Obesity in children has been on the rise through the years as parents have no idea what food kids are supposed to eat and how much portions of food they should eat. The technology advancing by the day, kids are influenced by what they see online, such as advertisements for unhealthy foods such as chips and sweets.
The influence of other kids does not help in curbing their appetite for unhealthy food. That is why Jamara Griffin, an up and coming writer who has a specialization in Public Health, imparts her knowledge to parents and their kids on proper nutrition through writing the book, Healthy Adventures with Kayla.
Jamara Griffin is 22 years old, coming from Philadelphia, and she has just graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Public Health. Before that, she was an actress starring in films, commercials, and theater. Jamara also carried out the role of Iris from the movie, “Night Catches Us,” starring Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie. Despite her interest in the performing arts, she has become passionate about writing books.
Jamara focuses her writing on what she has studied for four years in college, which is Public Health. What motivates her was her experience with type 1 diabetes when she was eight years old. While studying in college, she realized that the world needs more health educators, especially for children. Children to Jamara are essential, for they will carry on what their parents have done. She is aware that obesity and diseases brought by lifestyle affect the children profoundly, for their parents and their fellow kids influence them.
These influences from what their environment around them eats are what causes children to become affected by eating as simple as a bag of chips and a pint of ice cream. Those children become obese and acquire diabetes at a noticeably young age. Her passion for educating parents and their children about eating healthy inspired her to write a children’s book called Healthy Adventures with Kayla, with the help of her brother Jared, the illustrator, who helped make Kayla come to life. The book talks about Kayla, who is a young health advocate who speaks about the importance of health at a young age.
Healthy Adventures with Kayla is not just a children’s book, but also a recipe book. Selected healthy foods, along with their recipes and methods in cooking, are on full display. From reading the book, Kids can learn how to make healthy snacks and apply them by cooking at the comfort of their home along with their parents.
Jamara hopes that by reading the book on the right hands and eyes, more and more people would be like Kayla, who is a health advocate for children. Because she has served acting roles before, she hopes that her book would become adapted to become a children’s TV show so that children are entertained while also being informed about health and nutrition.
In making tools for education, one has to strike a balance between information, entertainment, and visualization, for children to be engaged in educating themselves. Jamara’s book comes as a great effort to inform, entertain, and visualize children about the importance of health at a young age. She also has made a bilingual and a digital version of it. Her paperback is available at more than 2,500 websites.
Healthy Adventures with Kayla is made available for purchase on the iUniverse website, and you can know more about Jamara Griffin and her book at Jamara’s Instagram or the book’s Instagram handle.