12/25/2012 5:00:00 PM Green's book fights childhood obesity
Rosita Smith Palo Verde District Library
BLYTHE - Tiger Green was a big kid. And he kept getting bigger. By age 12 he weighed 250 pounds - and miserable. His joints hurt. He was at risk of developing grown-up medical diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. He was teased at school. The only place he could use his weight was on the football where he became known as the "bulldozer".
One day he decided that he had had enough - he was going to make a change. Within just months of making simple but important swaps in his diet and working out two times a day, Tiger lost 60 pounds and 11 inches from his waistline, cut his body fat in half, and got off all of his medications. He went from not being able to run a lap around the football to running 5K and 10K races for charity. His dad was so impressed that he followed Tiger's plan and lost 76 pounds himself.
Tiger felt great. Proving that it could be done he decided to form a nonprofit organization and partnered with NFL great Marcus Stroud to create Sacking Obesity camps for children and families. When the camps were announced he was overrun with eager participants. Now Sacking Obesity has put the camp experience into a book, giving kids from 7 to 14 everything they need to know to lose weight and feel great.
Tiger introduces you to the Hunger Meter, a method to help you gauge when you have had enough to eat - and he advocates eating something every three to four hours at the same time each day.
Pictures of example plates of food graphically illustrate what your food plate should look like. There is a whole section on eating out without sabotaging your game plan.
Remember: Tiger comes from a football background. In the section demonstrating exercises many of the featured moves are based on football maneuvers. All of them can be done anywhere - most of Tiger's pictured poses are on the football field - and they are easy to copy from the illustrations in Sacking Obesity.
At 12 years old Tiger Greene was the 250 pound bulldozer on his football team; knock 'em over but not fast. Two years later, as he prepared for high school, he was a slimmer, fast runner on the field.
In those two years Tiger founded a non-profit organization to fight against childhood obesity. He was featured on Dr. Oz's TV show, CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" and others. He is the National Ambassador for the NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 program which represents over 36 million kids and 70,000 schools. Tiger is proud to be able to help kids - and their families - continue the journey to good health.
Sacking Obesity is now available at the Palo Verde Valley Library. On the new book non-fiction shelf look for a green spined book with the word Obesity in red. The shelving number is 618.923 Green.
The Palo Verde Valley Library in Blythe opens each day, except Sunday, at 10 a.m. in the morning. Monday through Friday the library closes at 6 p.m. in the evening. On Saturday the library closes at 4 p.m.
The library is at the corner of Broadway and Chanslorway on the north side of Todd Park.