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New children's book may be the key to solving the childhood obesity epidemic.
"Nutrition can be taught in a fun way through a story that kids gravitate towards". That’s the message nutritionist and children’s author Jay Holt has for you and your children with his new ebook “Tommy the Tomato Teaches Nutrition”.
By: Jay Holt
St. Petersburg, FL (PRLOG) April 2, 2012
“Tommy The Tomato teaches nutrition” is a simple and fun way for children to learn about nutrition and better health.
Beating childhood obesity is as simple as following "Tommy the Tomato" as he mentors Bennie a junk food junkie. Bennie is bombarded with junk food from his nemisis Johney AKA" "Johney Junkfood" and his gang who corner Bennie and force him to eat junkfood or so he thinks. It turns out it was all in Bennie's mind as the junkfood was making him crazy. He was failing school and and failing making the basketball team his dream.
"Nutrition can be taught in a fun way through a story that kids gravitate towards". That’s the message nutritionist and children’s author Jay Holt has for you and your children with his new ebook “Tommy the Tomato Teaches Nutrition”, a story about how healthy eating can transform children in academics and athletics. The ebook is available at
According to federal government statistics, about one in three kids is obese or at least overweight. A lack of exercise is one culprit, but poor eating habits – and an over reliance on processed foods – is at the core of the problem, says Holt, who graduated from the University of Florida’s nutrition college.
“You cannot learn when you are hungry or have a sugar buzz; and good nutrition helps kids in every aspect of their lives, Holt said.
“Kids don’t really understand the finer points of nutrition, but they do understand fun, learning and what tastes good. The book “Tommy The Tomato Teaches Nutrition” will introduce kids – and their parents — to the benefits of food in a fun way that is relevant to their lives.”
“Even young children understand the link between problems and solutions. A skinned knee requires, at least, a kiss from Mom – and probably a Band-Aid,” Holt said. “I’m just trying to teach children that other problems they have, feeling tired, might have a solution in the form of a friendly food they can meet in the fun world inhabited by Tommy The Tomato and his friends.”
Family practice physician Dr. Eric Taylor has read “Tommy The Tomato Teaches Nutrition” and couldn’t agree more.
“Children who become overweight in childhood will likely struggle with obesity for the duration of their adult lives,” Dr. Taylor said.
“Tommy The Tomato and his friends represent foods providing necessary vitamins and antioxidants that support important bodily functions. Many of these foods are also low in calories and high in fiber making them nutritious snacks. This book is designed not just for your children but for you as well: enjoy the lessons Tommy has to teach and put them into action for your kids and the adults in your family, too!”
Jay Holt’s “Tommy the Tomato Teaches Nutrition” ebook is available for $.99 at
CONTACT: Jay Holt is available for interviews with food, lifestyle and nutrition reporters, by contacting inquiry(at)tommythetomato(
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