BodyWorks: A Toolkit for Healthy Teens and Strong Families

BodyWorks: A Toolkit for Healthy Teens and Strong Families

“BodyWorks gives families the tools to make simple, gradual changes that help teens reach and maintain a healthy weight so they can grow to become healthy adults.”

— Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health–Women’s Health and Director of the Office on Women’s Health


Body Basics (10.2 MB download)

  • Decide to live a healthy lifestyle
  • See where you are now
  • Understand healthy eating
  • Recognize the benefits of physical activity
  • Set goals and plan
  • Shop, cook and eat together
  • Support a healthy lifestyle for your family

Keep the Beat Recipes (9.1MB download)

“Dear Friends:
With everyone’s busy schedules, how can you find time each day for the whole family to be together? Try spending family time in the kitchen, preparing healthy meals, and teaching your children to build lifelong healthy eating habits.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is pleased to
present this new Keep the Beat™ cookbook to help busy parents who want to make meal preparation a family affair. Keep the Beat™ Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals features delicious, heart healthy recipes, just like NHLBI’s Keep the Beat™ Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Dinners. The cookbook showcases new dishes that were created especially for the NHLBI by a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef/instructor and father of two. We even tested the recipes with parents and school-aged children to make sure they liked them.

The cookbook also provides tips for involving children in meal preparation. The appendix is loaded with information on meal planning, cooking, and nutrition for families and children.

Keep the Beat™ Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals was developed in partnership with the NIH’s We Can!® (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) program—a national education program to help children stay at a healthy weight. For more information on both Keep the Beat™ healthy eating and We Can!, see “Hungry for More?” (Resources) on the inside back cover.

I hope you enjoy preparing and eating these meals with your family!
Best wishes,”

[Signed December 2010]
Susan B. Shurin, M.D.
Acting Director
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


Best Journal Ever: My Food and Fitness Diary (7.8MB Download)

“Professional athletes, dancers, and girls just like you use journals to keep track of their health goals. You can do the same with the Best Journal Ever!

You and your BFF can work together to help each other try new foods and activities. Now’s your chance to build healthy habits and grow strong!

Use this diary to track what you eat, drink, and do every day. After a week or so, you may start to see patterns that you can work to improve—like adding more foods with calcium, choosing more healthy foods, or increasing your physical activity.”


BodyWorks for Teens (5.9MB Download)

Have you ever thought about your eating and exercise habits? Did you ever wonder if you could change some things in your daily life to be a little healthier? If so, BodyWorks For Teens is for you.


BodyWorks for Guys (5MB Download)

Feeling good, looking your best, having lots of energy. These are just a few of the benefits of eating healthy foods and getting regular physical activity.

But you may ask, “What do I need to know? What can I do to lead a healthier lifestyle?”

You don’t need to totally transform the way you live. Even small changes can make a big difference. For Guys can help you identify ways to eat right, move more, and feel great!