“Amy Hendel has written an extremely helpful book for families who are ready to make the transition from overweight and unfit to healthy and fit. This guide will truly help families create healthier habits through meal planning and exercise advice and will support them every step of the way.”
IDEA Health & Fitness Association
"This is a down-to-earth, incredibly important guide to helping families approach the epidemic of obesity. With a common sense approach Amy Hendel combines her years of experience with patients and the media to provide a comprehensive approach to avoiding and treating unhealthy eating habits for both families and individuals. A must read for anyone concerned about the health of their family. Excellent!"
Anne Peters, MD, FACP, CDE
Director, USC Clinical Diabetes Programs
Author, Conquering Diabetes
Obesity threatens to reverse gains that have been made in reducing mortality from heart disease and stroke. The rates for obesity and type 2 diabetes are increasing and appearing at earlier ages. "4 Habits of Healthy Families" by Amy Hendel offers a practical plan to fight obesity by creating a useful catefory of food types, tips for daily eating and exercise, and many healthy recipes. Most importantly, the crucial role of the family in developing and maintaining healthy eating habits is emphasized."
Thomas A. Pfeffer, M.D.
Chief, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Southern California Kaiser Permanente
President, Board of Directors, American Heart Association, Los Angeles County
Registered physician assistant and family lifestyle therapist Hendel here tackles America’s growing waistline, teaching families to change their eating habits and lifestyles collectively rather than individually. With her Healthy Family for Life (HFL) diet and “four Ps”—plan together, prepare together, play together, and portion together—she provides readers with a map to a healthy future. Hendel uses a mixture of personal recollections and patient vignettes to demonstrate that these ideas are doable; readers and their families do not need to remove themselves from day-to-day life in order to lead a healthy lifestyle when simple meal planning will suffice. Furthermore, her HFL and four Ps are adaptable to include small children and teenagers. Readers will find plenty of other books on diet and obesity, but this one, with its many sidebars for quick reference, may become a favorite. Completing the text are recipes and exercise programs (including a nice review of exercise DVDs and videos) as well as health-profile forms to be filled in by readers and their family physicians. Recommended for public libraries with consumer health collections.
Rachel M. Minkin, Walnut Creek, CA, June 1, 2008 issue of Library Journal (circ 17,977).