO WRITE A PICTURE BOOK ON NUTRITION AND HEALTH?
As an advocate of education for the betterment of society and with a passion for healthy living, Slack chose this pertinent issue to research and write. As a layman in nutrition, she sought out the expert knowledge of multiple medical institution, researchers, medical professionals and dietitians to compile CCNC.