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Chunky and Friends on the FOOD DAY BLOG!
Chunky and Friends on the FOOD DAY BLOG!

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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:
http://www.foodday.org/chunky_and_friends

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.

– JV

COBRA COLA-LALALALALALALALALALA!!!!! – Chunky and Friends presents: Short Chunks #1
COBRA COLA-LALALALALALALALALALA!!!!! – Chunky and Friends presents: Short Chunks #1

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This is our first in a line of comic strips that we are calling, “Short Chunks!”   It’s another glimpse into Chunky’s world and his fight to overcome his health issues with the help of friends and family.  A little harsh on our fearless hero?   Yes, but, not as harsh as what will happen if kids think soda companies and their products can fix their health issues.   A lot of kids who are working to live healthier lives might be confused when they see a popular soda company agree to join the fight against obesity. So we asked, what happens to Chunky when he finds out this soda company is out to help him? Enjoy and please comment below!  LIKE us on Facebook!  Follow Us on Twitter!

– JV

 

Chunky and Friends at the Norfleet Forum Addressing Pediatric Obesity
Chunky and Friends at the Norfleet Forum Addressing Pediatric Obesity

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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.

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In addition to medical professionals there were other exhibitors in attendance.

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Many were in attendance including North Mississippi Medical Center!

 Visit North Mississippi Medical Center!

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Health Works Mississippi was in attendance too!

Visit Health Works in Tupelo, MS.  It’s an educational playground for kids.

Portion control is what’s needed!
Portion control is what’s needed!

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In the war against the O-Beast!  Chunky has taken a stand to control his portions!  Coming soon… Chunky and the Potion Patrol…

In the meantime here is a great bit from an article about controlling the portion sizes we all consume.

“The vast majority of doctors (88%) reported that overeating is a significant driver of obesity, and they were also three times more likely to tell their patients to eat smaller portions and twice as likely to advise them not to cook with high-calorie ingredients. Sixty-two percent of physicians cited restaurant food and fast food as important contributors to obesity, and these doctors were 93% more likely to tell patients to avoid ordering high-calorie items. And the 60% who reported that sugar-sweetened beverages were a big part of the obesity problem were six times more likely to tell patients to drink less of them.

Few doctors rated genetics (19%) and metabolic defects (12%) as very important causes of obesity — which is a good sign, according to Bleich.”

Source: TIME (Health and Science)

Official Press Release for CHUNKY AND FRIENDS: CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST!
Cover for Chunky and the O-Beast.  Click Image for more information.

Cover for Chunky and the O-Beast. Click Image for more information.

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.

CONTACT:

Joseph Vivens
E:  info@chunkyandfriends.com
P:  240-242-7824

 

THE O-BEAST PAPERBACK EDITION IS OUT NOW!
THE O-BEAST PAPERBACK EDITION IS OUT NOW!

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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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Book 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 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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Eat Sweets Once a Week!
Eat Sweets Once a Week!

Chunky and Friends - Eat Sweets Once a WeekEat 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?