Dr. Rob's Guide to Raising Fit Kids: A Family-centered Approach to Achieving Optimal Health

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DiaMedica Publications, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 183 pages
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Written for parents concerned about their children’s overall fitness, Dr. Rob's Fitness Guide for Kids addresses the importance of both food and physical activity in keeping children healthy. Gotlin sees sports, with its emphasis on playing by the rules, being a good teammate, winning and losing with grace, and working toward a common goal, as an essential route to physical, psychological, and social health. This book helps parents choose a sport or activity in which their child can find comfort and confidence. In addition to outlining the benefits of various team and individual sports, Gotlin provides detailed information about the equipment needed, safety issues, and how to create a supportive environment for young athletes. Also included are exercises developed specifically for children, age-appropriate fitness and calorie guidelines, and delicious, dietician-developed meal plans and sport-specific menus that instill a lifetime of good eating habits.

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User Review  - sarahbrassard - LibraryThing

I found the focus on organized sports to be kind of off putting, as I believe that fitness should be found in other parts of life as well as sports. As the mother of younger children than the book's ... Read full review

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User Review  - jaden - LibraryThing

Dr. Rob is a doctor, parent and children's sports coach who provides useful ways to improve the health and diet of today's kids. He starts out talking about how kids are struggling with obesity at a ... Read full review


Exercises for Kids
Sports for Children Ages 612
The Right Equipment for Every Sport
The Parent Partnership
A Few Very Important Words About Alcohol
Meal Plans and Sports Menus for Kids Who Think They
ChildFriendly Recipes That Are Good for the Whole Family
Common Questions About Fitness in Kids
Where Do We Go from Here Dr Rob?
WeightVolume Equivalents for the Major Food Groups

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About the author (2008)

Dr. Robert S. Gotlin is the Director of Orthopaedic and Sports Rehabilitation in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. His practice includes orthopaedic, sports, and spine rehabilitation.

Dr. Gotlin frequently appears on radio, television and in print. He hosts The Dr. Rob Says...Sports Health and Fitness Show, which airs every Saturday morning on 1050 ESPN Radio. The show reviews health related topics and offer expertise on sports and fitness-related issues. In particular, controversial topics related to youth sports and youth development are detailed with point-counterpoint discussions among listeners and select experts. He has been guest host for television’s ABCNow - Healthy Living, a daily television program that features breaking medical news and practical health advice.

He has served on the medical team for the New York Knickerbockers (NBA Basketball) the New York Liberty (WNBA Basketball), and consulted for the the New York Yankees (MLB Baseball) and New Jersey Nets (NBA Basketball). He is the Team Physician for the Harlem Wizards Basketball team and a member of the medical team for Woman’s Rugby, U.S National Team. He is the father of three; coaches’ several youth sports teams, and is the medical liaison to several youth sports organizations.His opinion is internationally sought on several topics, including but not limited to equipment design, safety precautions, and athletic skill development. Dr. Gotlin volunteers’ countless hours working with children age 13-16 teaching sportsmanship, community values, and fostering athletic excellence.

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