This November we’re releasing a new book series unlike anything we’ve seen or done before. Health Stories for Kids, written by Brian Wu, PhD, teaches kids not only about various medical conditions, but also how to deal with and even prevent them. We asked Brian to give us some tips on good habits we can instill in our children now so they’re set up for a long, healthy life. You can pre-order your copy of The Zoo Flu Frenzy, Fort Applegate and the Battle of Wounded Knee, and Emily’s Best Gift Ever today!
When you’re a kid, you believe that you’re invincible and nothing can take you down– energy is limitless, and so are the possibilities of having fun. But sickness does occur, and what we love to teach here at Health Stories For Kids is that prevention is the best kind of medicine.
Staying healthy is not achieved with pills but through a strong immune system and some smart habits! So what are some things kids and families can do now to keep healthy? Here are some tips from us at Health Stories for Kids!
1. Get a move on! Make sure you and your child get outside and play for at least half an hour every day. Try to go to the playground after school or play in your backyard when you get home. As a parent, having some fun with your kids may leave you exhausted at the end of the day, but you’ll feel fulfilled and kids are going to love that special time! You’ll know that you are keeping you and your kids healthy by giving your bodies the exercise it needs!
2. Drink that water! Soda and other sweet beverages may taste better but water is much healthier for you and your child. It’s one of the best forms of hydration and will keep your immune system and body working in the best shape possible.
3. Eat healthy! You can’t live off Chicken McNuggets and stay healthy. Make sure you and your kids get lots of fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts (if no one is allergic), whole grains and lean meats and dairy products in your diet every day. This will give you all the nutrients your bodies need!
As there is so much more to learn about these topics, maybe you want a fun and concrete way to teach children about the human body? Or does your child have the flu and you are looking for a way to help them understand what is happening to them? If so, you should check out our Health Stories for Kids, a series of charming stories that can make difficult health concepts accessible to children.
So far, we have 3 books in our series with Mascot, dealing with a range of childhood diseases, healthy living ideas and different systems in the body. These stories include:
• The Zoo Flu Frenzy, a Story about the Flu
• Ft. Applegate and the Battle of Wounded Knee, a Story about the Immune System
• Emily’s Best Gift Ever, a Story about New Babies
These stories are charmingly illustrated and written to be a fun and appealing way to teach children about different health issues as well as things that they themselves can do to keep fit! They are a great supplemental tool for teaching lessons about the way the body works.
Health Stories For Kids also has a blog with articles on a wide range of children’s health issues so that parents and kids can learn more about some of the conditions mentioned in our stories.
So log onto Health Stories For Kids today and start exploring the amazing world of children’s health!
Brian graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology. He is currently an eighth-year student at the University of Southern California pursuing his Medical Degree. He currently holds a PhD in integrative biology and disease for his research in exercise physiology and rehabilitation. He plans on pursuing a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency and specializing in sports medicine. He hopes to integrate holistic healthcare with the capabilities of social media, medical technology, and education to provide the best care for patients he can, both in person and through research, technology, and education.
His belief to care is that stories are powerful. They deliver knowledge through experience and emotion. As a writer, author, advisor and actor who believes in the power of stories, Brian aims to deliver its multiple benefits throughout all his roles.
The idea for writing Health Stories for Kids (formerly known as Storybook Illustrated Guides) first occurred to Brian as a fifth grader, when he wrote a story named Wacky Olympics, and another entitled Body Wars, which is a personification of the immune system and how human bodies fight disease.