Parents' Guide to

Arthur Family Health

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Accessible info on allergies, asthma, and kid health.

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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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