Sneaky Fitness

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16% of our children are overweight or obese. The CDC says obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese as adults. This is most likely the biggest health crisis facing our country. Moms need all the tools they can find to battle this epidemic. Sneaky Fitness may provide you with inspiration.

Missy Chase Lapine is a kiddie celebrity chef (author of The Sneaky Chef) she partnered with Larysa Didio (a trainer) to come up with tips and tricks to get your kids moving. It's all about small ways to get the kids away from TV/wii/computer. The book is best suited for preschool and grade school kids (I'm skeptical that the 'tweens would go in for this tactics). My favorite ideas are simple reminders to get the family outside-- playing "wave tag" (a game of running to and fro on the beach) or organizing a fruit picking excursion to a local farm.

While I thought her ideas for getting off the couch were solid, I was sorely disappointed in the recipes. I flipped through them and not one jumped out at me. Most require a "make-ahead" ingredient for the recipe. Which meant when I was in the mood to try one, the directions were far too complicated for me to tackle. And I'm not sure where "Sweet Strawberry Cupcakes" that involve a Duncan Hines mix fit into a solid nutrition plan.

All in the book isn't revolutionary, but heck, moms can use all the help they can get. This is a serious problem and I'm pleased that these authors dreamed up a concept to battle the buldge.

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