“Healthy Habits,” written by Floyd Stokes and illustrated by Sheena Hisiro, is an introduction to diabetes and how to manage it by it teaching healthy lifestyle choices that benefit everyone, with or without diabetes. We believe that these lessons are most effective when they are taught, first, to our youth. With information and fun facts for children and their readers, it teaches healthy lifestyle choices that benefit everyone, with our without diabetes.
"Healthy Habits" was made possible by a special underwriting partnership of the PinnacleHealth Auxiliary and Capital BlueCross. The PinnacleHealth Auxiliary is a volunteer community organization dedicated to supporting PinnacleHealth System in its endeavors to provide quality and health education in Central Pennsylvania.
On Friday, April 26, 2013 the Auxiliary hosted a VIP Reception for the book launch. Students from Harrisburg’s Ben Franklin School and children of PinnacleHealth employees learned about healthy eating at the event emceed by Valerie Pritchett of abc27. The goal is to reduce diabetes, which affects one in every 400 children and adolescents, according to the American Diabetes Association.
If you would like to receive a copy, please call the Auxiliary Office at 231-6320 or visit one of the hospital gift shops. The book is available for $9.95 each.
A thank you to everyone involved in this endeavor, including:
Amy Huck, a Board Member for the PinnacleHealth Auxiliary, her interests include Patient Advocacy and Education. Amy is a long term insulin dependent type I diabetic, and a cancer survivor. Amy said that working on this book has been one of her favorite projects of recent memory.
Floyd Stokes is the founder and Executive Director of the American Literacy Corporation (ALC). He has written 11 books to date. On May 1, 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities from Central Penn College. In 2010, he read to children in all 50 states.
Sheena Hisiro has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. She currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. where she is still drawing and loving every minute of it. Sheena has a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. She has illustrated 12 other books including The Boy Who Cried Wolf!, My Glasses, Bullying is BAD, I can Do It By Myself, and Josiah and Julia Go to Church.