more than 60 percent of American adults overweight or obese, and
20 percent of preschoolers overweight, the importance of getting
kids moving cant be underestimated. Many of them are headed
otherwise for a lifetime of poor health, heart disease, cancer,
stroke, depression, or diabetes.
Kids Baseball Workout (The Millbrook Press, 2002), written
by baseball connoisseur and little league coach Jeff Fuerst 78,
aims to improve young bodies and minds.
for kids aged 8 through 12, the book offers step-by-step tips that
teach both the fundamentals and fine points of the game, with an
emphasis on body conditioning and exercise. Even parents can find
straight-to-the-point, illustrated instructions on stretching, sprinting,
and upper-body strengthening. But this isnt a workout for
the half-heartedFuerst is serious about his baseball and expects
his readers to be, too.
This isnt the first time this Obie has made a buck from our
national pastime. As a freshman at Oberlin, he was equipment manager
for the campus softball league. I got paid to play softballabout
$40 a semester, says Fuerst, who is a long-time writer and an editor
for the former Zillions magazine for children. He lives in
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife and two children.
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