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Welcome to the Chunky and Friends blog. Here we will post easy ways to introduce and reinforce healthy habits in your children’s lives. Just like in our book CHUNKY AND FRIENDS: CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST, we will focus on building healthy habits.

Our mission is to remind children that they are perfect exactly the way that they are and by focusing on healthy eating and active play they will grow up healthy & strong.

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Chunky And Friends presents The Candy Conundrum
Chunky And Friends presents The Candy Conundrum

Chunky And Friends presents The Candy Conundrum

On the heels of Chunky and The O-Beast the Vivens Media Company proudly presents the latest book in the Chunky And Friends series:

THE CANDY CONUNDRUM

This time it’s all about Candy…..Chunky’s sister and the sugary sweet stuff that can damage your teeth!  Of all the books about brushing teeth for kids, this book expands the conversation.  The book conveys 3 lessons:

  • The importance of flossing your teeth
  • The importance of brushing your teeth
  • The advantages of choosing fruit over candy

Here’s the synopsis:

Candace loves to eat candy, so much so, that her nickname is Candy. She keeps her love of sweets a secret and hides them all over the house because she doesn’t want Mom to take them away. Then one day she wakes up with a toothache and that means she’ll have to go to the dentist! Can Candy fix her tooth before it gets worse or will she have to tell Mom and risk losing all of her sweets?

The Candy Conundrum is fun and clever with awesome illustrations that are sure to capture your kids’ imagination while still delivering an impactful message on preventative dental care.

Get it today for only $19.99 in our Store, BarnesAndNoble.com or Amazon.com!

Chunky And Friends presents The Candy Conundrum. This is an image from the unboxing of the new book in the Chunky And Friends series. Available on Amazon.com for only $19.99! Buy it Now! The book focuses on dental health. Chunky and Friends always promoting healthy eating and active play.

View the Unboxing of The Candy Conundrum here!

Unboxing the Hardcover Edition of The Candy Conundrum! 🍎🍏🍭🍇🍓
Unboxing the Hardcover Edition of The Candy Conundrum! 🍎🍏🍭🍇🍓

Unboxing the Hardcover Edition of
The Candy Conundrum!
🍎🍏🍭🍇🍓

Hardcover Edition is available on 6/13/17

I thought it would be fun to unbox my own book.  Click below to witness the unboxing of the hardcover edition of The Candy Conundrum!

Another chapter in our journey to promote
healthy eating & active play.
I am proud to say that the response to
Amazon Kindle Edition of
THE CANDY CONUNDRUM
has been phenomenal!
That is why I decided to do an unboxing of the hardcover edition of
The Candy Conundrum!
I am excited to announce the release date for hardcover book is
June 13, 2017 and it is available for
Pre-Order RIGHT NOW!
Get your hands on the book that your kids will love for the humor
and parents (and dentist) will love for the message.
Order it now!
 
The Candy Conundrum Synopsis:
Candace loves to eat candy, so much so, that her nickname is Candy. She keeps her love of sweets a secret and hides them all over the house because she doesn’t want Mom to take them away. Then one day she wakes up with a toothache and that means she’ll have to go to the dentist! Can Candy fix her tooth before it gets worse or will she have to tell Mom and risk losing all of her sweets?
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We thank you all for the support in our mission to help children understand the importance of dental health.  As a parent, I know that this book will help your children develop the habits that ensure they maintain a healthy smile.  Hopefully, this video of me unboxing the hardcover edition of
The Candy Conundrum will put a big smile on their faces.
Please remember to leave us a review on Amazon.com after you’ve read the book.
Thank you again for your continued support!
– Joseph R. Vivens
The Book on Dental Health your kids need is right here!
The Book on Dental Health your kids need is right here!

The Book on Dental Health your kids need is right here!

The Candy Conundrum has arrived!

Available On:

Amazon.com

and

Barnes & Noble

 

or digitally on the Amazon Kindle reader app.

The Candy Conundrum, the second book in the Chunky and Friends series, continues our mission to inspire children to eat healthy foods and engage in active play.

Synopsis:

Candace loves to eat candy, so much so, that her nickname is Candy. She keeps her love of sweets a secret and hides them all over the house because she doesn’t want Mom to take them away. Then one day she wakes up with a toothache and that means she’ll have to go to the dentist! Can Candy fix her tooth before it gets worse or will she have to tell Mom and risk losing all of her sweets?

Through our publications and interactive readings, our young readers are supported in confidence-building and reminded that they are perfect exactly as they are in their journey to grow up healthy and strong.  Parents and teachers can use The Candy Conundrum, which focuses on oral health, to raise children’s enthusiasm about making healthy choices and practicing moderation when they choose not to do so.  Research has shown the possibility of a correlation between oral health and the health of our bodies, specifically the heart. Isn’t it great that at an early age, we can instill healthy habits in children to protect their teeth and in turn their hearts?  This means preventing cavities and gum disease by limiting the amount of sugar that is consumed, brushing and flossing, daily and making regular dental visits.

The Candy Conundrum spins a funny, engaging tale with vibrant illustrations that immediately capture the reader’s attention. The Chunky and Friends team had a lot of fun creating this story and we’d love to hear from you. Thank you for ordering your copy!

Also available, Chunky and Friends: Chunky and The O-Beast!  Click here to learn more…

Pre-Order The Candy Conundrum NOW!
Pre-Order The Candy Conundrum NOW!

The Candy Conundrum is Available for

Pre-Order NOW!

On March 7th 2017 you can have the NEW book in the Chunky and Friends series, The Candy Conundrum, delivered directly to the Kindle App on your iOS or Android device.

As a parent do you find yourself reminding your kids about the importance of dental health – specifically, brushing, flossing and practicing moderation when eating sweets?  I do, so writing THE CANDY CONUNDRUM is as much for my kids as it is for yours.  The Chunky and Friends book series was created to promote healthy eating & active play to help families engage in conversations about health and fitness.  On March 7th 2017 your family will enjoy a hilarious story with amazing artwork and tips on maintaining dental health.

Click here to Pre-Order THE CANDY CONUNDRUM on Amazon.com for use on the free Kindle app (available for all iOS and Android devices).

Synopsis: Candace loves to eat candy, so much so, that her nickname is Candy. She keeps her love of sweets a secret and hides them all over the house because she doesn’t want Mom to take them away. Then one day she wakes up with a toothache and that means she’ll have to go to the dentist! Can Candy fix her tooth before it gets worse or will she have to tell Mom and risk losing all of her sweets?

More Play, Less work: 3 ways to keep your kids healthy with active play
More Play, Less work: 3 ways to keep your kids healthy with active play

More PLAY, Less WORK: 3 ways to keep your kids healthy with active play

By Joseph Vivens

While talking about my book series and the vision I have of it being a force to promote  healthy eating & active play for kids, I was asked, “What do you mean by active play?”  After answering the question I began to think about how many of our readers may be unfamiliar with the term and how active play can be misinterpreted. (more…)

New Book Coming Soon: THE CANDY CONUNDRUM
New Book Coming Soon: THE CANDY CONUNDRUM

New Book Coming Soon: THE CANDY CONUNDRUM

Happy Halloween!

What a perfect day to debut the title and images from the next book in the Chunky And Friends book series.  I was working on the book for the character, Juice, when I was inspired to change course. Why?  Well, my young female readers kept asking when the book focused on the character, Candy was coming out.  And, I kept meeting kids with amalgam cavity fillings that were turning black.  At that point, it became obvious that it was time to feature Candy to stress the importance of brushing, flossing and staying away from eating too many sugary sweets. As parents, you know that good oral hygiene is essential to overall body health.  Did you also know that research has shown that it can prevent cardiovascular disease later in life? This book about Candy is fun, humorous and engaging with amazing artwork to grab your child’s attention. (more…)

Five Reasons Why Comparing Apples to Oranges is Played Out
Five Reasons Why Comparing Apples to Oranges is Played Out

Comparing Apples to Oranges

Although we use the idiom, ”it’s like comparing apples to oranges”, to describe two vastly different things to prove a point, we may need to change it because Apples and Oranges have a few noteworthy similarities. Let’s take a bite out of the notion that they are different and explore my 5 favorite facts that show how they are alike. (more…)

Chilled Strawberry-Date Oatmeal Parfait Recipe
Chilled Strawberry-Date Oatmeal Parfait Recipe

Hello Family,

We spend a lot of time reading articles and searching for delicious healthy recipes that we know your kids will love.  Whenever we find an awesome piece around the web we like to share it on social media and this recipe was shared often amongst our families.  Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with Chunky And Friends.  We produce and share a lot of amazing content promoting healthy eating and active play.  Thanks again for being part of the Chunky And Friends family.  We know you will enjoy making this delicious parfait.

Stay healthy and strong,

Joseph R. Vivens 

Author/CEO (more…)

Walking: an easy way for your family to get healthy & strong
Walking: an easy way for your family to get healthy & strong

Recently I did an interview and was asked about what families can do in the summer months to stay healthy.  It’s important to have a strong foundation when building healthy habits.  For some, it can be difficult to develop this foundation when you do not have the income or resources.  For others it can be overwhelming because there is a plethora of information on the subject of maintaining health.  This can make the pursuit to get your children excited about having healthier habits feel like an arduous task. Well, I want to reintroduce you to an activity that we widely take for granted but is so effective and perfect for taking the first step to living healthier lives: WALKING.  I know you’re thinking to yourself, “Walking, really? I do that every day.  I don’t feel any healthier.”

 

Here are some tips and reasons why you should get started walking today: (more…)

Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie Recipe

Peaches and Coconut Cream Smoothie

2 mins

Total time

2 mins

Peaches are low in calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are a good source of dietary fiber. They contain vitamins C, E and K, niacin, folate, iron, choline, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, zinc and copper.

Author: Darrilyn Vassar-Jackson

Recipe type: Drinks

Serves: 2 cups

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