Eat, Run, and Live Healthy

Eat, Run, and Live Healthy by Karen W. Olson, beautifully illustrated by Marie-Micheline Hamelin, is a delightful children’s book that weaves together the importance of healthy living with captivating storytelling. The narrative centers around Nurse Ellen’s visit to Annie Calf Robe’s classroom, where she educates the children on the significance of consuming nutritious foods through engaging activities and vivid illustrations.

One of the most striking aspects of this book is its inclusivity. Written for children of all backgrounds, Olson’s story transcends cultural boundaries, delivering a universal message about the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle. As a member of the Cree/Anishnaabe community of Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, Olson infuses her personal heritage into the narrative, enriching it with authenticity and depth.

The collaboration between Olson and Hamelin results in a visually stunning book that captivates young readers from the very first page. Hamelin’s vibrant illustrations not only complement the text but also serve as powerful tools for conveying the importance of healthy eating habits. Each page bursts with color and life, making the learning experience both informative and enjoyable for children.

Through Nurse Ellen’s guidance, readers are not only educated about the nutritional value of various foods but also inspired to make healthier choices in their own lives. The incorporation of fun activities ensures that the lessons resonate with young audiences, encouraging them to actively participate in their journey toward wellness. Win a copy of this delightful book in our Giveaway section or go to and purchase it to share with your little ones.

The author graciously shared her family’s favourite Salmon Chowder dish in our Recipe section. My family loves chowder and this version was a hit. Serve it in a hollowed-out bread bowl and people around the table will feel special.

Eat, Run, and Live Healthy is a must-read for children and parents alike. Karen W. Olson’s thoughtful storytelling combined with Marie-Micheline Hamelin’s captivating illustrations creates an immersive reading experience that leaves a lasting impression. This book is more than just a story—it’s a valuable resource for instilling lifelong habits of health and well-being in young minds.

Contents and images used with permission by Theytus Books.