I was fortunate enough to meet Kat Calvin of Blerdology.co at a conference last September and she offered me the opportunity to do a guest post on her blog. This post was focused less on health and more on my love of comic books and using the medium to reach children. With Chunky and Friends: Chunky and the O-Beast I knew there was an opportunity to help by giving bad health a face.
The post is titled, Chunky and Friends: A Healthy Hero for Kids . As an adult Chunky reflects on his childhood and what it took to overcome the bad guy in his life: obesity. I rarely pat myself on the back but, it is a good read. Check it out by clicking this link: http://blerdology.co/blerd-kids-healthy-kids/. – JV
My family moved back home to Maryland from Tennessee and it’s been exhausting. Moving from state to state can be a trying time, especially with a one year old in tow. I can say though that the USPS made that transition just a little bit easier.
Plus, it’s awesome to open the mailbox at your new home and see a letter from the White House.
Since I began presenting Chunky and Friends to the public I often get the same advice, “You should contact Michelle Obama.” While it is a great suggestion from people who can understand the potential impact of Chunky and Friends, I’m humbled by the thought that the First Lady would have any time to even glance over our book series.
By now, everyone is familiar with the amazing work the First Lady does with the “Let’s Move” campaign and she’s a very busy woman so, it’s not unreasonable to believe this to be a ridiculous suggestion, right? Well, I mailed a personal letter and signed book copy to her at the White House and surprisingly after 6 weeks I received a response! See below:
It’s a very exciting time for us and we’re grateful that the First Lady Michelle Obama and her staff took time to check out the book. On behalf of the Chunky and Friends team we are very grateful for your time and the supportive letter. My Mother-in-Law said it best, “What a wonderful housewarming gift.” I agree wholeheartedly.
Have you seen a Chunky and Friends ad in your local publications?
Look for it in the WellFed Magazine in Savannah, GA. WellFed is a free magazine dedicated to making sure citizens and visitors know the healthiest places to eat. This is an awesome publication to make the best decision when heading out to eat. They cover food “from the garden to the plate” so take a look below or if you’re in Savannah pick up a copy, IT’S FREE. (issuu.com/wellfedsavannah
Finally, if you’re in Montgomery County, MD you probably receive the GAZETTE. Look for our ad in the link below.
Take it easy everyone!
Hey all! I was given the opportunity to post on the Food Day Blog about the inspiration behind Chunky and Friends. It’s rare that I get an opportunity to speak about what lead me to create this character. You can check it out here:
Food Day is an awesome organization that has an AMAZING push for people to “Eat Real!”
I think the statement “Eat Real” is powerful because so much of what’s consumed by kids is often over processed foods that are created in labs to cater to the taste buds, not health. Therefore, to me the phrase “Eat Real” denotes consuming real foods, like fresh veggies and fruits which cater to the taste buds while promoting health.
Please take the time to visit FoodDay.org to learn more about annual Food Day (Oct. 24, 2013) and how you can support this awesome organization.
We had the pleasure of being in attendance at the 24th Frank M. Norflett Forum, “Addressing Our Pediatric Obesity Epidemic: Research to Health Policy.” The forum was held at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus in Memphis, TN. At the forum, we met various interested education and health practitioners/professionals who showed great interest in our book Chunky and Friends: CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST. This wonderful group gave insight regarding further research and offered assistance with networking.
This is just the jump start of many conferences and we plan to remain involved in community events to continue to spread the word regarding the
Chunky and Friends book series and the importance of healthy living.
In addition to medical professionals there were other exhibitors in attendance.
For Immediate Release
New Comic Book Series, Chunky and Friends, Tackles Childhood Obesity, Self-Esteem, Peer Pressure and More!
Memphis, TN – January 28, 2013
Encompassing the perfect mix of humor and education, and a fun, relatable cast of characters, the new children’s series, Chunky and Friends, seeks to bring awareness to some of the most daunting and pressing social issues facing kids today.
The debut book in the series, “CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST”, tackles the dangers of childhood obesity and stresses the importance of eating well and engaging in physical activity.
Synopsis: Chunky is a 10-year-old boy who finds out that he is in danger of becoming obese. With his vivid imagination, he confuses what was discussed during his doctor’s visit and believes he will soon transform into an “O-BEAST.” Can Chunky make sense of it all and stop the O-Beast from taking over?
The author, Joseph Vivens, got the idea for the first book after hearing concerns from his wife, a pediatrician, over the disturbing number of overweight children and families she was encountering. “She would talk about these children who were coming in with very serious health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes – a direct result of being overweight,” says Vivens. “A light bulb went off. If we could bring attention to serious problems, like obesity, in a way that a child could understand and relate to, we could affect real change.”
Vivens enlisted the help of an old friend, José Dominguez, an illustrator whose own personal struggle with weight gave him the understanding and insight needed to bring the characters to life. “I think there’s a character in Chunky and Friends to whom everyone can relate,” says Dominguez. “Furthermore, in going with a comic book style, the stories transcend all ages, making them enjoyable for children and parents.”
“CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST” is currently available in paperback on amazon.com ($11.99) and digitally on the Kindle ($4.99). Information on the Chunky and Friends series, including its blog and links to social media pages, can be found at www.chunkyandfriends.com.
We are proud to announce that the first Chunky and Friends book, CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST, is available now in Paperback!
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Chunky is a 10-year-old boy who finds out that he is in danger of becoming obese. With his vivid imagination he confuses what was discussed during his doctor visit and believes he will soon transform into an “O-BEAST.” Can Chunky make sense of it all and stop the O-Beast from taking over?
Here is a sample for my friends!
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You know that friend who follows any crazy idea you may have? What about the friend who makes you laugh until your stomach hurts? Awesome, you might know Chip!
Sometimes Chunky’s tendency to react is amplified by Chip’s ability to over react. As a best friend, Chip is as good as they come. He’s always there to support his friend at his time of need and even when he doesn’t need him.
Eat sweets once a week – Chunky says… Eat sweets Once A Week. Once Chunky learned he was in danger of becoming obese he decided to change a lot of his eating habits, one of which includes how often he has sweets. It was really hard for him to do so, he and his mother set up a calendar for the day that he would have his “junk food” snack. His “sweet” day is Friday. What’s yours?