1888PressRelease - Two medical professionals, Dr. Gleeson Rebello and Jamie Harisiades, teamed up to create a motivational tale told with science, sensitivity and humor that aims to teach the dangers of over indulging in dietary sugar and preventing obesity in kids of all ages.
Boston, Mass. - If losing weight were easy, everyone would be doing it. Joe Some-More is having trouble. He is not able to play on the playground or make the soccer team. His eating habits, even at his young age, need some changing.
Oftentimes, people just need some help and positive encouragement. This is why Dr. Gleeson Rebello and Jamie Harisiades wrote Joe Some-More, a tale to teach kids about healthy lifestyles.
Fortunately, Joe does not have to do it alone. He is guided through the book by his dog and best friend, Buffhound. A self-described "fitness geek," he wants to make sure his owner, Joe, lives a long, healthy life. Buffhound speaks in rhyming poetry, lending some fun to the story.
"So many of my patients could use the information shared in this book," Dr. Rebello said. "Being overweight exacerbates so many other health conditions. Just eating right reduces the chances of developing diabetes and a number of other diseases. Unfortunately, adults are so used to their poor eating regimen and lack of exercise that they are resistant to change. Hopefully, if children learn these techniques early, it can lead to a lifetime of healthy choices."
Some of the lessons are simple, like balancing calorie intake and physical activity. Some lessons are more surprising, such as the amount of sugar in supposedly healthy foods like yogurt and cereal.
"A to-do list about eating right would not be fun to read. The goal in this was to find the right balance of fun and accurate medical advice," Harisiades said. "This approach makes it more entertaining for children so they'll actually want to read and the lessons will better resonate."
The illustrations by Randy Jennings show inventive takes on the characters and help explain complex concepts like digestion in ways that are easy to understand. Joe Some-More can be purchased online through SDP Publishing.
About the Authors
Originally from India, Gleeson Rebello, M.D., is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been a faculty member at Harvard Medical School since 2008.
Jamie Harisiades is an aspiring physician. She performs heart failure and general cardiology clinical research at Massachusetts General Hospital.