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What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about health concerns such and asthma and peanut allergies and why nutrition and fitness are important. They'll learn how to incorporate exercise and healthy eating into their lifestyles; adults get tips in each section on encouraging kids to be healthy. The content reassures kids that a health concern won't ruin their lives; the site's Resilience section provides tips on dealing with tragedies and natural disasters. Arthur Family Health pulls together maybe a few too many topics, but it's great for supplementing a diagnosis -- or as a primer for boosting kids’ emotional and physical health.
The site content stresses that conditions like asthma and peanut allergies are manageable, and that kids shouldn't panic or feel weird about having them.
Products & Purchases
The site links to an online store offering Arthur and other PBS show-related merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids don't have to log in or register to view this informative health site's videos or other information. Both kids and adults can get comprehensible, concise facts about conditions such as peanut allergies and asthma and learn how related issues can be prevented. Other sections provide more general healthy-living instruction, shared by friendly faces from PBS's Arthur TV show.
Is It Any Good?
You can use ARTHUR FAMILY HEALTH as a tool to initiate a conversation about health with your kids; it's a solid resource for specific issues that aren't always addressed in a kid-accessible way. Each section provides background information on a different topic -- asthma, peanut allergies, fitness, nutrition, and dealing with a tragedy -- and includes tips for both kids and parents. Interactive games and activities let kids find out how to say "I am allergic to peanuts" in more than a dozen languages; help assemble healthy lunches; or watch videos with real-life kids and characters from PBS Kids' animated Arthur show living a happy, healthy life, despite a peanut allergy or asthma.
Arthur Family Health does a good job of getting the point across quickly and clearly, and its practical suggestions always sound supportive. Families are encouraged to improve their eating habits instead of being told they need to correct mistakes, and the health condition-centric sections never imply kids with allergies or asthma are problematic or flawed. (In fact, the content repeatedly stresses that they aren't the only ones with a health situation that requires a few lifestyle changes.) The cheerful you-can-do-it tone really helps convey the site's positive, important message. Kids get facts and guidance, without judgment, and parents get an overview of food allergies, asthma, and other well-being topics; it's a win-win situation for everyone.
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