Reluctantly Healthy

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Diet and exercise tips from relatable Hollywood star.

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Positive Messages

Living healthy is the major theme. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Judy Greer is often hesitant but is willing to try new things. 


Local Southern California gyms and restaurants; fitness brands such as CrossFit. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Discusses alcohol consumption as it relates to food, health, and certain medications. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Reluctantly Healthy features exercise trends, healthy recipes, and nutrition tips. Local gyms and restaurants are sometimes featured, and occasionally diet and health tips surrounding alcohol are discussed. There's no content to be worried about, but it's mostly geared toward adults. 

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What's the story?

RELUCTANTLY HEALTHY features actress Judy Greer learning new and different ways to eat healthy and exercise. With the help of nutritionists, fitness experts, life coaches, pharmacists, and medical professionals, she tries new things and gathers information intended to help people live better lives. 



Is it any good?

Reluctantly Healthy, which began as an exercise Web series of the same title, features the host hesitantly trying the latest exercise trends, such as "hooping" (exercising with hula hoops), and learning how to make healthier versions of common foods, such as salad dressings. She also spends time chatting with experts to learn more about specific foods and food combinations. 

It's informative, but much of it is offered in a stylized, Southern California context, which makes it feel disconnected from most people's everyday lives. Nonetheless, folks looking for new ways to charge up their healthy lifestyles may find something useful here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about living healthy lives. Why is it so important to eat nutritious foods and exercise, especially at a young age? Is it ever too late to start changing unhealthy habits? 

  • What do you do to live a healthier lifestyle? How can the media help you live better? Can it keep you from being healthy? 

  • Whom do you think this show is meant for? How can you tell?

TV details

  • Premiere date: December 11, 2011
  • Cast: Judy Greer
  • Network: CW
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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