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Get Your Kids Up & Moving With The New Book 'Wallie Exercises!'

Sun, March 27, 2011 10:00am EDT by Add first Comment chatted with author Steve Ettinger to get the scoop on his fun and easy exercises for kids!

With a lack of children’s books out there demonstrating healthy lifestyles, personal trainer, author and fitness expert Steve Ettinger decided he would take the leap and create his own fun and informational picture book to get kids moving!

“I was a behavior therapist spending my days in preschools and elementary schools and watching the habits of kids,” Steve, 25, explains to, “and I noticed a lack of activity.” So that’s when Steve thought of a smart and kid-friendly way to talk about childhood obesity — “Wallie Exercises.” It’s the perfect way to encourage kids to break a sweat — and enjoy doing it!

The story is about a lazy dog named Wallie who gets fit with the help of a big and tough trainer, who happens to be a super enthusiastic elephant! (He even does trunk stands!)

“The general point of the book is another fun way, step and tool of preventing obesity rather than fighting it later on,” Steve says. And although he knows some people may mistake the objective of the book, Steve believes it shows kids that exercising and being healthy is exciting and fun.

“Exercise is so big and it contributes to habits later on in life,” Steve tells us. “The habits continue and they get worse, so trying to give kids the right rhythm makes a big difference.”

And “Wallie Exercises,” with illustrations by Pete Proctor, is an great book — for bedtime or playtime — that will get your kids motivated about becoming healthy.

And you know what else can motivate them? You! Steve says taking your little ones out for bike rides, swims or even walks with the dog are just some of the ways they can find their stride.

“If parents are healthy and exercising, the kids will follow,” he says. “Modeling is big for kids, so having parents model that and incorporate it into their daily lives is a great thing.”

–Reporting by Leigh Blickley

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