Interactive Book Reading / Workshop
I conduct live interactive book readings of CHUNKY AND FRIENDS: CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST. I say it’s interactive because I request audience participation from the children to draw them into the story and of course the message. My target audience is 4-10 years old, although, I’ve had success with kids in the High School age range because the book is written like a graphic novel.
After the live interactive reading I conduct a presentation focused on the three principles that the characters in the story follow to ensure that they grow up healthy & strong.
1. HEALTHY EATING
Using illustrated images of the Chunky and Friends characters, I have the kids imitate proper portion sizes with their hands. At the same time we discuss the foods that belong on their plate (Fruit, Veggies, Grains, Protein) and healthy beverages (water). Then, I introduce them to Chunky’s mantra for keeping away from eating too much junk food: EAT SWEETS ONCE A WEEK. I hold a brief call and response of the mantra which is a lot of fun for the kids while locking in the message of practicing moderation.
2. ACTIVE PLAY
I introduce the concept of active play using childhood favorites: Simon Says (stretching/strength training), Duck Duck Goose (light cardio) and Tag (Heavy cardio). Depending on the time limit and group size I may ask for volunteers and play one round of each game.
3. INFINITE PERFECTION
There is a moment in the book where Chunky asks his mother, “So, do I have to lose weight.” and with tears in her eyes she tells him, “No. You are perfect just the way you are. We just want you to be healthy.” This is the message that I leave the kids with at the end of the presentation to help build their confidence. I tell them they are all perfect exactly how they are and that their physical appearance doesn’t always dictate the status of their health. I remind them what matters most is that they grow up healthy & strong by eating fresh fruits/veggies and engaging in active play.
In total the presentation is an hour long. I have an abbreviated version as well.
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