Prospero's new books helps you find ways to be healthy

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 08:22 AM

“Even You Can Be Healthy” is a book that was recently released by a lady who lives right here in Durham, Ann Prospero. 
The subtitle of the book is “3-Step Guide for Busy People Plus Easy Recipes.” Ann sent me a copy of her book, and I have enjoyed reading it. I am the first to admit I am not a nutritionist, so this book, which contains more than 150 pages of healthy recipes and nutrition advice, will certainly help me. 
People often assume that someone like me, who teaches fitness and has been a personal trainer, would know all there is to know about nutrition. My graduate degree is in exercise physiology; I recall that I had one nutrition course in all of my graduate work.  In other words, Ann’s book is a most welcome addition to my library.
Just looking at some of the nutritious, but very delicious, meals and snacks will make you eager for your next eating time. You can learn how to make Greek-style chickpea salad on lettuce, leftover salmon filet sandwiches on whole wheat bread, honey-soy-sauce-vinegar marinated baked chicken, vegetable sticks with dips, sauteed tilapia filets, and roasted acorn squash. If you are looking for some good snacks to eat, this book is for you. How about angel food cake with peaches and vanilla frozen yogurt? Or a high-protein granola bar? Hummus and vegetable pieces?
By now I probably have you thinking of eating, right?  These are just a few of the hundreds you will find in Ann’s new book.
The following is a quote from Ann, and it sums up her nutritional approach in the book.
“Every meal will have fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.  Every meal omits “bad” fats, too much salt and sugar, and white flour-based foods. Ann really knows her nutrition, as evidenced by a previous well-received book she wrote called “Chefs of the Triangle.”  Among many people who reviewed and helped Ann with her book was Kara Mitchell, a dietitian at the Duke Health and Fitness Center in Durham.
The book is loaded with nutrition tips and recipes, but Ann also devotes a chapter to exercise. Her chapter called “Move!” contains some good advice on incorporating movement into your daily life. There is also a chapter on stress control, which most of us can certainly use more of.
What makes Ann’s book even more inspiring is that she has had multiple sclerosis  throughout her professional life, and has now written this new book to help others, whether it be someone who is out of shape, depressed, or possibly battling a disease themselves, or for those looking to add some great  tasting, nutritious food to their lives.
Even you can be healthy!
Lewis Bowling  teaches at N.C. Central University and Duke University. He is the author of several books on fitness and sports. His website is He can be reached at 919-530-6224 and at