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Supersized P.E.: Ten Tips to Help Overweight Kids Get Healthy
Date:10/27/2008

SDSU professor teaches physical education to help overweight students reach

their fitness goals

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Bags of Halloween candy are piled high in the grocery stores this week, providing a dangerous temptation for those battling obesity. For the parents of overweight children, getting their children to understand the dangers of overindulging after trick-or-treating can be even more difficult.

San Diego State University Exercise and Nutritional Sciences professor David Kahan, offers ten ways to help parents -- and teachers -- get overweight kids back on track, not just after Halloween, but for the rest of their life, in his new book "Supersized P.E."

"Being physically active every day is especially crucial for children struggling with weight issues," said Kahan, a physical education teacher and researcher. "Overweight and obese youth carry social, psychological and emotional burdens that often lead to anger, despair and ultimately, a sedentary lifestyle. Our goal is to help youth love physical activity."

Supersized P.E. is designed to help parents, physical educators and leaders of physical activity programs to better understand the physical, emotional and psychological issues that reduce the overweight child's quality of life and help them learn how to be physically active for a lifetime. The book's recommendations include:

1) Set an Example: Be a good role model of overall wellness.

2) Emphasize a Child's Strengths: If it's something they enjoy or are good

at, they are much more likely to do it.

3) Foster a Positive Atmosphere that feels safe and inviting, is free of

sarcasm, insults and harassment and be a consistent source of comfort

and encouragement.

4) Focus on Behaviors, Not Outcomes: Help them control behaviors and focus

on how to change, not the results of changing.

5) Face the Facts: Denial is
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