Thursday, February 25, 2010

Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right: A Book Review

About The Book:

In her book, Dr. Dolgoff uses the power of play to get more families excited about healthy eating.  The book teaches readers how to make healthy choices based on the principles of the traffic light: green light foods are nutritious, yellow light foods are eaten in moderation, and red light foods are occasional treats.  Snacks and meals are designed to ensure that children get the nutrients they need to not only lose or maintain weight, but to grow strong, healthy bodies.

 Dr. Dolgoff also discusses the important issues surrounding child and adolescent weight management and gives tips on how to follow the program while dining out, going to birthday parties, and celebrating the holidays.  Complete with sample menus, recipes, 50 fun activities that count as exercise, and an index of more than 1,000 color-coded foods, Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right is great on its own or as a companion to the online program.  

About The Author:

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. is a pediatrician, child obesity specialist, and author of Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right (Rodale, 2009).  Her child weight loss program boasts over a 90% success rate and has been featured on WABC News, WNBC News, Fox 5 Morning Show, My9 News, and WPIX News.  Dr. Dolgoff has also filmed pieces with The Today Show, NightLine, and Extra.  She is a contributing blogger to the Huffington Post.  Children from 45 different states are losing weight with her online weight loss program (  Dr. Dolgoff has offices in Manhattan, NY and Roslyn Heights, NY.
Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. grew up in Roslyn, New York.  Dr. Dolgoff attended Princeton University where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Molecular Biology.  She was elected to the Sigma Chi International Research Honor Society based on scientific research done at Princeton.  Dr. Dolgoff earned her Reebok fitness instructor certification during this time.  She taught fitness classes at Princeton University and at various gyms in the Princeton area. 

Dr. Dolgoff continued her education at the NYU School of Medicine, earning the award for Outstanding Student in Pediatrics and serving as president of the NYU Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society.  She also founded and ran the NYU School of Medicine Step Aerobics Fitness Program and taught at Synergy Fitness Clubs in Manhattan.

Dr. Dolgoff completed her Pediatric Residency training at Columbia Presbyterian's Children's Hospital of New York.  She has previously worked as a private practice pediatrician and is a Board Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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My Review:

I love to cook, and for the most part I believe that I cook and bake foods that are pretty healthy. My family and I try to stay away from high-fat, low-nutrition foods and stick to healthy, whole grain, fruits and veggies. However, since being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in January, I have been on a mission to find some great menu ideas that will not only incorporate easy to make and yummy foods, but also be fun for my two children, ages three and 19 months. With Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right I have definitely found a wonderful resource.

This book is packed with wonderful food ideas and menu plans for two weeks that will not only nourish your children in a balanced way, but will teach your child to make good food choices. The book is designed to help already overweight childre, but can be used for all children, in my opinion. I believe that if these proper nutrition and eating methods were taught to children, there would be a much lower rate of childhood obesity and weight related health problems with our children today.

I love the whole premise of the red, yellow and green light correspondence with the healthy and non-healthy foods. In my opinion, the more fun you make meal time, the better success one will have in getting children (of any age) to start on the right track of healthy eating!

The methods and ideas in this book are not strictly for overweight children, however. I was able to use a lot of the tips and ideas when deciding meals for my entire family (me included). Some of the recipes included are: Shrimp and Pasta Dinner, Potato Wedges, Baked Fish Sticks, Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Low Fat Pumpkin Muffins! I personally made the muffins and they were so yummy! Even my three year old loved them (and they are a yellow item on the traffic light, so of course you can't overdo eating them!)

Many adults make the New Year's resolutions to get back on track with diet and exercise! Well, since we are only two months into 2010, add your kids to your resolution and help them be as healthy as they can be!!!

I highly recommend this book!

BUY IT: You can purchase Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right directly online through and

***Thank you to Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. and The Product Review Place for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

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