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  • Local Author Vanessa Pasiadis Addresses Healthy Eating Habbits & Lifestyle for Kids in Her New Book

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    Fitness and healthy eating habits are issues that are prevalent throughout the country, and local author Vanessa Pasiadis has chosen to address this topic in her book "Don't Call Me Cookie."  In an interview with me, she said that she wrote this book in an attempt to reach out to young people and promote a healthy lifestyle. "Kids need to learn at a young age how to eat right, stay active and live a healthy lifestyle."

    The book, geared toward 8-12 year old, took about five years to complete, and was released last August.  Pasiadis said that she aimed to create a book that was fun, while still discussing the importance of health. The book is geared toward a younger demographic because the main character Cookie Lemon is a 12 year-old girl who is starting to notice that she is gaining weight, and starting to resemble a cookie herself.

    “I didn’t want an active and healthy lifestyle to be daunting and overwhelming,” she said.

    The Shaker Heights native was also able to draw in a local crowd by involving students at Hawken School, as well as children in the Healthy Kids Healthy Weight Program at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.  Pasiadis has worked with the Cleveland community in an attempt to reach out to younger people, getting them aware of childhood obesity. They answered questions based on the story, and from their answers, Pasiadis adapted the story properly in order to effectively reach this target audience.

    Pasiadis wants to continue working with schools by giving talks about her book. Going to schools and addressing the concerns that Cookie faces like healthy eating habits and proper exercise.

    “It’s a different, quirky approach to maintain a healthy lifestyle and handling habits to stay with you forever,” she said. “I hope Cookie is a good role model for young people.”

    What makes the story quirky is it's appeal to younger children. Having a children's book that addresses concerns of becoming overweight is something new, and the fact that Pasiadis has made this into a fun, well-illustrated story is something that might reach kids on a different level. Kids learn by example, and maybe Cookie Lemon is someone they can relate too.

    Be sure to visit the Don't Call Me Cookie website, to find out more information on the book and Vanessa Pasiadis.

    "Don't Call Me Cookie" is published by Strategic Book Group, and can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes and Nobel

    Vanessa Pasiadis will be a contributor on our blog putting together healthy recipes and exercise tips.

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