About the book “Me, Watch TV?” This book was the result of some preliminary research for a 2005 grant application from a local health agency. Many topics were offered; but the theme selected was obesity among school-aged children. The Center for Disease Control and other health officials have made many contributions to the topic. Other supporting articles were found and noted in the bibliography found on the last page. Although some experts have stopped short of calling obesity among children an epidemic, they offered many interesting observations. A short list is below. Parents have the last word on toy and gift purchases Many children spend more time playing computer games Many children are watching more television Children spend less time outdoors Children are reading less “Me, Watch TV?” offers to child care providers, parents and children a soft reminder. In addition to the things mentioned on the following pages, there are many things to do to keep children active and engaged. As a result, they will find the right combinations keeping their love ones healthy. Michael L. Hickman.
Sometimes I like going outside among the rolling hills of grass, searching for the smell of flowers in bloom and honeysuckles. But watch TV? Not me!
Sometimes I like playing basketball. Thoughts about the basketball legend Sam Jones soar in my mind. But watch TV? Not me!
When I play basketball with the boys, I soar towards the basket for two points. But watch TV? Not me!
Sometimes we go on long trips. We listen to jazz music as we drive to Stone Mountain. But watch TV? Not me!
Sometimes we walk around the mountain. Our mom is in great shape. Where is dad? But watch TV? Not me!
Sometimes we stay at home and have a family party. Pink lemonade, wings, chips and dip are party favorites. Also, we like dancing to the tunes of Celia Cruz. But watch TV? Not me!
My mother and father know how to dance.Go mama! Go daddy! But watch TV? Not me!
I have good dance moves, too. My sister knows how to clap to the beat. But watch TV? Not me!
Sometimes I like to swim in the pool. Jumping off the diving board is fun. But watch TV? Not me!
I love it when mom finishes putting icing on the cake. I get a chance to help clean up. You know I like cleaning the cake utensils. But watch TV? Not me!
Sometimes I put on my cooking mittens and check the sweet potato pie baking in the oven. Mmm. The pie smells ready. But watch TV? Not me!
Sometimes I walk the dog. He’s always ready to go. But watch TV? Not me!
Sometimes I like looking in old magazines. I like cutting and pasting too. But watch TV? Not me!
Sometimes I help my sister with homework. But watch TV? Not me!
Sometimes I like to sing and rap. “Old MacDonald had a farm EIEIO. And on that farm he had a pig, EIEIO. With an oink, oink here, an oink, oink there. Here an oink, there an oink, everywhere an oink, oink Old MacDonald had a ….” But watch TV? Not me!
Now it’s your turn to do something. But watch TV? Not me!
There are so many things to do: read, smell the flowers, play basketball, dance, swim, homework, bake …. Finally after taking a bath and brushing my teeth, it’s, time to-
For Starters: A short Bibliography Anderson, Virginia, Healthy resolutions: taking baby steps, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 4, 2005, E1. Hellmich, Nanci. U.S. diet guide to stress exercise, USA Today, January 13, 2005. Holloway, Lynette R. The battle against childhood obesity, Ebony, March 2005, p120-122. Kiley, David. A food fight over obesity in kids. Business Week Online, October 1, 2004.pN. Lee, Elizabeth. Eating yourself to an early grave?, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 17, 2005, pA1. Lee, Elizabeth. Tummy Town lets kids fill up on healthy fun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 8, 2005, pD1. Lee, Elizabeth. Summit on Obesity: Overweight kids? You might deserve big slice of the blame, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 30, 2004, pA1. McGinnis, Marianne. Prevention, January 2005, p113-116. Parker, Jennifer. Browns Mill Elementary named Georgia School of Excellence, Crossroadsnews, January 20, 2005, p15. Pittaway, Kim. Fat and fit, Chatelaine, June 1997, p50-55. Reed, Shelia. “Food industry contributes to nation’s obesity epidemic,” Crossroads News, February 10, 2005, p13. Sears, William. 10 ways to raise a leaner child, Baby Talk, May 2004, p56-60. Stinson, Thomas. Healthy love for kids, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 10, 2004, pD1. Swinney, Bridget. Are you raising fat kids? USA Today Magazine, October 2004, p8-9. T.L. A weighty issue for minorities, Sports Illustrated, November 15, 2004, p88-90 Yates, Carol and Stone, Amy. Weighty Matters: Georgia Kids are Fat, Atlanta Parent, March 2005, p16-21.
Marketing plan Put cover of book on a t-shirt Wear t-shirt to different health, literacy & storytelling events Donate self-published books to each child in grades pre-k to 1st promoting literacy $1,000.00 Donate books to health organization promoting child fitness Seek grants literacy and health grants