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Avoiding Child Obesity: Children Eat Vegetables with Author of New Picture Book, A Hungry Lion in My Tummy

A Hungry Lion in my Tummy, new picture book, is getting young children to try vegetables.

(PRWEB) May 22, 2010 -- New Picture Book, A Hungry Lion in My Tummy, is getting children to eat vegetables! New Author is reaching children at a time when America's leading concern for children is obesity and diabetes. This book is cleverly written to inform children how the foods will benefit the lion in their tummy without listing vitamins, but rather, "If I feed him carrots, it will keep his eyes healthy. He needs good eyes so he can see what is sneaking around in the grass."

Author, Cheryl Vollmer, has a passion for conveying positive messages to children through creative writing and simply talking with them and explaining the importance of vegetables and fruit. "Children need to hear the message in a fun and positive way. After I read the book, A Hungry Lion in My Tummy, at a children's event, we talk about each page and then sample vegetables and fruit together. It's exciting to watch them try vegetables. One 4-year-old yelled out 'Never,' when I asked if they eat vegetables at home. I asked him to be adventurous like the character in the book or like a lion. The 'Never-boy' came back for more broccoli--how exciting is that? I also give them examples on how to try the vegetables different ways. If they don't like spinach cooked, for example, eat the raw spinach leaf like lettuce and dip it into a tiny bit of salad dressing. I like to mention spinach because it is obviously thought of, by most children, as vegetable slime--like it was when I was a child."

Vollmer was able to teach her daughter, as a preschooler, a lifestyle of healthy eating by not ordering her meals from the children's menu that consists of fried foods and French fries. "It can be done. Feed your children what you eat and watch them expand their pallets. Don't fix them a seperate meal. If Mac & Cheese is the only thing they want, then let it be a privilege on the weekends--not a regular diet and only if they eat a vegetable or salad with it. More importantly, don't let children's meals dictate your lives. When your family is at a restaurant, serve your child food off of your plate with chicken, a vegetable and a salad. How else will they learn the right way to eat?"

A Hungry Lion in My Tummy brings a healthy message and enthusiasm to children and adults at any event. The refrain in the book, "But that's not enough for a hungry lion," gets everyone involved and leaves a lasting impression in more ways than one. Vollmer's book can be found on or her website,, her small business where she once again shares her enthusiasm teaching youth table etiquette and social skills.


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