We Like to Move by Elyse April
Exercise is Fun

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This book is Hohm Press's response to an urgent need for children's health and well-being. The statistics are shocking! Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. Not only are American adults suffering the consequences of significant overweight, but massive numbers of our children are quickly joining the ranks of the overfed and undernourished! According to the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), an estimated 16 percent of children and adolescents ages 6-19 years are seriously overweight, and this percentage is growing rapidly in younger children as well. This figure represents a 45 percent increase from the overweight estimates obtained from the same survey done for 1988-94. The National Institute for Health has made obesity-intervention one of its primary targets for increasing the health and longevity of all Americans by 2010. Without a turn-around, however, succeeding generations of children will suffer increased heart disease and diabetes, and will, overall, be less healthy than their parents. Nos Gusta Movernos / We Like to Move is a picture book containing upbeat, rhyming text and brilliantly-colored illustrations of young children engaging in many different forms of exercise and physical activity. The book offers multicultural depictions -- including African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American children and adults -- and varied locales, from a busy city street scene to a southwestern landscape. Each child shown is joyfully engaged in movement, demonstrating both the physical and the emotional health benefits of exercise and movement. Nos Gusta Movernos / We Like to Move conveys the message that exercise is fun, and a normal part of the life of a human being. The text and illustrations suggest that movement may be spontaneous as well as organized through sports; and that it is for everyone, from every age, gender, culture and walk of life. Even children or adults with physical handicaps can participate in some types of movement.
 

About Elyse April

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Elyse April is a licensed (New York State) early-childhood educator, with a master's degree in Early Childhood Education. A private school elementary teacher for ten years. Elyse has more recently taught theatre classes in a special program for youth-at-risk. She is a freelance publicist who has been working with promotion of breastfeeding as a national priority. Regina Sara Ryan is a wellness consultant, and author of several classic books in the field of health and well-being, including the Wellness Workbook (co-authored with John W. Travis, M.D.), which has sold over 150,000 copies and is now in its third edition from Ten Speed Press. Diane Iverson (1950- ) was born in Fresno, California, and raised in the small farming community of Kerman, just 15 miles to the west. Her parents and grandparents farmed there, raising cotton, alfalfa and dairy cattle. She has authored and/or illustrated several children's picture books, including Discover The Seasons, My Favorite Tree, which was awarded Outstanding Book by Parent Council, Ltd., in 1999; Forest Alphabet Encyclopedia and The Mystery of Blackbird Pond. She illustrates primarily in colored pencil.
 
Published July 27, 2011 by Kalindi Press. 32 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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