Books Recommended by Kaiser Permanente Health Educators

  • Helping your Child Lose Weight the Healthy Way: A Family Approach to Weight Control (2001) By Judith Levine and Linda Bine (2001)
  • The Overweight Child: Promoting Fitness and Self Esteem by Teresa Pitman and Miriam Kaufmann (2000)
  • Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming (2005); Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense (2002); Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family (1999); How to Get Your Kid to Eat . . . But Not Too Much (1987) by Ellyn Satter
  • “I’m, Like SO Fat!”: Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Leigh- Obsessed World by Dianne Neumark Sztainer (2005).

Reading List for Students - Chapter Book Fiction

  • The Fast and the Furriest by Andy Behrens (2010). The overweight and unathletic son of a famous former football star discovers that his equally out of shape and lethargic dog is unexpectedly—and obsessively—interested in competing in dog agility contests.
  • Blubber by Judy Blume (1986, 1974). Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it's like when she, too, becomes a target.
  • Run for It by Matt Christopher; text by Robert Hirschfeld (2002). Thirteen-year-old Theo, overweight and out of shape, finds that with his friend's support he just might be able to run in the race to raise money to help cancer patients like his aunt.
  • Makeovers by Marcia by ClaudiaMills (2005). At the beginning of eighth grade, all Marcia can think about is what nail polish to use, how to lose weight, and whether Alex will ask her to the dance, but after giving makeovers in a nursing home for a school project, she begins to appreciate the value of inner beauty.
  • Revenge of the Snob Squad by Julie Anne Peters (2009). An overweight sixth-grader joins forces with three other gym class outcasts to plot revenge against the spoiled popular girl who has been tormenting them.
  • Slob by Ellen Potter (2009). Picked on, overweight genius Owen tries to invent a television that can see the past to find out what happened the day his parents were killed.

Reading List for Students - Nonfiction

  • Eat right!: How You Can Make Good Food Choices by Matt Doeden ; illustrations by Jack Desrocher (2009). Eat your veggies! Stay away from sweets! You've heard it all a million times before. But why is eating right important? What's the best nutrition plan for you? And what can happen to your body if you don't get the nutrients you need? Explore the answers to these questions and learn how to make good choices when it comes to your diet.
  • Stay Fit!: How You Can Get in Shape by Matt Doeden; illustrations by Jack Desrocher; consultant, Sonja Green (2009). Does just the thought of running make you sweat? There are many ways to get exercise. You need to find what's fun for you. Why should you worry about physical fitness anyway? What's the best way to stay in shape? And what happens to your body if you don't get the physical activity you need? Explore the answers to these questions and learn how you can stay fit!
  • Body Talk: The Straight Facts on Fitness, Nutrition & Feeling Good About Yourself! by Ann Douglas and Julie Douglas; illustrations by Claudia Dávila (2006). Part of the Girl Zone series, Body Talk challenges girls to rethink the image-conscious advertising that saturates the tween/teen market. With frank information on eating disorders, fad diets, and the business of beauty, the book tackles weighty issues with humor and insight.
  • Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You by Rebecca Kajander, and Timothy Culbert (2010). Tweens learn effective, easy-to-use skills to take control of their fitness and diet and develop healthy self-esteem. Whether they are underweight, overweight, or just the right weight, this book shows kids how to take a positive, holistic approach to their health and be the boss of their own wellness. Specific tips on eating, exercise, and self-esteem include planning meals and healthy on-the-go snacks, food journaling, building exercise into the day, and using affirmations.
  • The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! by Edward Miller (2006). Readers will learn about nutrients, how to read foods labels and what it means to count calories. Readers will also learn how to develop healthy habits, such as making time for breakfast, tips for packing the best lunch, and the benefits of having a sit down (versus fast food) dinner.

Reading List for Students - Materials in Spanish

  • Tú Sí Puedes, Gabriela!: Cómo Puedo Crecer Fuerte y Sana? por Isabel Gómez-Bassols; con Eric Vasallo ; ilustrado por Priscilla García Burris (2008). Gabriela learns a lesson on how to prevent obesity and overweight in children. She can not run well, because she eats a heavy breakfast.
  • Asuntos de Mucho Peso: Un Libro Sobre Aciertos y Errores en la Alimentación por Martha Kaufer Horwitz; ilustrado por Isis Alcázar y Rey David Rojas (2007). Describes how overeating hurts your body and how eating proper portions of nutritious food is very important to prevent obesity. It also gives guidelines about what types of foods to eat and how many of each.

Bibliography from Multnomah County Library School Corps

  • Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs In On Living Large, Losing Weight, and How Parents Can (and Can't) Help by Abby Ellin (2005).
  • Gordito No Significa Saludable: Lo Que Toda Madre Latina Debe Saber para Criar Niños Felices y Saludables por Claudia González y Lourdes Alcañiz ; prólogo por la presentadora de Giselle Blondet (2006).
  • Super Sized Kids: How to Rescue Your Child From the Obesity Threat by Walt Larimore, Sherri Flynt, and Steve Halliday (2005).
  • What to Do for Heavy Kids: Easy to Read, Easy to Use; Spanish: Qué Hacer Para los Niños con Sobrepeso: Fácil de Leer, Fácil de Usar by Gloria Mayer and Michael Villaire (2010).
  • Rescuing the Emotional Lives of Overweight Children: What Our Kids Go Through-- and How We Can Help by Sylvia Rimm, with Eric Rimm ; foreword by Al Roker (2004).
  • Overcoming Childhood Obesity by Colleen A. Thompson and Ellen L. Shanley (2004).
  • Eat This, Not That! For Kids!: Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save Your Child from Obesity! by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding (2008).
  • The Family Guide to Fighting Fat: A Parent's Guide to Handling Obesity and Eating Issues from Texas Children's Hospital (2007).
  • A Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Road Map to Health from American Academy of Pediatrics; Sandra G. Hassink, editor (2006).


  • Chilhood Nutrition: Preventing Obesity by Injoy Videos (2005).
  • La Comida y los Ejercicios Cuentan: Creando Hijos Saludables y Activos produced by Parents Action for Children (2006).
  • Food and Fitness Matter: Raising Healthy, Active Kids produced by Parents Action for Children (2006).

Videos to Share With Students

  • Health and Nutrition produced and directed by Fabian-Baber, Inc (2006). What we eat is critical to our overall health, from our cells to our senses to how we feel. Cells need nutrients to function properly, and we get them from the foods we eat. Describes essential nutrients, including carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. Stresses the concept of a balanced diet, along with a full presentation of the Food Guide Pyramid and a segment on the importance of exercise for maintaining good health.
  • The Lunch Lady's Guide to the New Food Pyramid directed by Mark Mazzarella; produced by Tony Mazzarella (2006). The Lunch Lady shows kids how to whip up nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner specials using the new food pyramid.
  • Portion Distortion: Seeing the Healthy Way to Eat produced by Human Relations Media; producer, Mike Hardy (2005). Kids are suffering from weight-related health problems-- diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, and even heart disease. Once teens understand the right food portions for their body and metabolism, they can make healthy judgments about food portions at every meal, every day, for long-term health.

Healthy Websites and phone numbers

Nutrition and Physical Activity

Eating Disorders and Body Image

Crisis Lines (open 24 hrs)

  • Clark County Crisis Intervention  360-696-9560
  • Multnomah County Crisis Line  503-988-4888
  • Children, Teens, Families  1-800-448-3000, TTY 1-800-448-1833
  • Oregon State Teen Line  1-877-553-TEEN (8336)
  • Salem-Marion/Polk County Crisis line  1-800-560-5535
  • Washington State TeenLine  1-877-345-TEEN (8336),
  • Crisis Support Network (WA)  360-484-7191, 1-800-435-7276
  • Portland Women’s Crisis Line  503-235-5333, 1-800-235-5333,
  • Northwest Human Services Crisis & Hotline  503-581-5535, 503-588-5833

Depression, Anxiety, and Grief

  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill  Oregon 1-800-343-6264, Washington 1-800-782-9264
  • Recovery Incorporated, NW Support Groups, 503-231-1334
  • The Child Anxiety Network
  • Marion County Children’s Mental Health Program  503-588-5352
  • National Mental Health Association, 1-800-969-6642,
  • Community Counseling Clinic  503-725-4620
  • The Dougy Center

Family Services