Meet the Author of Sending You Sammy on Sunday May 24!

On Sunday May 24, 2009 – bring your kids, your sunscreen, your spirit and make sure you stretch because the Magnetic Hill Zoo is holding a fundraiser to bring the tigers back to Moncton and I will be there!

I am donating $5 from each Sending You Sammy book sale at the zoo to the Tomar-the-Tiger Fundraiser . Come out and run or walk or stroll your support to the local Zoo and let your kid be a part of it forever!

Registration begins at 8:00 so make sure you’re there. I will be.

Childhood Obesity Still Making Headlines

Childhood obesity is still in the news but not in a positive way. Obesity rates are still disgustingly high and solutions are emerging but not making the front pages of newspapers.

Canada’s Physical Activity Guide advises children to aim for 90 minutes a day of physical activity. Are your children up to par? Are they eating the healthiest choices or are they even being offered a choice? Did you know that the federal government has touted its children’s fitness tax credit as one way to encourage parents to help their kids get active. Parents can claim a maximum of $500 a year for eligible fitness expenses? Activities must "include a significant amount of physical activity that contributes to cardio-respiratory endurance, plus one or more of: muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility or balance." Do you need that money to take your child to a park when it’s nice out or dance with them in your living room when it’s not? (Please see more information on this on CBC’s website ).

Turn off the television, turn up the music and dance! Go outside and run around the house. Play hide and seek, tag, or just race. These don’t cost a cent and can improve your health as well. There’s nothing better than coming in from a full day of play and having a sound sleep then waking up with energy to play even harder. Saving your child’s life shouldn’t cost the government money, and it shouldn’t cost you money – all it needs is time and dedication. Your child has it – do you?

Sammy Visits the Library

July 12 at 1000 AM I will be hosting a reading of Sending You Sammy at the New Glasgow Library and would love for you all to come if you’re in town.   It’ll be lots of fun and even better with you there!

Others Are Part Of The Solution, Too!

Learning about the problem of the ever increasing statistics of childhood obesity was a vital part of why I started the Adventures Of Sammy children’s book series. It also had to do with the decreasing rate of literacy and the fact that all I saw was reports on both being a problem but never, or rarely, seeing something that others are doing to solve the problems. There are definitely people out there, in your community even, who are doing something and I want to make these solutions accessible to my fans.

The first, and very important, website I found talks about how the current issue of vending machines containing junk food and being everywhere. Schools, the workplace, even hospitals offer easily accessible chocolate bars, chips and pop and when people see these they tend to buy – hence there’s a market out there. But there are alternative solutions to this disaster as there are many solutions to each problem. YoNaturals Vending Machines offer healthy, organic alternatives to what the typical vending machine offers and they do so easily. Often times people do not have the exact change for something the see and want and YoNaturals has thought of these consumers and offers a cashless payment system for such circumstances. This is a much better alternative to junk food machines or no machines at all.

YoNaturals is helping to fight obesity in children and for that I applaud them. I invite everyone to start paying more attention to the solutions of childhood obesity and not the problem. If you’re a believer in the Law of Attraction you know that thinking of the negative only attracts more negative. YoNaturals is one of the companies thinking of the positive and helping your children.

I welcome all people or companies who are thinking positively of our children and who are part of the solution to send me an email and tell me all about it. Let’s protect our children from a problem that is preventable and talk about the solutions to do it.