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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?

Snack Attack: How to Get More From Your Snack with Fiber and Protein
Snack Attack: How to Get More From Your Snack with Fiber and Protein

I love this infographic because it has great healthy snack tips for families like mine that are always on the go, especially on the weekends. – Joseph Vivens

Snack Attack: How to Get More From Your Snack with Fiber and Protein

When’s the last time you ate? Was it a full meal or a snack? Decades ago, the answer would have been a full meal—because people didn’t snack that much.
But that’s no longer the case: Ninety percent of people snack—multiple times a day. That’s for a variety of reasons. Some of us are busy—rushing from work to home to kids activities. Some of us don’t have time during the day at work because of deadlines or meetings.
All that rushing around may lead us to more snacks, but unfortunately it’s leading us to unhealthy snacks. You may be investing that eating time with too many processed snacks that include too much fat, sugar, and salt. What those snacks should have, instead, is lots of protein and fiber. Careful investigation of packaged snacks can help you identify good options, but so too can some homemade options. Curious what they are? This graphic can help you and your family stay on a healthy track.

Source: http://www.quill.com/content/index/office-snacks-coffee-resources/snack-attack/default.cshtml

CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST ONLY $9.99!
CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST ONLY $9.99!

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Does your New Year’s Resolution include getting healthier? Are you wondering how to get the rest of the family to make the right choices? Chunky and Friends is the best way to get your kids on board with your New Year’s Resolution. Jump-start the conversation about Health & Fitness today!
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C&F at the Miami Book Fair International
C&F at the Miami Book Fair International

Miami has come … and gone.  We had a wonderful time at the Miami Book Fair International.  I met some amazing kids who love to read and were excited to crack the gateway to their imagination.  I am proud to say that many of these children took home copies of Chunky and the O-Beast and the Defeat The O-Beast Activity and Coloring Book.  My friend and graphic designer, Lewis, finally had a chance to witness the look of excitement that children have when they first see Chunky and Friends.  He also had the opportunity to hear the gratitude that parents shared because of our passion to positively impact families to live healthier.

This project means the world to me and it makes me proud to share it with the world.

I want to thank the organizers and the volunteers at the Miami Book Fair International.  I have to say thank you to two specific volunteers, Anna and Gabby, who handed out all of “scream signs” and remained eager to help the cause.  I also want to thank Lewis for driving down from Orlando to lend a helping hand.  Lastly, I want to thank my family for their hospitality and love.

See you all next year!

– Joseph Vivens

Price Drop and New Kindle Version of CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST Available NOW!
Price Drop and New Kindle Version of CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST Available NOW!

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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?

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Chunky and Friends: Chunky and The O-Beast for only $11.99 + s&h.

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Also available on the Kindle for $4.99
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The Defeat The O-Beast Coloring & Activity Book is an adventure where kids help Chunky and his friends solve puzzles to defeat the villainous O-Beast.  The puzzles are all about physical play and healthy eating choices.  Pick it up for the crossword puzzles, word finds, connect the dots, coloring pages and more…

Also, the book has a Food and Active play journal where kids can keep tabs on their day to day habits.
An awesome resource for educators and physicians.

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Chunky and Friends: Defeat The O-Beast (Coloring and Activity Book) for only $5.99 + s&h.

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Baltimore Book Festival 2014 [Updated]
Baltimore Book Festival 2014 [Updated]

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Come join us this weekend, September 26-28, 2014 at the Baltimore Book Festival! I will be signing copies of Chunky and The O-Beast for only $10!  Team Chunkatron will be on RASH FIELD at the Baltimore Inner Harbor!  See you there! – Joseph

***UPDATED 9/29/14***

We had a fantastic time over the weekend and are very excited to share with you some images from the Baltimore Book Festival.

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Baltimore Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake with Chunky and Friends author, Joseph Vivens at the BBF2014 Press Conference.

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We met Veeps’ Matt Walsh. He’s also been seen in The Hangover, TED and Hung.

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Highmark’s Fun, Fit and Fabulous Woman’s Health Conference
Highmark’s Fun, Fit and Fabulous Woman’s Health Conference

I assure you I haven’t been missing in action.  My team and I have been hard at work fulfilling the dreams that we envisioned since creating CHUNKY AND FRIENDS.  In the coming weeks and months you will be seeing some exciting announcements and images from various events.  Keep an eye for them on ChunkyAndFriends.com, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google Plus.

In the meantime, please check out these images from the Highmark’s Fun, Fit and Fabulous Woman’s Health Conference in Hershey, PA.   My wife and I had a wonderful time introducing Chunky and Friends to the fabulous women at the event. and selling out of books!  The reception was warm and loving.  I want to thank Highmark for allowing us the participate in such a meaningful event.

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Baltimore Co. Public Library Reading // Chunky and Friends

I had an awesome time conducting a live interactive reading at the Baltimore County Public Library’s Rosedale Branch.  I’d like to thank Sara Jane and the rest of the staff at the Rosedale Branch for inviting me to entertain the children during their Fit and Fun Day.  Here are some images from the event:

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Introducing myself to the families that arrived early.

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I’m giving instructions to the audience as to what to do during the reading. See the scream sign in my hand?

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Sometimes I stand but, I decided to sit and read the book.

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Everyone received a scream sign at the end of the reading.

Meeting acting U.S. Surgeon General, Boris Lushniak
Meeting acting U.S. Surgeon General, Boris Lushniak

2014-06-18 12.21.01-1Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending a forum at the Washington Post called, Health Beyond Health Care. This was right in the Chunky and Friends’ wheelhouse because our goal is preventative health care by promoting healthy habits in children.  I had the opportunity to introduce Chunky and Friends to many in attendance including acting US Surgeon General Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak.  Dr. Lushniak was very excited about Chunky and Friends and saw it as a great idea, I believe he saw the impact that it could have on children.  I am grateful he took the time to speak to me and hear my vision for Chunky and Friends.

All of the speakers were extremely insightful and it’s always wonderful to hear the success people are having in instilling healthy habits in their communities.

Here is a link with clips from the forum:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-live-live/liveblog/washington-post-live-health-beyond-health-care/

 

@ClintonFdn’s Closing the Gap: Childhood Obesity Forum
@ClintonFdn’s Closing the Gap: Childhood Obesity Forum

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Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend a forum sponsored by the Clinton Foundation, RWJF and GHI.  It was an awesome event that included a lively discussion on what is needed to curb the rise in childhood obesity rates.  I had the opportunity to meet some remarkable people who are doing very exciting things to ensure that the future of the world is brighter and healthier.

Amongst the many people in attendance I had the pleasure of meeting the Today Show’s Joy Bauer, who complimented me on my smile.  Thanks for that, Joy!  Sadly, I didn’t think to snap a celfie’ (yes, that is selfie) with her.  Visit her site for nutrition tips and great recipes: www.joybauer.com

I met actor and entrepreneur Wendell Pierce of The Wire and Treme fame (my wife would throw in Waiting to Exhale as well).  You should definitely support Sterling Farms if you are in the New Orleans area; they are placing healthy options in the heart of the food deserts in the 9th Ward. Visit their site for more info: sterlingfreshfoods.com

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I also had the privilege to eat lunch with former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the American Heart Association, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez.  If you ever catch them together ask them about two things: 1) Hurricane Katrina and 2) What is the significance of Ice Cream?  Believe me you won’t regret it.

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Here are some organizations that caught my attention and I think deserve your support:

Go Noodle is an organization that provide an online program that allow kids classroom breaks to do short exercises as a “reset” from their day to day lessons.  I had an awesome conversation with the founder Scott about ways to inspire and encourage children to fulfill healthy goals. Visit their site: GoNoodle.com

 

Girl Trek is a non-profit organization that uses walking as a way to encourages physical activity amongst African American women. One of the co-founders, Morgan, was a panelist who was very inspiring with her wealth of knowledge and experience.  Visit their site: GirlTrek.org

Finally, Snider Hockey is a non-profit by the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.  I was fortunate to meet Jan who spoke passionately about the program and how they introduce urban youth in Philadelphia to hockey.  Visit their site: esyhf.org

Overall, it was an awesome even and I encourage you to check out the videos below and joint the conversation.  Hop on twitter and keep the hashtag #KidsHealthMatters alive.